Of the 185,000 merchant seamen and women who served during 1939-45, 1 in every 6 was lost.
First-hand illustrated account of the
North Atlantic Convoys & The Battle of the Atlantic.
WWII's longest running campaign was what came next after being introduced to the rigours of Antarctic whaling which, despite its hardships, did not prepare the author for what lay ahead.
On the Brink of War
Nth. Atlantic Convoys
On the brink of war
Dundee Wireless College Class of 1939
Crescent House, 40 Windsor Street (site of Dundee Wireless College) in later years.
(Courtesy of "Arthur.vintagent", Ships Nostalgia.com)
Antarctic Whaling (1939-40)
North Atlantic Convoys (1940-45)
Alexander (Alex) Anderson
2nd January 1920 - 14th February 2000
How it all began ...
"Born, Alexander (Alex.) Anderson at Spittalfield Schoolhouse, Perthshire, Scotland in 1920 to School Headmaster John Blair Anderson and his wife Janet (Plenderleith). Educated at Perth Academy before attending the Dundee Wireless College, the author graduated in 1939 with a Postmaster General’s Certificate in Radio Telegraphy (1st class). Employed firstly by the Christian Salvesen shipping company of Leith, Scotland, he left home aged 19 years to take up the position of third R/O on the New Sevilla Whaling Expedition, 1939-40 Season."
The nature of the maritime war was such that, moving great distances between continents brought almost surreal contrasts. From ice floes and high seas to wolf packs in thick fog, shark fishing in Sierra Leone to ship collisions, aerial and U-boat attack to entertainment on-deck. Life was lived by the day. Such experiences became, not only the stuff of memories, but also the contents of the diary entries taken at the time supported by the images and items collected along the way.
This new and personal first-hand account sees a very raw 19-year old 3rd R/O leave his Perthshire home, to return a very grateful 25-year old 1st R/O 'Chief Sparks' for the new life that lay ahead of him.
The Reminders ...
The Future ...
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