ex-Baudouinville, Hong Kong 1994. Firstly, my father’s company ‘Smith McKenzie’ (known as ‘Smith-Max’) were agents for British India, a well know shipping firm. The Uganda does not, itself, have any connection to me but it had a sister ship that DID. SS Uganda was a British steamship that had a varied and notable career. On the 14th July, Uganda was deregistered as a hospital ship and the red crosses were painted out. Living in Mombasa, holiday allowance for my father, was divided between ‘local leave’ and ‘home leave’. "UGANDA" remained in regular service until 1967 when she was withdrawn and sent to Hamburg to HOWALDSTWERKE to be converted on an educational/cruise ship. She was named after Dwarka, an ancient city of religious … Thanks for the reminder, HG, I haven't thought about it for decades. Vessels engaged in coastal or cross-Channel trade made a return half-yearly, while ships going to more distant ports completed an agreement for each voyage. The introduction of sister ships Kenya and Uganda brought new standards to British India's service between London and East Africa in the early 1950's. There was an altercation (scuffle) between myself and a fellow cubscout named "brian", I never forget being out in the middle of the ocean, in our cabin, scuffling, and … The only one of the quartet to be built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dwarka entered service in 1947 on her owners' Persian Gulf local trades. At times passengers would see a long line of dipping porpoises in the lazy ripples of the Red Sea, the erratic flight of flying fish in tropical wasters, or at night the bright green phosphoresces in the ocean south of Aden. Evening gowns and ties were of course required. By the 31st May she had 132 casualties on board. A sister ship to RFA Tidespring was half-way to Chile, being transferred to that country's navy. David didn’t think so, he was covered in scratches!). He was a local magician who entertained the children (and adults). My mother was carrying a bag in one hand and was holding … Unposted. She was built in 1952 as a passenger liner, and successively served as a cruise ship, hospital ship, troop ship and stores ship. Last port of call was Venice and I flew home from there. The SS "LEONARDO DA VINCI" was an ocean liner built by ANSALDO SHIPYARDS at Genoa in 1960, the ship was intended as a replacement for the ill-fated ANDREA DORIA to operate on the North Atlantic run with ITALIAN LINE, she was as built 33.340 GRT and had a top speed of 25.5 knots. Interestingly, in 1982 the ship halted in the middle of a trip, sent the kids home, and was refitted and went off to the Falklands as a hospital ship. Calling in at Aden and Port Said, as we went through the Suez Canal it was possible to go ashore for some duty free shopping. Tag: SS Uganda Second Mate’s Ticket. In the mid 1960s Ian Smith in Rhodesia had declared unilateral independence resulting in economic sanctions that greatly effected the BI market, but also the eight year closure of the Suez canal following the Six Day War in the Middle East meant a longer and less economically viable route around the South African cape to reach Britain. Presenter Nicci Pugh, who served throughout the Falklands War as a Trauma Operating Theatre Sister on board Her Majesty’s Hospital Ship Uganda relays the history in a sensitive & thoughtful delivery, covering all aspects, from helicopter evacuation of casualties from the battlefields ashore & at sea, to the repatriation of recovering patients to UK by sea & air. Jul 23, 2020 - The classic school cruise ship and Falklands veteran. Discover (and save!) The SS Uganda was the only ship I remember doing them, my sister was on it on one a few years earlier. Interestingly, in 1982 the ship halted in the middle of a trip, sent the kids home, and was refitted and went off to the Falklands as a hospital ship. After this, she became an educational cruise ship, later from 1968 with a sister ship the SS Uganda. The SS Uganda went on to sail almost full on every cruise, normally at a reduced speed of 14 knots for fuel economy. TV star Jimmy Savile was locked in his cabin then booted off the ship over claims he assaulted a 14-year-old.. I’d been released by the Company to attend Liverpool Technical College to study and to take my Second Mates Foreign Going ticket. When made redundant on the East Africa route, Uganda was converted to an educational cruise