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Chatto and Windus, London. 1941. On September 13th 1940. the ship 'City of Benares' sailed from Liverpool, England with ninety children and ten adult escorts as passengers for Canada. Four days later the vessel was torpedoed. Lifeboats were lowered, and into one boat, 30 feet long forty six people were crammed. The children's escort, Mary Cornish, who clearly emerges as a modern heroine of the highest calibre, and her charges stayed in the life-boat for eight days. They were rescued by a British destroyer to tell a story of heroic proportions. Worn dust jacket. Blue cloth covered end boards. 87pp 190 mm x 120 mm.