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Swapna Kurup, India - Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 14:26:58
answer Excellent site for research. was looking for passenger lists and captain's name too for liners around 1855-56. Thanks for the extensive data accessible at your site.

Diane Cornell, Australia - Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 05:41:07
Searching for my lost great great grandfather that my mother who is 88 has been searching for for 30 years he was a captain of steam boats in India. I desperatly need assistance as my mother is very frail.

Anthony Plackett, UK - Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 13:40:06
question My Uncle, Fred Mears, who I beleive was Captain of the Rajula and possibly Quiloa & Sangola, 'ran away to sea' in 1922 at 18 and came back to England only twice thereafter. He remained with BI for 37 years and captained 8 ships in all. He left service, married, and retired to Perth Australia where he died after a relatively short time. He was the brother of my mother and now all that side of my family have gone, so I would appreciate very much if anyone has any recollection of Commander Fred Mears during his time at BI.
I have a BI 'lettercard' from the Rajula, mailed from Malaya c.1952 from Fred Mears which shows five fold-out sepia photographs of the ship and its interior (printed by Times of India Press, Bombay) and the message 'My ship, love Fred'.
Also an 'official' invitation to Lunch with the Commander & Officers of the Rajula on 21st Oct 1956, which may have been Fred's final lunch. And a informal 'mimeographed' invitation to a Wine & Fruit Party on board Rajula 7pm to 9pm 18th October (poss also 1956) 'to bid goodbye to Fred Mears'. He has written on the back 'the last guest left at 4am, a very good time was had by all'! Was anyone at these celebrations?

Mary Steel, Australia - Monday, December 20, 2010 at 03:01:40
answer I noticed a query on your forum from a Jacinta Gall from 2008. I am a relative of hers and am currently doing some research on the same family member. Nicoline Halvorsen. I would like to get in touch with her. How do I find out contact details or pass mine on to her?

Dedric Watson, Canada - Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 23:44:11
Seeking Kenny and O'Donnell ancestors who took passage to India 1850-1870

Janice Weeks, UK - Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 10:59:28
question I am researching my family tree. Gr Gr Grandfather james McFarlane jumped ship from the Woodarra we believe in 1921/22 in Australia. Any info woul be appreciated!

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Tony Brooke, UK - Friday, December 10, 2010 at 22:24:23
answer A very happy Christmas to any and all shipmates and old friends whose spirits still occasionally haunt these pages. Cheers!

Jim Brunton, UK - Friday, December 10, 2010 at 12:39:09
Am trying to find out about the career and history of BI Commodore Capt Dennis Scott-Masson. Who I believe recently passed away. Any and all info welcome.Tks

Fred Field, Australia - Monday, December 6, 2010 at 01:40:20
My grandparents Thomas and Florance migrated from England to Australia on Torilla 1911 I wish info on their travels also to view the pamphlet which was made aboard the voyage. Any info greatly appreciated

Roger Nash, UK - Friday, December 3, 2010 at 18:13:00
answer With reference to log entry by Penny Young, in 2007, I can give her information relating to her grandfather who traveled BI to Siam. I also know who has a book he won at school in UK. How can i get in touch with Penny?

Shamla Bermal, South Africa - Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 14:33:13
Looking for info on the ss Congella that transported passengers from India to Natal arrinving on 28/09/1897. Grandfather was 2 months old and accompanied by his parents - from Bipur Nfaran in Patna

Eoin Bruce, UK - Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 10:46:27
answer George Johnson 23/9. Sorry for slow response. John Smith is well (better than his memory). After 48 years his Woodara memories have just about disappeared. Sadly, he does not seek any correspondence. He is hanging in there and will be for some time yet.

Eoin Bruce, UK - Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 10:42:41
answer Reply to Dave Bell 15/11. John Smith remembers you well. The Karanja was his favourite ship of all and he still receives pcs from Toby (an American lass). He is 83 on Hogmanay. Still remains bed bound where he receives excellent care.

Pam Jackson, Australia - Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 07:07:09
question Would anyone know the whereabouts of Jim Anderson who was First Officer on the Bankura in the early 60's ..the ship often called into Picton NZ

Neville Coelho, Canada - Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 07:38:57
answer My father John "Shabu" Coelho and I sailed on the ss Karanja from Mombasa to Seychelles to Bombay in 1955. It was a journey filled with wonder on a great ship and fabulous crew.

