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Queen Mary and the Cruiser: The Curacoa Disaster
     

Queen Mary and the Cruiser: The Curacoa Disaster

by David A. Thomas, Patrick Holmes
 
On the afternoon of 2 October 1942, the cruiser HMS Curacoa was to rendezvous with the Queen Mary, one of the largest liners afloat, to escort the passenger ship and her cargo of nearly 10,000 U.S. troops to Great Britain. With no hint of danger, the 81,237-ton liner came down on the cruiser and sliced her in half. Nearly 340 men died, almost all within minutes of the

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On the afternoon of 2 October 1942, the cruiser HMS Curacoa was to rendezvous with the Queen Mary, one of the largest liners afloat, to escort the passenger ship and her cargo of nearly 10,000 U.S. troops to Great Britain. With no hint of danger, the 81,237-ton liner came down on the cruiser and sliced her in half. Nearly 340 men died, almost all within minutes of the collision. This is a full, detailed account of the disaster.

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The authors, a naval historian and a survivor of the disaster, detail the tragic sinking of HM cruiser off Bloody Foreland in 1942, when the Cunard liner sliced through the cruiser in broad daylight and under no adverse weather conditions. They reconstruct a minute-by-minute record of the errors preceding the disaster, enhanced by eye-witness accounts. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781557506986
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.88(d)

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