Questions linger for mother as monument erected for lost fishermen in Nova Scotia


Questions about how a scallop dragger sank suddenly in 2020 are lingering for a crew member's mother, who this week installed a stone monument close to where the boat was lost.

The bodies of Aaron Cogswell, Leonard Gabriel, Dan Forbes, Geno Francis and captain Charles Roberts were never found after the sinking of the Chief William Saulis on Dec. 15, 2020.

The body of crew member Michael Drake came ashore near Delaps Cove, a coastal village about 50 kilometres north of Digby, N.S.

Lori Phillips, Cogswell's mother, has worked alongside Darlene Roberts, the wife of the captain, to create a stone memorial to honour the men on a wilderness trail within sight of the coastal waters where the dragger went down.

A group of friends joined her to erect the memorial on Tuesday, with permission given by the Municipality of the County of Annapolis for use of the land.

Phillips says the site gives her solace, but she questions whether a Transportation Safety Board of Canada inquiry is making progress on what lay behind the sinking.

(Michael Tutton/The Canadian Press)