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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
   William Chiasson
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Chiasson, William Deck Hand SS Prescodoc (Fort William), Canadian Merchant Navy July 29, 1942 29 Halifax Memorial, Halifax NS Panel 21   Commemorated on Page 112 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 8 and August 5 William Chiasson was the son of Charles T. and Marie Chiasson, of Belle Marche, Nova Scotia. The SS Prescodoc was a steam merchant ship owned by  Paterson Steamship Ltd. of Fort William, Ontario.  On July 29, 1942 the ship was en-route from Georgetown, British Guiana to Trinidad  At 10.19 pm  steaming unescorted, the SS Prescodoc  was hit ahead of amidships by one torpedo from U-160 and sank rapidly by the bow north-west of Georgetown, British Guiana. The master, Master John Charles Prowse and 15 crew members including Deck Hand William Chiasson were lost. Five crew members were picked up by Predsednik Kopajtic and landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad. U-160 was sunk on July 14, 1943 in the North Atlantic south of the Azores by the escort carrier USS Santee.  All crew members were lost.