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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Finding an Ancestor in the Canadian Merchant Navy

Leo asked:
I am trying to locate a picture of my uncle martin burke who served in the merchant navy in ww2. he was lost on his return voyage to halifax in feb 1942 when his tanker was sunk by u-boat 109. i understand there may be a picture of him in his merchant seaman's records but i do not get a reply from veterans affairs. please help me as the family does not have a photo of uncle martin.

OLIVE TREE ANSWER: Hello Leo: Library & Archives of Canada website gives an address to send for Merchant Seamen Records

Wartime records for the Merchant Navy, 1939-1947 and 1951-1953, are held by:

Merchant Navy Registry
Veterans Affairs Canada
PO Box 7700
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 8M9
Tel.: 1-888-289-8512
Fax: 1-902-368-0564

I do not know if this is the address you already contacted.

Did you know that your uncle is listed on The Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead Database?

Sailor's Name: BURKE, Martin Bernard
Rank of sailor: Engineer
Nationality: Newfoundland
Date of Death: 02/04/42
Name of Ship: Montrolite
Registration of ship: Montreal

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