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From: "John Stevenson" <>
Subject: Re: [Mar] DUCHESS OF BEDFORD
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 17:56:06 -0000
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Good afternoon Ted,
Many thanks , personally, for clearing that up.
Seemed strange the Master got an O.B.E. for a perhaps /maybe
I apologise if I was a bit pointed about David's note but Merchant Navy
personell get little enough credit for the part they played in two WW's .
I am old enough to remember in WW2 nine of my father's realtives who were
MN/RNVR and did not come home .

Having a heat wave +17 at 13.00 !
Trust you are well

regards.
John.

John D. Stevenson,
Clear blue skies, flat calm, 14C
Edinburgh.


>
> From "Canadian Pacific" by George Musk -
>
> The DUCHESS OF BEDFORD left Liverpool for Boston on 7th Aug.1942. Two
> days out of Liverpool in heavy seas, a U-Boat was sighted about 400
> yards astern. Captain Busk-Wood altered course and opened fire at a
> range of only 100 yards. The first shell hit the water and
> ricochetted the length of the U-Boat. The second struck abaft the
> conning tower with a terrific explosion. Two more direct hits were
> scored, one entering the hull and the other hitting the conning
> tower. Immediately after these hits, the U-Boats bow rose 30 degrees
> out of the water and she sank. A second u-Boat was sighted shortly
> afterward, but after three rounds from the BEDFORD, she submerged
> quickly. For this action, the captain was made an OBE.
>
> If this is a true account, I don't think there is much doubt that the
> U-Boat was sunk.
>
> regards
> Ted
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Barry Johnson" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2005 3:43 PM
> Subject: [Mar] DUCHESS OF BEDFORD
>
>
>> A friend of mine was evacuated to Canada aboard the DUCHESS OF
>> BEDFORD in 1940. (See also my posting "US built escort carrier,
>> 1944".)
>>
>> He has a book, written and published during the War, in which is
>> narrated an
>> encounter between this ship and a U-boat, during which the latter
>> was sunk by gunfire from the liner.
>>
>> I told him I didn't believe it, as I'd never heard of it, and such an
>> incident would have been widely reported and frequently referred to
>> in histories, like the epic encounter between the US Liberty ship
>> STEPHEN HOPKINS and the German surface raider STEIR.
>>
>> Was I just showing my ignorance? Did it actually happen?
>>
>> Barry Johnson
>>
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