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The first civilian casualty of World War II was the Anchor-Donaldson liner RMS ATHENIA which was chartered to the Cunard Line.

RMS ATHENIA. Cruiise history looks at the first civilian casualty of World War II.  The passenger ship was the Anchor-Donaldson liner RMS ATHENIA which was chartered to the Cunard Line.  She was sunk without warning west of Scotland by the German submarine U-30. The German U Boat U-30 had been at sea for several days, under strict orders to avoid ... Read More »