the Logbook anywhere you see the icon
Tilling, UK - Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 15:08:09
For Peter Hackling. My apologies for not picking this up sooner.
SS T.P. Tilling was not a BI ship. The boat was named after
a Great Uncle who was lost with all hands on the Abhona (a BI
ship) in the Bay of Biscay. It was a thank you for T.P. Tilling
(Thomas Porter) and to the Tilling family for their support to
the ship building company (Monks). A picture does exist. I found
one simply through carrying out a random Google of the ship's name.
John Tilling (distant cousin) has much more information than I. Hope
this is useful. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me for further
Kilburn, UK - Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:41:32
Looking forward to catching up with news of old friends after so
Davis, UK - Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 18:26:38
I believe my Grandfather worked for BI in the 60's, 70's and perhaps
the early 80's. I was trying to track down any information about
him. His name was Edward Denis Davis, he lived in Twickenham, London
Zetlen, USA - Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 01:44:05
My father Rudolph Wihl was interned during WW2. He was a jew of
German/Dutch/Swiss ancestry and it is likely that he was shipped
via HMT Dunera to the internment camp in Melbourne, AUS. I am looking
for any information about this subject.
Hargreaves, UK - Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 15:08:37
For Lyn Turner - message of 1.11.09. Regarding your
search for Martha Elcoat's grave, some details and photographs of the bombing
of the Domala appear in Valiant Voyagingí,
BI (out of print books) with paragraphs from the WW2 Naval History (Internet)
by Don Kindell and the Wikipedia website. The incident was widely reported
in the press.
To summarise, the attack took place 24 miles east of St. Catherineís Point
at 5 am in moonlight, with a cold, heavy sea running. The enemy aircraft was
misidentified as friendly on account of flashing its lights. The engine room
was hit, damage to the central superstructure appears to have been severe with
the resultant fire out of control.
Lifeboats and rafts were launched which were raked by machine guns from the Heinkel
111 bomber. Exposure to the weather was another factor which accounted for the
By 1245, 3 destroyers, 2 tugs, an anti-submarine trawler and a Dutch merchant
ship were standing by. The destroyer Viscount picked up 120 survivors and the
Dutch ship Jong Willem another 48 plus 3 found dead in lifeboats, the latter
being landed at Newhaven. Other survivors may have been rescued by shore based
lifeboats. The small number of dead reported as recovered, could account for
the absence of a land based grave for your grandmother. It may be significant
that her fellow Stewardess, Mrs Violette H Wymer, lost her life in the same attack.
The PRO at Kew may have more details and a search of newspaper archives could
provide pertinent clues.
Malcolm Craik, UK - Monday, December 14, 2009 at 17:55:22
I sailed on ss Uganda in
1965/66 from London to Durban S/Africa. I did six trips as
2nd Chef, mainly looking after 1st class passengers. Each trip
was of approx ten weeks duration. Hard work, but enjoyable
P.S. I find the word "Other", somewhat degrading.
Purnea BI 1888-1923
Fysh, South Africa - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 13:26:51
My paternanal Grandfather, Robert Parker Fysh, worked for BI from
about 1890 to 1921? First Mate Sept 1890. Master on Bengal no 178
in 1895. From an inscribed serviette ring, I have a list of the
ships he served on up to 1908.
Celestial Empire 1883 (training sail)
Milton Park 1887
Wirawa (or Virawa?) 1890
HMS Oalatea 1896
HMS Barfleur 1897
Katona 1905 [probably Katoria - Ed]
HMS Hawke 1906
He was at some time in the Royal Naval Reserve with the rank
I have very little further information on the ships, but have
a log book (day book?) that charts a few of his trips round Ceylon
and to Beira (Mocambique.
I would really appreciate some info on those ships. If I can
be of assistance, I will endeavour to forward what I have.
McLean, USA - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 00:31:44
I am trying to find out about my husband's great grandfather Kenneth
MacLean he apparently was a ships carpenter on the Java which was
built in 1872 and scrapped in Bombay in 1904. We are trying to
find out when he would have been on board the ship, if that information
would be in any logbooks that might still be around.
Brittain, UK - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 20:11:06
I would like to offer an open invitation
to anyone with information related to the former hospital ship
ss Rohilla who has not conversed with me. I am working on updating
my book "Into the Maelstrom" and
would welcome any additional information.
Haskins, UK - Friday, December 4, 2009 at 08:56:19
I am researching Old Conway Wilton Vivian
Wood who died accidentally, aged 53 years, at Kilindini Wharf
in Mombasa in 1941 and is interred in Mbarak cemetery. He is
described in the records as "Captain
in BISNC". Anyone heard of him?
Julien, UK - Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 14:55:26
Looking for anyone who may have heard
of ELIJAH JULIER mariner, my g g grandfather b1841 in Caister,Norfolk
d 1925 in Dover. Believed to have worked the Indian routes
at some stage. Reduced to mate from Captain after grounding
on Goodwin Sands! Looking for ships he was on after the age
of 27. Died aged 84.
Leeson, UK - Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 10:25:45
For John Macleod : Will do, seeing them both this weekend. FYG
Barney and Angela will be attending the Newcastle reunion next
Cooper, UK - Monday, November 30, 2009 at 18:31:22
I trooped out to Singapore in Dilwara in 1952. Great ship and
a great time.
Whitaker, UK - Monday, November 30, 2009 at 02:03:12
Was Radio Operator (BMN) onboard:
Scott 20/4/40 to 4/9/40
Vulcain 1/10/40 to 18/12/40
Algerian 23/12/40 to 23/12/41
Nailsea Meadow 20/6/41 to 28/9/41
Karoa 9/1/42 to 14/1/43
Nirpura 26/1/43 to 3/3/43 (torpedoed and sunk in Indian Ocean)
Arosa (served on Norwegian Merchant Navy ship back to London))
29/3/43 to 28/7/43
Ettrickbank 25/9/43 to 21/3/44
Dalcross 13/4/44 to 19/10/44
British Princess 27/11/44 to 3/5/45
Pachumba 23/5/45 to 1/8/45
Masula 7/8/45 to 15/2/46
Cambridge 2/10/54 to 10/11/55
Surrey 13/11/55 to 23/7/56
Northumberland 24/7/56 to 7/12/56
Harvey, UK - Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 12:56:51
A first class company and the end of an era.
Holmes, Portugal - Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 19:49:57
Wondering today what had become of the ss Karanja, I browsed
through the internet and very happily came accross this site.
I had a wonderful voyage from Bombay to Mombasa via Karachi
in the mid 70's ('75?) on my slow journey from Tokyo to Rio.
One of the scenes I remember vividly to this day was of a fish
eating a chapati in Karachi harbour!
Warner, USA - Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 01:51:28
Seeking any information about Captain
Frederick Fleming Flack. Active until about 1896. Associated
with Calcutta. Built a house in his retirement in Woodhall
Spa, Lincolnshire named "Dhoblat" after
a village on Sagar Island, south of Calcutta on the Bay of Bengal.
[The photo (right) you sent of a ship in the Suez Canal is
of a Royal Navy ship, and not BI - Editor]
Jones, UK - Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 20:21:56
Sailed from Cardiff Wales October 1964.
Aboard Devonia on a Staffordshire schools cruise. As a 14 year
old pupil at Park Lane Secondary. Was supposed to visit Madeira.
Unfortunately the "rough" sea
conditions forced a diversion to Vigo north Spain. Tangier, Cadiz & Lisbon
were also visited. Happy days!
Morris, South Africa - Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 08:40:41
My father was on the Amra as a patient and later a nurse. I would
like to know more about him.
Blann, South Africa - Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 20:55:06
I am researching my Grandfather's past. My
grandfather was born out at sea, some time in the 1900's, his parents
surname was Quinn they were on their way to Kyna (Africa). My mom
does not recall much information about her father as she lost her
father at a young age.
Yates, UK - Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 18:16:54
Trying to find anything about my great
grandfather Capt Robert Stewart Shannan Maclachlan.
Houston, UK - Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 17:37:49
We are seeking information on ships on
which our uncle, Alexander T Adams (d.o.b 7/12/1929) served
as an engineer between approximately 1947 to 1983 in order to
prepare a tribute for his 80th birthday. Any help you can give
would be much appreciated
James, Australia - Monday, November 9, 2009 at 00:48:28
anyone know the whereabouts of Captain Micheal Gordon 1965
Melis, Germany - Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 20:15:00
i've just been to Torquay in devon and there i bought an old
travel box on a flea market. i'm really anxious about getting
to know something about its former owners. i've got their name
and adress in london on the box and some stickers saying they had
been sailing with BI's Kenya. I've
been looking for a passenger list or other information allover
the internet, but i couldn't find any more, so I wonder whether
anyone of you could help me out and give some ideas where to look...furthermore
there was written the name as well as p.w.d. Tanga on the box before
it was painted over with the new adress in london and i wonder
what that means?! I'd be really glad if anyone could help me in
finding out more details. thanks.
(Bert) Smith, UK - Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 22:39:07
was an Engineer on board Aconda [Aronda?] in
1947 and would like to hear from anyone who knew me or was
on this ship. I am now 83 years old and have just cam across
this site which is fantastic and very interesting. Please get
in touch. I was on a few of the BI ships.
Govier, UK - Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 15:52:58
was on a school trip on the ms Devonia,
it was cruise 57-1967. We went to spain portugal and france,
lisbon vigo and brest anyone remember the cruise please contact.remembering
some of the crew they were brilliant,I would also like to
know more about the ship.
Quinlan, Australia - Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 08:38:15
have a photo of Dad with some officers off the Quiloa on
Flat Top island off Mackay Queensland in , ahem 1928. I spent most
of my life at sea in ANL from tripehound to master and met many
English officers with BI experience from 1957 through 1997.
