AT AROUND 18.45 hours on 19 March 1943, the SS Ocean Voyager was anchored off Tripoli harbour unloading a cargo of petrol drums for the Eighth Army when the enemy attacked. Six or seven Junkers Ju 88s, armed with Italian-designed Motobomba FFF torpedoes, raced in low over the water undetected. Ocean Voyager was struck, according to one account, by possibly two torpedoes in Nos. 2 and 5 holds, as well as with a bomb that hit the bridge.
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF DIX NOONAN WEBB