ship at Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft at Hamburg. During this time we returned to the UK to see my parent’s relations in Brighton. so,ton saint so,ton … We were in the fourth year at school. SS Uganda (1952) - WikiMili, The Free Encyclopedia - White hull with a black band, black funnel with two white bands. This much loved ship went off to Taiwan for demolition shortly after the end of her 1974 season, after just 18 years in service, leaving the SS Uganda as the only surviving UK educational cruise ship. HMS Hydra joined sister ship HMS Hecla and SS Uganda (see ), in the "Red Cross Box" (48°30′S 53°45′W / 48.5°S 53.75°W / -48.5; -53.75), about 45 miles (72 km) north of Falkland Sound on 19 May. It was truly magnificent sailing, and in this age of mass travel, is never going to be repeated. David was asked to ‘assist’ once, and the gully-gully man kept making day old chicks appear from inside his shirt. For a decade the ships sailed full with cargo and passengers on most voyages, but in the 1960's a … In 1924 Sybil was stripped of her engine and … Uganda sailed to and fro between "Red Cross Box 2" â at position 50Â°50â²S 58Â°40â²W / 50.833Â°S 58.667Â°W / -50.833; -58.667 and Middle Bay, taking on casualties, both British and Argentine, transferring those who were well enough to the converted survey ships for passage to Montevideo. I was three years old and remember nothing of that voyage. SS Dwarka. photo Derek Dodd My first cruise was on the SS Navasa which I think was a sister ship to the Uganda. We flew to Malta, all very exciting as had never flown before. She was due to sail on the first of her regular educational and discovery cruises on 25th September, and there was an enormous amount of work to be done. As a consequence of being agents for BI, Smith-Max staff were given huge discounts in the cost of travel (first class!). She was built in 1952 as a passenger liner, and successively served as a cruise ship, hospital ship, troop ship and stores ship. The original article published on MerchantNavyOfficers.com included acknowledgements to Neil McCart and Ships Monthly of November 1986, "Uganda - A very special ship" (S.S. Uganda Trust), Laxon and Perry, and the P. & O Collection. As one of the largest ship-owners of all time, at its height the company owned more than 500 ships and managed 150 more for other owners. Was she owned by Elder-Demster of the U.K. for the East Africa run? Uganda too would now have to be refitted and made ready to resume her former role, so shortly after she arrived home, she sailed north to Smiths Ship-repairers in North Shields to be converted back into a cruise ship. One of my enduring memory is still feeling the cool air conditioning wafting up the stairs as you entered the Children’s Dining Room. In addition to the Drawing Room, Uganda had a Smoking Room, Writing Room and a Card Room where bridge, chess and draughts were played and a well stocked library. However, at the end of 1966 BI announced that Uganda was to be withdrawn as part of the rationalising of the UK – East Africa passenger service, but her sister ship SS Kenya did continue until 1969. My last ships all had shell plating of 3/8" to 1/2", where as the SS Uganda built in 1952, even when 25 yrs old, most hull plates were over 3/4" thick. For a decade the ships sailed full with cargo and passengers on most voyages, but in the 1960's a combination of … She was laid up in 1985 and scrapped in 1992. Hooked on cruising now and have sailed with … My first cruise was on the SS Uganda in July 1974 when I was nearly 14 with my school Woodmill High from Dunfermline. It was a fantastic opportunity. She was built in 1952 as a passenger liner, and successively served as a cruise ship, hospital ship, troop ship and stores ship. To this day, I can’t eat cornflakes with UHT milk without remembering that room. I don’t have the exact facts for this, but my recollection is that they only paid 10% of the cost and I think drinks were pretty much free. I arrived in Mombasa in 1949 with my mother, my elder sister and brother on the SS Khandalla. They were not allowed to board, so the crew arranged a series of ropes and pulleys from the deck to the small boats and the ‘boat boys’ would winch up their goods for us to look at. Last port of call was Venice and I flew home from there. In Tangiers so as not to lose any of us, we had to wear school uniform. photo Derek