Description: English Steamer sept 11 1955
IN A BLUE WORLD of sea and sky the British freighter Wychwood churned a wake down the
middle of the Atlantic, 13 miles west of the island of Bermuda. Table-smooth water curled white as
her bow sliced southward, circling to avoid Hurricane Connie.
On a settee in the Officers Mess the Chief Steward waited to serve afternoon tea. Droning engines
encouraged him to doze until the settee shook and he bounced around like a doll in a box. With her
engines racing full ahead, the freighter ground to a halt.
"The Wychwood stranded on a coral reef at 3:17 p.m. on Thursday 11 August 1955," reported The Royal Gazette in
Hamilton, Bermuda. "After sliding onto the ledge," it quoted the Chief Steward, "our ship swung around on it. Captain
Thomas called all hands to emergency stations, and ordered the engines 'full astern.' Our propellers spun but the ship would
From an antenna high on her mast a message went out. Wychwood requested a tug to pull her from the reef and a pilot
to guide her into St. George's harbor for repairs.