Excerpts from the logbook of Mermaid (USEAAR, #13)

This post is part of an after-action report of Unconditional Surrender! (Salvatore Vasta, GMT Games) and therefore entirely fictitious.
Written by her captain, John O. Bray, of Halifax, Nova Scotia

February 3
[…]Loading completed before time. The entire ship is filled with Canadian grain bound for Liverpool, England. Waiting for convoy departure date in two days.[…]


February 5
[…]Convoy has left in time. Clear seas in the Western Atlantic. […]


February 11
[…]Spotted a plane in some distance in the southeast.

Could not be identified as friend or foe. As the plane failed to give signal, we fired some ineffectual rounds at it. So far, the Royal Navy training for anti-aircraft fire that we received has not yielded results yet, but it is good for the morale of the men that they can fight back instead of just enduring. […]

February 12
[…]Yesterday’s plane definitely a foe. Convoy was attacked at 2300 by u-boats. Three ships sunk (Sea Empress, Roberta, Arrow). We were able to pick up a small boat of sailors from Roberta. Destroyer escorts launched depth charges, but did not report any hits. […]

February 13
[…]Hounded the entire day by a growing number of u-boats. Still out of range of Royal Navy planes. Have applied for additional destroyers patrolling the Western Approaches. Hibernian and Alba sunk, Swallow damaged and now straggling.[…]

February 14
[…]Additional Royal Navy destroyers arrived at 0700. Two u-boats sunk, the rest could disengage. Swallow sunk by a German plane.[…]

February 15
[…]Arrival at the port of Liverpool at 1400. Unloading in process. Scheduled the loading of dead weight for the return journey for the next afternoon. The material used for this purpose is now the rubble of the Luftwaffe campaign against England.[…]

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