HI, Interesting to find this pic and note as my father David Murray from Glasgow was the Captains steward on this vessel (Athenia) on that eventful night in 1939. He often spoke of his role and the lay out of the quarters at the time of the sinking.
David Murray from Athenia is the 5th.from the left, the man next to him has David's cap ob as he was bald and was getting sunburned.
My thanks for your email, I am always pleased to hear from anyone who was aboard Athenia on that night of Sunday September 3 1939, or from their relatives. They made naval history but for all the wrong reasons.
Do you know what ship rescued your Father?
HI, I was amazed to find so much info on the Athenia. My father David Murray was a steward to the Captain on this voyage. He was rescued, returned to Scotland and retrained as a 'sparkie' radio signal man ( the Aldis lamp signal and morse code operator ) returning again to the fray on board a hospital ship at Dunkirk. Following the war he emigrated to Australia. He died in 1994 never forgot his time at sea although seldom spoke of this period in his life. We knew something terrible had gone down as he had graphic nightmares all his life.
Denise Murray daughter
Once again my thanks for getting in touch, I guess one of the British destroyers were involved in picking up your father, and returning him to Grennock.
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