In the April 2014 edition of Sea Breezes, reader Mr Robert Langlois wrote to comment on the loss of the three Eastern & Australian ships during WW2.
Mr Langlois was correct in as much as Nankin (1) was not sunk in the Indian Ocean, but captured by the German commerce raider Thor.
Further to the capture of Nankin (1) the Master Captain H C Stratford and First Officer, Burnham W Dunn as prisoners of war, were put to work as labourers in a Japanese flour mill. When hostilities ceased and on an early voyage to Japan aboard Eastern (2) with Captain Dunn as Master, the ship docked alongside the flour mill where he and Captain Stratford had worked as a prisoners.
Captain Dunn recognised a Japanese working on the wharf as one of their guards during the war. Because the guard had treated the prisoners fairly during their detention, Captain Dunn invited him on board for lunch.
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