Which Ship?

Seafordpete
5th April 2007, 09:35
From another MB, any one know the answer?
I am trying to do some research for a friend and wonder if you can help. A relative of hers, Janet Walker, Chief Stewardess of an Ellerman City Line ship, was called the modern Grace Darling after the ship on which she served was sunk sometime during the war. Unfortunately, she does not know the name of the ship or the date of the sinking. Thank you

gdynia
5th April 2007, 09:47
The only City Line Vessels I can find Sunk During WW2 were as follows

City of Karachi, Mandalay, Nagpur,Oran,Simla and Venice

john shaw
5th April 2007, 09:52
A guess would be City of Benares, Sept 1940-- well recorded in threads (just use the search facility) on this site and on the internet, as the ship was being used for the evacuation of children. If the friend knows of children having been involved, then I think that would be your one. It may at least be a place to start, but if i am incorrect and mislead you then I apologise in advance

see the following and many other threads;
http://www.wartimememories.co.uk/ships/cityofbenares.html

Baltic Wal
5th April 2007, 12:57
May I also suggest you look a this, it is a survivors report I posted.

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/guides/City_of_Benares_%28survivors_report%29

Seafordpete
6th April 2007, 10:09
Thanks to both of you Ill pass it on. P

g.p.hughes
4th October 2007, 10:19
A bit late for this thread but was'nt the City of Joannesburg sunk during WW2....regards...Greg

el_scripto
22nd July 2008, 15:38
From another MB, any one know the answer?
I am trying to do some research for a friend and wonder if you can help. A relative of hers, Janet Walker, Chief Stewardess of an Ellerman City Line ship, was called the modern Grace Darling after the ship on which she served was sunk sometime during the war. Unfortunately, she does not know the name of the ship or the date of the sinking. Thank you

Hi,
Could be the City of Cairo, torpedoed i think somewhere off St Helena in 1942. The stewardess was a bit of a heroine but sadly did not survive the long time spent in an open boat. I think there was a book written about it.
The U-Boat captain surfaced and apologised for sinking them but would not break radio silence for fear of giving his position away.
Hope this is useful.

el_scripto

Lewis
22nd July 2008, 17:06
City of Bagdad sunk by Raider Atlantis 11/7/1940 Indian Ocean
City of Bath sunk November/December 1942
City of Cairo sunk November/December 1942
City of Ripon sunk November/December 1942
City of Corinth sunk November/December 1942
City of Bombay sunk November/December 1942
City of Bedford sunk after collision in fog south of Ireland January 1941
City of Benares torpedoed by U-48 17/9/1940
City of Cardiff torpedoed by U-566 August 1942
City of Guildford sunk Spring 1943
City of Johannesburg sunk October 1942
City of Karachi bombed and sunk Volos, Greece April 1941
City of Manchester torpedoed off Tjilatjap February 1942
City of Mandalay torpedoed by U-46 October 1939
City of Manila torpedoed 20/8/1942
City of Nagpur torpedoed April 1941
City of Perth sunk early Spring 1943
City of Pretoria lost with all hands North Atlantic 3/3/1943
City of Roubaix sunk in Piraeus harbour 6/4/1941 when Clan Fraser blew up while discharging ammunition and explosives.
City of Shanghai sunk by U-103 May 1941
City of Winchester sunk May 1941
City of Simla torpedoed 21/9/1940
City of Venice torpedoed by U-375 4/7/1943