Arandora Star – CNP VI
On Tuesday 2nd July 1940 while on the way to Canada the Arandora Star had been torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine.The luxury liner turned troopship had just been converted to a prison ship, equipped with some armaments and overpainted in battleship grey. It was adopting the zigzag course typical of a warship reducing its vulnerability to torpedo fire. On board were 1,864 people: Italian, German internees and German prisoners of war, military guards and crew. Less than half of the passengers survived the shipwreck.
The same day one of the 14 rescue boats came ashore at Knockvologan beach, empty. It is still there under the sand. In Arandora Star (work title) 8 poets of the Ross of Mull, Shirley Blacoe, Derek Crook, Seth Crook, Alex James, Jan Sutch Pickard, Janet Schofield, Brian Thomas and Miek Zwamborn, try to refloat the boat and get it under way again.