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Nancy Morris: German Submarine Scare on Ferry
One time, we were [riding the ferry] at night, and it had a restaurant and everything. All of a sudden, the ferry stopped in the middle of the Bay. Of course, I was little, and thought we were way out in the water. And we had to turn all the lights off that were on the ferry.
They stopped because they thought a sub had gotten through further down the shore.
My recollection of having been told was that it was like a gate underwater, and when it had opened, they thought a sub had gotten through.
I was scared. It was night, that was the other part. It was very scary.
My mother and father, I guess, told stories. And maybe we were out there for a half an hour or so, but I don’t know that I was ever told exactly how long. And, of course, as a child it felt like an eternity. And the fact that it was at night made it a little scarier.