Recorder and Times
Nov. 21, 1941
Collier Henry C. Daryaw Founders Near Brockville
FIREMAN BELIEVED DROWNED - POSSIBLY STUNNED IN CRASH
Robert Groleau, Montebello, Que., Only Crew Member Missing
WRECKED CRAFT IS NEAR SHORE
When Engine Reversed, Ship Moved Off Shoal and Sank.
Bound from Sodus, N.Y., to Dalhousie, N.B., to enter the Atlantic coastal
trade, the collier Henry C. Daryaw struck a shoal and sank almost immediately
six miles west of Brockville about 5:30 o'clock this morning at a point
near the five-mile lighthouse.
Robert Groleau, aged 29, of Montebello, Que., a fireman aboard the
boat, was believed drowned and operations were commenced by provincial
and R.C.M.P. police to recover the body. A heavy fog blanketed the river
at a point where river traffic changes from the American to the Canadian
channel and was too close to change course. It crashed head-on into
the shoal, which is about 100 yards off the Canadian shore. The engines
were reversed and when the boat eased off the rock, it listed and sank
stern first almost immediately. About six feet of the bow are protruding
above the water.
Some of the crew jumped from the ship onto the shoal and others into
the icy water. One lifeboat was salvaged from the collier and with this
six men at a time were rowed ashore. When all were ashore they made
their way to No. 2 highway and hitchhiked to Brockville where circumstances
of the wreck were related to the police while the men dried their clothing
and warmed themselves. The captain of the boat, Hyacinth Latraverse,
of Montreal, would not discuss the incident. He had been master of the
boat only two weeks. Jean Gautier, of Montebello, half-brother of the
man believed drowned, said Groleau was a fireman on board the collier
and possibly struck his head and was rendered unconscious in the impact
when the boat hit the shoal. He was not seen by the other crew members
later. Groleau's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Groleau, live in Montebello.
Provincial Constable Ward Kennedy and R.C.M.P. Constable Ralph Edge
were called in to investigate and commenced operations immediately
in an effort to recover the body. There were 19 men aboard the boat,
among them H. Daryaw, son of the owner, who is a craneman. The other
crew members in addition to the captain included: Seraphino Traversy,
second mate, Pierreville, Que.; Louis Labbe, Leclaireville; Arthur Traversy.