Emergency signals, radioed by the torpedoed Athenia in the Royal Navy's code,
within more or less 15 minutes were received by the radio-stations in
north-western Ireland. After that captain James Cook ordered to repeat
the message in open text. This time almost immediately responded the
Norwegian tanker Knute Nelson.
was steaming some 40 miles south-west to the site of torpedoing,
responded that she was changing her course and hastening with help. More >>>