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HIS BIGGEST CATCH

Scots Fisherman "Captures"

Nazi Submarine

INCIDENT ON VE DAY

British Official "Wireless

Rec. 1 p.m

RUGBY, July 20

George Elliott, the skipper of the steam trawler Toronto, has brought home fine catches, but the best of his life was when he "captured" a U-boat on its way from Japan to Germany with a valuable cargo of quinine, molybdenum and tin. It was on VE day when the Toronto was 26 miles off the Butt of Lewis, Scotland, when Elliott, through his glasses, sighted an aircraft well ahead circling over what appeared to be a small boat, which it took the Toronto an hour and 20 minutes to reach.

Not till then did Elliott realise that the small boat was a German submarine. Hailing a, German officer on the U-boat, Elliott tried to make him understand that he was going to take the enemy vessel to the nearest British port. The German, apparently knowing little English, kept on saying: "I beg your pardon, captain." So Elliott, after explaining what he wanted in pantomime, turned and headed in the direction he wanted the submarine to take. Without further ado the German officer gave an order to the crew, and within a few minutes the U-boat was following in the wake of the Toronto. At midnight they arrived at Stornoway, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Here the submarine was handed over to the commanding officer of a motor launch, and the Toronto, having done her big war deed, then proceeded on her way to Iceland.

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HIS BIGGEST CATCH, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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HIS BIGGEST CATCH Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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