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The Sinking of the SS Fort Lee
By Kevin Gomm
Ever wanted to know what it is like to be on a torpedoed ship and then to spend the next several weeks in a lifeboat marooned at sea? On November 2, 1944 The U.S. oil tanker SS Fort Lee was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat submarine U-181 in the Indian Ocean. Four lifeboats managed to safely get away. What the men aboard these lifeboats endured next is their own odyssey - battling privations, storms, rough seas, despair, and clinging to hope that rescue will arrive. Together they all had one thing in common….they were survivors. Over 7 years of research have gone into the telling of this extraordinary story. The 550 page book includes 50 rare photographs including actual documents and letters from the survivors and their families. November 2, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of this historic event. We observe, pause and remember.
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