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Sunday, August 05, 2012
Discussion Point XXXVIII over at Samizdata asked,
What have you failed to find on the internet that you expected to be there?In the course of the comments, a minor literary mystery was, I think, solved by Guy Herbert. I'll reproduce the relevant comments for the benefit of future searchers. First I said,
The two unfound internet things that made me think of this post were (a) truly easy to follow instructions on how to prolong the life of various types of battery. Yesterday I finally found Battery University: Summary of Do's and Don'ts, although these instructions still demand more mental engagement from the instructee than this instructee wants to supply.Alisa pointed out that there is a Terris Bay in Australia, and then Guy Herbert said,
@Natalie 09:18 - (b) Submit this is a misprint. The internet very literal-minded. If you know the naval-historical context it is obvious Lewis would have been referring to the Jervis BayAlisa replied,
Guy, the net is full of references to that speech, and all of them have it as 'Terris Bay' (I tried to google 'C.S. Lewis and 'Jervis Bay' together, and nothing came up). If that is a mistake, it seems to have been made either by Lewis himself or by a chronicler.I replied,
Alisa & Guy Herbert,Guy's comment included a link to the Wikipedia entry for HMS Jervis Bay which makes it very clear why that ship might well have sprung readily to Lewis' mind. It reads:
She was the sole escort for 37 merchant ships in Convoy HX-84 from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Britain, when the convoy encountered the Admiral Scheer. The Captain of Jervis Bay, Edward Fegen, ordered the convoy to scatter, and set a course straight towards the German warship to draw its fire, guns blazing. The Jervis Bay was hopelessly outgunned and outranged by the 28 cm guns of the German ship. Even so, Fegan and his crew fought on until their ship was set ablaze and sunk 755 nautical miles (1,398 kilometres) south-southwest of Reykjavík. Captain Fegen went down with his ship. However, although Admiral Scheer went on to sink five merchant ships out of the convoy, Jervis Bay's sacrifice bought enough time for the convoy to scatter, and the remaining ships escaped. Sixty-five survivors from Jervis Bay were picked up by the neutral Swedish ship Stureholm. Captain Fegen was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as a result of this action. The citation for the Victoria Cross reads "Valour in challenging hopeless odds and giving his life to save the many ships it was his duty to protect.")Alisa suggested that I add a note to a relevant Wikipedia entry. This I have totally failed to do, due to idleness, ignorance of the technique, and the fact that my IP range seems to be blocked from editing Wikipedia. If you reading this feel inclined to add such a note, please do.