The Shanghai Sailors

Chinese seafarers made up a considerable proportion of the merchant navy fleet during the Second World War.

Their dead were among the many killed as U-boats torpedoed merchant ships in the Atlantic convoys.

But after the war was over, they were not as welcome in Britain as they had been and hundreds of Shanghai sailors were hurriedly repatriated, many forced to leave behind their British born wives and children.

Ivan Howlett tells the story of those Chinese seafarers from Liverpool, and hears from the children they were forced to leave behind who have spent their lives trying to find out what really happened to their fathers.

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Chinese seafarers made up a considerable proportion of the merchant navy fleet during the Second World War.

Their dead were among the many killed as U-boats torpedoed merchant ships in the Atlantic convoys.

But after the war was over, they were not as welcome in Britain as they had been and hundreds of Shanghai sailors were hurriedly repatriated, many forced to leave behind their British born wives and children.

Ivan Howlett tells the story of those Chinese seafarers from Liverpool, and hears from the children they were forced to leave behind who have spent their lives trying to find out what really happened to their fathers.