Leading on from the trunk thread, and the things this generation has never (thankfully) had to experience.... A patient I met yesterday - a proper old seadog (ex-Navy gunner) & fantastic gent - was telling me about this most unfortunate incident. It's a WWII story I'd never heard before:
The Curacoa sank in six minutes, about 100 yards from the Queen Mary. Due to the risk of U-boat attacks, the Queen Mary did not assist in rescue operations and instead steamed onward with a damaged bow.
Must have been grim watching that from on board the Queen Mary.