Roxanne Rowing Off Canso, Nova Scotia
Steven Rhude
Oil on Canvas
H 52in x W 32in
Who was Roxanne? We know one thing for sure; a myth originated in the Canso, NS area during WW2 about a local prostitute who was bemoaning the downturn in business since most of the available men had gone overseas to fight. An idea occurred to Roxanne to spread a rumor that a German sub had been spotted off the shores of Canso. This caused great concern since the Commercial Cable building in nearby Hazel Hill was a major communications link with Europe. The rumor quickly spread up through the ranks and extra Canadian troops were sent in to protect the facility. Naturally, business improved for Roxanne, and her myth grew after the war. -Steven Rhude