BAHAMAS: Sea Story

This week a young man of 20 left Nassau in the Bahamas to rejoin the war.

Behind him already lay one of the most hair-raising adventure stories to come out of World War II and one of the most amazing in seafaring history.

On Aug. 21, 1940, the British freighter Anglo Saxon, out of England bound for Buenos Aires, was attacked 500 miles south of the Azores by the German raider Weser, since captured by a Canadian armed merchant cruiser. The raider shelled the ship, killing most of the crew and destroying all but one of the ship's boats.

Unseen by the raider,...