Eric’s story about HMCS Regina

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Sitting ducks.
From One Hundred Years on a Handshake by Brian Hanington, to be published in February, 2014.
When Canada joined its allies by declaring waron Germany, the reaction of most Canadians was overwhelmingly supportive. Notwithstanding a clumsy attempt by William Lyon Mackenzie King to enact conscription, the national call to arms was heeded; more than one million men and women joined Canada’s forces to defeat Germany’s bid for continental domination. A full ten percent of the nation’s population signed up. Of those, 45,000 died in battle and another 55,000 were wounded.

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Regina came to a halt, gently rocking in the calm sea. The entire crew was shocked. All off-watch sailors had come to the upper deck to watch the sinking ofEzra Weston, and when the ship came to a dead stop they all had the same thought; Regina was now a sitting duck for attack by an enemy sub. For almost 20 minutes, they bobbed noiselessly. One of Eric’s shipmates, Able Seaman Tommy Malone, was the weapons tech on watch at the stern. Tommy knew that his depth charges—20 of which were live in their racks—were a danger. Set with hydrostatic releases to detonate at 50 feet of depth, if even one rolled off now it would kill them all. Tommy asked the bridge for permission to “set the depth charges safe” and was told to proceed. He moved quickly along the two racks of 10 charges each, deactivating each with a brass key.
Thomas De La Hunt Malone
Thomas Malone