Gaston Rousseau (2014)
His contribution to maritime life in Quebec
In 2014, the Musée maritime du Québec paid tribute to Captain Gaston Rousseau for his contribution to the local seafaring heritage. Rousseau has an impressive track record. A cabin boy at age 14, he became a pilot a decade or so later. Until 1952, he sailed the seas of the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific, including the Mediterranean Sea. At 33, he became a pilot on the St. Lawrence River, where he navigated for 32 years. During that time, he founded Groupe maritime de Québec inc. and was Board Chair for the Musée maritime du Québec (from 1976 to 1979). The acquisition of the Bras d’Or hydrofoil, a major museum showpiece, is an initiative of Captain Rousseau.
About Gaston Rousseau
Captain Gaston Rousseau was born in 1919, in Berthier-sur-Mer and died January 28, 2018, ten days shy of his 99th birthday. The son of a notary, he was not born into a family line of mariners, but he showed great interest in the profession at an early age. Owing to his maritime career, Captain Rousseau received the highest civilian award in Canada, becoming a member of the Order of Canada in 1983. He retired the following year.