There is a certain amount of embarrassment associated with this poem. I was at Teachers' College in 1951, when the Submarine 'Affray' was lost. It was an enormous tragedy at the time. We had been discussing narrative poetry in my English class, as well as having read 'The Ancient Mariner' and I decided to try my hand at an epic poem. If you read it you will realise that it is fanciful. When I showed it to my English lecturer she was appalled! How dare I trivialise such a dreadful event! She really chastised me and made me feel dreadful. So the poem never saw the light of day. Looking back, of course, I realise that she was quite right. However, as a little footnote to history I feel I dare print it now, fifty-seven years later.
It fell in upon an April day
At the time Affray went missing it was such big news in