July 5, 1942

July 5: 6 p.m. First sighted land. Spanish Morocco – on our right – the Atlas Mountains with the light house of Spartel, looking very white against the dark background. The Convoy is now in four lanes – stretching as far as the eye can see.  On the left, just faintly, you can make out the shore of Spain. It is beautiful day. We will pass Tangiers in a few hours and will go through the Straits of Gibraltar around midnight – then into the Mediterranean. At about 7 p.m. We pass Tangier in Spanish  Morocco, looked very pretty with its row on row of white houses. Lovely when it became dark to see the Towns on both of the Strait lit up, what a great sight. Ceuta, opposite Gibraltar was beautiful, but it was so dark we could just make out the shadow of Gibraltar – although it was partially lit up.

Cape Spartel Lighthouse. Jerzy Strzelecki.

Cape Spartel Lighthouse. Jerzy Strzelecki.


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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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