Rear Admiral
Leonard Warren Murray

1896 – 1971

Photographs of

Pictou Landing
Pictou County
Nova Scotia

Location: On the south side of Upper Road (Highway 348)
adjacent to the Presbyterian Church

GPS location:   45°39'51"N   62°41'13"W

Also see:   Admiral Murray memorial at Pictou

Pictou Landing: Admiral Leonard Murray monument

Pictou Landing: Admiral Leonard Murray monument
R.C.N.   Royal Canadian Navy

Pictou Landing: Admiral Leonard Murray monument

The above photographs were taken on 5 May 2003.

Stamp: Battle of the Atlantic, officially unveiled 1 May 2005 in Halifax
50¢ stamp commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic,
officially unveiled 1 May 2005 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax.
2 500 000 of these stamps were printed.

The Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic which lasted 2,075 days, was the longest campaign of the Second World War. It pitted Allied navies against German and Italian naval forces, especially submarines, in a battle to safeguard the essential flow of shipping between North America and Europe.

On any given day 125 merchant vessels were sailing in convoy across the North Atlantic. It was during these treacherous, stormy crossings that Canada's navy matured and won the mantle of a professional service. Our navy escorted 25,343 merchant vessels across the Atlantic. These ships carried 181,643,180 tons of cargo to Europe – the equivalent of eleven lines of railway freight cars, each stretching from Vancouver to Halifax. Without these supplies, the war effort would have collapsed.

Although it was largely unprepared for war in 1939, Canada's navy grew at an unparalleled rate, eventually providing 47 percent of all convoy escorts. Rear Admiral Leonard Murray, Commander-in-Chief North-West Atlantic, who directed convoy battles from Halifax would become the only Canadian to hold an Allied theatre command during the war...

— From the Battle of Atlantic Memorial Service pamphlet
Online source: The Battle of the Atlantic

In order to encourage the captains of the merchant ships of
all countries which carried the lifeblood of the United Kingdom,
I made it a point to attend the briefing conference of all captains
and chief engineers before their departure. During the winter of
'42-'43, when sinkings were at their worst, I could see when
I told them of the measures by escort and air cover that were
being taken for their protection and safety; I could see that
they knew very well and that they knew I knew in spite of
my brave words, that anything up to 25 per cent of them would
probably not arrive in the U.K. in their own ships, and that
probably half of that number would not arrive in the U.K. at all.
But there was never a waver in their resolve.
— Admiral Leonard Murray, RCN

Online source: The Merchant Navy of Canada

Links to Relevant Websites

Rear-Admiral L.W. Murray Monument by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Rear-Admiral L.W. Murray Monument (2) by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Admiral L.W. Murray

Photograph of Admiral Murray with Winston Churchill

Admiral Leonard Warren Murray: A War, Peace & Security Bibliography
Canadian Forces College

Canadian WWII Merchant Ship Losses by the Naval Museum of Manitoba


Seven Sailors by Commander Kenneth Edwards
Biographies of seven great Royal Navy commanders:
Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay,
Captain William Agnew,
Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser,
Rear Admiral Leonard Murray,
Captain Robert St Vincent Sherbrooke,
Vice Admiral Sir Edward Neville Syfret, and
Rear Admiral Thomase Hope Troubridge.
255 pages, published 1945 in London, England

U-boats Against Canada: German Submarines in Canadian Waters
by Michael Hadley, 362 pages
published 1990 by McGill-Queen's University Press

Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia

Sailor's Statue, Sackville Landing Sailor's Statue, Sackville Landing Halifax

Walmsley Lodge 1785 monument Walmsley Lodge 1785 monument Pictou Landing

Little Harbour: 82nd Regiment 1779-1783, plaque 82nd Regiment 1779-1783, plaque Little Harbour

New Glasgow: Westray Miners Memorial Park Westray Miners Memorial Park New Glasgow

Westville: Miners Memorial monument 1891 Miners Memorial monument 1891 Westville

Trenton: Workers Monument Workers Monument Trenton

Stellarton: Sobeys Industrial Monument Sobeys Industrial Monument Stellarton

New Glasgow: War memorial monument New Glasgow war memorial New Glasgow

New Glasgow: Pictou Highlanders obelisk Pictou Highlanders obelisk New Glasgow

Stellarton war memorial Stellarton war memorial Stellarton

Westville war memorial Westville war memorial Westville

River John: War memorial monument River John war memorial River John

River John: Legion Remembrance Gardens Legion Remembrance Gardens River John

Pictou: Dawson plaques Dawson plaques Pictou

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First uploaded to the WWW:   2003 November 07
Stamp image installed:   2005 June 06