Suddenly I was aware of a prodigious sound and knew that I was moving through space. Objects moved with me, turning slowly over and over. Curiously enough, though I realized that I was at the very center of an explosion, my mind seemed crystal clear. We had hit a floating mine, I thought, or else it is a German torpedo. I must eventually fall into the sea, and this wreckage will come drifting down on top of me. This is the end of my life. And all the while, there was that dreadful din in my ears and time stood still.