Athenia sinking, 1939, survivors
April 09, 2010
Subject: Athenia sinking, 1939
I was wondering where I could get a passenger manifest for the liner Athenia for its final voyage in September, 1939? My mother and grandmother were surviviors.
If you give me the names of your Mother and Grandmother, I can search the lists I have to see if I have them listed. Although I have a number of lists of survivors from Athenia depending on where they were landed, I do not have a full manifest of all who boarded her.
See this report of records in UK:
There is also BT32 covering 1906-1951 Registers of passenger lists kept by the Board of Trade's Commercial, Labour and Statistical Department and its successors.
Please note the PRO will not search their files for you, if you are unable to attend in person, they will give the names of independent researchers who will do it for an hourly fee (very expensive).
I do have a list of all who perished that fateful night in September of 1939, but that is not what you are
I found your Mother's name on a copy of the New York Times dated September 6 1939, and a copy is attached.
No mention of your Grand Mother but it is reasonable to assume that your Mother being landed at Gourock on the Clyde that your Grand Mother was also rescued and taken there too.
Those landed at Gourock were picked up by one of three British destroyers, Escort, Electra or Fame.
I have never been able to unearth a full list of those survivors picked up by these destroyers.