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The Days Of Captivity

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The Automedon 's crew and passengers who were taken prisoner on the morning of 11 November spent the next month or so aboard the Atlantis. On the Storstad, some of the younger captives had formed covert networks and schemed to take over the ship or make an opportunistic escape. Harper had been one of them, and he had hatched a hijack plan with W. Pascoe, one of the Automedon's crew, her surgeon Dr Karel Sperber and Ernest Howlett, the Fourth Engineer of the Maimoa. Harper and Dunshea alighted from the train at its terminus, Perpignan. There they made contact with their guide. He took them to a wood of cork trees in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Officially the prisoners at MILAG were not obliged to work against their will, but in reality the younger ratings were more or less coerced into cleaning and waste-disposal work, peat-digging, timber-felling and farm work.

Keywords: Atlantis; Automedon's crew; hijack plan; MILAG; Pyrenees; Storstad; younger captives



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