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All brave sailors : the sinking of the Anglo-Saxon, 21 August 1940 / J. Revell Carr.

By: Carr, J. Revell.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2004Description: xii, 363 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780340825778; 0340825774.Subject(s): Anglo-Saxon (Ship) | Anglo-Saxon (Ship) | Aeroplane crash survival | Shipwreck survival | Survival | Survival at sea | Wilderness survival | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, German | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Atlantic Ocean | Anglo-Saxon (Ship)DDC classification: 940.5429
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On August 21st, 1940, a German warship sank an English freighter, the Anglo-Saxon, in the mid Atlantic. The German ship, the Widder, was part of a class of converted merchant ships known as surface raiders, warships that would disguise themselves as harmless vessels from neutral countries and prey upon Allied shipping. escaped in its jolly boat and embarked on what would become one of the longest open boat voyages in recorded history. Within a few weeks, only two men lived: Bob Tapscott and Roy Widdicombe. On September 24th, they made the last entry in their scant log: All water and biscuits gone, but still hoping to make land. For the remaining 37 days they subsisted on rain, seaweed, minute sea creatures and, of course, the dwindling reserves their bodies retained. They contemplated suicide, fought with each other and weathered a three-day hurricane. On 30th October they landed in the Bahamas after sailing more than 2700 miles. preserved at Mystic Seaport, America's leading maritime museum, until 1997 when it was returned to England. It is now the central object in the Battle of the Atlantic exhibition at London's Imperial War Museum.

"In the darkness of 21 August 1940, the freighter Ango-Saxon is ambushed by a German raider, and seven men escape in an eighteen-foot boat on the open seas. Thus begins a ten-week ordeal of hunger and thirst, death and survival"--Cover.

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