By Ian Wilson

For four long years the Battle of the Atlantic had been raging in which allied seamen were dying every day, as they fought to get life-saving convoys to the UK.

And the memories of this horror are recalled in the recollections of a marine engineer from South Shields, a town which was to suffer grievously at the hands of Germany’s U-boats with thousands of its seamen and engineers lost due to enemy action.

The late Jack Wilson’s story, which came to light quite recently, begins on a semi-tropical night, 27th May 1942. He was second engineer in the Moor Line’s 4,457 ton Yorkmoor which was about 200 miles south of Cape Lookout off the North Carolina coast and expected to be there by the next evening.

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