Miracles on the Water

Miracles on the Water

The Heroic Survivors of A World War II U-boat Attack

Book - 2006
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On Sept. 17, 1940, at a little after ten at night, a German submarine torpedoed the passenger liner S.S. City of Benares in the North Atlantic. There were 406 people on board, including 90 children headed for peaceful Canada, their parents having elected to send them away from Great Britain to escape the ravages of World War II. The Benares sank in half an hour, in a gale that sent several of her lifeboats pitching into the frigid sea, more than three hundred miles from the nearest rescue vessel. Not one of the survivors had any reasonable hope of rescue. The initial "miracle" involves one British destroyer's race to the scene; the second is the story of Lifeboat 12, missed by the destroyer, 46 people jammed for eight days in a craft built for 30. Based on first hand accounts from the child survivors and other passengers.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401301507
Branch Call Number: ANF 940.54293 NAG
Characteristics: xv, 345 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm


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Jan 08, 2011

Survival under conditions depicted in this book are based on luck, skill and a human resolve to face the most horrific conditions with a dtermination to not let fear or despair enter the equation in winning against overwhelming odds.

This book is an excellent reminder for all to appreciate even the slighest flicker of contentment in our lives.

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