Hannah Baird. Voici un article publié dans le Québec Hebdo.
October 30, 2012 5:47 pm
Thank you for your mail, I have translated the link content, all very interesting.
I know that Hannah Baird was the first Canadian killed in WW2 when Athenia was torpedoed on the first day September 3 1939.
Do you have anything to add about her please?
Probably you know all what I have in my notes. Here is her file in my handnotes :
Her ship, SS Athenia was torpedoed at 1939 on September 3, 1939 by U-30, and sank the day after at 1000. Hannah had taken her place aboard a lifeboat, No 5a, when this small boat was destroyed by the propellers of a Norwegian rescue ship, MS Knute Nelson, commanded by Captain Carl J. Anderssen.
The small boat collapsed at night killing 52 women and 3 sailors. Only 8 passengers survived the accident. 449 were rescued by US cargo ship, City of Flint, a Swedish yacht, Southern Cross and 3 British destroyers, HMS Electra, HMS Escort, and HMS Fame.
Her name is also writtien on a board at Veteran’s Park, Langford, British Columbia, shown to the public by 2 Merchant Servicemen Tom Osborne and Barbara Duncan on May 19, 2002 This is the very first monument dedicated to Canadian Merchant Service Women.
That’s all, my friend. Everything else is coming from you.
If I discover something else, I’ll let you know.
My thanks for your help.