John Kerans
 

John Kerans

HERO OF THE YANGTSE RIVER, 1949

In April 1949, a Royal Navy frigate, HMS Amethyst, was fired upon by the Chinese in the Yangtse River and with no captain on board, John Kerans was the only officer available as a replacement. He spectacularly rose to the occasion and following one hundred days in captivity on the river, decided to make a dramatic dash for the sea. With 150 miles of river ahead of him and just half a crew who were manning what was a shell-damaged ship, he raised anchor at night and without lights, a pilot, or adequate charts, set sail past the treacherous range of the enemy guns. In an extraordinary display of seamanship the Amethyst eventually reached the open seas and Kerans was hailed as a hero.

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John Kerans and other Great Irish People are featured in the book Great Irish People - A Dictionary of Irish Biography, which you can buy online here.
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John Kerans Print

This beautiful print of John Kerans (1915 - 1985) comes in four sizes 12" x 16" or 16" x 20" or 20" x 24" and Poster size 24" x 36" with two different finishes, Gloss or Parchment and will be delivered to your home or business within 14 days. For a small additional charge you can have a short biography of John Kerans printed beside the portrait.

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