In 2009, Pierre Bachant did not say much about the sinking, but he talked a little bit about the pipes.
How come my wife’s uncle would know about the pipes if he had made up a story about being in the engine room on April 29, 1944?
I took this picture in 2011 when I visited HMCS Haida in Hamilton to look for pipes.
Then I went searching the Internet for pipes and Admiralty Three-drum boiler… and found these.
My wife’s uncle was telling us that they used to drop steel balls into the pipes to see if they were clogged.
How can someone make that up?
Hard to make up such a story. So even if his name is not on the “official” list of sailors on board that fateful day of April 29, 1944, just like Ernest Anderson’s name, now I can safely assume my wife’s uncle was on board HMCS Athabaskan on April 29, 1944, and that he never made that story up.
Of course I knew it all along that he was not making this story up back in 2009, but I just needed someone’s help to confirm his story.
Karen did, and without knowing it, was a great help.
My dad should be on the lists of men that survived the sinking, but he is not. I have his original records but they are almost unlegible now. Does anyone know if records are still available?