New Brunswick

A. LeBlanc named for slain Bouctouche fisheries officer

A new Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel, built in Halifax, has been christened the CCGS A. LeBlanc, in memory of fisheries officer Agapit LeBlanc, of Bouctouche, who was murdered while investigating illegal fishing vessels in 1926.

Fisheries officer was investigating illegal fishing vessels when someone killed him

Fisheries officer Agapit LeBlanc, of Bouctouche, was killed in 1926 while investigating illegal fishing vessels. His murder remains unsolved. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

A new Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel has been named in memory of a fisheries officer from Bouctouche, N.B., who was murdered on the job 88 years ago.

Agapit LeBlanc was killed on Oct. 20, 1926 while investigating illegal fishing activity. His body was found weighed down in eight metres of water. He was 39. His murder was never solved.

The CCGS A. LeBlanc, a Hero-class mid-shore patrol vessel, built by Irving Shipbuliding Inc. in Halifax, was inaugurated on Thursday.

The Canadian Coast Guard inaugurated its newest Hero-class mid-shore patrol vessel, CCGS A. LeBlanc, into the fleet on Thursday. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
It will be used mainly to enforce fisheries regulations in the St. Lawrence River and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Fisheries and Oceans Canada said in a statement.
Hero Class vessels are named for decorated soldiers, veterans and police officers, as well as employees of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.

By naming these vessels after Canadian heroes, the Government of Canada says it hopes to encourage further generations to learn about Canadian history, culture and geography


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