Yet for this ill-fated convoy the worst was yet to come. To begin with there were the WRNS - not the easiest of cargoes but they were easier to deal with than the overbearing Brigadier Pumphrey-Hatton. Attack from the air and from beneath the waves was Kemp's continual fear but at least these were threats he knew how to handle. Now a far greater fear gripped the convoy - the dreaded cholera raging in Port Said. Could it have found its way to the ships' companies, already at the end of their tether?