BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: The Young and Hopeful

There was no warning, just the explosion of the torpedo. As the sea poured in, the merchantman began to careen. Voices of people rose above the crashing of furniture, dishes and gear. The ship rolled over, spilling wreckage and humanity into the ocean.

From deck chairs and other flotsam to which they clung, 18 people collected on a life raft. Four were children: Carol and Richard Shaw, whose mother and sister were drowned and whose father had vanished, and Mary and Robert Bell, whose missionary mother was rescued with them. Also dragged out of the sea was the torpedoed merchantman's...

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