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2014 Log Entries: This page contains the most recent entries from the BIship logbook, which has been signed by visitors from around the world. We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions. Icons: question denotes a specific question and answer response or information offered.

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Anthony Clarke, UK - Monday, July 7, 2014 at 23:04:02
question Would love to contact BI Officer Hugh O'Gorman. Met him on the Dunera in 1961 as a schoolboy and kept in touch for a few years. Please help! Was so fortunate to travel twice on the Dunera as a boy when she was a schoolship and it has left me with wonderful memories. Just wish my children could have had the chance.

Jennifer Bunn/Fowler, US - Monday, July 7, 2014 at 20:40:36
answer In response to the posting by Chris Lovelidge, Canada. My father, Capt. L A Bunn was with the B.I. until his retirement in the late sixties. Not sure how to get in touch with you? I live in Olympia WA.  Not too far from BC.

John Miller, US - Monday, June 30, 2014 at 06:07:39
answer My grandparents and great grandparents were passengers on several BI ships between 1927 and 1967

Susan Bicknell, UK - Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 21:18:11
question I am hoping that you can point in the right direction with regards to someone I have recently come across in my family tree. His name is Arthur Prattinton Turner born 1851 and died at sea 12 November 1898. He was the master of the Matiana. This information has come from a memorial to him in St Mary's Church Warwick, which was provided by his brother officers. I am not sure if he was still working for the BI at the time of his death, but I would really appreciate any advice you could give as to further research on the circumstances of his death. Arthur is my dad's great great uncle and he knows very little about the Turner side of this family. He has only recently found out that his Mom had 2 sisters who died in childhood. Thanks in advance.

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Dudley Horscroft, Australia - Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 04:20:08
answer Re query on Chinkoa.  The Safina-e-Nusrat was originally the Hain Line ship Tregenna, built in 1949, sold 1959.  I have not found any photos of her, and there does not appear to be much info re her at all.  The Yousef Baksh was possibly the "Heros" then "Hermes" before becoming the Yousel Baksh.  There are photos of her on fire in the Downs, and it is evident that she would more similar to the BI I class - Ikauna, Itria, etc, except that she had no No 3 hatch amidships - built as a motor ship.

Dinesh Dayal, Australia - Monday, June 16, 2014 at 14:17:48
question I would like to find out the current name of the place where my grandfather was from. His emigration pass indicates his name was Molhu.  His father's name was Baolu. His District was Gouda and Thana was Tulshipur and village was Seugraura (?). Depot No. 1940.  Ship was ss Sangola proceeding to Fiji. No. 518. Particulars of Registration - Place:  Gouda; Date:  12.02.09; No. in Register:  147

Jennifer Teh, Australia - Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 03:17:22
Thank you for a very interesting site. I am interested in Edinburgh's involvement in import and export to and from Calcutta, particularly during the years 1870 to 1890

Mary Mosch, Australia - Monday, June 9, 2014 at 07:31:04
question I am looking for the name of the chief purser on the Jumna which sailed from London for  Brisbane on 22 Sept 1900 He may be my grandfather

Margaret Reid, UK - Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 16:39:47
question I am trying to find out about the voyage made by my mother and I from Calcutta to Tilbury/London in 1945. My mother said that we were on the first ship after the war, possibly a troop ship. It might have been the Empire Trooper. I was aged 4 and was born in Calcutta where my father worked for Unilever. My mother's name was Catherine Stoddart.

Martin Seymour, UK - Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 15:36:22
answer R/O ex Dumra and Bombala 1968-1970

Mary-Ann Childs, South Africa - Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 11:10:01
My grandfather was on the Amra. I am looking for photos or information. If anybody has any pictures please contact me.

Ashutosh Bhatt, India - Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 16:33:22
question I am looking for the passenger manifest of BI ss Modasa in 1943 sailed Bombay/UK my late Father Ram Nivas Sharma (under Bevan Scheme). Shall be grateful if someone can give any info.

