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  1. This was a great find!! Ray is my husbands uncle and none of the family had seen this I was delighted to show them…..Thank you so much

    • admin says:

      Thanks Connie — He’s one of my heroes — where is he –how is he?
      David

      • Michelle Hogan says:

        Hi. Ray Hogan was my Brother-in -law. He was a Great Man and a Friend to everyone. Unfortunately Ray Passed away 9 Years ago. Would Love to see this Documentary about Him. Miss him alot. Thanks.

      • F. Einarsson says:

        Captain Hogan was a great man and a good friend from the time we got to know each other on board the factory freezer trawler Tuktu.
        He sadly passed away at sea on board the factory freezer trawler Tenor, I think it was in 2007.

        Friðfinnur Einarsson
        Mechanical Engineer M.Sc.

      • Capt. Derek Ck Kruger says:

        Good evening David;

        Thanks for bringing this story to the web, as it will help those who knew of Ray. As I have during the time he worked as my first mate many years ago. As you will see from the reply made to Dana, is where a young lady is asking for information. As she stated; Ray Hogan was her birth father.

        It was back around 1992 /1993 is when CBC did the Documentary about Ray,known as “Hogan’s Haiti” and showed this during the early evening hour about 7 or 8 PM in December. If you want a copy then send a request to CBC, as they stated at the time if the viewer wishes, he can get this at a small fee. I hope this helps shine the light brighter and brings a better understanding for all family members,that loved him as much,as we as mariners enjoyed working with him. When he (Ray)as stated worked with me here in Canada.

        I have not heard if Ray is still a live or not,so if you or other could advise me so I would very greatfull and would much like to talk to him again.

        I too sailed into and around Haiti for years and come to know of the pain these people endured and most likely still feeling this even today.

        Best Regards
        Capt. Derek Ck Kruger
        Master Mariner

        derek.kruger@ns.sympatico.ca

  2. Dana says:

    Hello, well I just read the article about Captain Hogan. I believe he was my birth father. Would love to hear more about him. Please email me.
    Thanks
    Dana

    • Capt. Derek Ck Kruger says:

      A Tribute Re-written of “Captain Ray Hogan”.

      Hello Dana

      It may come as a surprise to you when one says he knew of your father, as I have come to know him. Ray came to work for the company I worked for, and for many years. This company was that of Techno Navigation Ltd, in the Province of Quebec Canada. Ray got a job onboard the vessel where I was the Captain at the time. Ray serviced as the first mate and did the work delegated to him. While completing the work with excellence, to do lesser was not Ray’s style. Ray’s period onboard would have been longer had it not been for a problem with the ship’s main engine. Therefore at that time and place we were employed by Saline Salt Co in the Madeleine Islands Quebec. Here to keep the winter navigational channel to the salt dock there open. This required a breed of special men to do this work that was required of all onboard. Ray was that kind of a man, as he was a hard worker, determined to complete the job no matter what. During the time Ray sailed onboard I took many photos of the work being done back then. In some of these photo’s is where Ray was seen out on the ice having an axe in his hand freeing the Ice buildup onto one of many navigational buoys that marked the channel. We were to service all in order to keep the channel open for much bigger ships. That would transit the windy channel up to the dock from seaward. As I stated Ray did this and other work extremely well. When we experienced the engine problems we left this Madeleine Islands work site and secured at Aulds Cove here in the Strait of Canso Nova Scotia and tied up at the gravel quarry dock to complete the repairs. Ray along with many others onboard left the ship and I never heard anything more of Ray until 10 years later.
      Here at my home while hanging Christmas decorations on the tree as I listened to the CBC TV say that the Passion Eye, or something (Man Alive) would be running a story tonight, about a man named “Ray Hogan” down in Port Au Prince, Haiti. CBC called this story “Hogan’s Haiti”!! I almost fell off the chair as I turned to listen when I heard this.
      So you see Dana; your dad was a seamen / fisherman and lived down in Yarmouth Nova Scotia, having left his birth place in Newfoundland. Here Ray fished out of Yarmouth as well Lunenburg, Liverpool, and Shelburne Nova Scotia. When he eventually came with us, as the fishing industry fell apart with the Cod Stocks being depleted. Ray found himself out of a job and ended up with my company. All be it shorter time then what one would like see it, or it was to be then.

