S.S. Nerissa, the Final Crossing
|S.S. Nerissa, the Final Crossing|
The tragic loss of this ship resulted in the third largest loss of life for a ship sunk by U-boats in the approaches to the British Isles. The deaths of 81 Merchant Navy seamen, 98 Canadian, British and Norwegian forces (including three members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals), 11 American Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilots and 17 civilian passengers touched not only Canadian families at the time, but also many families in the allied nations and the neutral United States. Yet, the loss of the S.S. Nerissa is hardly mentioned in official war records or by historians … and the tragic human losses are largely unknown to our current generation.
This book aims to flesh out the events that led up to the sinking by U-552 (Erich Topp) and to include eye witness accounts from many of those that survived and some stories of those that perished. After so many years, their stories still deserve to be told. Much of the material is based on the analysis of: testimony, recollections and/or official reports taken from survivors; and Canadian, British and German source documents which have since been declassified.
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