Today, September 27, is the 68th anniversary of the of the fight between the SS Stephen Hopkins and the German Auxiliary Cruiser Stier off the coast of South Africa The Hopkins was a Liberty ship with one 4" gun plus some 20mm's. Stier had six 5.9" guns. Both the Hopkins and the Stier were sunk in the battle. The German supply ship Tannenfels was damaged in the fight. Only 15 Naval Armed Guard members and Merchant Mariners from the Hopkins survived.