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An enthralling account of life and death in the WW2 convoys
on 18 July 2000
This book was written prior to the more famous 'Cruel Sea' (which I have not read (yet!)).Interestingly most of the book was written and published during WW2. Three Corvettes is actually a collection of Nicholas Montserrat's work but is no less for this. Three corvettes is a factual account of the authors time on corvettes firstly in the Atlantic convoys and then in the East Coast convoys. It is beautifully written. I went to bed that night with the smell of the sea, the swell of the Atlantic and the fear of the torpedo. After reading this account my utmost admiration went out to the relatively unsung bravery of the Merchant Seamen. The other articles in the book include an account of the tragic sinking of the Lancastria with approximately 4000 passengers trying to evacuate from France. This was actually hushed by Churchill during WW2.Also covered are Dunkirk and the return of a crippled ship to port after being torpedoed. The collection includes 'The Ship that died of Shame' later a black and white film about a MTB boat which is converted for smuggling after the war. I will however remember this book for its frightening account of the convoy war and I look forward to reading the cruel sea.