Macleod, UK - Monday, November 2, 2009 at 21:37:44
To John Leeson; Of course I remember your Dad- and your Mum (who
I believe came from Central Scotland)- Good to see that they are
up and about. Please pass my sincere regards to them both.
Turner, UK - Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 02:33:22
trying to track down where my grandmother Martha Elcoat is
buried. She was a stewardess on the mv Domala which
was bombed just off the Isle of Wight on 2nd March 1940. Do
you have any clues where I could find out more? Thanks
Hulett, UK - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 18:38:14
went on a school cruise on the Dunera in
1964 and on the Nevasa in
1967. I have some memorabilia from those trips.
Pescud, Australia - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10:16:12
I am trying to get in contact with Matthew Dunnachie from the U
Dealtry, UK - Friday, October 23, 2009 at 09:50:23
was one of the PE students from Dartford College who was
lucky enough to be chosen to help run the deck games on the
ss Uganda for an educational cruise. I went in May/June 1970
and the ship sailed from Tilbury to Casablanca, Madiera, Tenerife
and Lisbon. It was the most wonderful experience, teaching the
children by day and socialising with the passengers and crew
at night... and it counted as teaching practice!
Bradsell, UK - Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 16:05:05
father served as assistant engineer on the Domala between
1937 and 1939. I have one or two photos of crew , the domala,
insignia, and places he visited whilst serving on this vessel,
these i can share if anyone is interested, my dad sadly passed
away in July 2002 at the age of 89
(Paddy) Devlin, UK - Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 10:03:05
for news of Peter Freeborn (Fleeby) who was 2nd.0 when we sailed
on Bombala in the '60s
Newnham, Australia - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 23:52:18
browsing your site for info re ss
Tanda. My father, Arnold Newnham,
sailed on her, on what I believe was the ship's penultimate
voyage from Sydney. He passed away 19.10.09; we may have been
without him altogether, had not the MP's removed him from the
Tanda on its arrival back in Sydney. He was serving in contravention
of Manpower regulations in force at the time.
Baker, UK - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10:32:57
please. I am writing the biography of an East African Governor.
He sailed to Mombasa in 1931 I think on the Modasa.
From which port did the Modasa sail, please? Professor Colin
Brown, Australia - Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 22:33:06
King [Jan 15,
2009] asked about me.
Contact would be most welcome. How does one go about contacting
others through this site?
Toberer, US - Friday, October 16, 2009 at 19:18:13
have found a painting of a woman sitting in a deck chair
with the inscription ss Dunera,
September 27, 1902. The initials S.D. were above the date.
The painting was originally in the possession of a man from
Edinburgh, Scotland. If there is a passenger manifest for
that sailing it might give me a clue to the identity of the
woman or perhaps the artist.
Thank you, in advance, for your time.
Maharajh, US - Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 14:37:02
, looking for information regarding indentured workers to Trinidad
1904 from Calcutta. Any info or direction will help just starting
Sharma, Canada - Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 00:13:54
someone has picture of ss Virawa can
you please let me know.
Cotterill - Monday, October 12, 2009 at 15:35:23
went on a school cruse No 55 on Devonia to
Scandanavia in 1967 with Engayne junior school - great sucess
and fond memories.
Govier - Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 20:14:52
on the ms Devonia school
trip (cruise 57 1967) Spain, Portugal and France would like
to find out more about ship and what happened to it. From
Tilbury to Vigo, Lisbon and Brest on school trip. It
really was the best trip i've ever been on. i would love
to hear from people who were also this trip.
Alblushi, Oman - Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 08:45:37
28 June 1943 a Japanese submarine torpedoed a British merchant
ship owned by the British India line in Muscat harbour. I would
highly appreciate if you kindly guide me where to find more information
about this accident. Thanks a lot.
Prowse, UK - Monday, October 5, 2009 at 14:46:27
A message for John MacLeod---- we sailed on the Canara in '63/64
and downed many a beer together? It would be good to make contact.
Bell, UK - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 20:22:44
Reply to John Robertson 25th. September. What Ho Robbo, Still on
this mortal coil then!
You almost got it right, but it was early 70s. I think I also
gave you a large painting of an island sunset which I picked up
in Djakarta when we were there. Jock Sturrock was C/E/O/ -- we
sailed together for bloody years! ! Yes,
I do remember Anne very well, her surname is actually Goulet !
Good to hear from you , and not a little surprised ! Give me a
buzz or e-mail. All the very best.
Humphreys, US - Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 12:25:18
In reply to Mick O'Donnell, Australia,
May 14, 2009, regarding the end of the horse
trade between Australia and India, pre WWII. Actually the last
BI ship to sail from Australia with brumbies was in late December
1949, when Querimba loaded several hundred horses in Sydney
for Bangkok. I was one of two 16 year-old cadets. Growing up in South Australia,
I had some knowledge of wild horses (brumbies) and many of the
horses being loaded in Sydney were in poor condition. As
we sailed north through the Barrier Reef, sickness among the horses
spread. The Australian
grooms did their best, but a number of horses died, passing
Rockhampton in Northern Queensland, a launch came alongside and
dropped off a supply of antibiotics, unfortunately, more horses
died before we saw any improvement. The dead horses had
to be dragged through the Shelter deck by way of an elaborate
system of blocks and pulleys. The heat, stench, kicking
horses in the stalls and the sound of stretching necks as the
horses were winched through the shelter deck made for many miserable
afternoons. Once on deck the horses were hoisted about ten feet
into the air, the boom was swung out over the side and
a slip knot released the carcass into the sea. After
nearly three weeks at sea, we berthed in Singapore and the remaining
horses staggered ashore; they completed their trip to Bangkok
Ten days later Querimba tied up at Garden Reach Coal terminal
In Calcutta. On the dock was a 10,000 ton mountain of
coal. Loading the coal into the ship's six holds
was handled by 2,000 women. They walked up and down the
dozens of narrow wooden ramps erected between the dock and the
deck of the ship, carrying the coal in baskets on their heads.
Covered in coal dust they worked through the night and as the mountain
of coal receded back from the ship more women were added. The
10,000 tons of coal was loaded in three days. Querimba sailed shortly
after for Madras and as we pulled away from the dock the Chief
Officer made the comment, "like
the horses, the women will soon be replaced." Well Mick....This
time it really was the end of an era!
Aitchison, New Zealand - Monday, 28 Sep 2009 16:44:50
would be grateful if you could tell me if the gentleman in
the attached photograph is wearing a BI uniform and if so what
his position was. I would guess the photograph was taken about
1900. If you know who he is that would be even better! My grandfather,
John Mckinnon Aitchison. was
a chief engineer with BI, spending part of his career based
in Rangoon, where my father spent the first 6 years of his
life from 1911, and where by pure chance he met up with his
brother, David Livingston Aitchison, in 1946. David was captain
of the Orna, I think with BI. [As he appears (on close examination) to be wearing a BI cap
badge, he is almost certainly a BI officer - Editor]
Wood, UK - Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 14:49:55
Reading through log book entries i came across the entry from Brian
Young,Australia March 23rd 2008. Regarding his father Joe Young,
who had sailed with BI,i know Joe Young very well,i served my apprenticeship
with him,also sailed with him on MV Sangola Joe was 4th engineer.
I still have the Christmas day menu from 1951, the following where
the ship's company:
Mr R F Weatherseed Commander
Mr J D Sleigh Chief Officer
Mr J M Woolock 2nd Officer
Mr J R D Mcleod 3rd Officer
Mr W J Backman Purser
Mr S K Sen Surgeon
Mr R G Smith Radio Officer
Mr R G Smith Cadet
Mr R H Irving Chief Engineer
Mr W Whittaker 2nd Engineer
Mr W Rice 3rd Engineer
Mr J W Young 4th Engineer
Mr I J May 5th Engineer
Mr K A Hambridge 5th Engineer
Mr A Wood 5th Engineer
Mr J Lindsay 5th Engineer
I still keep in touch with Kieth Hambridge who lives in N S W
Australia. I am looking forward to the reunion at Gateshead 2010
my home town.
Aitchison, New Zealand - Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 05:49:22
John Aitchison, USA - I came across your entry of 08 April 2009
when looking for information about my grandfather and your father's
father. The last time we met was in Torrance in 1978 or 7.I would
be very pleased if you could contact me
Reardon, Azerbaijan - Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 19:33:50
Interesting site, main interest BI Troopships & LST's.
Joined BI in 1969 as 5EO serving on the LSL Sir
Geraint and transfered
to the RFA in 1970 with the "Sir Boat" fleet also served
in the RFA Sir Galahad(1) and RFA Sir
Percival (but only for a
very short time)
Robertson, Australia - Friday, September 25, 2009 at 05:52:57
Bell, UK (Sunday, May 3, 2009) - Dave, I think you may be
the one who gave my kids a baby goat (you were looking for
a camel) as a going away present!! mid seventies. Would be
after the Bamora???
Frank Heard was the old man I think. Does the name Anne Gourlet
ring a bell?
Hulme, UK - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 16:23:55
Fascinating website - just discovered it. I worked in (Educational)
Cruising Department from 1963-67 - mainly with Special Boat Trains
and Flights. Lots of great memories. Anybody around who was there?
or any questions? Great to hear from you.
Benham, UK - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 11:25:19
Captain Harold Goater (Alan Williams's query dated 24 April
2008 and Derek Hargreaves's reply of 8 July 2008.)
