Basil Charman in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1943. He had graduated from St. Margaret's Sea Training, and was awaiting posting to his first ship.Basil Charman
16-year-old cadet Basil Charman, left, with his mother and 21-year-old-brother Lionel, on the right, 1942.Basil Charman
Photo published in the Vancouver Daily Province, February 3, 1947, reporting on the SS Tecumseh's surviving the storm. The caption read:
"SS Tecumseh Park's deckplates cracked 800 miles off Halifax. Here, standing behind heavy cable which held the ship together for days are, from left: G. Santowski, Haney; E.M. Wademan, Abbotsford; D Radbourne, New Westminister; S. Tokaruk, 1165 Davie (holding ship's maskcot Patsy); N. Poole, Vancouver; J. Hearn, Victoria; radio operator Ben Spaner, 749 East Fourteenth, and third engineer Gordon Calderwood, Blamoral Hotel."
Canada Merchant Marine Identification card for issued by the Department of Transportation, 1947.Basil Charman
Certificate of Training issued in June 1943.Basil Charman
"Then we ran into some bad weather, real bad weather. And we were running short of fuel because it was taking us so long to get there. Instead of two weeks, we ended up in Bermuda 26 days later."