Ross Glen, UK - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 21:07:00
question I am looking on behalf of my dad Charlie Glen (engineer Devonia 1964) to trace Jack (John R) urquhart.  He was best man at their wedding  on 1st august 1964. They are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this August and would love to hear from him. [Unfortunately, attempts to contact Jack Urquhart have failed - Editor]

Maria Dmello, India - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:46:42
Can anyone tell me about the ship Battala Kasiprasad and its crew members name in the year 1920 at (Trichinopoly) during British India. now know as Tiruchirapalli

Sheelagh Wanstall, UK - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:35:18
This is regarding my granfather Captain J N Collins. There is a reference to a letter that he wrote on 19/7/67 about his father and a medal awarded for The Defence of Lucknow. Is it possible to have a copy of the letter? I am researching my great grandfather.

John Jackson, UK - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 18:12:48
question Would like to trace names of vessels my father served on as engineer officer in 30s, 40s, up to 1955 finishing as chief engineer. Is this possible?

Pamela Nunes (nee Arnold), Australia - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 02:03:21
question Looking for any records of Stephen Leslie Arnold (my father) Chief Engineer for BI from the forties onward til about the seventies.

Donald McKinnon, UK - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 16:30:06
I was an Marine Engineer on BI and Sailed on Nyanza. The best ship of my career.

John Peake, UK - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 10:55:53
question Looking for information on my grandfather John Andrew Peake. I know he died in 1931 serving on Manela. He was taken ill and transferred to the British hospital in Marseilles, where he died. I wish I knew where he is buried.

Veronia De France, Netherlands - Friday, May 9, 2014 at 17:45:18
question The Lloyd's register 1877-78, the  Maritime Museum in Amsterdam at the list of owners of ships; 'Mackinnon, Wm, 115, St Vincent Street, Glasgow.
I.s. Alice....226
In Maritime Enterprise and Empire by J Forbes Munro page 23 was noted 116 St. Vincent Street.
Some years back I already have asked if Sir William Mackinnon owned a steamer named 'Alice'. The answer was negative, but Lloyd's Register on this issue shows otherwise. Have learned that William Mackinnon  was also concerned with the faith of the poor Africans. May I ask if the name of the vessel was in honour of the 'Alice' Missionary Post near Lovedale in East Africa, with its railroad from East London (Africa) to the place of 'Alice'? In 1878, the changes of H.M.Stanley was very grim, due to John Kirk's raport to the foreign office the Earl of Derby. The report was dated on the first of May. I have seen that it is not clear when or how Mr Sanford came in contact with W Mackinnon. Is it so strange to look in the direction of Mr, later Sir H M Stanley? Looking forward to your answer if any.

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Ian Pitt, Australia - Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 14:54:42
I am trying to trace a record of my father John William Pitt who served as a Purser with the BI during and for a short period after The First World War. After WWI he came to Australia and was employed by Macdonald Hamilton & Co., the agents for BI, P&O, AUSN, E&A and other group companies.  He served in Brisbane and Sydney and later as Manager in Perth and Adelaide.  He died in 1949.  My father told me that he was torpedoed by a German submarine near the English coast and was recued by a British naval ship.  Unfortunately I was too young at the time before his death to ask him further questions or details. I have researched BI ships that were torpedoed near Britain using a system of elimination and have come up with s.s. Mantola as a most likely ship.  The ship was in fact torpedoed near Britain and nearly all passengers and crew were rescued by a British naval vessel namely HMS Laburnum.  I am trying to ascertain whether there is a crew list in existence that could verify that my father was in fact a member of the crew of Mantola.
The Mantola was launched in 1916. She entered service in 1916 but struck a mine off Aldeburgh whilst enroute from Middlesbrough to London.  After repairs she continued her first voyage to Calcutta on 4th February 1917 under the command of Captain David James Chivas. She carried a crew of 165 and 18 passengers and on the 8th of February whilst 143 miles off Fastnet she was torpedoed by German submarine U81 under the command of Raimund Weisback. The submarine surfaced and commenced shelling Mantola.  It was soon after this that the order was given to abandon ship.  HMS Laburnum an Acacia class sloop came on the scene, chased the submarine away and took on survivors.Laburnum endeavoured to tow the still floating hulk of Mantola but was hampered by rough seas and eventually had to discontinue the tow and leave Mantola to sink on the 9th Febuary 1917.  The Laburnum carried survivors and landed them at Bantry Bay in the South West of Ireland.  Seven seamen were lost when their lifeboat capsized.The wreck was discovered in 2011 by Odyssey Marine Exploration whist searching for the wreck of another BI ship by the name of s.s. Gairsoppa which was also torpedoed by a German submarine on it's way from India in 1941.  Both these ships had something in common, they both had large quantities of silver in their holds.  Gairsoppa 7 million ounces (200 tonnes) and Mantola 6,000 ounces.  I understand that The Department of Transport has awarded Odyssey salvage contracts for both wrecks. This is all very interesting BI history but my aim in writing was to find out  if there are records in existence that would verfy whether my father was in fact a crew member of s.s.Mantola or was he on another BI ship torpedoed during WW1 where the crew were picked up by a British naval ship near the coast of England. By the way, I was also employed by Macdonald Hamilton and served in the BI Freight Department for a few years and I later spent time as a Purser with The Eastern & Australian Steamship Company trading between Australia, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Any help or directions on how I should go about trying to find information relating to my father's time at sea with BI would be very much appreciated.   Sincerely.

