On October 14, 1942, during a crossing of the Cabot Strait off the coast of Newfoundland, the ferry SS Caribou was torpedoed by the German submarine U-69. The ferry sank in five minutes. Fighting for her own survival, Lieutenant-Commander (LCdr) Brooke did everything humanly possible to save the life of her colleague and friend, Nursing Sister Sub-Lieutenant Agnes Wilkie, while both women clung to ropes on a capsized lifeboat. In spite of Brooke's heroic efforts to hang on to her with one arm, her friend succumbed to the frigid water.
For this selfless act, Brooke was named a member of the Order of the British Empire.
HMCS Margaret Brooke will be the second of six Harry DeWolf-class AOPS constructed as part of Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Construction is set to begin in the fall of 2015.
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