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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.

http://www.sscityofcairo.co.uk/warlosses.php

Please feel free to point out any errors or omissions.

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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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