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MALTA ON A PEDESTAL

Operation Pedestalaugust 1942

Chapter Five

Saturday 15th August 1942

Before dawn on 15th August all the surviving merchant ships had entered Valetta’s Grand Harbour save for the SS Ohio. It was as if this fine lady was saving herself for the final and grandest of entries. But it was by no means certain that she was going to make it, especially at this eleventh hour. Her engine room had been shattered, her back was broken and she wallowed low in the water. Only the inherent and unique strength of her design and construction was holding her together. Holding her up in the water were still the destroyers Penn and Bramham tethered on each side, with the Ledbury going ahead more as a rudder than as a tow. Moreover, they were still trying to keep a sufficient distance from Malta’s protective mineields, which were very close by.

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