En Inglaterra, los marinos mercantes tienen un prestigío y un reconocimiento que da envidia sana, fueron ellos, junto con los marinos de guerra, los que salvaron a la isla durante las dos guerras mundiales, dicho esto, el pasado 1 de diciembre falleció a los 91 años de edad George Monk, este Oficial Radio del SS Auditor y el resto de la tripulación, navegaron 600 millas en los botes salvavidas despues de que su barco fuera hundido por el U-123.
In June, 1941, he sailed on the SS Auditor. The ship was torpedoed and sunk, but three lifeboats were launched. Each boat sailed independently to the Cape Verde islands, a voyage of some 600 miles, which took 13½ days. His next ship was the SS Ebro (Danish) which sailed in convoy HG73. The convoy was under attack from Focke-Wulf Condors and U-boats for five days and nights. There were nine ships sunk, but sixteen survived the attack. In November, he served on the SS Tactician.
In March 1942, George was on the MV La Paz, which was torpedoed off the coast of Florida on 1/5/42. He then sailed on the MV Karamea that July. In January 1943, this ship was part of convoy HX223 when they encountered a severe hurricane off Greenland. During this fierce storm, the convoy passed over 23 U-boats, but was not attacked by them. (see R/O Eric Bissimire).