Performed at St. Neots Folk Festival on the 10th June 2012. Written and performed by Paul Cherrington and Pamela Ward.
On a clear day in October 1942 off the Bloody Foreland, Co. Donegal, Ireland, the Queen Mary sliced through her escort ship, HMS Curacoa, with the loss of 338 lives. No enemy U-boats or aircraft were evident, and the men aboard the Queen Mary scarcely felt a bump. Tragically, due to risk of enemy attack, she could not stop to pick up any survivors. Pam's father , Able Seaman Ernest Ward, served on the Curacoa and was one of the 101 men who survived. "It was like seeing a block of flats coming straight towards us" he told her. Due to the effect on morale during the War, the incident was kept secret for many years. This song is dedicated to the memory of HMS Curacoa and all those who served on her.