I have Capt Goater's copy of 'Valiant
Voyaging', including his comments on several
pages. On page 74, where the book says "On
25th July  the ship ahead of her blew up and the force of
the explosion lifted the Warfield almost out of the water ...",
Goater adds: "Empire Hawksfield from Belfast.
No survivors. Three plans for Italian landing fell on Warfield.
Sealed up by me & given later to Capt. R.N. Cape. Very Secret.
Note date! Amio Farm house [ranges?] etc.!!!"
At the end of the same paragraph, "but not
a soul in the ship received so much as a scratch." he
has added "again, Goater touch!"
The passage on pages 101-102, including "The
last bomb of the last stick fell very close to the Warfield",
he has underlined ‚Äúlifting her out of the water",
and added "I said: 'Lifting
her considerably'. Land lubber tripe again!!!
The ruddy book is full of it!"
And finally, on the photograph of SS Varela opposite page 134,
he has written "Trooping under my command until
I was asked to Viceroy Staff, Delhi (Rajah of Khota's
residence, N Delhi) (S. Block, Sect Office). Capt. Sir [illegible] Brookes relieved me!"
Muir, UK - Monday, September 21, 2009 at 16:12:26
doing family history research, I discovered that a distant
great uncle was a marine engineer with BISN. His name was Alston
John Muir and he died in 1966. He was a engineer with this investigation:
The Marine Court of Inquiry appointed to investigate the circumstances
attending the accident to the ss Sarvistan of Hong Kong.
Chief Presidency Magistrate's Court,
30th August, 1927.
Pursuant to Government Resolution No. 783-1328, dated the 19th
August, 1927, Marine Department, Bombay, appointing Mr. H. P. Dastur,
Acting Chief Presidency Magistrate, Bombay, Captain Lionel Arthur
Beytagh, Master s.s. "Chakla," and Mr. Burns Crosbie
Sharpe, Assistant Mechanical Superintendent, Bombay Port Trust
Workshops. Mazagaon, to conduct an inquiry into the circumstances
attending the accident at Sea to s.s. "Sarvistan," the
Court assembled on the 24th, 25th and 26th day of August, 1927,
for the purpose stated.
As it appeared that this investigation was likely to involve the
consideration of the question as to the cancellation or suspension
of a certificate or certificates, the Court, under Section 254
of Act 21 of 1923, constituted as its Assessors Mr. Alston John
Muir, Superintending Engineer, B.I.S.N. Company, Limited, and Mr.
George Batton Shuttleworth Roberts, Chief Engineer, s.s. "Barala."
[This entry has been edited to show the parts of the court document
most relevant to BI and BI personnel - Editor]
Rodgers, UK - Monday, September 21, 2009 at 15:30:21
have a letter sent to my Grandfather in 1902 from J Walker,
purser, on the Arratoon Apcar. Also I believe I worked on a
couple of BI ships when I was apprentice welder in Smith's
Dock North Shields during the late 60s.
Adams, UK - Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 21:25:28
interesting site and some amazing memories. My Gt Uncle ERNEST
GILES was a Supt Eng with BI in the early 1900s, based in India
for a time, and his late widow used to talk about the port
of Dhanushkodi in the 1920s. They returned to UK on the ss
Mandala from Colombo in July 1920. Are there any elements in
the archives or people's recollections relating to the way
the company shore management worked in southern India? I was
told that he had a private railway coach paid for by BI to "undertake
his duties" - would
this be a likely story or just a fable?
Scott, UK - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 09:08:17
on the Dwarka most of 1980 as
a junior engineer.
Tayal, India - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 18:01:15
was formerly the The "River Steam Navigation Co" in
India , which was used transport TEA from ASSAM to CALCUTTA. [This
entry is from Shrey Tayal of CENTRAL INLAND WATER TRANSPORT CORPORATION]
Walker, UK - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 23:51:32
John Soares [log
entry Aug 1, 2009],
Have for many been trying to contact you John, please can
you get in touch lots of news.
Chand, New Zealand - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 10:11:48
there, my great great grandfather came to fiji from india in
the ship Virawa.
His name was jagan and his fathers name was Javabar(i think).
he came in 1902 from jabbulpur, thana shapura. If you have
information regarding our search please contact us. Anyone
from jabbulpur can help us.thanks.
Johnstone, US - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 09:19:48
I have always wanted to thank 'someone' for the absolutely
fantastic 'school' cruies I had on the Dunera in 1964-66-ish
as high schooler from Dalkieth, Scotland. The first took us
from Grangemouth up to Norway and Denmark (Trondheim, Aldalsnes,
Bergen then Copenhagen) and back into Greenock and home by
bus ... what a trip! The next was (I think) out of Grangemouth
also and on to Cherbourg, Lisbon and Tangier. What a fine effort
made by the ship's and school staff which now later in life
I have come to fully appreciate. Thank You for the great experience
and memories. Too bad the world has changed - BI made it great!
Griffiths, Canada - Monday, September 7, 2009 at 13:41:56
to see John MacLeod's message. I was Junior Cadet on Bamora's
maiden voyage in Jan 61 and remember John Gunn Mcleod well! Happy
Times. I would like to be in touch with John? [Your
contact details have been sent to John MacLeod - Editor]
Bunyan, UK - Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 23:14:54
I sailed on the 1965 schools cruise to Madiera, Tangiers and
Lisbon that set sail from Avonmouth docks. My dorm was called
Gaggarin after the Russian spaceman and I was seasick for the
first week but I enjoyed it all. I would love to hear from anyone
who also made that trip especially anyone from Priorwood Secondary
Modern School, Taunton.
Rossiter, Australia - Friday, September 4, 2009 at 08:47:03
am trying to find out anyone who may have sailed with my father
Frederick Rossiter, Marine Engineer. He may have been second
engineer. He was torpedoed twice while serving with the BI
in WW2. I beleive one of the ships was the Dumra sunk
in 1943. Can anyone tell me the name of the other ship? He
also sailed on the Mulbera, Palikonda and Dilwara.
Leeson, UK - Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 14:32:07
John MacLeod re entry 18th August
You must remember my father
Barney Leeson served as Ch. Officer. I was on board at some point
with my younger brother, sadly too young to remember all the antics.
Brand, UK - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 10:22:06
BI Engineer cadet from 1965, still at
sea working for P&O Ferries
as Chief Engineer
Chambers - Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 12:14:20
to inform your visitors of the passing on 21 August 2009 of
Capt Harry Chambers - my father in Fremantle WA aged 84. Commanded
amongst many Orna, Purnea, Bombala, Nuddea (first voyage to
Japan) Morvada? P&O Strathconon. Attended
BI Reunion in Fremantle Oct 2008.
(BI 1919-1936) which, for a very brief period in 1934,
was employed as one of the company's cadet ships
Passmore - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 08:30:43
to Janet Waring from April 10, 2009. Her
grandfather might have been on Nerbudda in
1922 when my grandfather (master) died of cholera in Karachi
in 1922. Does she have any more information?
Holt, UK - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 10:08:50
i sailed as a child with my parents
on crusies from 1972 to 1978 on Nevasa and Uganda. Please
[leave a message for me here] if you remember me.
Smailes, New Zealand - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 22:53:39
I could not believe my eyes when i saw where the next U.K. reunion
is going to be held (the town of my birth) so in 2010 i must make
an effort to attend this one!!
Povey, UK - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 01:50:03
am currently trying to piece together a complete record of my service
with BI. The one year that I have not been able to complete is
1967. Is there anybody out there who has a record or part record
of the cruises carried out by the Devonia and Dunera during
the course of that year. Thanks in anticipation
MacLeod, UK - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 22:22:56
Sailed as Radio Officer on Bamora`s maiden voyage. Joined her in
Glasgow Jan 61 and signed off in Calcutta in July 63. Happy days
Jeram Katechia, UK - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 16:55:13
My father travelled on ss Tairea on 5/01/1939 from Porbandar (Gujrat,
India) to Mombasa, Kenya.
Janif, Australia - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 05:35:32
Where can I get more information about
passenger ship ss Fazilka III, which used to transfer passengers
from India to fiji in late 1800's & early 1900's? Need to get hold of ship log, Passengers & there
address in India? [While Fazilka was a name used by BI
for one of its ships - a 4,155 gt vessel in service from 1890
to 1923 - Fazilka III was not owned by the company - Editor]
Kissoon, UK - Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 12:46:45
Please let me have any information on
the ss Congella, if its on your record. I am trying to trace
my ancestory. She sailed from Calcutta in 1892 to Natal/South
Africa with my grandmother (6 years then) and her parents/
Look forward to hearing from you. [Congella
was not a BI vessel - Editor]
Butler, UK - Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 10:45:57
I am looking for any pictures of the
ss Tanfield. My next door neighbour (Bob Mcpherson aka Daz)
used to serve on the cargo vessel during WWII as a gunner,
and has fond memories of both ship and crew. Has he has no
pictures as they were not allowed take any for security reasons,
I would like to surprise him with a picture if possible or
any history of the vessel. Any help with this would be much
Heal, UK - Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 21:51:53
I was a passenger on a school trip to
Norway, Denmark and Holland. I was 11yrs old. It was brilliant.
I remember the crew were from Calcutta.
Ganley, UK - Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 02:07:10
My grandfather sailed on the ss Torilla for the Mesopotamian Campaign
in WW1. He was a volunteer in Dunsterforce. He died and is now
buried in Iran. I would really love to have details of the ship's
route and a picture of the vessel.
Mayne, Australia - Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 03:49:56
am researching family history with a view to writing a book.