Jessie David, Malaysia - Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:35:38
question My dad came to Malaya by ship from Madras, India to Penang, Malaya in 1937. I would love to know the name of the ship.

Anne Menelaou, UK - Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 16:06:58
question I never knew my grandfather as he died from malaria when my mother was a small child. I have a silver large serviette ring? not really sure what it is but it has a list of the ships I assume my grand father sailed on. His name was Frederick George Pittam and I've found on the list of BI history - ships and commanders he was commander of the Onda in 1914. Also this silver ring lists a number of ships listed in the history. I was told by my mother that he founded an island (large rock)? in the indian ocean which was called Pittams Island after him. I have always been fascinated by this story but have never been able to find anything about him. I was hoping you might be able to give me some more information or pass me onto someone who could. Thanking you in anticipation

Anne Edgar, UK - Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12:15:49
answer I am reseaching and writing the history of my ancestor Sir Edwyn Sandys Dawes (1838-1903) of 'Gray Dawes & Co.  His correspondence and diaries mention many BI ships in detail.  It is very interesting to see what happened to some of these ships in the end.

Ian McWhannell, India - Friday, May 2, 2014 at 11:34:03
answer Although I have my home in India which is due to being in the BI, I also have a home in France. Brian Agnew is the only ex BI friend who has visited. In India my home is in Goa and I have over the years met many Goans who remember with fondness the BI  

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William Finlayson, UK - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 16:51:34
answer Researching husband's service with BI from 1945 to 1954

M Pillay, Netherlands - Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 14:11:54
question I am piecing together my family tree and have information that my Grandfather & great grandfather sailed on the ss Chindwara from Mauritius. I have lost the connections so will be grateful if a logbook of the journeys could be found. Specifically dates and ports of departures.

Ann Jameson, UK - Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 12:46:21
question I got to this logbook as part of my research on a first cousin of my father's named Ivy Violet Iseult Coryton, born 1891 in Muzaffarpur. She was sent to London in 1900 on the schooner Golconda. I want to know how common it was for a little girl of 9 to be sent alone on such a voyage.  How long was that voyage?  Would she have been seasick?  Would any crew-member be charged by her parents to look after her?  Anything about her experiences on the voyage would be very welcome!

Veronica De France, Netherlands - Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 06:21:24
question Re my entry yesterday, I made a mistake in my question. The ship ' Alice' in Lloyd's 1878-79
went over to W.D. Doeg in Grngmh.
See information; Veronica de France have sign in yesterday 18/04/2014. All the best

Veronica De France, Netherlands - Friday, April 18, 2014 at 19:46:18
question Hallo, From Lloyd's Register of British and foreign shipping 1877-78 (Maritime Museum Amsterdam) I found this information.
Iron ScwSr-226
If this vessel did not belong to William Mackinnon, who was then the owner?
In 1878 this vessel went to Mr Gregory Turnbull & Co of Glasgow.
Can you please enlight me further on this subject. Detail important for my research. Thank you.

Ian McWhannell, Goa and France - Monday, April 14, 2014 at 09:33:24
answer Good to read that a great shipping company has been so loved by my fellow sailors that this site continues to keep going. At 80 years a read of this site brings back such good memories of ships and the men that sailed in them. I still use my nickname "Angus" when I was a cadet. I live in Goa being one of very few that married in India. So a half my life time in India that started with the BI at 16. I also have a home in France see

TomClifton, UK - Friday, April 11, 2014 at 15:58:16
question I'm the great-grandson of Francis Cook, a captain at some point on board the ss Aronda, possibly from the late 30s or early 40s forwards. If anyone is able to give any information regarding his position, history or demeanour I would be greatly appreciative.

