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A Polish destroyer rescued us.
Working in cooperation with the British navy, three Polish destroyers played an active part in patrolling the seas and destroying U-boats, and as told in this story reprinted from the Daily Telegraph, it is a Polish destroyer, which picked up the crew of the Newcastle collier Sheaf Crest after she had been mined.

Members of the crew of the Newcastle collier Sheaf Crest which was mined of the East Coast, arrived in London on 1 December 1939. Several of the men were injured. A naval rating on signalling duty, was killed when the explosion occurred. G. S. Nesworthy, a South Shields man, said in an interview. The ship broke in two, the fore-part sinking immediately, but the after part apparently grounded. I was thrown on my back and nearly swept overboard by the wash. The first boat, we tried to launch filled with water, but we managed to lower another, and we were helped into it by members of the crew who were wounded. One, a naval rating, had been on the bridge. The explosion had overturned a pile of sandbags on him and his mate. The other man was dead. When we had rowed away a bit. We saw a Polish destroyer approaching. They took us aboard and also.the dead man of the wreck. There were 14 of us in the destroyer. I believe some of mates were picked up by other boats, but we have not seen them. Nesworthy did not know what had become of the master. J. J. Baker, the steward of the Sheaf Crest who had his arm in a sling, was in the gallery cooking dinner. When the ship struck the mine. He said, I made for the port galley door, but as I was opening it, a wash over the ship threw it back and crushed my hand. By this time the gallery was filling with water, and everything in it was afloat, but I struggled to the star that law and got out.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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