My grandfather William Horace Walsh was an engineer on BI ships
in the early 1900s. I am not sure when he started, but was born
in 1895 and by 1926 was back in Australia and died in 1964. I remember
as a child he used to talk to me about the exotic places he visited
- he talked a lot about India. Also have the feeling he may have
worked up the eastern coast of Australia to Thursday Island. My
grandparents travelled to England in 1956 and they may have been
there for the centenary of BI. I am interested to know if there
is a way I can access my grandfather's crew records from Australia
and re-trace some of his voyages to include in a book about his
family. Thanks. [Official crew records of
all British ships are archived at the Public Record Office, Kew.
These are the records and documents of the Registrar General of
Shipping and Seamen. A personal visit is necessary but it should
be possible to trace all a seaman's ships from these records. Some
BI personnel records are held at the National Maritime Museum,
Greenwich, and, again, a personal visit is necessary - Editor]
Neville, UK - Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 10:42:30
was so thrilled to find your website when entering on Google
the name Tahsinia [some
of the crew of which were rescued by Nevasa
I note that a Cynthia Wilson wrote to you in 2008 requesting
research information: my Father, Archibald Campbell Henderson,
was a Third Engineer aboard the Tahsinia and a survivor on
a lifeboat (#4). I would love to make contact with Cynthia
as I have documents relating to the incident which may be of
interest. Please would you be kind enough to put me in contact
with her and anyone else who may have knowledge of the event
or where I may find more information? Many thanks.
Raper, UK - Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 22:41:40
anyone remember me Strathmore Jelunga
Soares, India - Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 10:42:57
Glad to have found this website. Have sailed with BI as Purser
from 1956 to 1979 on various vessels. Nice to see some familiar
names after such a long time.
Kirby-Rose, UK - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 22:30:05
I am researching the original Teesta,
as my Great Grandfather was its Captain from 1903 to 1904,
Alexander MacDonald Rait. Any one who has any pictures or information
on this shipping would help me so much if they could contact
Walker, UK - Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 01:32:26
anyone have details of an accident aboard the Orna when
she was in Dundee April 1966
Shaw, UK - Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 22:33:41
Regarding the Baroda, destroyed in the Fort Stikene disaster in
Bombay, 1944. If anyone is interested, I have some information from
a Fire Service publication, supplied to me by an old friend who
was in a submarine in Bombay at the time, and who was one of the
many servicemen called on to unload ammunition and explosives from
one of the ships while the fires were raging. Fortunately, I was
busy elsewhere at the time.
Rughani, Australia - Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 01:34:42
was a passenger (at the age of 6) on the ss Uganda on her maiden
voyage in 1952. I was with my grand parents and family travelling
from Zanzibar to England
(BI 1914-1924) pictured
after the ship was sold in Oct 1924 to associate Eastern & Australian
Steam Ship for Australia-China/Japan services
Wright, UK - Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 20:34:30
am trying to identify the signature of the Chief Officer
of HMAT Madras (ss Tanda)
in July 1919. Are there any lists of officers that could
help me identify this person? [Harper adds that there
are photos of the ship as HMT Madras, including loading troops
in Egypt in 1919, available at the Australian War Memorial
site (http://cas.awm.gov.au) refs B01339A, B01339C, B01339B] [From
information provided by Harper Wright, it appears likely
that the officer in question is S N Inman who is referred
to on this site as being in command of Chilka in 1930 - Editor]
Turner, UK - Monday, July 20, 2009 at 20:18:48
on Nevasa on her last trips as
trooper. Laid her up in River Fal then transferred to tankers
starting with Busiris, Foyle etc before transferring to Trident
Tankers. Keen to contact EO Micheal Cunningham if anyone knows
Shaw, UK - Monday, July 20, 2009 at 14:18:28
mv Orna in Bombay, 1942. Chief
R/O was Jack Ashcroft from St Helens. Cadet Jack Dalby. Had
a wonderful 18 months aboard, including up the Med where we
had an interesting time in Sicily - 'Rockery' and Syracuse.
Salaams to one and all (including our DEMS gunners - especially
Titch, whose head I banged under the ammo table when we heard
that Stuka coming down! Sorry, Titch, but I was a bit busy
on the Oerlikon after that.)
Last heard GJGK on the air 'QTP Curacao' when I was crossing Atlantic after the
war. Thought she was a bit off course but couldn't QSO to ask why. Teen No Marconi
Allison, UK - Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 15:04:05
served my apprenticeship and worked as a ship d'man at the
Clydeholm shipyard of Barclay, Curle. BI ships I worked on
were: Kenya (719), Uganda (720), Chakdara (722), Chinkoa (723), Nuddea (732), Nevasa (733), Nardana (736),
Woodarra (737) and Waroonga (738).
Of these ships, despite the fact I came near to being killed
during her construction, was Nuddea. The last BI ship I actually
saw, was Uganda (after her conversion) when she appeared out
of the mist one morning on the Clyde on a visit to Glasgow.
Bruce, Australia - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 19:31:14
a friend gave me a copy of a photo of the ss Waipara from
your logbook along with enquiries from folk comcerning the
ship. This was of great interest to me because my mother & I
sailed from England to Australia on the Waipara in May 1916.
We disembarked in Brisbane and the ship went on to Townsville
before returning to England. I still have, and cherish, a letter
written to me from the purser of the Waipara and posted from
Townsville. His name was W J Perkins (who I called Uncle Billy).
In his letter he also sends "Best Wishes from Uncle Chris".
I don't know Uncle Chris' surname. Although I was aged only
two and a half I have some memories of incidents on the ship
during the voyage and I still remember Uncles Billy and Chris.
My mother told me it was a rough voyage as we were chased by
German submarines for a fortnight and it was only the superb
seamanship of our Captain that got us safely through. He zig-zagged
the ship 24 hours a day for two weeks. Crockery was broken,
passengers seasick and their bunks due to the tossing of the
boat. Passengers were told that we were weathering severe storms
and weren't told the real reason until the ordeal was over.
I guess the Captain had enough trouble to take care of without
hysterical passengers to deal with. Maybe some descendents
of W J Perkins will read this memory of the Waipara and if
so I would love to hear from them.
Malik, US - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 17:47:31
I get the contact information of Mr Ciraz Mussa Mahomed, UK?
Per this log, few of his relatives survived ss Tilawa and
one of them is still alive. My grandfather's brother was one
of the passengers on SS Tilawa who unfortunately went missing
as the ship sank. I am very much interested in talking with
Mr Ciraz Mussa Mahomed's relative to ask him about his experience
and inquire about my grandfather's brother Mr Mohamed Din.
Adair, Thailand - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 12:24:12
am looking for a picture of the ss Aronda 2
that took the 42nd Royal Tank Regiment from Gourock to Tewfik,
Egypt in April/May 1941. Any ideas?
Malaysia - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 08:01:41
anyone enlighten me about the voyage of ss Jalagopal (ex Edavana)
from Madras to Singapore in late 1952 when the ship was caught
in a storm. Possibly a photograph as well.
Ismail (Parker), South Africa - Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 07:22:05
Durban to Bombay 1959 and back in 1961. As I get sea sick the
only pleasure I had was seeing all the different countries
on the journey. I'm particularly interested in the Tilawa sunk
in 1942 by the Japanese as there were a few family members
and neighbours on board
McDonald, Canada - Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 01:28:29
trying to find out some details on the origin of the word "POSH".
I believe it originated with BI, referring to "port outbound;starboard
became "posh" on the person's ticket - hence more
comfortable as the cabin would be on the cooler side of the
ship in the days before air-conditioning. Could I get more
details, please - times to sail from England to India, ports,
costs of a "posh" ticket vs a regular ticket, etc?
Richards, Australia - Monday, July 6, 2009 at 06:43:45
response to Jane Bateman, Australia Jan 18, 2009 re Mike
Cullerne, I was a cadet on Garbeta for
the whole of calendar 1961 when Mike was 3/0. He was good
friend and slipped me many a beer! Met Mike again at the
Penang reunion and he was then working in the off-shore supply
boat biz for Swire ex HongKong. Subsequently tried to contact
him at his N. Devon home without success.
Smith, Canada - Friday, July 3, 2009 at 16:30:32
on Cruise # 56 in 1964 with others from my school - Eastwood
Senior Secondary. Our itinerary was Greenock, Vigo (Spain), Gibraltar,
Tangiers, Lisbon and (I think) Leith. We had a fabulous time.
Schofield, UK - Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 09:00:04
collect maritime postal history and recently picked up 5 envelopes
from Capt D Barling to his wife? in South Africa in each case
the name of his ship has been cut out by the censor. From your
excellent site I know he commanded Ethiopia in
1939 and Khandalla in
1940, but the postmarks on the covers were used in 1944/45 can
anyone help me on this one? Thank You
Nagalingam, Malaysia - Monday, June 29, 2009 at 04:42:19
My elder sister, Rajula Devi was born
in 19 June 1964 on board of Rajula ship
on the way to Malaysia. A birth certificate was issued to her
at that time. On
October 2008 her purse was snatched by snatch thief where her
birth certificate was in it. She has made enquiry with Birth
and Death Department in Britain that apparently there is no whatsoever
record with them. Please help us on the matter. [British
ships are required to file returns of births and deaths ocurring
on board. This is done at the earliest possible opportunity
via the British Consulate at a port of call. If Rajula (the
ship) was en route to Malaysia, the first port of call would
probably have been Georgetown, Penang. The necessary return
may have been filed at Georgetown or at, for instance, the
terminal port of Singapore. Such returns are then sent to the
Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen in Britain, whose archives
are now held by the National Record Office at Kew near London.
