World War: AT SEA: Balance Sheet

Sinking of British merchant ships last week fell to a ten-week low—only seven vessels of 37,551 tons, compared with a weekly average for the year 1940 of nearly 70,000 tons—the British Admiralty last week announced. The drop was not sudden, for the three preceding weeks had all been relatively low too. But the Admiralty did not claim a trend, did not boast that the counter-blockade was licked. It well knew that recent vile weather had saved many a British ship. In heavy seas torpedoes are apt to be deflected from their marks and U-boat captains apt to seek port; and...

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