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there was a good luck ship in the convoy, too

January 22 2012 at 10:29 AM
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To be sure, I should have mentioned as well another alumnus of the Boise convoy that enjoyed extraordinarily good luck a bit later on. SS Doña Nati was one of three sizable merchant ships that were successful blockade runners, getting various supplies and materiel from Australian ports to major islands of the Philippines south of Luzon. Leaving first, on February 16, 1942, ex-Pensacola convoy vessel Coast Farmer ran her cargo up to Gingoog Bay in northern Mindanao, followed two days later by Philippine registered Doña Nati, which reached Cebu City. The last was British registry Anhui, also getting to and back from Cebu City, All of them experienced wild adventures and hair-raising close calls in their undertakings. Other chartered vessels, such as Florence D. and Don Isidro, sunk or burned by IJN aircraft north of Darwin, and numerous interisland steamers, to which the goods had been transferred for the final run to Luzon, were far less lucky. Luck at last ran out for Coast Farmer, too, being torpedoed and sunk off the Australian coast just a few months later, on July 20, 1942.

Nelson

 
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