Thirteen seamen who, after their ship had been sunk by a U-boat, withstood six days of privation on a raft have added another page of dogged courage and endurance to Britain's sea history. The story of their ordeal, as narrated below, was told by a survivor when he landed in England. After their ship was torpedoed on the morning of a Friday she sank, and the survivors were left in one lifeboat and on a raft. The position was a very long way from land, but the V-boat did not come to the surface or make any attempt to save life. Describing their subsequent experiences, one of the survivors said: The raft was taken in tow by the lifeboat and we paddled throughout Friday and that night. During Saturday afternoon the weather deteriorated and finally the tow parted. Before anything could be done to pass a new tow, the raft and the lifeboat had been driven far apart, and soon lost sight of one another. There was nothing we on the raft could do in the squally weather except put out a sea anchor. This was done and from a very small compass which one man had in the top of his fountain pen, we were able to glean some idea of the direction in which we were drifting. The survivors of the torpedoed ship being rescued by a British Destroyer, after they had spent six days on a raft in dtormy seas. On the raft were three rifles and some ammunition. During the night of Saturday we fired the tracer ammunition into the air in the hope of attracting attention. It was unavailing. On Sunday morning a liner was sighted, but those on board failed to see the raft in the rough sea and she went on her way. We were out of luck. By that time we had started to ration our water supply, allowing one milk tin full per day to each of the thirteen men on the raft, half the ration being issued about ten a.m. and the other half about ten p.m. Late on Sunday evening heavy swell was encountered, and the raft capsized, throwing us into the water. Two of the three rifles were lost, as was some of the scanty store of food, but fortunately all the men succeeded in regaining the raft, and the water store was not lost. On two occasions on Monday ships were sighted, but again we failed to attract attention. We had no means of making or lighting flares, and nothing which could be used as a mast on which clothing could be hoisted as a distress signal. From Monday to Thursday nothing at all was sighted. Nevertheless, all the men remained in good spirits. Early on the morning of Thursday a German U-boat appeared. It approached the raft to within twenty yards. We saw that on the bridge of the U-boat there was a machine-gun which was kept trained on us. We therefore ostentatiously threw overboard the one remaining rifle. The U-boat circled slowly close round the raft. Then the U-boat commander waved and went away. The thirteen of us had been clinging to the raft for nearly six days, and were suffering from privations, exposure, and salt-water sores. Yet we were relieved at not being taken prisoner, and celebrated by having a double ration of water. Later that day British destroyers appeared and rescued us from the raft.