The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis

August 20, 2019 - 07:00 pmAugust 20, 2019 - 08:00 pmSeptember 12, 2019, 7pm - 8pm
Venue: 
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606

Admission

  • Guests: $5
  • Members: $

William Geroux, author of The Mathews Men, returns to the Museum to share yet another emotionally gripping maritime history, The Ghost Ships of Archangel.

In 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill agreed to send Joseph Stalin's army supplies in hopes of bolstering the Russians until a European invasion could be mounted. That June, the 35 cargo ships of convoy PQ 17 set sail for the Soviet port of Archangel, carrying $1 billion worth of war materiel. Days later, the fleet was ordered to disband, quickly becoming prey for the Nazis.

This extraordinary tale of survival and shifting alliances during World War II, traces the nightmarish voyage of four Allied ships into the ice floes of the North Pole. A veteran journalist, Geroux wrote for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 25 years.

His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Associated Press. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he lives in Virginia Beach.