60 years ago today, the SS Flying Enterprise captained by Kurt Carksen, W2ZXM, was hit by a hurricane in Atlantic. The passengers and crew with the exception of the captain, abandoned ship and were picked up: Captain Carlsen stayed with his ship to attempt to save her. The battle was eventually lost and the Flying Enterprise sank on January 10, 1952. Kurt went on to captain the Flying Enterprise II, and could often be found as W2ZXM/MM. He died in 1989: his ashes were scattered where the Flying Enterprise sank.
Spare a thought for a very brave seaman and radio amateur.
Thanks for the interesting read. Never heard of this disaster. BTW .....
Excerpt from Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Flying_Enterprise
" ....... On 29 December 1951, the crew and passengers were evacuated with the loss of one life (a male passenger)
. Captain Carlsen remained on board."