The song or prayer "For those in peril on the sea" refers to the dailybattle seafarers encounter from the oceans and elements regularly faced.Ships formed into war-time Convoy's for purported greater safety, toooften presented a skittle-alley to subamarine torpedoes, a fairgroundshooting-range to armed raiders or battleships, and even crawling prey tothe falcons flying above.
This book required none of the drama building of a novelist orscreenwriter, its naked, oftentimes understated revelations about therealities of being a seaman, during a destructive world war, areoverlooked stories.
It was amazing to learn the Merchant Navy lost a far greater proportion ofits strength than 'any' of the armed services, yet these men were 'not'concripts, rather they were volunteers, doing a job, and called upon torisk all - routinely. That one-in-three of them died, and, we do not knowabout it, seems obscene. I think we should salute them. An informative andthought provoking read.