Dodd From what I can find the Uganda did have a sister ship, the Kenya, both ships built for BI at Barclay Curle. While we shaked and rolled Eastwards in our tub, the sleek and velte lines of the Canberra going Westwards left us with more than a tinge of envy. With White Ship - Red Crosses, author Nicci Pugh has created a fascinating, comprehensive and historically useful account of the efforts of the medical teams and crew aboard the British Hospital Ship SS Uganda during the Falklands War in 1982. Our group entered as a circus troop and I was the ring leader. I was attracted to the drummer, even at that young age and when they practiced in the afternoon, I would stand and look at his shiny kit and the sparkling chrome and brass. Not only was it possible to fly, but the political situations were changing. During this time, she had sailed 26,150 miles, consuming 4,700 ton of fuel with over a 1,000 helicopter landings on her flight deck and 3,111 personnel had been transferred to or from the ship. Eight years later, the SS Uganda later carried out honourable and respected work as a hospital ship 'somewhere down … 2021 Pete Goddard. Vessels engaged in coastal or cross-Channel trade made a return half-yearly, while ships … Language; Watch; Edit; MV Dwarka was the second of four "modern D Class" passenger/cargo sister ships of the British India Steam Navigation Company (BI). The ship was begun during World War I and finished after the war ended. We often traveled with friends, and so the children were quite safe, there were always plenty of adults on hand to keep an eye on what we were up to. She was the world’s first ship to be designed as an aircraft..... Salvato da jcsmarinenews.tumblr.com. Uganda co-ordinated the movements of the four British and three Argentine hospital ships Almirante IrÃzar, BahÃa ParaÃso and Puerto Deseado and treated 730 casualties, 150 of them Argentine making four rendezvous with the Argentine ships. The list of ships below includes ships for which information can be found in the timetables/sailing lists or other publications shown on this website. Shipping agents were an essential requirement for companies like BI. She was named after Dwarka, an ancient city of religious … HMS Hermes was an aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy. We lapped them up, along with the free ice cream that was served every day on deck. The Costa Concordia and Queen of the North both had modern welded hulls and their hulls were opened over a considerable length of the hull. Her oversized funnel was literally her crowning glory, and many passengers and crew became proud of it. By this time, the British-India Steam Navigation Company had been totally absorbed into the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, but, uniquely within the P&O fleet, Uganda retained her BI livery. UGANDA sister-ship to r.m.s. The First Class Drawing Room was located at the forward end of the Promenade Deck. It was possible to follow world affairs. Share this post. I sailed to the canaries in the early 70s all pretty basic but a great experiance, it certainly didn't put me off cruising as I have continued to cruise with P&O Cunard, celebrity and more recently azamara. No other ships are listed, including those which are only mentioned in the archives or shipping in 1971 sections.) Stored well. The cruise ship SS Uganda was requisitioned in the Mediterranean in 1982, its passengers disembarked and the vessel hurriedly converted into a hospital ship for service in the Falklands War. The second reason for returning home by sea, was that six or eight weeks was quite a lot of time, and to use nineteen days sailing was a useful way of reducing the cost of renting a flat in Brighton. With scalloped edges, as though pulled from a book.S.S. Mine was '74 around the med in a bucket entitled SS Uganda. The talk completes with … This is a folkcard, blank in the inside with the exterior being able to fold in half and send by mail. Flying would be from Nairobi, so having gone from Mombasa to Nairobi (300 miles) it then usually require two stops between Nairobi and Heathrow – one in Uganda, a scheduled stop, and one in Rome to refuel. Occasionally there would also be film shows, the Pathé News and documentaries such as ‘Kariba Dam’ and ‘Animals at Large’ all supplied by the Central African Film Unit in Mombasa. The British India Steam Navigation Company (‘BI’) was