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The Merchant Vessels: City of Atlanta
From some of the research I’ve managed to find out about its captain Leman Chapman Urquhart, born in Canada on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick in the village of Castalia, it can be seen that he was not the regular captain of the ship. It had many previous captains, for a short time, according to the record read. The ship itself was laid down in 1903 in West Chester, Pennsylvania and I recall converted, perhaps during its construction, from coal to oil. He was my maternal grandfather’s brother, Lawrence George Urquhart’s older brother and other siblings grew up on the island, though in my grandfather’s time Lawrence enlisted in the Canadian Army fighting in Europe when he was, we hope, 16 (not 15). Leman C. Urquhart was a “Master Mariner” according to his business card and employed as a harbor pilot in the Savannah, Georgia harbor. They had both worked for “Savannah Lines” I think I recall him saying. My grandfather was later a crash-boat operator for flights out of New York near the current LaGuardia Airport. The City of Atlanta berthed in New York City and Savannah, Georgia making regular trips between the two cities. The NY Harbor-Sandy Hook Pilot’s Association thought, war declared, ships tied up in various rules and applications and perhaps having a harbor pilot as the captain, City of Atlanta may have an easier egress from the port of New York. Later correspondence about its wreckage stated since it was sunk purposefully to be a hazard to shipping, it may have been cleared by wire to some degree and is still cited as a hazard. The whole area off the North Carolina coast is a danger to magnetic compass bearings, warning on the navigation charts that anomalous magnetic readings are likely to be encountered.
At the base of a flagpole I recall is printed his name and other islanders who died for our freedom. We were then visiting the house my grandfather had bought in North Head, Grand Manan Island, N.B. As youngsters too young to travel much there, he later sold it to two school teachers on the island. The flagpole is just out-front of the church between two brass cannons, marked “Eccles”.
There is also a volume about the The Second Happy Time (Wikipedia) codenamed Operation Paukenschlag or: Operation Drumbeat, billed as “The Dramatic True Story of Germany’s First U-boat Attacks Along The American Coast In World War II,” by author: Michael Gannon, publisher: Harper Perennial in 1991 (review by Daryl Carpenter). Brought to their attention, perhaps “Lehman Urquart” that is the Leman Chapman Urquhart name will be corrected in the second edition.
I met a Canadian Hall of Fame songwriter though I think it was in “Country Western”. Mr. Green was/is the primary dulse dealer on Grand Manan Island and had worked in western films in Hollywood years ago. When we met him he gave us a tape of the song, he had come in second for, in the “Write a Province anthem for New Brunswick” contest back in 1988 when we were there last, and some dulse, which is a red seaweed high in minerals that’s picked at special low tides and sun-dried. I’ve seen it as a condiment on a restaurant table in Montreal. I once went picking it near Indian Beach out of a dory across from Campobello Island, in the summer of 1967, only sun that we had that summer. I’m glad Joni Mitchell is finally being recognized, and I don’t have to try to make a living “on the tides”. Maybe it means they’ll take Lightfoot out of the elevators! Rolling Stone
During the Great Depression President FDR authorized a tidal power project in Maine at or near the Passamaquoddy reservation, that was only partially built. The “Half Moon” tidal project was a feasibility study done in the 1970s and I think they have it in place. One of the meeting places I read in the “Quoddy Tides” (some of if not the highest tides in the world) out of Eastport, Maine is at the end of the dock where there is a solar powered lodge. A huge one was once proposed for Nova Scotia but as I recall in “Scientific American” it would have changed the depth of tide in Boston, Massachusetts harbor by 6 inches and from there up the coast a greater change. Some submerged designs in Scotland to me seem the best, the current holds them down to the bottom without superstructure involved. 11/6/06
For Gunter Grass: Fiddler Crabwalk
Very interesting site. My Canadian-American grandad’s brother, Leman Chapman Urquhart, was captain of the “City of Atlanta” sunk in Jan. 1942 off Avon, NC, Cape Hatteras, with three survivors of 46 (?) aboard (not he) by U123. Here’s all his and their graves’ record shows:
RECRD 674 VESSLTERMS CITY OF ATLANTA CHART 11520 AREA D
CARTOCODE 0999 SNDINGCODE DEPTH 0
NATIVLAT 35/23/28.00 NATIVLON 075/20/14.00
LAT83 35/23/28.64 LONG83 075/20/12.52
LATDEC 35.391288888889 LONDEC 75.336811111111
NM16/42–DANGEROUS WK REPORTED AT LAT.36-10N, LONG.75-16W.
NM DATED 8/15/55
24 NO.409; CARGO, 5269 GT, SUNK 1/19/42 BY SUBMARINE; POSITION ACCURACY
35-23-50N, LONGITUDE 75-20-46W.
WITHIN 1 MILE AT 35-23-28N, 75-20-14W; WD CLEARED TO 57 FT.
27 NO.306; FREIGHTER, 5269 GT; SUNK 1/19/42; C&GS REPORTED WIRE DRAG LD
OF 41 FT., 7/24/44; POS.35-23-48N, 75-16-42W.
177 NO.409, CGS WD ON 7/24/44 OBTAINED 41 FT LD. CHARTED A DANGEROUS SUNKEN
WRECK 6 3/4 FM. REP.
YEARSUNK SYSTEMNUM 653
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