The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Sinking of the SS Britannia 1941

Ships in the Convoys that Dad was in

When we visited Gibraltar in 2007, someone on the tour told me of a shop that sold photo's of ships. By contacting them, I was able to obtain photographs of ships that were in the two convoys that my father was in, in 1941:

Convoy from Liverpool 11 March 1941

It is not clear how many vessels were in the convoy that sailed from Liverpool but it certainly included 3 vessels (some have said: 5) plus their escort (believed to be 3 destroyers - one American - and an armed merchant cruiser). A Sunderland aircraft checked ahead.

3 of the Ships Escorted

S S Brittania

S S City of Hongkong

S S Themistocles

Ship that rescued Dad

My father had obtained a photograph of the ship that rescued him on 29 March 1941:

Cabo de Hornos

Convoy from Gibraltar (Convoy CF001/1) 8/9 May 1941


HMS Argus (photo taken at Gibraltar)

HMS Repulse

Since I ordered the photo's, I have found out that two further vessesl were in the escort:

HMS Wrestler and HMS Velox

Ships Escorted

Empress of Scotland (previously Empress of Japan)

Monarch of Bermuda

Empress of Japan

The shop also provided me with a copy of the previous vessel named Empress of Japan whose figurehead Chris and I saw in Stanley Gardens in Vancouver:

Colin Bower
22 October 2020

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