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The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon
By Alotta, Robert I.
Descripton: The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon is a story of heroic courage and valor and self sacrifice. The last voyage of the Liberty ship SS Henry Bacon saw the crew put the lives of 19 Norwegian refugees above their own lives. The Bacon was the last Liberty ship to be sunk by the German Lufwaffe on the Murmansk Run—from Scotland to Murmansk, Russia. The ship fought valiantly against superior forces, and downed more German planes than any other Liberty ship. The SS Henry Bacon was born, lived and died in war; born November 11, 1942; died February 23, 1945. When the ship went down, her proud captain and chief engineer were standing at the helm. This is her story. The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon is filled with touching personal episodes, well written and documented, drawn from conversation and correspondence with the surviving merchant seamen and Navy gunners. Their accounts have been verified by declassified Navy and Maritime Commission records.