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Re: Liberty Ship Armament Question
On further checking I find that the 4/50 did not use powder bags. And the Stephen Hopkins and its opponent, the Stier, were only two miles apart when they came out of the fog they had been sailing in, so that their firing was very accurate. Three of our merchant mariners killed later had Liberty ships named after them and a navy gunner killed had a destroyer escort named after him. The few survivors left spent a month in a lifeboat before finally reaching Brazil.