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Athenia Torpedoed. Francis M. Carroll
An account of a disaster at sea, the sinking by a German submarine of the passenger liner Athenia sailing from Liverpool to Montreal, loaded with Americans, Canadians, and Europeans, attempting to cross the Atlantic before the outbreak of war.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Pen & Sword Maritime
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My great uncle Ian was an assistant steward on the passenger liner Athenia. He was married with no children and aged 26, the same age as the U-boat captain who launched the torpedo which sank the Athenia on 3rd September 1939, only hours after the declaration of war between German and Britain. He was one of only 19 crew members who died that night. Despite the drama of the Germans sinking an unarmed liner carrying mainly American and Canadians trying to escape the war in Europe it is an episode ...more