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| William Breen was born in St. John's, Newfoundland.
From approx. 1941 to 1953, Bill spent most of his time at sea. His occupation was listed as "Fireman" up until 1946.
In 1946, he was promoted to "Oiler".
The photo above was taken from his identification card. The date of issue was 31st Mar 1942. It was issued by the United States Coast Guard in the port of New York. It stated his occupation as "Mariner", employed by Furness Withy& Co. Ltd. It contains his right hand index finger print. It gives the following statistics:Date of birth
5'7", 150 lbs
Brown hair, Brown eyes
Alien registration number: 9193044
Card serial #271255.
On all the certificates his Ability and Conduct were listed as "Very Good".
The following is a summary of Bill's sea-going years:
Name of Ship
|Terra Nova||16 Sep 1941, St. John's||10 Oct 1941, St. John's||25 days|
|Fort Townshend||9 Feb 1942, St. John's||26 Feb 1942, St. John's||18 days|
|Fort Townshend||27 Feb 1942, St. John's||10 Jul 1942, St. John's||135 days|
|John Cabot||20 Nov 1942, St. John's||21 Dec 1942, St. John's||32 days|
|Eagle||17 Mar 1943||18 Mar 1943||1 day|
|Fort Townshend||3 Jun 1943, St. John's||28 Jun 1943, St. John's||26 days|
|M.V. Oldham||18 Apr 1944, St. John's||27 Apr 1944, Halifax NS||10 days|
|Meigle||3 Jul 1944||20 Jul 1944||18 days|
|Meigle||16 Apr 1945, St. John's||21 Sep 1945, St. John's||160 days|
|North Brook||9 Nov 1945, St. John's||19 Dec 1945, Halifax NS||41 days|
|North Brook||1 Jan 1946, St. John's||28 Feb 1946, St. John's||59 days|
|North Brook||26 Apr 1946, St. John's||20 Jul 1946, St. John's||87 days|
|North Brook||21 Jul 1946, St. John's||14 Sep 1946, St. John's||56 days|
|MayFall||1 Jan 1947, Halifax NS||20 Feb 1947, Harbor Grace NF||51 days|
|Argovic||18 Aug 1947, Wabana, Labrador, NF||21 Aug 1948 Vancouver, BC||369 days|
|Federal Trader||16 May 1950, Halifax NS||31 Aug 1950, St. John's||108 days|
|Fort Hamilton||26 Apr 1953, St. John's||31 Dec 1953, St. John's||250 days|
The photo above was taken from his Seaman's Identity Certificate. It was issued in Halifax, NS, on 29th Apr 1953. The serial number is A23477. The rest of the information is Name, Address, DOB, Left Thumb print, and unemployment insurance #.
When Bill wasn't working the waterfront or at sea, he would love to go off "in the woods". He was a competent camper. He knew First Aid, was familiar with wild edibles and was comfortable in blazing heat, extreme cold or a downpour of rain. He could "shift" for himself and was very confident in the outdoors. He traveled with a minimum of gear and his camps were simple, clean and efficient.Bill wrote and passed his examination for Engineer 3rd Class. He then went to work in the boiler room at Fort Pepperrell. A United States military base, located at St. John's between Quidi Vidi Lake and the White Hills. In 1966, the name "Fort Pepperrell'' was dropped and the area reverted to its former name of Pleasantville.
Military Records Contact: Daniel B. Breen
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