      I had heard that Ray went as third mate sometime later on a cargo ship formally owned by Crosby’s being a Newfoundland Company sold the ship to a company in Haiti. Whereas your father had only a “Fishing Master’s Certificate” could not sail any higher than that of a third mate on a cargo ship, or first mate on a salvage tug, such as it was on our vessel. When the ship arrived at Haiti is where Ray stayed on the ship and later that ship was renamed “Frieda”. I sort of laughed when someone said years later, that Ray Hogan convinced the Haitian Company that he “Captain Ray Hogan” was a Captain even if he held a Canadian Fishing Masters Certificate, but it was not for or on a cargo ship, as he made them believe it was. Therefore Ray produced his old class 2 Canadian Fishing License and with a lot of spare cash, acquired a Panamanian Captains Certificate. What a day that might have been for a guy like Ray as he must have felt he was 10 feet tall. These bought Marine Engineer’s and Captain’s Certificates were a hot item back then. You might say you could be anything as all as you got the cash to acquire it. There was a lot of corruption and corrupt folks in high places needing that cash flow and didn’t matter how or where it came from, as long as it was USD issued. As stated never mind where it came from, or what it bought, was and is how Ray Hogan became Captain of this cargo ship “Frieda”. All was legal back then wasn’t it ??
      Many years later after watching the CBC TV Documentary on “Hogan’s Haiti” did I hear that Ray came back to Canada and went back to his home port of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. It was from here he started a story as I heard it later. That he got into a brawl with a Haitian while in Port Au Prince had to leave the country in a hurry. This brawl ended up not being favorable for Ray, so the story went for the Haitian. I never really believed this story one bit, as one who had come to know of a man having sailed with him, all be it like it was. Ray Hogan didn’t fit this story circulating. As I know that he himself wouldn’t harm a fly. What really happened was, that when all Panamanian Certificates that were bought much earlier as his was, and from a corrupt Panama Maritime Government Official started to fall apart.
      This meant that Ray’s story of being a Cargo Ship Captain in Canada now had to prove this many years later. Here when the IMO sought to eliminate bought certificates. Here now the International Maritime Origination (IMO) cracked down on all countries like “Panama” knowing that they sold “False Maritime Certificates”. Now Ray Hogan like so many others got found out the end was in sight. He lost his job as Captain of the ship “Frieda” by the way of same people that helped get this Maritime License / Certificate in the first place. Could not support Ray’s Certificate position for the work he did for a good number of years. As I hear it this was a big blow and insult to a man, and to have exposed to a lie that he didn’t want exposed. Let alone to have anyone think he “Capt Ray Hogan” was not who he said he was. This I truly believe is where he knowing this would have rather left a country that became home to him throughout the years he lived his dream. Also before feeling he run the risk of being called a fake to the so many poor people he sought to help, and did!!
      Like I said, I liked Ray; as your dad was truly one of the best and what he did or not did it his way didn’t much matter. To be down in a country where things were lawless at best and corruption run while, is where things could be bought and sold at a price. Who cared if “Captain Ray Hogan” was not who he was to others, and as far Ray thought, was all that mattered to him. All that really matter to him was that he lived a lie, and doing so helped countless numbers of poor that came to see your dad as a “True Hero”. As he had helped the poor and others in Haiti achieve what was not possible. By now “Captain Ray Hogan” seen what he never hoped others would see, and to live out his dream to the end. Nor did he want the exposure. Here to now was a tired old seafarer that never meant any harm by accepting what others did to get him this far in the profession he loved so dearly. Also giving onto others as he did, saw it right. After all Ray did get the job done, all be it in his own special way.
      From the story told on CBC when aired this TV Documentary did so interview the high up Government Officials / Politicians alike in Haiti, all spoke highly of “Captain Ray Hogan”. The things he tried to do for the less fortunate people of Haiti that came his way never left his side not knowing that he would try to find a solution to their problems. Here helping all that needed Rays help, was never turned away. He (Ray) held the respect of the dockworkers and unemployed, as well shook many hands, always helped where he could. In many cases by giving onto those a little cash to buy them all a meal. Ray’s action reached the top Government levels in Haiti and that in the “Presidents Office” and the respect was seen mentioned within CBC documentary by these people given freely. Ray begged the Canadian Federal Ministry of Education to reach out to this Poor less educated Haitian Country for the children’s sake. Here publicly asking for assistance to help the Haitian children get a better education. It was not known to me if his cries for the benefit were heard, that would have this help given. Never the less his words will and are recorded by CBC as being made by your “dad”. Therefore please come to understand of the man you might never have met, as I am sure if he only knew that you were his daughter than Ray might never have made that trip to Haiti and never have touched the many lived in so small ways as he did.
      Should you like to know what happened next to your dad after coming back home to Yarmouth Nova Scotia, do please e-mail me? I will tell you privately what I have heard, or should I say happened to your dad, ok. “Take Heart In knowing; your dad “Captain Ray Hogan” was a kind and God fearing man that loved life such as it was, never passed by those he could help. All be it in some small way or another where all respected him, for what he did to make their life better”!!

      Kind Regards
      Captain Derek Ck Kruger
      Master Mariner
      derek.kruger@ns.sympatico.ca

  3. Dana Forsey says:

    It was amazing to read about Ray Hogan. I would like to know more please email me. I believe he may be a relative of mine.,

    Thanks
    Dana

  4. Dana Forsey says:

    This was an amazing find!!! I would like to know more about Ray Hogan, I believe we may be related!