The return form which the master completes (B&D1) is supposed to
be complete with the nationality of the father and mother of
the baby. Masters of British ships are not licensed to issue official
birth certificates. It is most likely that a birth certificate
would have been issued by the government or consulate of the country
of nationality of your sister's parents, or possibly by the British
consulate at the port where the return was filed. In passing, your
sister belongs to a small, select band who are for one reason or
another named after BI ships - Editor]
for and operated in the fast Gulf mail, Vasna (BI 1917-1951)
spent all World War II as a hospital ship, having
been converted in 1939 at Mazagon
Dock. She was the first hospital ship into Japan
after the surrender and carried a full complement of
PoWs to Sydney
Bond , UK - Friday, June 26, 2009 at 10:38:47
My late father Jack Bond served on the Hospital Ship Vasna from
1942 until the end of the War. I am compiling a brief history from
notes he has written. Any information or photos of the ship would be of interest.
McWhannel, India - Friday, June 26, 2009 at 07:12:00
Joining back after sme years off this
Stich, Germany - Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 15:42:13
My grandfather sailed on the ss Dumra in
July 1915. He left Karachi on July 6th 1915 and sailed through
Muskat, Basshire to Busra (Basra) on July 11th to join his
Dockery, UK - Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 22:17:44
Joined P&O GCD but had the pleasure
of serving on a few BI ships, Chakdina (74-75), Karanja (75)
and Strathmore (Morvada 76-77) recognise a few names,
Julien, Spain, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 17:57:12
Looking for imfo. on my g grandad Elijah
Julier b1841 d 1925, believed to have been on the east india
line. He was a 2nd officer, progressing to Captain. Looking
for his ships & where he travelled
to? [Is it possible to be more specific? The East India
Company ceased existence in the 1830s. British India SN was formed
in 1856 and had no connection with the East India Company - Editor]
Clark, UK - Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:12:30
I served with the BISN from 1947 - 1962
and have worked on the Vasna, Modasa,
Pachumba etc and enjoyed every
minute of my navy life i am now 79 yrs of age and have excellent
memories of my time there.
one of BI's early ships, part of a series
of six vessels of about 2,030 tons gross, built in
the mid-1870s by Denny of Dumbarton
Burke, UK - Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 02:10:21
am interested in the HMS Rajputana, My Great Grandfather went down
with this ship when it was torpedoed in 1931, his name was Reginald
Wharton, any info would be appreciated.
[The ship referred to by Nikkie Burke is
vessel of 1925-1941(with similar name to BI's Rajpootana,
but which was in service much earlier between 1874 and 1902) -
Cornell, Australia - Monday, June 8, 2009 at 10:21:51
My 87 year old mother has been compiling
her family tree for the past 30 years. I believe she is so
active today due to the intense research she has done and still
is conducting. My mother is becoming very frail and weak but
her mind to try a different avenue to find him never stops.
His name was Francis (Frank) Wardes and he married Amelia Townsend.
Other information we have so far is: He was born around 1823,
this was determined from his son's
Charles Perry Wardes marriage certificate which states
his father's age. He worked as captain and eventually
a commander on steam tug boats in Calcutta India. The boats Rattler,
Electric and Union and the company he worked for was Apcar between
1850 and 1869. We desperately need any information we can get
about him my mother, has his death certificate, marriage certificate
but not his birth certificate. If
there is any way anyone has the records that you are able to
assist my mother.
Bertram Wilton-King, UK - Monday, June 8, 2009
Grand/Father Bertram King, Engineer
1913-1919. Died aged 33 in Rangoon 1919 married to Maragret Bennett
in Calcutta 1912. i would like to know where i might locate records
for my grandfather. i have a photo of him in his uniform,
with the Insignia of the BI Ship line on this Cap !!!!!, i therefore
assume he was employed by the BI, is it possible someone
can advise me?
Parsons - Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 20:48:25
Great to find this site. My Father set out for Hong Kong from the
UK on the HMT Neuralia in I think
1937. I have a photo and postcard of the ship. If anyone can
help me pin down the dates more exactly, that would be welcome.
Wallace, UK - Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 12:22:28
Very interesting site. I am looking for
info on the old Amra, a
Schooner of 518 tons, owned by BI between 1890 and 1907. [Amra
was the third of three small, shallow draft ships of around
500 gt and 190 ft loa ordered by BI for Ceylon-south India
services. First was Aska, delivered
in 1889. The second was laid down as Amra but was transferred
(as Juba) to the Imperial British East Africa Company. The
third in the class was the second Amra, a ship of 518
gt, 450 dwt with a draft of 11.8 ft. She had a three-cylinder
steam engine of 875 ihp giving a trials speed of 12.79 knots
and auxiliary rig of two-masted schooner. Employed initially
on the Colombo-Tuticorin route, she was transferred to the
Tenasserim (Burma) coast service in 1904, and sold by BI in
1907 to subsidiary Australasian United SN. Still named Amra,
the vessel remained in AUSN's South Pacific island trades until
sold to a Singapore owner in 1923 - Editor]
Kelso, UK - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 19:48:00
For John Page, Well remember you in Chantala,
1955/57 and in the ship's soccer team. A check on my memory..did
you hail from Stanford-le-Hope (very handy for Tilbury)? If
you are new to this site, suggest you enrol in BIship where
you will be able to contact quite a few Old Chantalians, both
in UK and in OZ. Kind regards
Keighley, US - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 03:04:15
Just found this website after many years, will have to check it
out regularly now. If anyone remember Glanville Phillips, who
was with the BI at one stage, he is now living in Floral City, FL in
his mid 70's and still going strong. Will happily pass on any
messages to him. Looking through some of the reunion photos
and found Bill and Di Blake. I don't know how you get email addresses
or phone numbers without having to spell them out in the log
book entry, Bill but if you can email or phone us, Wendy and I have
been in Florida for the last 27 years.
UK Debbie McKenzie, UK - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 17:14:02
Fantastic site, found info on one of the ships my grandad was 4th
engineer on in 1939. would love to contact anyone who may know
more of him: Frank Ross from Newcastle UK
Ratcliffe, UK - Monday, May 25, 2009 at 22:21:09
Our Battalion, 1/3 East Anglian Regiment,
sailed home to UK on the Nevasa in
January 1962. The ship broke down in the Indian Ocean for 8(?)
hours and evidently drifted 10(?) miles off course during the
breakdown. It was a lovely voyage, one that an everyday person
could never afford at that time. We arrived in a freezing UK
still dressed in tropical uniform! When our Battalion travelled
out to Singapore in 1959,a soldier was evidently killed by
a watertight door during a drill. I was lucky enough to be
shown around Nevasa's engine room. Brilliant! We did rifle
shooting contests at balloons from the stern. I saw a Giant
Manta Ray swimming close by during the breakdown plus the usual
flying fish! A wonerful experience, the whole voyage. I still
remember a Tannoy command to the crew that sounded like " Angle
peachel stations jail serang".
Is my memory playing up? Thank you, Nevasa, and the crew. Thanks
too, the crew, for the adult film shows! Oh, I do have photos
and berthing card from the trip. [Your memory worked pretty well! Argil
pichul stations jow = Crew to stations fore and aft]
McGuckin, Canada - Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 16:54:04
Looking for John Davidson from Durham
County. Believe was AB and deck officer around early 1950
Bateson, UK - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 21:20:27
In respones to the comment by Lynn Claridge-King
(October 2, 2003), about a film crew who were on board her
[Nevasa] cruise in 1972... The
film crew was there to make a promotional film for BI Educational
cruises to be shown in schools and was subsequently called "Where
In The World...?" I happen to know this as I went on the
same cruise with my school and unwittingly got put forward
to be 'The Boy' featured in it. I've never lived it down since
and all that 70's hair and slang has been the source of much
ribbing. I was lucky enough to sail on the Uganda and the Nevasa
and enjoyed every moment of both cruises. They were truly excellent
and the quality of the ships was only matched by the excellent
crew and staff on both vessels who worked hard to make it a
truly memorable experience for us. Well done to all of them
wherever you may be.
Collaco, Portugal - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 17:55:30
It's been a great experience browsing through these BI pages to
reminisce the days of a bygone era of sea transportation along
so many routes. I feel privileged to have been one of the 'last'
passengers to travel on board a BI ship - the Karanja - at age
2-3 between my hometown of Beira and Bombay and then on to Goa.
The year was 1967 and to this day I keep vivid memories of that
pleasantly eventful return trip mainly as a restless toddler on
the ships decks! Would any of your many readers post some pictures
of the Karanja as well as her sister-ship Kampala? I will, nonetheless,
keep coming back to visit the site showing it to my father who
is anyway much better acquainted with BI than me. Thank you all
for such a wonderful job!
Ramkissoon, South Africa - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 15:20:41
I traced my roots to India including
ship name and dates, however, I could lay my hand on any photographs.
I am aware that the British kept very good records. Has anyone
come across photographs of indentured Indians that came to
South Africa between 1860 and 1911. The ships included Merchantman
V, Pongola, Umzinto, Glenroy.
Page, Australia - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 00:00:45
I sailed on Chantala, Uganda.
Warla, Garbeta, Aronda, Chakdara, Olinda, mid 50s to early
60s if any old shipmates about would be glad to hear from you
BI ship which saw long service, from 1919 to 1952, the
7,261 gt Masula
O'Donnell, Australia -
Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 08:42:22
am doing research on the shipping of remount horses/Whalers
from Melbourne to India during the late 30's. My father, John
O'Donnell travelled onboard the Querimba and
the Masula to Calcutta many
times until the demand stopped at the beginning of WW2. Love to
hear any stories from that era. Great site. Thank you. [You
could take a look at the BI
history on this site (www.biship.com/history.htm) which
has a reference about halfway down to Archibald Currie and
Co (which was acquired by BI in 1913) and the brumbie trade.
