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Publication of a picture of the sinking of H.M.S. Barham recalls the story of Supply-Officer Roy L. Bowden, R.N.V.R., sole New Zealand rating aboard the battleship when she was sunk by a submarine in the Middle East on November 25, 1941. When the 37,000-ton ship went plummeting to the bottom, SupplyOfficer Bowden was caught in the tremendous suction, and was drawn almost to the bed of the sea. Then, encircled by one of the great bubbles rising from the sinking warship, he was shot to the surface, almost without a scratch. The sea was covered with a clogging oil scum, in which the rescuers had great difficulty in distinguishing wreckage from survivors. Later the survivors were washed down with petrol to get rid of the bulk of the oil. Supply-Officer Bowden remained in the Navy, and after returning to the Dominion, he went on service in the Pacific.

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BARHAM SURVIVOR, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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BARHAM SURVIVOR Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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