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Hospital ships Essequibo and Braemar Castle and the French nuns


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There are lots of posts about hospital ship Braemar Castle but I couldn’t resist sharing this story of how HMHS Essequibo picked up the stranded survivors of the Braemar Castle after it was hit in the Aegean Sea on 24th Nov 1916.  HMHS Britannic had also been in trouble - and sank - at about the same time.

These pages are from notes of temporary Major John Gimlette RAMC  who in 1916 was medical officer in charge on the Essequibo – the interesting part of his story starts 2/3 of the way down the page he has numbered ‘3’.   He blamed torpedoes for the damage to both hospital ships – I gather that it is generally now thought that they both hit mines - but otherwise I can’t see any reason why his story shouldn’t be accurate.

JDG's Essequibo story 3b.jpg

JDG's Essequibo story 4 b.jpg

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