World War: What is the WillmoTo?

In the half-light of the equatorial daybreak, a U.S. cruiser sighted a vessel about eleven miles away. The cruiser signaled by searchlight. There was no answer—first suspicion.

The cruiser approached, made out a U.S.

flag at the stern, other flags on the weather screen of the lower bridge on each side.

At the bow and over the bridge was the word Willmoto; a signal flag was hoisted also indicating the name Willmoto. No answer to further searchlight signals—second suspicion.

The cruiser hauled up alongside, and an officer shouted through a megaphone: "Where you from? Where you bound?" The answer, "Cape Town to New Orleans," came...

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