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The Sinking of the Empress of Britain – 28 October 1940

On 28 October 1940, RMS Empress of Britain was torpedoed in the Atlantic by U-32 and sank about 70 miles off County Donegal.

The attack by U-32 was a follow-up attack after the ship had been bombed by German planes on 26 October – after which, most of the passengers and crew had been safely evacuated from the stricken ship.

The Empress of Britain was the largest ship sunk by a u-boat during World War Two, and it is rumoured that the liner was carrying a large amount of gold.

Included below are two, contemporary newspaper stories that report on the sinking of the ship.

historical newspaper report about The Sinking of the Empress of Britain

historical newspaper report about The Sinking of the Empress of Britain

Hull Daily Mail – Saturday 26 October 1940

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000324/19401026/007/0001

historical newspaper report about The Sinking of the Empress of Britain

Cornishman – Thursday 31 October 1940

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000331/19401031/061/0006

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