formed in 1856 as the result of a partnership between two Scots, William Mackinnon and Robert Mackenzie in order to carry mail and cargo between Britain, Calcutta and Rangoon. My first cruise was on the sister ship, ss Nevasa, in March 1970. Her powerful machinery gave her a greater range than the other educational cruise ships … However, at the end of 1966 BI announced that Uganda was to be withdrawn as part of the rationalising of the UK – East Africa passenger service, but her sister ship SS Kenya did continue until 1969. Condition:Pre-owned. After a refit in North Shields (the games deck windows never did close properly again after having Sea King helicopters landing on the quoits court), the ship returned to the familiar relaxed pattern of educational cruising again, but only for a few months as in January 1983 she took the Queen's shilling a second time and returned to duty as a troop ship serving between Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands. your own Pins on Pinterest The passages, stairways and entrances were wide and spacious, and the public rooms were panelled in an astonishing variety of woodwork, birch, sycamore, Nigerian cherry and walnut in particular. Was r.m.s. The following photographs trace a safari from Kampala to the Coast and thence onward to Aden and London in the UGANDA which, with its sister ship the KENYA, provided regular sailings between the UK and Dar-es-Salaam until the mid 1960s. (They were obviously small enough to be hidden in a palm of his hand, but it was impressive. Apart from deck quotes, tennis and shuffle board, one of the voyage highlights was Sports Day which featured the potato sack race, obstacle races, spoon races and so on. The ship's original tonnage was 14,430 gross and she was fitted with two steam turbines developing 12,300 horse power. The only one of the quartet to be built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dwarka entered service in 1947 on her owners' Persian Gulf local trades. SS Canberra was an ocean liner, which later operated on cruises, in the P&O fleet from 1961 to 1997. The one person who was allowed on board was the ‘gully-gully’ man. Some photos of the ss Uganda while she was used for school holiday cruises. Our treasured purchases were wind up little plastic cars which we could race round on the circular deck tables. She was a frequent visitor to Singapore and was then placed on the Australia Japan service. Towards the end of her life she operated as a cruise ship A number of ships have been named Arcadia MV Arcadia 1988 in service 1997 2003 MV Arcadia 2004 in service since 2004 SS Arcadia The SS Arcadia Victory was a Victory ship built during World War II for cargo … My first cruise was on Uganda's 'sister ship' Nevasa to the Baltic. She was laid up in 1985 and scrapped in 1992. By Shogun, November 9 , 2006 in ... Members; 137 posts; Surrey, UK Share; Posted August 8. The UGANDA had been requisitioned on April 10th 1982 for use as a hospital ship and was converted at Gibraltar in under three days. During this time, local ‘boat boys’ would row along side the ship and sell curios to the passengers. When the Uganda was docking in Naples, reporters turned up their microphones to hear a ship full of school children singing "Rule, Britannia!". May have mild edgewear, typical. I had to get high up on my toes to see through the porthole. Mine was '74 around the med in a bucket entitled SS Uganda. Just like SS MacKinnon, the two sister steamers Winifred and Sybil were turned into gunboats and patrolled the British part of Lake Victoria during World War I. As evening fell, and the children were asleep, the Uganda became another world with cocktail parties, lavish dinners and dancing until midnight in the Veranda Ballroom with a live band. The Uganda Railway had begun shipping operations on the lake in 1901 with the launch of the 110 ton SS ... By now the company had three larger ferries: the 1,134 ton SS Clement Hill (1907) and 1,300 ton sister ships SS Rusinga and SS Usoga (both 1913). These younger ships therefore worked the busiest routes. In addition to this, the ships would require repairs and maintenance, which was organised by the agents. Link to post Share on other sites. On 9/14/2018 at 7:04 PM, jessybell said: I went on SS Nevassa ..which I think is the sister ship.....there were 20 of us from South of England and we went to Minorca, Tangiers … On P&O Aurora there