This is almost too strange to be true.
But the reason I've been so slow to update you guys is that... - wait for it... - I've been pumping water out of my basement the whole evening and through the night...
Yes. I'm not kidding.
A water pipe blew and nobody noticed for a couple of hours.
That's a lot of water, I'll tell you.
My brother took some pictures of me standing in my underpants knee-deep in water with a wrench and an umbrella (admittably, the umbrella was mostly for show...), wearing my girlsfriend's pink-and-purple coloured rain boots. I suppose I could upload it, but I'm pretty sure it breaks pretty much every forum rule there is...
Anyway, I just got home from work and finally got a chance to run the last, fateful turn.
And... I'm afraid I've got some bad news for you all.
The old girl couldn't make it.
A submarine actually showed up in the hex, saliva dripping from his jaws, but the hyena was run off by the ASW patrol I had set to cover the escort TF.
But to no avail.
Early in the morning, having fought for her life through the whole night, she had a catastrophic floatation device failure. The situation went from grave to hopeless and orders were given to abandon ship.
Just minutes after the captain, as the last crew member, stepped off the ladder into the last lifeboat, the brave Australia Star, seeing that all her crew had made it to safety, rolled onto her side with a quiet moan, and went under.
A heartbreaking moment for all involved.
She came so close, merely a handful of miles from port, but in the end she was too badly damaged to make it.
But she gave it a good go - and she held together untill the very last man onboard was safe before she surrendered to the sea.
What a girl.
A sad story indeed.
But the good news is that all the remnants of my Amphib Corps HQ was saved by Neptune and the other transports.
So our operations in the South West will continue mostly as planned.
With more and stronger escorts from now on .
Well, that was the end of this story, and of the Australia Star.
I've got some cleaning to do in the basement.