Can you add any stories from your father to the Logbook? -
Ahmad Qureshi, Pakistan - Thursday, 14 May 2009 10:24:21
you please advise whether the mv
Dwarka was a BI Ship plying between
Bombay & Karachi in October
1947. I remember my father talking about the ship [if I recall
the name correctly] while narrating our return to Pakistan from
India at the time of partition. If we did sail on this ship it
would have been the 8th or 9th of October 1947 as he reported to
GHQ Rawalpindi (he was a major in the army medical corp attending
a training course in psychiatry at the Military Hospital, Jalahalli,
Bangalore, India) on the 11th Oct '47. His name was Muhammad Yusaf
Qureshi and accompanying him, my mother, Shamim Qureshi, myself
and his Batman. Is
there any chance of tracking down any record regarding BI Ship
sailings in Oct 1947 - and the passenger manifest? [According
to Laxon & Perry, Dwarka certainly participated in the refugee
operation in 1947. Eleven BI ships were involved and they carried
approximately 200,000 refugees between them - Editor]
Morris, UK - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 16:39:18
I sailed as a navigating officer on Chindwara, Uganda, Juna, Bulimba,
Sirdhana, Bombala, Chinkoa,
Tekoa, Karanja, Wild
Auk and Huntingdon
in the late 60s and 70s and would like to hear from any of my old
(BI 1910-1933) at Aden. A view from an old postcard
D'Mello, India - Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 01:21:29
want to know more on Coconada.
My great grandfather Richard Greenwood passed away at sea or
river somewhere in the Madras presidency. It is not clear to
us whether he died when the scaffolding of a bridge or scaffolding
of a ship fell on him causing his death. Would you have an
idea? If any records would be available on sailors or their
captains etc would be availabe. This should have taken place
somewhere 1920-26 We have been trying so hard to complete our
Humphreys, US - Tuesday, May 5,2009 14:35:55
reply to Rachael Utting [Logbook Mar
17, 2009] and requests
for information regarding Captain Parkes and the ss Querimba,
I can't add very much but you may find the following of interest:
The one time I was in Captain Parkes's old cabin on Querimba was
the day I went to sea, September 23, 1949. The ship was ready to
sail from my home town - Port Adelaide. Captain Lyles invited my
parents and myself to his cabin, and while my parents enjoyed a
couple of beers with the Captain, I had time to look around the
cabin. It was quite large, heavy port-hole curtains, dark paneling,
a number of brass fittings and a very large desk. The cabin was
filled with smoke from Captain Lyles pipe and my parents' cigarettes
- it was every 16 year old's idea of a Captain's cabin. Did I notice
any of Captain Parkes favorite pieces? I would like to think so
- but 15 years, a world war, and half a dozen Captains separated
us. Rachael, I'm not sure it's about Captain Parkes life on the
ss Querimba so much as the memory of a young boy who knew his vocation
was to go to sea, and if you and I are talking about him a hundred
years later, he probably made the right decision. Incidentally,
I just checked out [this site] and
your inquiry is the only time my old ship has ever been mentioned.
I would like to hear more about Captain Parkes.
Ahmad, Pakistan - Monday, May 4, 2009 at 06:26:13
I am doing research on my family's departure
from Bombay to Karachi in Oct 1947 by sea route.
Bell, UK - Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 19:49:57
by Michael King [Jan 15, 2009]. I was indeed 3/E/O on Bamora at
that time - I spent 32 months on her covering a full Eastern
Service "spell". If
you do not remember me, you might remember my cockatoo called
Radia, UK - Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 11:26:54
wonderfull source of history
Parvez, UAE - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 10:43:22
I am very much intrested in photographs
of the old vessels and pepole traveling during early 1900.
I am fascinated by the history and means of transportation
in the past. Brother of my great grand father travelled to
Australia, most probably to Sydney by Sealda.
Drummond, UK - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 20:36:02
father was Lewis Drummond sailed 59-63 on the Dumra just
to say he is coming home from Trinidad where has passed away
in 2008 Dec. Hs ashes will be scattered on the banks of Loch
Lomand at Balmaha, Drymen. Kind
Regards Phillip, his son, love him and miss him so much.
UK - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 19:16:20
eldest brother has just given me this information: we were
in Shanghai at the outbreak of war and travelled on the ss
Tanda on the 16.9.1940 to Australia, I was two years old the
youngest of six children, my father was left behind and taken
prisoner when Singapore fell, what happened to this ship and
where did it serve after we travelled on it. [At
this time and throughout WW2 BI did not have any ship named
Tanda, so I
believe the ship to which you refer was the 7,174 gt Tanda,
owned by Eastern & Australian, which was torpedoed on
July 15, 1944. She was built in 1914. By a stroke of fate,
the sinking of Tanda was preceded by similar action against
another of E&A's ships. Nellore, was sunk by torpedo
17 days previously. BI had had a major stake in E&A since
1919 - Editor]
Glanville UK - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 12:42:49
read with interest Andrew Laurent's query dated 29 December
2008 and see that his father joined the BI in 1948 as a cadet.
Please refer him to my log entry on 23 February 2008. I should
be interested to hear from his father as to whether he met
Aziz, South Africa, - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 10:03:38
I am looking to track down my ancestors.
My parents travelled on a ship from India to South Africa.
They came as passengers not indentured labourers. They came
towards the end of 1937 or early in 1938. Is there any way
possible that i could get information on the ship that they
came in or a passenger list as I am not sure of the name of
the ship. Please if anyone could help me I would really appreciate
Fernandes, Canada - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 19:36:00
sailed aboard the Sirdhana from
Bombay to Dubai via Karachi and Muscat. The journey lasted
5 nights and 6 days, 2nd Septemebr to 7th September 1967.
Rickford, UK - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 17:22:08
and NMM have been major sources for me to build a fairly comprehensive
picture of my g-grandfather's career in BI from 1871 to 1909.
Richard James Rickford. (1854-1909. Master's 1884). Logbook-interesting!
Ellerington, UK - Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 21:52:46
am looking for information on Harry Sladden who sailed with
BI in the 40ties and 50ties.
Sharpe (nee Bibbs), UK - Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 22:05:18
was an educational cruise passenger on ms Devonia in
1964 or 65 from Tilbury to Vigo in Spain, Lisbon in Portugal
and Amsterdam. On route the ship recieved an emergency call
from another ship, so we had to turn around. we sailed alongside
a merchant ship and a line was set up between the two ships.
First the doctor from the Devonia crossed over in a bosun's
chair and after a short time an injured crew member was winched
back on a stretcher. This delay meant our stay in Spain was
shorter than it should have been, but no-one minded as we had
been part of a mid-sea rescue.
Roper, UK - Friday, April 10, 2009 at 11:09:43
On 10 Aug 1943 I sailed in ss Talma from Sfax via Tripoli (11-12th),
Malta (13-14th) and the North African coast to Alex[andria] arriving
at 1030hrs 19 August. During the invasion of Sicily the West-East
route through the Med was broken 'twixt Algiers and Sfax which
was done by road and rail. Any chance of a photo of her please?
It would complete my war record.
Waring, Australia - Friday, April 10, 2009 at 04:14:24
father Thomas Archibald Smith was an engineer with BI from
approx 1920 to 1936. He served on ships Nerbudda, Nuddea, Mantola and
Chyebassa, plus other ships whose
names I can't remember.
Richards, Australia - Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 09:09:40
grandfather worked for BI in India 1920's as an engineer. I
am not sure of the location, I have photos of ships of that era
but only one is named Aronda. His
name was James Ellison, any information is welcomed.
Aitchison, US - Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 08:01:06
Dear Mr Crow [re
log entry Mar 23, 2002],
I believe you sailed with my father on the HMT Talma, his name
was David Livingston Aitchison, from Scotland. I may have some
of your early sketches. I will search for them. Is my father's
name familiar to you?
Mouser, Australia - Friday, April 3, 2009 at 09:54:29
Helen Windle (March 19, 2009) My great great grandfather was
a passenger on the Nuddea 1883
Scotland to Queensland. I have the diary he wrote during the
Pinder, UK - Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 22:08:31
found the BI site. Was amazed to see my photo in the rogues
Bedivere 1967. Brought
back happy memories.
Miln, UK - Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 21:41:03
for Shyamal Banerjee - Germany
[re log entry Dec 24, 2008]. Namasti
Shyamal and my apologies for not replying sooner. I lived with
my jute wallah parents at Megna Jute Mills, Jagatdal, 24 Parganas
- 1937/49: & returned
as a jute wallah myself in 1959. I last visited Kolkata in 2002.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course. Retired, I
am living at Monifieth, Angus, Scotland.
Sagar Chet Ram, India - Monday, March 30, 2009 at 12:20:12
sailed by ss Amra when
I was 14 years old. in December 1960. We used to live in kenya.
My father retired from East African railways and Harbours and
we sailed for the last time from Mombasa. It was a journey
I can never forget in my life time. I always wanted to buy
a toy ship moded of this ship but I have been unsuccessful.
Would you know where I could find it. If there were any other
passangers like me on this voyage I would love to hear from
them. Best Wishes
Birch, UK - Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 21:10:28
Travelled with the family on the Uganda and Kenya 1960-61 and 1964
at Trincomalee, from a cover photo for BI News, Jan 1967
Huddart, UK - Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 11:50:16
I was the Radio Officer on Chakdara from
July 1965 until August 1966 and sailed under Captain Roger
Monk. It was during this period (15th May 1966) that we had
the explosion in the Indian Ocean and were towed to Mombasa
and subsequently towed to Glasgow - quite a trip.
