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ss CITY OF CAIRO

A tribute to the British Merchant Navy - they also served!

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

Boats

Table of Occupants

No.1 Lifeboat (54) - Chief Officer Sidney E.D. Britt
Name Position Fate
Also in this boat were 30 other Lascars - All died at sea.
See In Memoriam page for names of Lascar seafarers who died.
Sidney E.D. Britt Chief Officer Died at sea
George E. Napier Passenger - Chief Steward, (B.I.Co) Died at sea
Jack C. Edmead 3rd Steward/Writer Rescued by ss RHAKOTIS
David D. Noble Fifth Engineer Died at sea
Robert Ironside Quartermaster Died at sea
Angus W.D. MacDonald Quartermaster Rescued by ss RHAKOTIS
Albert R.C. Dobson Quartermaster Died at sea
Frank Stobbart Engine Room Storeman Died at sea
Budroodin Baba Fireman Serang Died at sea
Sydney H. Barnes Second Steward Died at sea
John Nuttall Butcher Died at sea
John Tagg (DBS) Passenger, 2nd Officer - ex "INDUSTRIA" Died at sea
Ada Taggart Stewardess Died at sea
Annie Couch Stewardess Died at sea
Capt. Thomas McCall Passenger - Master Mariner Died at sea
Marshall Crichton Passenger Died at sea
Harry Lane Passenger Died at sea
James (Joe) Green Passenger Died at sea
Diana Jarman Passenger Rescued, but died aboard ss RHAKOTIS
Robert Little Passenger Died at sea
John (Jack) Oakley Passenger Died at sea
Dr. Ronald Tasker Passenger Died at sea
Basil Watkins-Ball Passenger Died at sea
Robert Watts Passenger Died at sea

On 12th December, 1942 after 36 days at sea in an open boat (3) survivors were rescued by the German blockade runner RHAKOTIS. QM Angus MacDonald, Third Steward Jack Edmead and passenger Diana Jarman. Diana Jarman died aboard RHAKOTIS on 17th December 1942.



Table of Occupants

No.4 Lifeboat (17) - Third Officer James Alister Whyte
Name Position Fate
Also in this boat were 10 Lascars - All died at sea.
See In Memoriam page for names of Lascar seafarers who died.
James Alister Whyte Third Officer Rescued by Brazillian minesweeper CARAVELLAS
Tom A.V. Humphries Second Radio Officer Died at sea
William T. Pirrie Fourth Engineer Died at sea
William McGregor Third Engineer Died at sea
Margaret Gordon Passenger Rescued by Brazillian minesweeper CARAVELLAS
Fred Powell Passenger - Third Engineer, (B.I.Co) Died at sea
William C. Soloman Passenger Died at sea

On 27th December 1942, after 52 days at sea in an open boat. (2) survivors were rescued by the Brazilian corvette CARAVELLAS. Third Officer Whyte and Margaret Gordon the only two left alive.

Third Officer Whyte never made it back to the UK. He was travelling home as a DBS aboard ss CITY OF PRETORIA when it was torpedoed on 4th March 1943, all hands were lost.

Margaret Gordon was the only survivor of No.4 boat to make it home.