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The Ellerman Hall vessel ss CITY OF CAIRO torpedoed on 6th November 1942

Official Log of ss BENDORAN - Nov 1942

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Ben Line vessel ss BENDORAN

This is a verbatim account of the logbook of ss BENDORAN transcribed from The National Archives, Kew, BT 381/2254.

19/11/1942 at 8.40 GMT. 18°12S 6°42W

This is to certify that the following survivors ex ss "CITY OF CAIRO" were picked up.

Crew members (8)
Name Position From
James Scott Electrician Glasgow
James Friel Third Radio Officer do
Michael Campbell Quartermaster do
Robert McKelvie do do
Bdr Jones 2059233 - Deck Hand Manchester
Bryce Kerr 1820177        do Kirkintilloch
James Murphy 6292727        do Dartford, Kent
Kenneth MacLennan C/JX249221  do Achagarve, Ross-shire
Passengers (20)
Names From
Alexander Marshall of Glasgow.
Lady May V.H. Almond and children  
Basil G. Francis R.H. Eleanor S. David L. of Polstead Colchester.
Mrs Eileen M. Sims, and children  
Mary. David. Lisa. Esther. of Lifford. Co Donegal. Ireland.
Miss Cecilia Norris of Prestwich, Manchester.
Mr & Mrs A.D. Miller 7 Bloomsbury Square London.
Miss Evelyn Ashdown of Shrewsbury.
Robert Keith of Grantown on Spey.
George E. Faun of Ealing London.
T.G. Green of Mumbles Swansea.
Sir John R. Dain c/o Lloyds Bank Pall Mall London.
Lewis Scaife of Newcastle on Tyne.

Also 20 Lascars.

19/11/42 18.30 GMT 18°45S 5°10W

This is to certify that L. Scaife a survivor of ss "CITY OF CAIRO" died from Heart Failure due to Exposure and Heart Disease, and was buried at sea. Doctor Miller who was also a survivor certified to the above cause of death. A spectacle case found on the deceased person has the name L. Scaife. 49 Earls Rd Fenham Newcastle on Tyne, on the inside. This was the only means of identification found on him.

Personal effects.
6 in. case containing spectacles.

19/11/42 18.40 GMT 15°12S 6°42W

This is to certify that the following names are those of the native survivors.

Lascar Crew (20)
Muhubub Putoo
Chan Khan (Hingu Khan)
Shek Baboo Shek Mathe
Shek Madauy Shek Penoo
Shek Alahauddin Ahmed Shek
Abdul Rayack Abdul Majid
Domun Lall Chand
John C. Fernandes
Benjamin Pinto
John D'Souza
Abdulla Mohamed
Abdulla Khadar Abdulla
Shek Hassan Shek Imam
Bodis Rahmann Ahmuode
Mohamad Salin Mohamad Hussain
Luthe Miha Tayulla
Mahamed Karim Jummagol
Ali Ahmed
Abdulla Wajadin
Makmad Taway

The log is signed by the Master, Capt. W.C.Wilson and the Chief Officer R.A. Morrison.

I have tried to transcribe the names of the Lascar's correctly from the document, but due to the difficulty with the original document there will be spelling mistakes, please bear this in mind.