Horrell, UK - Monday, March 23, 2009 at 13:53:07
sailed on ms Devonia in April
1965 as a 17 year old student at Cornwall Tecnical College.
We travelled by overnight train to Gatwick Airport and flew
out to Venice to board the ship. We then went to Athens, Sardinia,
Tangiers, Lisbon and then home to Falmouth. I met people then
that are now close friends 44 years later. It was a trip of
a lifetime and I can still remember details of the trip as
if it were just e few years ago.
Jenner, UK - Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 19:06:07
My grandfather was George Suter who died in Dar es Salaam on
14/3/1957 aged 43. He was the Chief Officer of the mv Mombasa.
I noticed that several people were talking about him on the
2006 logbook so if you happen to read this it would be great
to hear from you. I have the British India Steam Navigation
Co Ltd silver commemorative coin that was issued to staff in
1956 along with his war medals, several photos and the newspaper
cutting of his death.
Kelso, UK - Saturday, 21 March 2009 15:00:35
noticed your reference [log
entry and comment of Feb 21, 2009] to an obituary
[of Captain James Donnelly] in the Belvedere College which
claimed that Angora,
carried King George V and Queen Mary to India for the Durbar
in 1911. That honour, I understand fell to the new P&O
Medina, both outward and homeward.
Calwell, US - Friday, March 20, 2009 at 19:22:53
a child of seven, I was a passenger on the Madura travelling
from Tanganyika to Falmouth. My memory is that we started
up the East side of Africa and then turned to go round the
Cape of Good Hope, put into a port on the west coat of Africa
to be fitted with degaussing gear as a protection against
magnetic mines. My belief is that we were attacked by a German
submarine and that two ships in the convoy were sunk.
In or near Bordeaux, the ship was overrun with refugees, and
a company of Royal Marines had to keep order. They were commanded
by a Captain Woodhouse. At Falmouth, everyone but our family
disembarked, and the vessel proceeded to Greenwich, where
my dad was taken ashore to an ambulance, and then to the
Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital. Where do I go to find out
if my memory of the loss of two ships from the convoy is
correct? [You are probably referring
to Madura's voyage and call at Bordeaux of 1940 when she
picked up soldiers and civilians fleeing France. Log entries
of Nov 28, 2004, Jan 3, 2005, Feb 22, 2005 and June
23, 2007 refer to this wartime event.
A picture of the ship appears against the Log entry of Mar
27, 2007 - Editor]
Leeson, UK - Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 13:53:35
James Gray [re
log entry Feb 16, 2009]: Are you the young managment
trainee from P&O GCD, who would nod off in the afternoons in
the offices of ELS London.
Windle, Australia - Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 02:23:26
My ancestors James Windle, wife Sarah
and sons Thomas, Joseph, Ernest & James came to Queensland,
from Manchester on the Nuddea in November/December 1883. The
Captain was Smith and the Doctor was McDonald. I am interested
in researching about the journey. Can I get any information
through this site?
- BI 1925-1951
Utting, UK - Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 11:43:31
am searching for information on Captain Charles Edmund Parkes
on the ss Querimba about 1934. He
was a particually avid collector and had a small 'museum' aboard
the boat. Does anyone have any details of this? Thank you!
Adelaide, UK - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 18:01:07
I am trying to track some of my family
members who worked for British India steamship company
probably in the 1900's. Surname of Adelaide. Any info gratefully
Duxbury, Canada - Friday, March 13, 2009 at 21:20:24
Officer Homefield early
1940-41 through to sinking by Stuka dive bombers eastern Med
of Robert Mitchell's images which is believed to include, second
and third left, Sir William Mackinnon and James Lyle
Mackay (later Lord Inchcape); one the founder of BI and
the other who became chairman of the company and the
person responsible for combining the shipping empires
of BI and P&O
Mitchell - Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 20:29:24
I've contacted you in the past about James
Lyle Mackay and Sir William Mackinnon negatives. I contacted
many museums the past couple of years and Inchcape plc who first
seemed intrested and an author of historical maratime books who
proberbly thought i was a crank then backed off with out seeing
my images so I finally decided to put them on ebay. I have included
a ebay item number for you to look at which is without no reasnoble
doubt James Lyle Mackay 1852-1932 this was confirmed by one of
my ebay buyers who's great granfather had James lodging with
him in his cottage at Lulworth Cove Cornwall c18870s-80s i had
the pictures of the yacht moored at the cove and i also supplied
her with the only known image of her great grandfather as a young
man. I still have a few glass negs of Mackay and Mackinnon and
100s of other negs I leave this number for ebay reference number
to a picture of Mackay please look you will be fascinated at
the images ebay item no:150330359478
Howsam, UK - Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 21:15:47
Worked in 122 Leadenhall St. and One
Aldgate for about 6/7 years
Roden, Hong Kong, China - Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 17:13:53
Joined BI Nyanza 1960 left 1963 having sailed on Ordia, Bankura,
Warora and Socotra
De Castelbajac, France - Friday, February 27, 2009 at 14:59:49
Hello and thank you for having such a
nice site! I had the pleasure to sail from Mombasa to Bombay
(Mumbai) via Karachi on the ss Karanja in
1974. Would you be able to help me about the dates of Karanja
during this period? Is still ss Karanja sailing? I had a fellow
passenger called Vince Dayot ... maybe this can help? Hoping
to read you soon.....All the best to you. [By
1974 Karanja had passed formally into P&O hands but was
returned to BI ownership in 1975. Fifteen months later she
was laid up in Bombay and sold shortly afterwards to the Shipping
Corporation of India and renamed Nancowry. The ship was broken
up in Bombay in December 1988 - Editor]
Dobie, UK - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 16:06:07
There must be someone out there that
knows about naval odds and sods, re the box I sent a photograph
of, ss Neuralia. [Re entry
of Aug 26, 2008]
- BI 1921-1946 - from an old postcard
Woodham, UK - Monday, February 23, 2009 at 16:48:56
My Great-grandfather L T Bergemann sailed
with BI in 19th century - Chief Officer on the Chyebassa in
1880. Skipper of the Merkara. As
a deck officer with Bibby Line 1959-1969 I was often in company
with BI ships and crew.
Mayberry, US - Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 20:57:41
info on Eric Willis Cholerton who served on BISN ships and
probably the Apcar line, 1930-1936. He took his discharge in
Calcutta abt Feb 1931 from the Manela and
doesn't show up again until signed on Modasa as
3rd Officer from Santhia Apr 1934.
Kilmurry, Ireland - Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 19:32:03
I keep coming back to read the stories.
I am going to send you an obituary of my grandfather,
Capt James Donnelly, of whom I gave you a logbook entry in
information supplied by Cormac Kilmurry, James Donnelly obtained
his Extra Master's ticket with record marks and at an unusually
early age and was promoted to his first command by BI at under
33 years of age. Two years later he was given command of the
new vessel Angora and
took her on her maiden voyage out to Calcutta but shortly afterwards,
on May 17, 1911, died suddenly of heart failure. As a footnote
to this story, a contemporary obituary of Captain Donnelly published
in the journal of Belvedere College, Dublin, indicates that Angora
was the vessel which carried King George V to India after his
coronation in June 1911, a claim disputed by the Logbook entry
of Mar 21, 2009 - Editor]
Harding, UK - Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 00:50:56
great-grandfather (a Bengal Pilot) was shipwrecked off the
Coromandel coast near a place called Bimlipatam. I have a letter
from him in which he says that they are expecting daily the
BI steamer Baltic which
is to take them to Calcutta. Followed by a note to say they
arrived in Calcutta 13th July 1861. Does
anybody know any more about the Baltic or have a picture
even. I note it was lost a couple of years later, 1863. [A
most interesting ship, Baltic was BI's very first vessel, acquired
in the company's founding year of 1856. She was bought while
under construction at Tullock & Denny's yard in Dumbarton
and entered BI's first mail service, between Calcutta and Rangoon,
Burma, in July 1857. The vessel remained on the run until wrecked
on the Alguada Reef, Burma on Oct 10, 1863 - Editor]
Vinjamuri, UK - Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 23:45:57
This is for Andrea Mascis, Canada [re
log entry Oct 27, 2000]: Could you please share the pic of
Vinjamuri, UK - Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 20:59:51
Dear friends, Could anyone give me some
infos on the BI ships operated from southern coast of Inda
(Cocanada, Vizagapatnam, Bimiipatnam etc, falling in today's Andhra
Pradesh) to Burma carrying
many immigrant workers? I am working on a diaspora article
on South Indian ethnic groups that migrated to Burma
and any help in the direction will be highly appreciated. Names,
pictures, years of operation....anything should do, please?
Thanks in advance.
Gray, UK - Monday, February 16, 2009 at 15:21:04
know anything about a large marquetry map of the world (13
x 8 which was said to have been on a BI liner until she was
scrapped, after which it was hung in the reception area of
Navigation House, Aldgate London for many years and is now
in my possession. I wonder which ship it was on? And when?
All information greatfully received.
Tang, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, China - Sunday, February 15,
2009 at 08:59:03
am searching information about the Chinese sailors in London
18th-20th centuries. Since much archives contain only the records
of the higher rank staff instead of low rank staff especially the
Chinese. If you have any information, would you please contact
me? I will be in London from 26/2/09 to 05/3/2009. Cheers.
Gray Haddaway, UK - Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 12:43:53
this wonderful site, it's wonderful, I am trying to trace my
grandfather who sailed to Calcutta in 1905 on the ss Matiana.
He was involved in building a steelworks, I have some wonderful
pictures of construction.
