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Mary Grey McMillan "Mae" Brodie

Civilian HMS Caledonia

Mary Brodie was my mother. She was recently divorced and was returning to the USA after visiting Scotland with her ill 10-year-old son. She was supposed to be on the Athenia but it was over booked so they were put on the Caledonia. She told me they picked up some of the passengers from the Athenia then proceeded on their way. They tacked all the way as there was a German U Boat following them most of the way. Needless to say they made it home safely. I have a souvenir of that voyage, a little tartan box with a tiny glass bottle still filled with the whiskey that was in it and a note that she wrote. She was 95 when she passed away in 1999. She did not like talking about that trip till she brought out that little bottle and told me this story.










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