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Captain Francis Poole was born in West Hartlepool, Northern England, and went to sea during his teens as an apprentice on a merchant ship. In the First World War he served in the Royal Navy. Between wars he sailed mostly in the Far East. In World War II he transferred to the Canadian Navy and was stationed on the East Coast as a Lieutenant – Commander on destroyers and also did convey work. Captain Poole was the Harbour Master with the Federal Government at Goose Bay, Labrador, during the 1950’s and 1960’s after he had retired from the Canadian Pacific. He published articles about his experiences for marine and navy journals and for Them Days Magazine, and also wrote a large manuscript about his life at sea. May 11, 1996, Captain Poole celebrated his 100th birthday at the Veteran’s Hospital in the Ste. Anne de Bellevue near Montreal, Quebec.