A vivid reminder of the war is the growing number of bodies washing up on Jersey’s beaches or recovered from local waters. These tragic victims are evidence of the present battle raging at sea between merchant ships and German submarines.
This week another victim of this grim struggle was discovered off Corbière. Although not yet formally identified, reports are that the man was from the SS Anglo-Californian, the ship that fought a heroic one-sided battle a few months ago.
On 4 July, the Anglo-Californian arrived off the south coast of Ireland carrying a consignment of horses from America. A U-Boat attacked the vessel, firing its gun rather than torpedoes, which had all been used. Deciding against surrender, the Anglo-Californian’s captain tried to escape believing that there were Royal Navy warships nearby. In the running battle that followed, Captain Parslow remained on the bridge, despite severe wounds. When finally killed, his son took over the helm and continued steering the ship until the submarine gave up the chase.
The body recovered off Corbière may be one of the crew members who attempted to abandon ship following an order by the captain