This comment on a post written in 2011!
WOW ! As a 85 year old Retired Stoker, (with a 19 year time in) this subject comes right back at me ! As a Leading Stoker in the 50s after Korea. I was working with a stoker PO, which we be came friends. Naturally, we had a lot of Sailor talk. I (I was in Cayuga 2nd trip with the “Great Impostor”).
Back to Jake. My Stoker PO friend. Naturally, over our time together, a lot of Salty Dips! Jake then, after me asking about his Wartime experiences told me he had been in Atha “B” when she was sunk. ! (I will Make this short ! ) If you are not a stoker , I apologize , for the description.
When Atha “B” was hit and sinking, Jake was hit in #1 boiler room , which was taking on water quickly , and filling up ! a few of the stokers headed for the escape hatch and they and were killed by the broken super heated steam lines !! I asked Jake HOW in the HELL did he get out ! As the sea water was flooding the space, Jake jumped in the bilge and rose up with the water until he reached the ESCAPE hatch ! As a stoker myself, I remembered that every time I entered the PIT !
Conclusion. Those which swam away on the port side, were picked up by a German Gun Boat which had sunk it and became prisoners of war, and those leaving from the Starboard, were picked up by a Canadian Destroyer.
This is the best I can do