Arctic patrol ship to be named after Second World War nurse
Ice floes float in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland above the Arctic circle on July 10, 2008. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:30AM EDT
HALIFAX -- One of Canada's new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships will be named after a nurse who was in the Royal Canadian Navy.
Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the ship will be named after Margaret Brooke, who was decorated for gallantry in combat during the Second World War.
Brooke was recognized for trying to save others after the Newfoundland ferry S.S. Caribou was torpedoed by a German submarine.
It sank in the Cabot Strait in October 1942.
Brooke struggled to help her friend and colleague Agnes Wilkie as both women clung to ropes on a capsized lifeboat.
Wilkie succumbed to the frigid water, but Brooke was named a member of the Order of the British Empire for her efforts.