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By Danielle Steel

Regardless of rumors of imminent conflict, the majestic send Normandie makes its transatlantic voyage from Washington D.C., to France. Aboard is gorgeous, American-born Liane De Villiers, dedicated to her much-older husband, the French ambassador to the U.S., and her daughters. She meets Nick Burnham, an American metal multi-millionaire, a sort guy trapped in a loveless marriage. Their ardour continues to be unacknowledged. but if the outbreak of global struggle II forces Liane to escape Paris, she and Nick meet again—and pledge a love that may not be denied.

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Smoke apparatus 16. Depth charge (1 of 4) 17. Petty officers' mess 18. Twin rudders 19. PO's heads (stoker's heads on port side) 20. Propellers (4) 21. After fuel tanks (6) 22. Coachdeck 23. Engine room 24. Carley float (1 of 2) 25. Forward fuel tanks (6) and generator (amidships) 26. 20mm Oerlikon 27. Officer's heads and washroom (wardroom on port side) 28. Wireless and radar room 29. Commanding officer's cabin (galley on port side) 30. Forward messdeck 31. Crew's heads 32. Forepeak (store) A supercharged Packard engine is lowered back into the engine room of a 'Dog Boat', after removal, repair and servicing.

Unlike their predecessors, they were also built exclusively for Royal Navy service. They were armed with a powerful torpedo armament, so technically they were MGB/MTBs. However, for operational purposes they retained their M G B nomenclature. 303in Lewis MGs on pedestals in bow; 12 depth charges Complement: 2 officers, 14 ratings Note: When these vessels were rearmed as minesweepers, in early 1942, the 3-pdr was moved to the bow, one twin 20mm Oerlikon was mounted aft and one single 20mm Oerlikon was mounted amidships, after the funnel was removed to make way for this extra armament amidships.

The crew of the Fairmile D boat MGB-658, photographed in Malta in March 1945. The original complement of a 'Dog Boat' was two officers and 12 ratings, but due to extra weaponry this number had doubled by the end of the war. M G B a n d S G B Losses MGB-12 (70ft BPB) - Sunk by mine off Milford Haven, 3 February 1941 MGB-17 (70ft BPB) - Sunk by mine off Normandy beaches, 11 June 1944 MGB-18 (70ft BPB) - Sunk during surface action off Terschelling, Holland, 30 September 1942 MGB-19 (70ft BPB) - Destroyed by bombing on slipway, Portsmouth, 6 November 1942 MGB-62 (70ft BPB) - Sunk in collision, North Sea, 9 August 1941 MGB-64 (70ft BPB) - Foundered during storm in English Channel, 8 August 1943 MGB-76 (71ft 9in BPB) - Sunk during surface action, North Sea, 6 October 1942 MGB-78 (71ft 9in BPB) - Beached and destroyed during surface action, Dutch coast, 3 October 1942 MGB-79 (71ft 9in BPB) - Sunk during surface action off Hook of Holland, 28 February 1943 MGB-90 (70ft Elco) - Destroyed by fire, Portland Harbour, 6 July 1941 MGB-92 (70ft Elco) - Destroyed by fire, Portland Harbour, 6 July 1941 MGB-98 (French MGB) - Destroyed during air raid, Gosport, June 1941 MGB-99 (French MGB) - Constructive loss, April 1945 43 MGB-109 (71ft 9in BPB) - Badly damaged by mine, 7 February 1943; decommissioned two weeks later M G B - 1 1 0 (71ft 9in BPB) - Sunk during surface action off Dunkirk, 29 May 1943 MGB-313 (Fairmile C) - Sunk by mine off Normandy beaches, 16 August 1944 MGB-314 (Fairmile C) - Badly damaged and scuttled off St Nazaire, 28 March 1942 MGB-326 (Fairmile C) - Sunk by mine off Normandy beaches, 28 June 1944 MGB-328 (Fairmile C) - Sunk during attack on enemy convoy, Dover Straits, 21 July 1942 MGB-335 (Fairmile C) - Badly damaged and scuttled during surface action in North Sea, 11 September 1942 MGB-501 (Camper &c Nicholson experimental) - Destroyed by accidental explosion off Land's End, 27 July 1942 MGB-601 (Fairmile D) - Sunk during surface action, Dover Straits, 24 July 1942 MGB-622 (Fairmile D) - Sunk during surface action off Terschelling, Holland, 10 March 1943 MGB-631 (Fairmile D) - Transferred to Royal Norwegian Navy, August 1942.

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