70th Anniversary - CITY OF CAIRO, 6th November 1942.

Hugh MacLean
6th November 2012, 10:15
Remembering today the 70th anniversary of the sinking of CITY OF CAIRO on 6th November 1942.
In total, 108 passengers and crew lost their lives on that day and in the subsequent days in open boats. 4 lifeboats were rescued after 13 days, 1 was rescued after 36 days and 1 on the 52nd day.

Of special significance to me today as my father was in lifeboat No.5. He survived to lead a full life always remembering those who did not return.

ss CITY OF CAIRO (http://www.sscityofcairo.co.uk/)

NOT FORGOTTEN.

Regards
Hugh

stan mayes
6th November 2012, 13:10
Hello Hugh,
As you say,an anniversary of special significance to you..
And a reminder for members of the site set up by Hugh.
A tribute to the Merchant Navy.
WWW.cityofcairo.co.uk
A tragic story of death and suffering.....RIP
Best regards,
Stan

ericfisher
6th November 2012, 16:44
Hugh,
A time to remember for you. He would be proud of you, as we are today who have your support with this site.

Regards and Best Wishes, Eric Fisher

Hugh MacLean
6th November 2012, 22:37
Gentlemen,
Many thanks indeed for your kind comments.

Regards
Hugh

Bernard McIver
6th November 2012, 23:19
Hello Hugh,
It is a privilege to join good friends Stan and Eric in expressing our feelings for you on this sad anniversary. An opportunity also to thank you personally for the great work you have done for others on this and related sites.
Warmest regards,
Bernard

Hugh MacLean
7th November 2012, 18:51
Thank you Bernard.
All of you have helped me with the most important knowledge of all - your experiences.
Your willingness to share what you have experienced first-hand cannot be underestimated and I thank you for it.
Best wishes
Hugh

Hugh MacLean
5th November 2013, 21:44
71st anniversary.

In memoriam of all those lost prior to, during and after the sinking of "CITY OF CAIRO", in the South Atlantic Ocean on 6th November 1942. Thinking of my dad who survived to live a full life always remembering those who didn't make it home. Lest we forget.

NOT FORGOTTEN.

ben27
5th November 2013, 22:33
good day hugh maclean sm.today.07:44.i have read this thread.7oth anniversary ofcity of cairo 1942.and today the 71 anniversary.to all who were lost.may they rest in peace.i am happy for you that your father survived.have a great day regards ben27

ericfisher
6th November 2013, 03:28
Hugh,

71st Anniversary, City of Cairo. Like you, remembering those who didn't come home. I have been busy poppy tagging for the poppy fund for our Royal Canadian Legion and will parade at our Cenotaph on the 11th. This is my way of reminding our young people of those who paid the ultimate price and I'm only there to represent them with my regalia.

Thanks to you and many others on this site for helping us old'uns to keep the faith.

Regards and Best Wishes , Eric

stan mayes
6th November 2013, 11:38
Hello Hugh,
Joining you in remembrance of all the tragedies at sea during the wars.
NOT FORGOTTEN..
Best regards,
Stan

Hugh Ferguson
6th November 2013, 11:56
I have a vague recollection that a John Callis was one of the survivors from this ship. I knew John well and that he had been sunk in a City boat but it may have been other than the City of Cairo-can anyone confirm?

Hugh MacLean
6th November 2013, 22:07
Thank you gentlemen, much appreciated.

I can confirm that John Callis was not aboard 'CITY OF CAIRO' when she was torpedoed. I suspect, Hugh, the only way to find out what ship it was would be to check his records.

I presume it's John Grainger Callis
Discharge number:R216821
Date of Birth: 12 June 1924

Pouch: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C8176414

Medals: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D4281024

CRS 10: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/details?Uri=C10988488 or here if he stayed in the MN beyond about 1965

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/details?Uri=C10990384

Regards
Hugh

Bernard McIver
6th November 2013, 23:07
Hello Hugh,

Heartfelt thanks for keeping their memory alive. This is a sombre time for rememberance of all who gave their lives in the service of their country, and the many who returned with their lives changed forever.

Kindest regards,
Bernard

Hugh MacLean
7th November 2013, 18:23
Many thanks Bernard. Good to hear from you again and hope you are well.
Regards
Hugh

bardig
14th October 2014, 14:41
When I was a cadet I had the privilege of sailing with Chief Officer Les Boundy who sailed his lifeboat from the South Atlantic to Saint Helena after the City of Cairo was torpedoed and sunk. A remarkable achievement - you can find his full story on the internet

Hugh MacLean
14th October 2014, 18:24
Yes it was a remarkable achievement: great courage, determination and superb seamanship. The account is on my website: http://www.sscityofcairo.co.uk/boat7.php

Regards
Hugh