The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Sinking of the SS Britannia in 1941


Unfortunately, this part of the website includes texts and links to other texts where the authors have distinguised beween passengers and crew and included language that was often used at the time, e.g. reference to Indians and/or natives. Also some accounts of the sinking contain graphic detail of the ordeal that everyone onboard suffered in trying to survive.

I am sorry if any visitors to this part of the website find any of the content upsetting.

80 Years since the Sinking of the SS Britannia

It is 80 years since the SS Britannia was sunk by a German surface raider on 25 March 1941.

Goan Journalist Melvyn Misquita marked the anniversary by publishing a poignant summary of what happened and the aftermath:

Summary of the attack & the aftermath

Research Undertaken

My father's personal account of the Sinking of the SS Britannia in 1941 and some subsequent research undertaken has been summarised as follows:

Content about the Survivors picked up by the Cabo de Hornos

*Article in The Illustrated London News dd 1 November 1941
2nd Lt. Cox, Sub Lt. Davidson and Lt. Rowlandson

- A horrendous story of survival, on one of the rafts, from notes provided by 2nd Lt. Cox

Other Content

- the main SS Britannia website

Main SS Britannia website including Personal Stories and Press Reports

- Memorials to those who died

- research undertaken by Melvyn Misquita in Goa

Melvyn Misquita

- other websites/research

Colin Bower
25 March 2021

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