Le Boutillier, UK - Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 23:31:06
My grandfather was an apprentice with
BI from the age of 18 until he retired, his last ship was
the ss Nevasa his name was George
Melville Barker, any records much appreciated. [There
were three ships named Nevasa in BI's history. You would need
to give some precise detail for an accurate response - Editor]
Farlam, UK - Monday, February 9, 2009 at 17:51:17
I came across this we have a Joyce Farlam in our family and Snelleksz
was her mother's maiden name. Ito am trying to find out more
of my husband's family they came from india then came to england.
Danziger - Mon, 9 Feb 2009 14:23:08
My grandmother arrived on the Dorunda in
Brisbane 16/01/1886. Although I find the date I cannot find
any information on your website where the Dorunda was built.
Can you help me. [Dorunda was built by William Denny & Bros,
Dumbarton, launched Oct 4, 1875 and delivered some time after
Nov 19 of the same year - Editor]
Sheppard, Australia - Monday, February 9, 2009 at 04:51:59
My great uncle was was born at sea on
14-5-1882 on the vessel Camorta on
route to Queensland, he was given the middle name Camorta
full name John Comorta Blaney, is it possible to get a copy
of the ships log about that time. best
wishes. [Try the Public Record Office at Kew for the logbook
Mann, UK - Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 10:33:43
7th May 2002 Phil Incledon was enquiring about a brief history
of the ship Ionian. In my garden shed (which acts as a storage
space) I have an old book about Canadian Pacific and in it is the
Ionian (1915 - 1917) 113989, 8265g, 470 x 57 x 37ft. Engine:
builders, T 6cy 2S 14k
12.9.1901 launched by Workman Clark & Co Belfast, y.
1.10.1915 to Canadian Pacific.
20.10.1917 wrecked by mine two miles
W of St Gowans Head. Laid by UC51 14.10.1917
Bit late in the day and sparse. Any use?
Wood, UK - Friday, February 6, 2009 at 18:05:12
reference to the SS Tairea. I
read with great interest the log entry from David Humphreys,
US, Sat, Nov, 15 2008. At the time the photograph of ss Tairea
was taken in 1951 Penang harbour I was one of the fifth engineers,
on board CEO N Woods, 2nd Eng J Dougthwaite 3rd, P Allen 4th
Eng S Grewer, 5th Engs P Gray W, Guild, I Bealle, and myself
A, Wood. The Tairea was twin screw 4 cylinder reciprocating
engines, 7 oil fired boilers situated 3 3 1 forward. I can
remember 2 cadets that were on board, one of the cadets had
a collection of Billy Eckstein and Sarah Vaughan records, the
other cadet was about 6ft tall, names I can't recall, I think
the 3rd mate was? Wright from Harrogate, N Yorks. You are perfectly
right the Tairea, was a great ship to sail on, I was transferred
just before she was due be scrapped at Blyth UK. Fortunately
the ship I was transferred to was another great ship mv Sangola,
on the same run. Also some great times in the Pig and Whistle.
(Malcolm) MacGregor, Australia - Thursday, February 5, 2009
Joined Chantala 4/52
as Cadet. Also my last B.I. ship as 2/0 1/61 Went coastal for
a few years and ended up as TugMaster in Port Hedland for 27yrs.
Now retired as small hobby farmer near Dongara WA.
Tilling, UK - Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 01:43:24
response to Peter Hackling, July 29th, 2007 ss T P Tilling
(510 tons) was one of the ships owned by John S Monks Ltd,
of Liverpool. It was launched at Saltney, near Chester on
the River Dee in 1920/21 and named in memory of Capt.Thomas
Porter Tilling who was lost when the BI Ship
Abhona sank in 1910. John S Monks
was a family business founded by members of the Monks, Pierpoint,
Tanner and Tilling families.
The ss T.P.Tilling did survive the war. Indeed it was
able to rescue the nine members of the crew of a Halifax
bomber which crashed into the sea off Milford Haven.
Hirst, Australia - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 05:38:10
I sailed on the ss Rajula from
Madras to Penang in 1968, had a great trip, have been on many
ships over the past 40 years and this trip was no 1.
- BI 1923-1949
Zandona (nee O'Sullivan), UK - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at
am researching the history of my grandfather John Robert O'Sullivan
who was the Commander of the Talma in
1924. He died 10/12 years later when my father was a child.
Now that my father is dead we have no record of his father
and are trying to find more about him. There is some scandal
about his ship going down - can anyone let me know what did
happen. My mother has said that he was charged with being
drunk in charge of a vessel but that he was suffering from
early altzimers, which was the cause of his early death.
Mackay - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 18:44:45
grandfather Charles Lockhart Mackay was a marine engineer in
the merchant service. He named his house Mashobra after
the ship he sailed in. I do not know whether it was the early
built 1914 or the later built in 1920, this is all word of
mouth history. He was born in 1866 so he could have served
on either or both. How do I get crew records to confirm this
bit of family history? Are company records available if so
where and are they on line. The house was still standing and
occupied the last time I was there. Thank you
Dacey, Australia - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 07:12:04
I just discovered this site and I am
looking for records of my grandfather coming over on the
Gracchus as a boy in 1906. I have
a photo of the ships' staff and him holding an albatross with
its wings spanned.
1906 - on passage to Australia
Pratt, Australia - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 22:18:52
Joined the BI site after the Penang reunion and it has been a brilliant
association with input from around the globe
Jones, UK - Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 23:55:02
Most enjoyable chit chat. Have met many of the crew I sailed
with and keep in touch on the phone.
Monks, UK - Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 13:58:42
Joined BI as Junior Engineer in 1965,
worked on cargo, educational cruise and LSLs. Worked 19 years
with BI/P&O before moving
to gas tankers. Presently working on Shetland Islands Ferries.
Linington (nee King), UK - Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 10:28:55
My great-uncle Osborne King sailed to war in Europe on the HMAT
Surada in 1916. He was killed in action six months later.
Warburton, UK - Monday, January 19, 2009 at 08:38:07
joined BI in Feburary 1958 and met up with a BI Engineer called
John Mackay. We sailed a coastal vouage and then went our seperate
ways. He originated from Tounge, Northern Scotland. Maybe the chap
Moon, UK - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 21:20:14
in the dying days of the BI ships onboard three Mulbera (Strathmay)
and the two that became Vendee and Vosges? Between 1976 & 1985
met many BI people and normally good crowd. [This
message has been edited. Zaida became
Vendee and Zira became Vosges
under P&O ownership - Editor]
- BI 1948-1963
Bateman, Australiua - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 14:04:53
if anyone knows Micheal Cullerne (not sure if I remember the
spelling correctly). He was 3rd Officer on the Garbeta in
the early 1960's
Bennett, UK - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 11:06:39
Tim Comyn living in France. I was 4th Engineer on the Galahad and
was based in Singapore for about 1 year. I may have served
with you, I think you were 3rd officer at the time on the Chakla.
I remember another 3rd officer called Mike Bellamy. I think
the Captain on the Chakla was Henry Severs.
Briers, UK - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 00:34:34
sailed on ss Uganda on an educational
cruise on 11th May 1969 to Andalsnes, Copenhagen & Amsterdam.
Memories that have never left me. I'm sad the ship is no
longer with us. I remember a matron on board by the name
of Susan May that all us 10 year old boys had a crush on,
she even signed my Uganda hat which I still have somewhere.
[Correspondent supplied pictures of his school party: the
school was Southfields Junior School, Stanground, Peterborough.
The shame is the teacher is no longer with us, and the rest
of us are 49-51 now.]
King, N Cyprus - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 09:04:40
my time with BI 66-70 then went all over the shop. Saw comment
from David Bell - would you have been 3rd of the Bamora in
66/67? I was Waroonga, Bamora,
Kenya, Uganda and
would like to hear if any of me old shipmates are still around
(alive?) especially one rogue called Peter Brown!
Coates - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 07:46:43
I sailed in the Devonia as a pupil on a school cruise to Madeira,
Lisbon and Tangier from Avonmouth Docks in 1965. This was perhaps
the biggest influence in my life so far. Many many happy memories.
Davies, South Africa - Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 20:14:50
This log book is a great find and good to see the traditions carry
I sailed with William Shields and remember his leaving the Carpentaria in Perth in 1966. I stayed on till May 1967 and ended up in South
Africa. Hey Bill, drop me an e-mail.
Murphy, Ireland - Thursday,
January 8, 2009 at 23:39:13
First trip on ss Woodarra,
London Australian coast. Well built ships & an
excellent company, although not appreciated at the time. I was
also on ss Megna and Ellenga or Ellora with
Trident tankers. Lots of good memories.
Shelbourn, UK - Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 18:17:25
Chatting with some new friends in India remembered sharing
a cabin as a Cadet with
Bobby Vaid, doing well as a surveyor in India
Pugh - Wed, 7 Jan 2009 19:59:56
wife's father Lancelot Dare Edwards was an Engineer on your
ship after the First World War on the run up the East Africa
told us many tales of his adventures and we wonder if there
are any references to the ship in your archives for the period
about 1920. I think my brother in law in Australia has many
photos of the ship and the scene of the period. Can you assist
in any way Please? (for Teressa Dare Edwards) [Could you name the
ship(s), please. With that detail it might be possible
to get you more information - Editor]
Corrigan, UK - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 15:10:31
Great site I would be grateful for any
information on any of the lst fleet particularly Peter(nosher)
davis & john appleby
Daniel, UK - Friday, January 2, 2009 at 19:39:17
to hear that Lewis has passed over. I sailed with him on the
Dumra and the Pundua and
have very pleasant memories of him. My condolencies to Niloufa
who I also met on several occasions.