Veteran Stories:
Reginald Allison Pitts

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  • Reginald Pitts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2010.

    Historica Canada
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"We had one convoy that coming back, we ran into trouble. We ran into a rumrunner. Well, I was on duty at the engine room and our captain, he was an RCMP captain and he knew this boat."

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It was a patrol craft. It was a diesel boat, she was 130 feet long, I think it was. And she patrolled the harbour here and bring them back. We had one convoy that coming back, we ran into trouble. We ran into a rumrunner. Well, I was on duty at the engine room and our captain, he was an RCMP captain and he knew this boat. We almost hit [it] and it was Captain McCarthy; she was a rumrunner. Well, we stopped rumrunner, well, we almost hit her, and we got a keg of rum off her. The captain knew the captain and we got a keg of rum off her and come down to the engine room and I loaned him a funnel to bottle it off. Because we couldn’t have anything aboard. So we got back to port and I destroyed all the evidence of the rumrunner. Like the keg and that. And no, we didn’t drink it all but I broke the keg up and I dumped pieces of it all over the ocean coming back. And that’s about all you can say.
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