It doesn’t get any more forbidding than the North Atlantic in winter. Dark. Deep. Cold. And in 1942, infested with German U-boats. Lurking below the surface, attacking at every opportunity, Germany’s infamous “Wolfpack” was breaking the back of the allied war effort by sending thousands of tons of critical supplies, and the brave merchant marine sailors transporting them, to the bottom of the sea.
In 1942 the allies were losing 33 ships a week. So discouraging, the number was kept a state secret so America wouldn’t give up hope – and so the merchant marine could keep meeting its recruitment goals.
But the men on the freighters knew the dangers. And they faced them bravely in thick pea coats like this. The hulking melton wool and quilted lining shut out the cold as they scanned the horizon for signs of U-boats. We’ve gone back to one of the original suppliers for this version. Pull it on in a headwind and you’ll realize the double-breasted construction isn’t just there for style – it means twice the protection from bitter gusts. Thick buttons are easy on frozen fingers. Turn up the oversized collar to keep the sea spray from pouring down your neck. Bury your hands in the deep pockets and dream about surviving this next run and getting home to your sweetheart. 75% wool/25% nylon. 32-oz. polyester insulation and 100% nylon lining. Made in USA.