BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: Birth in a Boat

The lifeboat was almost awash. As it rolled and pounded in the 15-foot swells, Desanka Mohorovicic began to feel the pangs. It was just ten hours since she and 23 others in the boat had pushed away from a torpedoed cargo-passenger ship somewhere off the Atlantic coast. Many of the company had been bruised and battered as they tumbled along the listing deck and slid down manropes into the lifeboat. The ship's surgeon, Dr. Leonard Hudson Conly, on whom Mrs. Mohorovicic now depended, had two broken ribs. Mrs. Mohorovicic herself had hurt her legs badly when she fell, carrying...

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