The Anglo Saxon's Jolly Boat
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SS Anglo Saxon

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On 6 August 1940 the merchant ship SS Anglo Saxon took on a fresh crew and left Newport, Wales, carrying a cargo of coal to Bahia Blanca, Argentina. 

The Anglo Saxon (5,596 tons) was one of four ships owned by the Nitrate Producers Steamship Company. Her new crew numbered 41 officers and men, and she was armed with one deck gun. On 7 August she called at Milford Haven, and on 8 August joined the outward-bound Liverpool Convoy OB 195. 

Several days later Anglo Saxon left the convoy and proceeded independently to Bahia Blanca. The voyage was uneventful until on the night of 21 August she encountered the German armed merchant raider Widder approximately 800 miles west of the Canary Islands.

The Widder