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By Peter Dornan

Diving Stations is the inspiring tale of Captain George Hunts profession. Born in Uganda after which expert in Glasgow, he was firm to hitch the military and at thirteen years outdated he entered HMS Conway. His prewar years observed him serving all over the world. In 1939, at the outbreak of warfare he used to be already serving in submarines. Over the subsequent six years he used to be rammed two times, sunk as soon as and had hundred of intensity fees dropped round him. He gave greater than he obtained! whereas answerable for the harmony classification Submarine Ultor - often within the Mediterranean - he and his team accounted for an dazzling 20 enemy vessels sunk by way of torpedo and eight by way of gunfire in addition to harmful one other four ships. His 15th project was once defined via the Admiralty as unsurpassed within the Annals of the Mediterranean Submarine Flotilla. After the conflict George persisted his uncommon naval occupation changing into Senior Naval Officer West Indies (SNOWI). He emigrated to Australia the place he lives this present day.

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As the torpedoes raced towards their prey, George waited for the sound of a muffled explosion. He was rewarded as one of the torpedoes struck the Tampico, which immediately began to take in water. Realizing the escorts would quickly retaliate, the Proteus dived to about 200 feet (61m) and waited. ' (Depth charges had been introduced during the latter part of the First World War and were similar in shape to a 40-gallon drum. 37kg) ofamatol explosive. They were normally dropped from rails over the stem and fired over both quarters by mechanical throwers.

Another event at the end of that year stimulated George into action - Phoebe graduated as a physiotherapist. As she intended to return to Kimberley to work, George decided he should propose to her. e. a diamond). It was at this point that George decided to ask permission from Phoebe's father and 'do the right thing'. By coincidence, Joe Abrahams was returning to Kimberley briefly to see his family, so George asked Joe if he would deliver a letter to Phoebe's father in which George formally asked his permission to marry their daughter.

As they patrolled the channels, protecting the vast, motley fleet while it spirited the remnants of the British and Allied Forces back to England, the submariners were tense but fascinated. The largest concern was the German dive-bombers which created havoc all around. Any ship in their sights was virtually a sitting duck. To George's great relief, the 010 wasn't targeted. The evacuation lasted until I June. At the end of this 'longest day', they joined in the elation knowing that they were part of one of the greatest feats in military history.

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