WAR & PEACE: Mum on Malaya

Up the Narrows of New York Harbor one drizzly morning this week stood a hulking grey battleship. Convoyed by Coast Guard craft, she cast anchor at the Government Anchorage, hard by the Staten Island ferry pier. Palm Sunday passengers noted the flag fluttering at her stern: the British ensign. Around 11 o'clock, half her crew went ashore for liberty, and Manhattanites soon knew what ship she was. On the seamen's flat-cap ribbons was the gilded legend: "H.M.S. Malaya."

Malaya's men were willing to talk. They had fought the Jutland veteran as Vice...

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