Convoy Will Scatter: The Full Story of Jervis Bay and Convoy HX84

Convoy Will Scatter: The Full Story of Jervis Bay and Convoy HX84

by Bernard Edwards Capta Cap


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On 5 November 1940 the eastbound convoy HX 84 of thirty-seven merchant ships, escorted by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Jervis Bay was attacked in mid-Atlantic by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer. The Jervis Bay, commanded by Captain Edward Fegen, charged at the enemy. Hopelessly outgunned, she was blown out of the water by the Scheer’s 11-inch guns.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781593769
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 09/02/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii

Foreword viii

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

Epilogue 171

Appendix 1 In Memoriam 173

Appendix 2 176

Bibliography 178

Index 180

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