Drifting to the Duchess
This tell of SS Potlatch and 50 sailor’s survival in an open boat and rafts for 32 days after being sunk by a German sub in World War II, and culminates in their rescue by a boat-racing heiress.
The lifeboat voyage, which includes rescue-turned-betrayal, made it to Ripley. The sub attack, boat voyage, destruction of the U-boat, discovery of the men in remote Bahamas, their transport to the colony’s capital, and ultimate repatriation are all detailed through dozens of first-hand accounts, a screenplay, and interviews with survivors, rescuers, and their kin. rescue – is thoroughly documented. The body of an Africa-American is still buried on Acklins Island.