On the 25th March 1941, during World War II, SS Britannia was carrying service personnel, passengers and crew when she was attacked by the German surface raider Thor and sunk.  There were 492 people on board; 243 of them survived the attack.

Some of those who survived the sinking of the Britannia had their own stories to tell.

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Several newspapers and magazines published stories about the sinking and the survivors.

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On the 11th March 1941 SS Britannia set out from Liverpool to Freetown, Durban and Bombay.

SS Britannia was built in Glasgow by Alexander Stephen and Sons.