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Heroes Remember

And the mines, floating mines, they got them see. And they'd be up looking at the water, you wouldn't see the water. We had a, the thing I can't name now, kites they call them. They had them on the deck and there was a hook here you know. A cable in here and they'd go across to the next ship, over there just the same see. And then one would go up through the ship and this one down here would cut off the cable, kind of made of (inaudible), and he'd come up. The dangers were there. There were two of them, one ahead of the other, see, and the cable would run and it'd run right back to the other ship, bang. That was the danger. Oh, we used the gun on him, as soon as we caught up see, and a rifle sometimes, but we'd take the big one. And you had to be 200 yards away. That was the rules.

Mr. Andrews describes the technique used to sever mine cables and the dangers involved. He goes on to describe how the floated mines were detonated either by rifle or cannon fire.

George Andrews

George Andrews was born in August, 1900 in Point Leamington, Newfoundland. He was the eldest of five sons and attended the Salvation Army and United Church schools to age thirteen, at which time he went to work in a lumber camp. Mr. Andrews enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1916, serving aboard both the HMS Loch Maree and HMS John Barry. Mr. Andrews contends that without the Royal Navy, the war would have been lost.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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George Andrews
War, Conflict or Mission:
First World War
Ordinary Seaman

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