Destroyer Turned Saviour

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Serving aboard the Royal Canadian Navy ship Iroquois, the following is a true account of my experiencing a hurricane out on the North Atlantic while rescuing 11 South Koreans from a listed freighter.

Submitted: August 04, 2014

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Submitted: August 04, 2014



Destroyer Turned Saviour


We rolled with with waves on a killing sea
Back in December 1983

That night we sailed in a hurricane
Sent clouds of worry through my brain
It was the strangest night I've ever seen

We received an S.O.S. a little later
From the captain of a South Korean freighter
They had a load of lumber shift and list her

The list was placed towards the wind
To stop the ship from rolling in
It was a battle for life they had to win

We made some plans to rescue the crew
But the wind failed everything - nothing we could do
Eleven poor souls would have to sail it through

They spent all night out in a hurricane
Must of sent clouds of worry through their brains
Bet it was the strangest night they'd ever seen

As the morning broke the wind died down
But the list shifted further - panic all around
Jumping ship, the Koreans must have thought they would drown

Their captain sounded the mayday
Our captain didn't hesitate to say
Life boats and helicopters away!

Both crews almost lost some lives
But God was there as he was all night
I'd never seen such a miracle in my life

A destroyer turned into a saviour
Oh my great and gracious LORD


Glory be to God,



"Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me." Hosea 13:4

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