Meanwhile, led by HX 84’s commodore ship, the Cardiff tramp Cornish City, the merchantmen scattered under the cover of a smoke screen, were picked off one by one by the radar-equipped Admiral Scheer.
Captain Hugh Pettigrew, commanding the highly armed Canadian Pacific cargo liner Beaverford, began a desperate game of hide and seek with the Scheer, which continued until Beaverford was sunk with no survivors. Thanks to this sacrifice, incredibly, only four other merchantmen were sunk.
Later the neutral flag Swedish freighter Stureholm, commanded by Captain Olander, picked up survivors from the Jervis Bay. Without this brave and dangerous gesture no one would have lived to tell the tale of the death throes of the Jervis Bay, whose Captain was awarded the VC.
Sadly, the history books only mention the Beaverford and the Stureholm in passing. This thrilling book puts the record straight.
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Table of Contents
Author's Note vii
Chapter 1 Raider at Large 1
Chapter 2 The Convoy 10
Chapter 3 The Lone Runner 22
Chapter 4 Jervis Bay Takes Up the Challenge 35
Chapter 5 Guns and Gunners 48
Chapter 6 Scatter 60
Chapter 7 Heroes are Made 72
Chapter 8 The One That Almost Got Away 85
Chapter 9 The Rescue 98
Chapter 10 The Four-Stackers 109
Chapter 11 San Demetrio 121
Chapter 12 End of Passage 134
Chapter 13 The Aftermath 146
Chapter 14 The Reckoning 159
Appendix 1 In Memoriam 173
Appendix 2 176