Save Our Souls
“Abandon ship!” The cry rang out along the half submerged ship. Water was everywhere; and so were men. A few were staggering about but most of them were lying unconscious on the deck. Daniel and three others were the sole survivors of the German attack, in the English Channel. It had happened so quickly, no-one had thought of using the radio transmitter or the pistol. Daniel was the youngest member on the ship. He was ship boy, aged fifteen who had lied about his age to join the war effort and was serving on a French spy ship. The German ship had attacked it presuming that it was an English ship.
“Come on.” Said one of the sailors. “Let’s leave this wreck.” They turned and jumped off the boat into the cold dark sea. Daniel could not believe that they had left him on this half submerged ship. They had left him and he could not even swim. Now he would have to try. Daniel shut his eyes and jumped. The icy water submerged him and he knew no more.
When Daniel came round, he was lying on something soft. He opened his eyes and all around him were kind faces looking down on him. They spoke in another language, unknown to Daniel. They seemed to be sorry. Though one thing that surprised Daniel was that they were all women. On his ship the crew were all men. He also noticed that they all wore black and white. On his ship the crew wore whatever as available. However Daniel was too tired and confused to think of anything more but sleep.
The weeks that passed while Daniel was tired were many. However slowly he got used to the women’s way, although not once did he speak. They tried to teach Daniel their language, but still he would not say a word.
He stayed on that little island with the nuns for years until he was a young man, old enough to officially join the army, yet he never spoke. The nuns believed that he was still in shock from the dreadful night that the Germans sunk his ship.
So that is how a revolver, a watch and a radio transmitter came to be in an old ship wreck off of the Kent coast. The radio transmitter so that the French could contact their accomplices; Daniel’s Great Grandfather’s watch and the revolver that nobody thought to use when the German attack happened on that dark stormy night.
By Laura Hart