WHO DARK TO LIVE by Frederick B. Watt


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In rhymed couplets, a narrative poem of the English Merchant Fleet through the odyssey of one Captain in peace and wartime; of Bess, whom he met on one voyage, courted and married, Bess who waited patiently through years of absences. Then wartime, and a new ship, the , which is bombed and then torpedoed by a submarine and sent to the bottom; the Captain's crack-up and his recovery with Bess in Canada, and his anxiety to be off again and the humiliation of an assignment to an old boat with a crew of rotters, this time not as Captain but as Second Mate. Putting his country first, he takes the job, as a ""fighter who had pride and yet could cast his arrogance aside"". Poetically speaking, it is of no special significance; sell as a tribute to the Merchant Fleet.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1943
Publisher: Macmillan