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1940 SS City of Benares disaster...

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September 23, 1943


* SS City of Benares attack & sinking
* World War II evacuee ship (children)
* German submarine U-48 (1939) - U-boat

The front page has a banner headline: "Refugee Ship Is Torpedoed" with subheads. (see) Nice for display.
Complete with all 8 pages, light toning at the margins, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: SS City of Benares was a steam passenger ship built for Ellerman Lines by Barclay, Curle & Co of Glasgow in 1936. During the Second World War the City of Benares was used as an evacuee ship to evacuate 90 children from Britain to Canada. The ship was torpedoed in September of 1940 by the German submarine U-48 with heavy loss of life, including the death of 77 of the evacuated children. The sinking caused such public outrage in Britain that it led to Winston Churchill cancelling the Children's Overseas Reception Board (CORB) plan to relocate British children abroad.

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