WORLD W A R
9, 10, II
S.S. Lehigh, Captain Vincent P. Arkins, 4,983 gross tons, owned by U.S. Maritime Commission, flying U.S. flag, lat 8° N, long. 14° W, bearing south along the African coast for Takoradi to pick up manganese ore consigned to U.S. . . . 8:55 a.m. . . . All well. . . .
An ordinary seaman was sitting on deck reading a book when it happened. The explosion shook a hatch beam loose; the beam cut off four of his toes. The third assistant engineer, below, was brained by falling deck plates.
The torpedo had struck fair on the...