Peter Farrell, UK - Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 23:18:05
question Although I have no connection with maritime life myself, being ex Army I do however own a BISN Co Ld Mappin and Webb officers galley silver sugar shaker. Anyone with an interest, send me an email. Regards.

William Harvey, UK - Friday, April 4, 2014 at 15:54:22
question I wonder if I can view records of my brother David B Harvey who was an engineer with BI from 1953-1965

Carol Bradbury, Canada - Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 01:54:56
I sailed onboard the Nevasa as part of a school cruise in Nov-Dec 1972.  My school was Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, in the  province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.  We, along, with other schools from Goose Bay, Wabush, Churchill Falls and Burin, were the first students in our province to embark on the trip of lifetime.

Ian Pitt, Australia - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 23:57:27
question I am trying to find out the name of the BISNCo ship my father was torpedoed in during WWI.  He was the Purser of a ship that carried cadets and passengers. The ship was torpedoed near England and he was rescued by a British Naval ship. My father's name John William Pitt and he was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire 9 September 1900

Chris Lovelidge, Canada - Monday, March 17, 2014 at 23:40:38
question I was with BI from 1958 to 1968 starting as cadet to 2nd Mate. I am looking for any ex BI people living in or around Vancouver BC now. My email contact has been supplied. Thank you

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Peter Maynard, UK - Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11:14:02
answer Ref request from Ron Marsh 29th Jan. I have a reasonable image of Dumra anchored at Muscat 1970 if you are still looking - can email to you.

Derek Jukes, UK - Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 14:39:09
question My Father-in-Law who died in 1990 was in the East Lancs Regiment, in 1932 he was in Egypt, China 1933-1937, 1933,Hong Kong, Kowloon, India 1937. Amongst his many photo's is a Ship, HMT Duwara, I've seen it depicted on your site as Dunera. [Are you sure photo was not of Dilwara, sistership of Dunera? BI never had a ship named Duwara - Editor]

Deborah Rea, UK - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12:21:10
question I am looking for the log book for the August 1931 crossing from London to Madras.  I am interested in knowing about Jane Thomson and her children.  Could anyone please tell me why her children had a line drawn through their names?

Ridwan Chowdhury, Bangladesh - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 19:44:25
question Hi, thank you for creating such a detailed and informative site. My query here is about a previous family member. I believe my ancestors were somehow related to BI Steam Navigation Company. Back in the early 1900s, my great great grand-father Foyez Ali Chowdhury was related to the company. As far as I heard, he was a director of the company. He was from Chittagong, Bangladesh. Although after extensive research, I could not find any authenticity regarding that matter. So I was hoping if you have any detail regarding that matter, you could send me a mail with more information about this topic. Thank you very much and once again a fantastic job in creating this site.

Blair McLean, Australia - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 02:10:54
answer My dad came out from Scotland on the ss Waipara leaving London on 23/12/1914 aged 3. Great to see pictures of this ship on the web.

Suleman Akhtar, US - Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 04:15:56
question While reading the logbook, I saw the picture of ss Chinkoa. It reminds me of ss Safina-e-Nusrat, ss Yousuf Baksh and ss Ocean Enterprise (old one). Perhaps Chinkoa and the above were sisters? [The most recent Chinkoa was built in 1952 as part of BI's long C class of cargoships. Some ships built for other companies did have a resemblance to BI's C class and could include the vessels you name. However, no close sisters were built for BI other than those with BI names and as far as I can tell, none of these was subsequently named with any of names you give - Editor]

Luigi Gori, Italy - Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:22:08
question I’m an italian collector of wristwatches and - when possibile - I try to find out the history of the watches I own, since behind the hystory of an object there is the history of a person. I’ve recently purchased a watch whose caseback has this engraving: “Presented to A. Show from the staff at Nuddea 1921-1952”. I wonder if Nuddea in this case may really be a BI ship and if any Mr Shaw has ever worked for the Company. If so, I'd like to have information on his activities on board. Thanks to those who can help me. [From the way this is written, using 'at' rather than 'in' or 'on', it seems much more likely that it refers to the district in Bengal, after which the eponomous BI ships were named. Also, during the 29 years mentioned, there were two Nuddea ships, and it would be highly unlikely that anyone's career would span 29 years, in one, let alone two ships of the name name - Editor]