is the 'Uganda Room' which has a model of the SS Uganda in it - I always have a look at it when on board. In accordance with the Geneva Convention the ship was painted white and eight red crosses were painted, two on each side of the hull, one facing forward on the bridge superstructure, one on the upper deck visible from the air, and one on either side of her funnel. Introduction to the SS Uganda In 1982, following the withdrawal of the MS Dwarka from Persian Gulf service, the SS Uganda became the final ship with the once well-known B.I. We flew to Venice and then went to Santorini, Izmir for Ephesus, Itea for Delphi, Piraeus (substituted for Cairo as the Israelis were bombing it at the time) and Haifa for Jerusalem and home from Rijeka in Yugoslavia. ... SS Uganda: British-India Steam Navigation Company: 1952: 17,000: Began life as an ocean liner, served as a hospital ship in the Falklands War. The appearance of the funnel remained almost unchanged during the ship's 34 … In 1982 the ship served as a hospital ship in the Falklands War with the call sign of "Mother Hen". The ship was named on 17 March 1958, after the federal capital of Australia, Canberra.She was launched on 16 March 1960, sponsored by Dame Pattie Menzies, GBE, … SS Oronsay was the second Orient Line ship built after World War II. See more ideas about cruise ship, uganda, cruise. She was the only merchant ship in the Falklands area able to have a Chinook helicopter land on her landing pad. My father – who was already in Mombasa – told me that one of his lasting memories was the sight of us coming down the gangway at the port in Mombasa. Firstly, my father’s company ‘Smith McKenzie’ (known as ‘Smith-Max’) were agents for British India, a well know shipping firm. When Uganda docked in Naples, reporters turned up their microphones to hear a ship full of school children singing Rule, Britannia! May have mild edgewear, typical. Places on these cruises were offered to Local Education … This much loved ship went off to Taiwan for demolition shortly after the end of her 1974 season, after just 18 years in service, leaving the SS Uganda as the only surviving UK educational cruise ship. She was renamed SS Triton, taken on her final voyage to Taiwan (no school children aboard this time â and a crew of only 21) where she anchored awaiting breaking. My first cruise was on SS Uganda - Nov 73. The wireless news was received daily and circulated on printed sheets in the public rooms, and was also broadcast at suitable times. She was called up for military duty while on cruise 276 and discharged her 315 cabin passengers and 940 school children, who were on an educational cruise, in Naples. A team of 135 medical staff, including 12 doctors, operating theatre staff and 40 members of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service, left Portsmouth to join the ship taking large quantities of medical supplies with them. JC's Navy, Marine, & Military News. SS Arcadia was a passenger liner built for P O in 1953 to service the UK to Australia route. In the 1960s the main shipping routes of the line were: Britain to India, Australia, East Africa and South Africa. `UGANDA: The story of a very special ship ` The introduction of sister ships ss Kenya and ss Uganda brought new standards to British India's service between London and East Africa in the early 1950's.Uganda's oversized black funnel with its two white bands became a reminder of home for many an expatriate.For a decade the ships sailed full with cargo and passengers on … She was the world’s first ship … This book is highly recommended. CREW LISTS AND SHIPS' AGREEMENTS Description: These records consist of the Crew Lists and Ships' Agreements, with some Official (Crew) Log Books, which were required by law to be sent to the Registrar of Shipping and Seamen for ships registered in the United Kingdom. That was back in … With scalloped edges, as though pulled from a book.S.S. Later the UGANDA was to become an educational cruise ship but the KENYA was retired and scrapped. And THAT was the SS Nevasa, a former troopship that was converted (very minimally, I should say!) Her passenger capacity leapt from 300 to 1200 and tonnage increased to 16,607 tons. As the educational cruising scheme developed momentum, and pupils had time to save and/or earn money towards their fares, loadings improved and B.I. 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