Newspaper articles from various sources appeared
after the Walnut voyage and were also written many years later. Many news articles
contain factual inaccuracies, but are presented herein
as published and written by their
The Halifax Mail, January 3, 1949 - Staff photo by Merrimen
Posted courtesy of The Halifax Herald Ltd.
© The Halifax Herald Ltd. - Not to be reproduced in any print
or electronic format -
(ie: CD, DVD, Video, magazines, books, print or electronic newsletters, emails,
DP's MAKE MERRY AT NEW YEAR -- The large group of displaced persons, now
quartered at the Rock Head detention hospital, started the new year far from the
dangers fro which they had fled, and this was one of the reasons that they gave
a joyous welcome to 1949. Mostly Estonians, but with other European
nations also represented, the group, came to Canada on the former minesweeper
"Walnut". They staged a costume ball at the Rock Head institution
on New Year's Eve, and showed real ingenuity in devising effective costumes, as
the picture proves.
Missing Article - Just
photos with captions
Unknown source - Friday,
January 7, 1949
Photo caption: GREAT FRIEND OF YOUNG DP's -- Benjamin
Lambert, chef in charge of the kitchen at the Immigration's detention quarters
at Rock Head, is shown giving some of his little Estonian friends a
"pre-view" of the menu that lies ahead for them at the next
meal. Mr. Lambert is a great favourite with the nearly 250 DP's quartered
at the institution and is especially popular with the children in whom he takes
a warm, personal interest. A native of Newfoundland, he saw service in the
Royal Navy and Merchant Navy in two wars and survived a torpedoing.
"Young Voyagers From Estonia Take Bright View
of Their New
The Globe and Mail, Toronto
- Saturday, February 5, 1949
No article, just photographs with captions.
© The Globe and Mail - Posted with permission.
|| A police station was the first thing Luule Linde, 7, wanted to
see after her arrival at Ajax immigration centre from Estonia. At the now
East York police headquarters, she got a great kick out of taking over the radio
to the cruisers under Sgt. Bill Warren's guidance.
|For the two boys in the group of boys and girls on a
tour of the Toronto area to see what they wanted to see, Ice cream was a
highlight. They are Peter Ainomae, 9, and Enn Saumets, 13, and they needed
to know no English to express their approval.
||The whole group was
enthusiastic about local
movies. At each theatre they shouted "Kino, kino," and at the
Odeon (above) Luule gleefully recognized the Bumstead family on the
billboard. Peter, Heili Linde, 11, and Enn puzzle out strange words.
| Visiting the Centennial Rd. School at West Hill,
Helle [Heili] Linde and Enn Saumets trace their trip from Estonia across the Atlantic on the
globe for Ann Jamieson, pupil at the school, who was delighted with her new
Enn's greatest thrill came when he was able to blow the
horn, turn the wheel and work the gear shift of a 1949 deluxe model car at
Evans Garage in Scarboro. For the first time on the tour, he cracked a
Unknown Newspaper Source - Dated approx. Dec. 1950
The rusty, little minesweeper Walnut, her role forgotten except maybe by
those who sailed her on her last voyage, sank slowly yesterday at her Windmill
Pier berth, on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbor.
Scuttled by vandals who removed her sea cocks while stripping her brass
fittings, the former Royal Navy warship is now resting in 20 feet of water, her
stubby prow pointed skyward on a 45 degree angle.
Haligonians can well remember the December day in 1948 when the little vessel
steamed into Halifax Harbor with her cargo of humanity.
In living quarters originally designed for 14 men were 347 refugees from
Gothenburg, Sweden. The majority were Estonians who had picked Sweden as a
haven from Communism.
Their three-week, stormy Atlantic crossing was one of hardship. They
told newsmen on arrival here of seasickness, hunger and much suffering.
A month later, after her occupants were accepted into
Canada as political
refugees, the Walnut was put on the block by 50 D.P.'s who co-operatively owned
her. There were, however, no offers to purchase the little ship.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers of the Dartmouth detachment are
investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.
Besides flooding her holds, lifeboats were torn from their davits, life-rafts
were set adrift, and rigging was ripped away when she settled to the bottom.
SCUTTLED AT WINDMILL PIER -- The former Royal Navy
minesweeper Walnut is shown above as she looked when she brought 347 refugees to
the port of Halifax from Sweden one cold December day two years ago. The
ship, owned co-operatively by 50 of the D.P.'s who sailed on her during the
three-week, stormy Atlantic crossing, was scuttled yesterday by vandals, whom
R.C.M.P. officers claimed opened her sea cocks while stripping her of movable
brass fittings. She is now submerged at the stern in 20 feet of water at
her berth at Windmill pier, Dartmouth.
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