Richard Dewis, UK - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 14:29:09
answer My father Josiah William Dewis served on BI ships during WWII as CPO gunner

Ian Pitt, Australia - Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 13:40:33
question I am Ian William Pitt son of John William Pitt, who was a Purser on a ship which was torpedoed during WW1. He was picked up by a British naval ship near England.  He was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire 9 September 1900. I was wondering if you had crew lists for ships torpedoed WWI near the UK.  He was employed by Gray Dawes at some stage probably after the war. His grandmother was a sister of The First Earl of Inchcape.  He was later manager and a partner in the firm Macdonald Hamilton & Co who were the agents for British India Steam Navigation Co. I hope you can help me. Name of ship not known but it sank during the period of the 1st World War. I was also employed by Macdonald Hamilton & Co and worked in the BI Freight Department in Sydney Australia. Employed with P & O in Sydney Australia for 40 years and spent 4 years at sea as a Purser in the Eastern & Australian Steamship Company.

Peter Davies, UK - Friday, February 7, 2014 at 16:38:45
question Requesting information re-Officers and Crew of ss Rohillla - sunk off Whitby 30.11.1914. A Remembrance service is being arranged for 30th Oct .2014 at Whitby. List of Officers and Crew who survived and those that were lost. Will then attempt to contact relations/descendants  to invite them to partake in 100yrs anniversary.
Rohilla article in BI News No 35 dated April '63.

Mike King, UK - Monday, February 3, 2014 at 08:11:21
questionJohn Alder posted in the logbook last year, would like to find a point of contact

Lyndon Johnson, UK - Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 17:57:33
question For Tony Plackett, re his post last Novemeber concerning Christmas menu on board Sangola.  I am part of the team producing a free newsletter on things BI (roughly once every 4-6 weeks or so) called "...calling BI".  It may be interesting to see your scans to see if they could be useful for that publication. Could you kindly email them to please?

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Graham Smith - Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 15:59:17
answer For John Howden who is interested in knowing about Arthur Duncan Hopkirk. Aurthur was my great uncle's half brother. He married Jeanie Bruce Howden and they had the daughter Mary Sealda, who married Thomas Mack.

Peter Harris, UK - Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 13:29:02
answer As Master of a survey ship I spent 2 months at anchor at Suez and watching the giant container ships pass by. Thought of the weeks spent in port when in BI, on the cargo ships.

Tom Kelso, UK - Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 07:35:15
answer Munir Ahmed's query regarding the late Abdul Karim, I suggest he looks at:- or alternatively,
(A number of deceased British and overeas MN seamen who died aboard ship/or in Glasgow hospitals during WW2, were buried in Cardonald Cemetery, and probably other Glasgow cemeteries). [If Abdul Karim was hospitalised ex Queens Dock, the chances are he would be taken to the nearby Western Infirmary, Glasgow, and buried at the Western Necropolis]. NB: "articlid" in above website might be "articled"

Tom Kelso, UK - Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 06:49:28
answer In respect of Kenneth Beadle's question, regarding ships his father, Jack Beadle, sailed on, I am almost certain that the latter sailed as Second Engineer Officer, on Chantala's maiden, and, probably,subsequent voyages, March 1950 onwards.

Ron Marsh, UK - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 21:06:13
question I traveled deck class on the ss Dumra in February 1971 from Bombay on it's route up towards the Persian Gulf. Unusually we disembarked at Gwadar on the Pakistani coast when this town was no more than a collection of mud houses. I came across this website when researching for a book I am writing about my travels at this time. I was looking for a photo of the Dumra. Many of the photos which appear seem to be of ships clearly of the same name but not steam ships. Does anyone know of the ss Dumra and have a photo of her and what became of this ship. When we got ashore my two friends and I were told that we were the first Europeans to have been seen in this area for 5 years. I would be interested to hear from anyone who served on this ship at this time. [This Dumra - the third of the name - was the first of BI's later D Class passenger cargoships. The four-strong class was built for the Bombay-Persian Gulf mail run. Dumra entered service in 1946 and continued on the BI mail service until 1973, when she was absorbed into P&O group's reorganised fleet. Sold to Damodar Bulk Carriers and renamed Daman in 1976, she was ultimately demolished in Bombay in 1979 - Editor]

Maurice Rocha, Australia - Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:09:43
question Looking for a passenger joseph xavier rocha who went to tanzania around 1920 from india to work in the east african railways.

