Many Were Held by the Sea: The Tragic Sinking of HMS Otranto by R. Neil Scott,Rt. Hon. Lord George Islay MacNeill Robertson

By R. Neil Scott,Rt. Hon. Lord George Islay MacNeill Robertson

At 8:43 a.m. at the morning of Sunday, October 6, 1918, HMS Kashmir rammed HMS Otranto off Islay, Scotland. either ships have been former British passenger liners from the P&O Steamship corporation that were pulled into the warfare to ferry American infantrymen among ny and numerous British ports. in this stormy morning, notwithstanding, they have been a part of Convoy HX-50 wearing troops to Liverpool. On board have been 372 British officials and sailors and 701 American infantrymen. The american citizens have been in general Southern farm boys from fortress Screven in Savannah below the command of Lt. Sam Levy, a Georgia Tech graduate from Atlanta.

The Kashmir controlled to again away and stick to the cruel wartime order that required her to disregard any maritime failures that may befall her sister ships and to proceed on her prescribed path instead of cease and tackle survivors. therefore it used to be that—with winds blowing at 70 to seventy five mph and waves at greater than 60 feet—the critically broken Otranto was once left useless within the water with greater than one thousand souls aboard.

Many have been Held by way of the ocean: The Tragic Sinking of HMS Otranto, tells the tale of what occurred in the course of that voyage—mostly from the point of view of the yank soldiers—and builds to the disastrous end. The narrative information the braveness of the younger males on board, males who, for the main half, had by no means obvious the sea or discovered to swim. It tells of the affliction from the house entrance, as relatives needed to wait weeks to benefit the destiny in their kin. additionally, Scott’s narrative tells the private tale of Lieutenant Craven of the Royal military, serving as Commander of the rescue send, who used to be pressured to gamble with the lives of these on either ships for you to retailer the utmost variety of passengers.

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