Torpedoed The True Story of the World War II Sinking of the Children's Ship

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From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII.

Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set sail for Canada with one hundred children on board.

When the war ships escorting the Benares departed, a German submarine torpedoed what became known as the Children's Ship. Out of tragedy, ordinary people became heroes. This is their story.--from the publisher

304 pages                                          978-1627795548                                     Ages 10-14

Keywords:  ships, children, heroes, submarine, war, World War II, history, Canada, England, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, narrative nonfiction, Europe, military

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This is the account of the little-known World War II maritime disaster of the sinking of the passenger ship City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England to Canada.

In 1940, with German air raids reducing many of England’s major cities to smoldering ruins and a threatened invasion looming, thousands of British parents chose to send their children to safety in Canada through a program called the Children’s Overseas Reception Board. The CORB children they were referred as.

On Sept. 13, 1940, the passenger liner set sail from Liverpool bound for Canadian ports. Onboard were 90 CORB children, their chaperones, crew, and paying passengers.

Their Royal Navy escort left it on Sept. 17, and that night, unaware of the refugee children aboard, the commander of German submarine U-48 ordered three torpedoes launched at the Benares, the third hitting its target with devastating effect.

While this is an extremely sad story, it is a beautifully designed book, with reproductions of archival photographs and documents complemented by original pencil art by Lee that captures the action aboard the Benares and afterward.

This is well-researched story of tragedy, and survival. (Nonfiction. 10-14)
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