Last night I went to the local marine museum. Exhibits range from the viking era to today’s highly computerized ships. One exhibit is dedicated to the World War 2 experiences of the Norwegian merchant marine, who were torpedoed by German submarines as early as September of 1939.
My grandpa sailed on oil tankers in convoys across the Atlantic for 6 years. That’s how he came to meet my grandma. She was invited to a party at the Norwegian seaman’s church in Brooklyn (New York) and he had shore-leave and attended the party.
A small poster hangs in the museum exhibit, telling of the importance of the convoys across the Atlantic. For me, it is also a reminder of romance.