The destroyer HMS Legion came alongside and took off almost 1500 men whilst a group stayed on board attempting to prevent the HMS Ark Royal from sinking.
On November 13th, 1941, the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was torpedoed at 1534 by German U-boat U-81. She had been in sight of Gibraltar, returning from reinforcing Malta with more aircraft.
A valiant battle to control the flooding was fought below decks in order to bring Ark Royal to a state where she might be towed back to Gibraltar. It was a losing battle and all the men who stayed on board were evacuated the following day just before Ark Royal sank.