This Day in History: 1927-10-20
(October 20, 1927)
Pirates posing as passengers boarded the Chinese ship Irene, which was manned by British officers. They took control and sailed out to sea, where they were met by two British submarines who requested that they stop and surrender. When the pirates refused to surrender, the submarines fired two torpedoes into the ship’s hold, causing it to come to a halt and begin sinking. The passengers and crew were eventually rescued by the British ship.
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