Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Oct

2

1942

Troopship liner Queen Mary sinks HMS Curacoa

"Stand Easy" - stokers enjoying a smoke and a talk during cleaning boliler cleaning operations in the engine room of HMS CURACOA at Rosyth.

I said to my mate “You know she’s zig-zigging all over the place in front of us, I’m sure we’re going to hit her.” And sure enough, the Queen Mary sliced the cruiser in two like a piece of butter, straight through the six inch armoured plating. The Queen Mary just carried on going (we were doing about 25 knots). It was the policy not to stop and pick up survivors even if they were waving at you. It was too dangerous as the threat of U-Boats was always present.