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Author Topic: Apparently Britannic. But which one?  (Read 452 times)
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TomasJakl

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« on: July 31, 2020, 08:44:16 am »

Hi folks,

as a newbie I am maybe off topic. Then I am sorry and please let me know where I should send my question to.
So, in June 1940, during operation AERIAL, allied soldiers, evacuated from France, boarded a ship Britannic in Sète, southern France.
It was clearly not the passenger ship MV (or RMS?) Britannic built in 1929.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Britannic_(1929)
Can you help me to identify this vessel please? Many thanks in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 10:02:06 am »

Only one ship re Miramar that fits ie not scrapped by early 1940 is cargo ship War Damson built 1918 by Charles Hill GRT 2503, length 92m  beam 13m. Renamed 1919 Mumbles Light, 1922 Britannic.
Bombed position 35.42N/14.38W on 9.2.41  1 life lost. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 02:38:56 pm »

Welcome Tomas
I agree that BRITANNIC ex-WAR DAMSON is most likely.  Here's a photo of sister-ship BARON SEMPILL ex-WAR PLUM: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/306353/title/war-plum2f-baron-sempill-ii/cat/510

This BRITANNIC was certainly operating in the area in June 1940.  See the Arnold Hague's database: http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/ports/index.html?search.php?vessel=BRITANNIC~armain
She was convoyed to Gibraltar April 1940, and left there for Liveprool in July - and in the meantime moving around the W Med independently. But connot pinpoint the exact dates that she was at Sète.

[thanks for noticing the typo,Chas - DA]
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 03:37:24 pm »

Just to clarify original name= WAR DAMSON. Position of bombing/sinking approx 600 km west of Gibraltar.
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