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GUEST,Bruce, Melbourne Australia Help: The Russian Convoys (including PQ17) (91* d) RE: Help: The Russian Convoys (including PQ17) 01 Aug 02


During WWII there was a lot of bad feelings between the merchant sailors and the Navy.

Most of it concerned things like pay and condition, on most merchant seamen were higher paid than their navy equal's and on top of that many received bonuses for completing a voyage, they also spent reasonable time in port between convoys and were not subject to rationing. Also they were able to make a extra quid by bring goods in for the blackmarket. Certainly many ships were sunk but also remember that by proportion to the total number of ships sailing they were in less danger than many others in WWII

While the sailors on the escorts were paid the mimimun the Government could get away with, spent very little time in Harbour, often just enough time to fuel and provision the ship and land mail. At sea they were four hours on four off, subject to constant call for action stations, the ships were target of first choice by the U-Boats, they were constantly wet, eating cold and poorly cooked food. Have a read of books like "ONS5 The Fiercest Battle" is see what the conditions were like.

Bruce D


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