May 26, 1919 (13th Parliament, 2nd Session)


William Duff

Laurier Liberal


I am very pleased indeed that the hon. gentleman has asked me that question. It is quite true that there was no vessel in Halifax, or in the Canadian Navy, which could have coped successfully with this German submarine, but let me tell the hon. gentleman that what the naval authorities at Halifax should have done was this: They had, as this marine underwriter says, scores of boats lying in the dockyards doing nothing, but if Admiral Storey had gone down and said to the crews of those boats, "I know you cannot cope with this submarine but get steam up and start for Lux Blanca and the minute the German submarine sees the black smoke coming round the head it will submerge and go away," it would have been effective. The authorities might at least have done that. I do not say they could

have sunk the submarine, but I do say there were boys in the Canadian navy who could, have gone out and driven that submarine away.

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