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Hugh Ferguson



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Robert Tapscott & Roy Widdicombe, sole survivors from the s.s. ANGLO SAXON sunk by the surface raider WIDDER 70 days before.
They had drifted more than 2000 miles before making landfall on Eleuthera, in the Bahamas.
The photograph is from the book by Guy Pearce Jones, published in 1941.
Roy Widdicombe was the first to recover from this incredible ordeal and was sent up to New York where he joined the SIAMESE PRINCE. This ship was torpedoed, with the loss of all hands, on the 17th, Feb. 1941.
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Mon, 3 December 07 15:39

Hugh, thank you for this very moving text - The report of Roy Widdicombe being a survivor, only to be lost on the next ship is, very sadly, not unique, but it is desperately sad.
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benjidog
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Mon, 3 December 07 17:09

Hugh,

If you would like to provide a short summary of what happened from the book I would be pleased to turn this into another SN Directory entry. I read the moving story here by the son of one of those that perished. From the little I read it seems that the survivors were mostly machine-gunned after the initial torpedoing and only two people survived. Tragic story!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/69/a2058969.shtml

Regards,

Brian
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Degema
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Tue, 4 December 07 06:21

There is a good report on the loss of the Anglo Saxon in the book Welsh Sailors of the Second World War by Phil Carradice and Terry Breverton. The crew were mainly Welsh with Robert Tapscott from Cardiff and Roy Widdicombe from Newport.

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gary meredith
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Fri, 7 December 07 06:48

The jolly boat of the Anglo Saxon is at the Imperial War Museum and if you visit their website and search for it, a very detailed account of its story can be found.
I have visited the museum myself and found this story in particular to be very moving.
My Father visited the jolly boat at the Mystic Museum whilst on holiday before it was brought back to the UK.
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Cisco

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Thu, 5 January 12 15:58

I have a copy of a small book..96 pages... about the loss of 'Anglo Saxon'. I think it was published in the 1980s. It is 'The Raider and The Tramp' by Alfred Lund. ISBN 0 9515256 2X.

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Wallace Slough
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Thu, 5 January 12 16:37

I would recommend the following book to anyone interested in this subject: "All Brave Sailors: The sinking of the Anglo Saxon, August 21, 1940" by J. Revell Carr. The book tells the story of how only 7 men survived the attack to escape in the Jolly Boat. Of those seven, only these two men survived 70 days at sea in an open boat to land in the Bahamas. It's an excellent read and shows how much we all owe to the seamen of that era.
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