Barrett, Ausstralia - Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 05:01:38
answer Left UK on Palamcotta, then  served on Dara, Karanja, Itaura and Orna. Received the BI Centenary Medallion whilst on Orna from Captain Mudford in Adelaide in 1956. Wish I had kept my copy of the BI Centenary Magazine, it was priceless. Finally got home on Orna via Capetown

Khalid Omaira, Abu Dhabi - Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 20:46:03
answer A new article BISN Co. was published in this journal:

Robin Harrod, UK - Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:34:19
question I am hoping that there is someone who like me has spent time at Greewich and can help me interpret the BISNCo records. My grandfather, John Herbert Humble-Crofts joined BISNCo in 1898 and worked his way up to 1st Officer in 1904. He was based in Calcutta and like all officers seemed to have UK leave every 3 years.
It has become important in my research that I locate where he was in late 1908, and early and late 1909.
I have searched the Greenwich records twice and there are apparent gaps in his service at the critical times that I cannot explain. The records show that:
In June 1908 he was on local leave.
From Jul 11th 1908 he was 1st officer on the Itaura. I do not know how long he would have been on board or what voyages she made. There is then a gap.
In Jun 1909 he is listed as staff.
Then on Jun 7 1909 he is on board Canara as 4th Officer for passage home on leave under the 3 year rule. He was relieved 28/7.
Jan 1910 he set off back to India on board the Golconda.
Can anyone explain please where he might have been between July 1908 and June 1909? Is there any way I can find out? I am happy for anyone with information to contact me. I have two photographs of my grandfather on board BISNCo ships,

Neil McLeod, US - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 08:52:16
answer Travelled on the ss Kenya to Mombasa in 1951. Here is a poem for you:

Maiden Voyage
Our departure for Kenya Colony was in August 1951. My mother was determined not to be separated from her husband a moment longer. So she sold up house and home, packed what was going to be needed for a new life in a completely different world, and boarded the S.S. Kenya, British India’s new ship on her maiden voyage from London.  Six weeks later we were in Mombasa and after some delay we were met by my father, who from the ship’s side looked as if he had green hair from swimming pool chlorine. My mother was nursing and we had a traveling companion and nanny, Yvette.  We were diagnosed as having mumps and quarantined, and so confined to sick bay up top by the quarter deck.  Later the real circumstances became clear to us.

From London to the Bay of Biscay
And past the straits at ‘Gib’
By Malta through the blazing Med
To Suez and Port Said.
While we were on the upper deck
Ensconced in quarantine,
In sick bay for we had the mumps
So said Doctor MacBean.

Through Suez down to Aden
“To B.I.” was the toast
Round the Horn of Africa to
Mombasa on the coast.
We were on the maiden voyage
The new pride of the line
The S.S. Kenya, British India’s
New ship on the brine.

When the Red Sea lead us on
We missed nanny Yvette,
For while we all remained abaft
She roamed as doctors pet.
And what seemed very interesting
Is that some years later on
We were diagnosed with mumps again
Something must have been wrong.

From London to the Bay of Biscay
And past the straits at ‘Gib’
We took the Kenya’s maiden voyage
I’m telling you no fib
And when we reached Mombasa
Who came to meet us there,
But my father on the quay side
With swimming pool green hair.

Nenette Reid, Australia - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 07:05:28
question Would love to hear from anyone who was on HMT Banfora when the HMT Rohna was sunk in November 1943.
My grandfather was an AA gunner on the Banfora and any information relating to that convoy (and any others) is greatly appreciated.

Kenneth Beadle, UK - Friday, January 3, 2014 at 20:05:49
question I am retired BI C/E/O/ so was my father, Jack BEADLE I wish to know which B.I. Ships he sailed on. I also wish to find Peter Sewell, retired B.I. Deck Officer last heard of in Melbourne, Australia.

Munir Ahmed, UK - Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 20:30:52
question Does anyone know anything about Abdul Karim seaman who died aboard ss Dilwara on October 11th 1944 at Glasgow queens docks. His cause of death was bronchitis and cardiac failure. Apart from that we have little further information. He is a relative and we are anxious to find out more about him especially his burial site. Any information will be most welcome. Many thanks.

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