WSS, Gravesend, 1st.ed., 1998. 80 pp., frontis (drawing) + many photo-ills. Pict. c.c., 24 x 18cm. Nr.FINE. The untold story of ships and crews performing one of the most hazardous duties at sea during the Second World War - namely the rescue of seamen whose ships had been sunk in convoy. No such vessels existed in naval service when war broke out, neither could RN crews be spared, therefore both ships and men had to be drawn from mercantile sources. The first rescue ship was the BEACHY which sailed in her first convoy in October 1940. She was sunk early in her career by air attack, illustrating the dangers of this service. In this book, the author records the ships involved in this vital work, their duties and areas of operation, their crews and the needs of survivors ; plus voyage records, honours and awards, etc.