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Old 9th November 2008, 15:42
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Ellerman Lines War Losses 1939 - 1945

Hello all,

At the outbreak of WWII the Ellerman Line owned 105 cargo and passenger ships and by the end of hostilities in 1945 they had paid a very heavy price - 60 vessels had been lost.

There is a lot of information in books and on the Web about the company but I couldn't find a complete list of war losses anywhere so I decided to write this up.


Please feel free to point out any errors or omissions.

"If Blood was the price
We had to pay for our freedom
Then the Merchant Ship Sailors
Paid it in full”
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Old 9th November 2008, 17:31
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Captain Rex Broadbent

Nice work Hugh.......in 1968/69 I sailed with Captain Rex Broadbent on the City of Eastbourne. His Nories tables had a list of all his ships on the inside cover.

One of the Ellerman vessels listed was followed by a U-boat and then a Japanese vessel before the list of Ellerman vessels resumed. Apparantly, when a young second mate, his vessel had been sunk and some of the surviving crew had been taken on board the U-boat before being handed over to a Japanese vessel. Rex was to spend the remaining war years in a Japanese POW camp. I'm not sure of all the details but I believe his vessel was sunk in the Indian Ocean.
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Old 10th November 2008, 12:51
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Rex Broadbent


My Dad was Rex Broadbent, I would be very interested to hear from you as you sailed with him

thanks & rgds

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