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Amazing Stories: Convoys of World War II

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Nine men tell their personal stories of life at sea during World War II. In extreme danger, they battled seasickness, injury, and less than comfortable living conditions while avoiding floating mines and torpedoes in their efforts to guide ships safely across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • ISBN: 9781554390021
  • Author: Dorothy Pederson
  • 120 pages
  • Ages: 12+, Adult

Prologue

"Torpedo ahead," the lookout yelled. With thudding hearts, a pair of Canadian sailors watched the torpedo skim the water in front of their corvette. It was racing straight for the tanker one of the 35 ships in their convoy and only a few hundred feet away. With a deafening impact, the shock of the explosion almost blew the sailors right off their ship.

The tanker's cargo of fuel, destined for the Allies' war efforts in Europe, spewed into the ocean and ignited into a hissing, spitting, roaring fireball. As the tanker burned, the horrified witnesses heard only weak cries. After a short time, these too were drowned out by the thunder of the angry fire. The sailors knew there was no point in the convoy's rescue ship sticking around.

Escorted by armed navy vessels, the convoy of Canadian and British merchant ships raced onward, trying to put distance between them and the visible and invisible dangers of the North Atlantic. Despite the reputed safety of the pack, another of their ships was stricken soon after. This time, there was no fire, but the ship was sinking quickly. Lifeboats had been lowered but some sailors barely had time to grab a life ring before hitting the frigid water. The rescue ship was ordered to stay for them as the rest of the convoy again sailed on.

Choppy seas made the rescue agonizingly slow and difficult. Scramble nets were thrown over the side of the rescue ship for the desperate men to haul themselves aboard. Half an hour later, only a few men and boys had been saved. Many more were losing the fight with the frigid water. Then the order came that was even more chilling: "Abandon the rescue." Once again under attack, the convoy had signaled for help. The rescue ship revved up its engines.

In the ocean, the weakening hearts of the remaining sailors sank alongside their ship.

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 14 × 1.3 × 21.6 cm
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