Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Oct

9

1942

Troopship sunk 500 miles off South Africa

The Royal Mail Liner Oronsay was built for the route to Australia, conveying passengers and cargo. Six men died when she was torpedoed on 9th OCtober 1942.

Our lifeboat was by now more than half full of water. Bailing did not improve the position noticeably. Decided to find another boat. Eventually discovered one almost waterlogged, a steel effort which we managed to empty of its water and crude oil after two hours hard bailing. It was now mid-day and extremely hot. During the morning the two launches which had been safely got away had rounded up all the life boats, thirteen altogether. Set course for Freetown!