ARGENTINA: Axis on the Spot

The Victoria affair looked as if it might really put the Axis on the spot in Argentina.

It was like this. With her blue-&-white Argentine merchant flag floating free, ARGENTINA and a painted flag enormous on her flanks, the brand-new, U.S.-built, 12,500-ton tanker Victoria, Felix G. D. Salomone, Master, tanks blown full of Argentine linseed, was clipping along northbound 300 miles off Cape Hatteras. Just before sundown one day, a torpedo smacked into her 30 feet aft of amidships. Deck plates buckled, but her all-welded Albany hull stood up: the bulkheads of the tanks were unbreached.

Captain Salomone broke out complete identification...

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