While German submarines may not have had any success sinking vessels in Channel Islands’ waters to date, their activities are affecting some Jersey companies. The publishers of the Evening Post newspaper discovered recently that their latest order of paper is lying on the bottom of the North Sea after a German U-Boat sank the ship carrying it.
The paper supplier, Messrs Charles Morgan and Co. of London, have promised to replace the order as soon as possible. In the meantime, the EP fortunately has enough local stocks to carry on printing.
Enemy submarines have been a topical subject in recent weeks. A strongly believed rumour circulating was that one was spotted on the surface just off Noirmont Point, although the military authorities have pointed out that local waters are generally too shallow for U-boats to operate. Whatever the truth in the matter, the recent arrival of a strong squadron of French warships in St Helier seems to indicate that the Allies are taking the local submarine threat very seriously. The vessels, believed to be from Brest, included two modern torpedo boat destroyers, the Mistral and the Grondeur.