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The British survivors from s.s.Britannia.
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The Anchor Line troopship, s.s.Britannia, was sunk by the German surface raider, Thor, on March 25th 1941 in position 7.24N:24.03W.

(Photograph is from the book, Lifeboat Number 7
by Lieutenant Commander Frank West).
· Date: Mon, 31 December 07 · Views: 637
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Hugh Ferguson

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Mon, 31 December 07 12:27

From left to right-seated: D.Hawcroft, W.Malcolm, W.McVicar (3rd mate),
F.L.West (author), I.S.MacIntosh, W.F.Davies.
standing: W.Carney (A/B), J.Wheater, R.McKinnon, D.Purdie, E.G.Westgarth,
G.L.Soan, T.H.Blank.
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Hugh MacLean

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Mon, 31 December 07 13:18

Interesting and poignant photo, Hugh.

Third Mate Bill McVicar wrote some time later:

"The mind was becoming a little immune to sorrow for the unlucky ones who died each day. The innate selfishness of mortal man was beginning to dominate them. Each man who died gave the boat more buoyancy and more room for those who survived. As long as one was alive it did not matter who died. They were all bordering on insanity."

38 (13 British and 25 Indians) emaciated survivors of this lifeboat eventually staggered ashore on a beach in Brazil after an ordeal of 23 days.

122 crew and 127 troops and passengers were lost.

Source: "Beyond the Call of Duty" by Brian James Crabb"

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