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By Terry Crowdy

This e-book supplies a close and real account of the existence and studies of French warship crews from the Revolution as much as Trafalgar. It describes the recruitment and composition of crews, the various tasks played and the residing stipulations that they had to suffer at sea. Their reports of combating the British are coated extensive; from getting ready the send for motion, to the violent discharges of heavy calibre weapons, the usually ugly realities of sea struggle are printed via photographs and modern stories.

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Prien later described her as a two-masted schooner. The value of the Luftwaffe reconnaissance photograph was now clear – it gave Prien a useful bird’s-eye image of the channel ahead of him, and the obstacles that lay in his path. They were barely 150m from the northern shore of the sound, but there was no sign of life. Prien knew that 1,000m to the west lay the little fishing village of Holm village – officially called St Mary’s. The chances of passing it without being seen must have seemed slim.

He would be spotted and the alarm raised before he could carry out an attack on a more prestigious target. Off the boat’s starboard beam was the northern arm of Scapa Flow, which extended for almost 5 nautical miles, as far as Scapa Bay, and Scapa Pier. While warships were sometimes anchored in this area, Prien felt the best hunting ground was the main anchorage off Flotta. U-47 had just rounded Skaildaquoy Point, and to starboard lay Howequoy Head, a small headland that marked the point where the coast fell away to the north, towards Scapa Bay.

Then Prien saw something else. According to his memoirs he sighted a dark shape in the distance – the outline of another vessel. It was probably just a local fishing boat, but he decided to dive anyway, in case the U-boat was spotted and the alarm raised. U-47 dived again, and once at periscope depth Prien took another look. There was no longer any sign of a vessel, but it was later claimed its propellers were heard. Either it had been imagined, or the craft had moved away. As no British warship was on patrol there, it was probably a neutral freighter.

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