    Thanks
    Dana

  5. Capt. Derek Ck Kruger says:

    Hello Dana
    It may come as a surprise to you when one says he knew of your father as I have come to know him. Ray came to work for the company I worked for, and for many years. This company was that of Techno Navigation Ltd, in the Province of Quebec Canada. Ray got a job onboard the vessel where I was the Captain there at the time. Ray serviced as first mate and did the work delegated to him complete the work excellently. Ray’s period onboard would have been longer had it not been for a problem with the ship’s main engine. Therefore we were employed by Saline Salt Co in the Madeleine Islands to keep the winter channel to the salt dock there open; this required a breed of special men to do this work that was required of all onboard. Ray was that kind of a man, hard worker and determined to complete the job, no matter what. During the time Ray sailed onboard I took photos of the work being done back then. In some of these photo’s is where Ray was seen out on the ice having an axe in his hand freeing the Ice buildup onto one of many navigational buoys we were to service in order to keep the channel open for much bigger ships to transit the windy channel to the dock. As I stated Ray did this and other work extremely well. When we experienced the engine problems we left this Madeleine Islands work site and secured at Aulds Cove here in the Strait of Canso and tied up at the gravel quarry dock to complete the repairs. Ray along with many others onboard left the ship and I never heard anything more of Ray until 10 years later. Here at my home while hanging Christmas decorations on the tree as I listened to the CBC TV say that the Passion Eye (or something) like this would be running a story tonight about a man named “Ray Hogan” down in Port Au Prince, Haiti. CBC called this story “Hogan’s Haiti”!! I almost fell of the chair as I turned to listen when.

    You see Dana; your dad was a fisherman and lived down in Yarmouth Nova Scotia, having left his birth place in Newfoundland. Here Ray fished out of Yarmouth as well Lunenburg, Liverpool, Shelburne Nova Scotia. When he eventually came with us as the fishing industry fell apart with the Cod Stocks being depleted. Ray found himself out of a job and ended up with my company. All be it shorter then what one would like see, or it to be.

    I heard that Ray went as third mate sometime later on a cargo ship owned by Crosby’s a company in Newfoundland. This ship had been sold to a company in Haiti. Whereas your father had only a “Fishing Master’s Certificate” could not sail any higher then third mate on a cargo ship, or first mate on a tug such as was our vessel. After Ray got to Haiti saw Ray stay on the ship and later renamed “Frieda”. I sort of laughed when someone said years later that Ray Hogan convinced the Haitian Company that he Ray Hogan was a Captain, true while fishing, but not for or on a cargo ship. Therefore Ray produced his Canadian Fishing License and with a lot of spare cash acquired a Panamanian Captains Certificate. These buy engineer’s and Captain’s Certificates were a hot item back the as there was a lot of corrupt folks in high places needing cash. Never mind where it came from or what it bought was how Ray Hogan became Captain of this cargo ship.

    Many years later after watching the CBC show on “Hogan Haiti” did I hear that Ray came back to Canada and went back to Yarmouth. He started a story I hear that he got into a brawl with a Haitian in Port Au Prince. This ended up not being favorable for Ray, so the story went. I never really believed this story as one come to know a man having sailed with him, all be it like it was. Ray didn’t have that in himself to harm a fly. What really happened was that when all Panamanian Certificates that were bought much earlier as his was from Panama started to fall apart. This meant that Ray’s story of being a Cargo Ship Captain had to prove this many years later when the International Maritime Origination (IMO) cracked down on countries like Panama that sold false Maritime Certificates. Ray got found out and lost his job. As I hear it this was a big insult and a lie that he didn’t want exposed. Let alone have anyone think he was not who he said he was. He would rather leave before feeling he run the risk of being called a fake!! Like I said I liked Ray, your dad was truly one of the best and what did it matter to be down in a country where things could be bought. Who cared if Ray Hogan was not who he was to others and as far Ray thought it was all that mattered to him. All that matter to him as he lived a lie, but what of it as he had help from others in Haiti achieve what was not completely true. But now Ray seen as he never wanted or expected and here too was a tired old seafarer that never meant any harm by accepting what he did. As Ray did get to the job done, all be it in his own way. From the story told on CBC when they did this TV documentary did so interview high up the line politicians in Haiti spoke well of Captain Ray Hogan and the things he tried to do for the less fortunate people that came his way. Here helping all that needed Rays help was never turned away. He (Ray) held the respect of the dockworkers and unemployed, always helped where he could by giving onto those a little cash, or to buy them all a meal. Ray’s action reached the top Government levels in Haiti and that respect was seen mentioned within CBC documentary by these people. Therefore please come to understand the man you might never have met, as I am sure if he only knew that you were his than Ray might never have made that trip to Haiti.

    Should you like to know what happened next to your dad after coming home to Yarmouth. Then do please e-mail me and I will tell you privately what I heard or should I say happened to your dad, ok.

    Take Heart In Knowing Ray Hogan Was A Kind and God Fearing Man!!
    Kind Regards
    Captain Derek Ck Kruger
    Master Mariner

  6. Capt. Derek Ck Kruger says:

    Dear Reader;

    Do please excuse the few typo’s seen here from reading of Capt . Ray Hogan, better known to me as “Ray”. As 03:45 is not my best time and where more care should be taken. Thank you for your understanding.

    Kind Regards
    Capt. Derek Ck Kruger
    Master Mariner

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