Good-night, Sorry for Sinking You: Story of S. S. "City of Cairo"

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ISBN 10: 0002164647 ISBN 13: 9780002164641
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001834722

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Barker, Ralph
Published by Collins, London (1984)
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Book Description Collins, London, 1984. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+. Photos, Maps (illustrator). 1st. In late 1942 the elderly Ellerman Line steamer City of Cairo was on a voyage from Capetown to Brazil when seven days into the Atlantic crossing the ship was sunk by a U-Boat. There were 300 persons, including women and children and crew aboard. The ship was approximatly 1000 miles from the African shore and about 2000 from the Brazilian coastline, while 500 miles to the north lay the island of St Helena. One lifeboat was sunk and another damaged when a second torpedo was fired to ensure the merchant ship sank. The captain of U-68 informed the occupants of one life boat of their position and distances to the nearest land, then departed with the words that provided the author with the book's title. Six boats survived the attack.When counting heads was completed it was considered that only six lives were lost from the ship wth 294 survivors on the life boats. Her master, Captain W A Rogerson, decided the lifeboats should head north to St Helana and try to remain grouped. Inevitably, the calm sea conditions in which the steamer had sunk did not last and the lifeboats became scattered, some sailing alone. Over the next few weeks many of the survivors died -- of injuries, exposure, hunger and dehydration. On November 19 three of the boats making for St Helena were located by a British steamer and 154 survivors were taken aboard. Later that day another ship found one more boat, with 47 persons rescued. A further boat was found on December 27, 51 days after the sinking of the City of Cairo --- only two survivors were aboard. They were 80 miles from the coast of Brazil. Three others from the City of Cairo were picked up by a German blockade breaking ship (one subsequently died aboard from the privations of an open boat voyage of 36 days). On New Year's day 1943 the German ship was sunk by a British cruiser and the two from the City of Cairo became survivors again. One was rescued by a U-Boat and was a POW in France and the other was landed in Spain. Of those alive after the City of Cairo sank more than 100 died on the lifeboats, one of which, with its occupants, was never traced. The experiences of the survivors was harrowing, encompassing all the human traits, ranging from heroism and self-sacrifice, care and compassion to selfishness and greed. The author's account of one of the most memorable maritime survival epics from WWII covers it with compelling detail, ensuring that this story is never lost. First edition from Collins of 1984. 251 pages including acknowledgements, three appendices. bibliography and index, illustrated with more than 20 b/w photos, including portraits, colour tone end paper maps, map in text. Dark blue hard covers with gilt spine titles are VG+, ditto the text block, no inscriptions, colour art DJ also VG+. Size: 22cm By 14cm. Bookseller Inventory # 005138

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Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1984)
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! L. Bookseller Inventory # 0002164647D

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