Experience on an Atlantic Convoy
Publication:
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 5 Mar 1942, p. 295-309


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Experience on an Atlantic Convoy


The speaker's mixed emotions on leaving Britain. The journey to Canada on a freighter. A history of the freighter. Submarine raids and five separate attacks during the journey. The experience of being torpedoed in a convoy. Establishing psychological immunity after a single night's experience. The way in which we humans react to danger. A detailed description of the torpedoing. Reference to Mr. Churchill's statement that the battle of the Atlantic now is more acute and the sinkings greater than at the peak of the sinkings of the last war, and that they are up at the top of this war. Admiration for the Merchant Marine and the boys of the Navy. Some words about the Merchant Marine. Description of a troop transport. The speaker's mission to Britain. The National Committee for Mental Hygiene, invited by the British Ministry of Health, to study the problems connected with the evacuation of children from London, Plymouth, and other target areas, to regions of greater safety. What the study found and observed. Taking care of refugees as well as the children. Britain facing a serious shortage of trained children's workers. The lack of research that would lead to the development of better programmes for childcare during the evacuation. The speaker's offering of a Canadian Children's Service. What that Service would include. Developing wartime nurseries at the rate of several hundred a week. A further promise that a group of Canadian scientists will contribute on the research side. Funding in Britain, and in Canada. The welfare of children very close to the hearts of the entire British people. The importance for Canada to send children's workers to Britain. The progressive nature of Britain. Advances being made in education, health, invention, and other fields. Working together to knit together more closely our bonds of Empire.