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As famous for his outlandish behaviour as he is for his timeless contribution to the canon of American literature, Ernest Hemingway wasn’t going to standby and do nothing as the German offensive threatened the USA during WW2.
Stored atop its flying bridge the coffin-shaped explosive had handles that would enable two strong men to toss it into the U-boat’s conning tower.
This of course would only be possible if the U-Boat had surfaced, and sufficient gunfire had mowed down any German crewmen placed on deck.
The odds were certainly against Hemingway and his crew. Not only was the conning tower hatch very narrow, if the explosive was to miss it would have ended up blowing fragments directly towards the Pilar. With the vessel being made of wood, the chances of survival would’ve been slim.
Luckily for Hemingway, (and his nautical companions) he didn’t have a chance to test the bomb as they never actually came across a German U-Boat.