David Bell, UK - Monday, November 15, 2010 at 19:37:07
answer Further to message from Eoin Bruce on Sept. 10. Eoin, Please give John my salaams. I sailed with him on Karanja @ 1970/71 as 3/E/O (motor) and he really was a master at organising parties!! Karanja was a real passenger ship, not a floating town, and was possibly a last remnant of Empire.

Anne Strathie, UK - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 19:03:39
question I am trying to identify a ship ss Madras, which was part of the BISN fleet in the 1860s, but I cannot make that date section come up on the website. Could someone provide me with some details about it, please. [Madras was a BI ship between 1864 and 1884, and then between 1887 and 1891. For the few years between these spells, she was in the ownership of the Chettiar family who put her into service between Rangoon and the Coromandel coast - Editor]

Lyndon Johnson, UK - Monday, November 8, 2010 at 13:28:31
answer Our occasional newsletter on matters BI and other maritime miscellanies has now been posted on this website. The issue contains reports on the recent BI reunions in Gateshead and Glasgow, as well as other bits and pieces. Should you wish future copies to be emailed directly to your inbox, contact us via, perhaps outlining some of your past memories of BI. Subscription is totally free of charge and your details will NEVER be passed onto third parties such as previous shipmates unless you specifically permit it.

John Lewis, UK - Monday, November 8, 2010 at 11:32:19
question Anyone with memories of the fire on ss Nardana in India in 1971 0r 72, myself i was a young Welsh electrical officer.

Michael Chalmers, Australia - Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 08:55:25
Thanks for having this stuff available

Kevin Cheeseman, UK - Friday, November 5, 2010 at 10:40:48
answer Fantastic reading through the log. I sailed onboard Rajula for nearly 3 years between 1971 - 74 as the second Radio Office to Phil Archer. I read with interest the record from Rachael Macbean on June 9th. I remember Macbean very well one of the nicest people you could meet. Also the entry by Lawrence Fogelberg May 2nd. I also remember well the old colonial gentleman who sailed every 6 months on Rajula between Malaya and India to avoid tax.... he always had a new lady on his arm each trip... Charles was his first name. Fanatastic days.

Tony Brown, Spain - Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 19:11:19
question I am researching family history and I am told that my grandfather, Herbert Alexander Brabham was a captain of a BI vessel. He died aged 50 years on 10/09/1922 in Bangalore, India. Can you help me discover if this is correct?

Mia Misso, UK - Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 14:54:22
answer Family research into a Mr Matthew McIntyre who was a sea captian/ route Burma to Malaya around 1860's, 70's, 80's or 90's. He married a Mary St John from Malaya. This is the only information I have on him.

Elizabeth Graham, UK - Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 09:42:26
I have amongst family documents a postcard sent from ss Mooltan on 21st March 1910 by Rev,Percy Gore Graham. I would love to know where he and the ship were going. [Mooltan was not a BI vessel - Editor]

Sandy Carwardine, Australia - Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 08:49:06
question Seeking information re Franke Hainworth and his brother James Hainworth reputed to have joined shipping company aroiund 1894-5

Jeannie Mehta, UK - Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 14:30:46
question Excellent site. Full of fascinating details. I am researching my husband's family history, and the name the Khandalla is known in the family, as the steamer his mother came over from Porbander to Mombasa when she was about 18 years old around 1931 I think. I can't find any evidence that the Khandalla sailed from there though. Does anyone know if this is a mistaken memory about Porbander in Gujarat? How can I find the routes she took? Would there be any passenger lists?

Mark Usher, Australia - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 10:10:50
answer I have just come across my Grandmothers 3-3-1924 homework, where she has written an essay on the 1890 sinking of the ship Dacca in the Red Sea. It was told to her by a Mr Holmes, who was an engineer on the ship. She details his story about surviving a dreadfull storm in the Bay of Biscay, only to hit coral reef near Aden. Due to the calm and the fact the ship stuck on the reef, all lives where saved.

A A Patel, UK - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 08:11:49
question Is there any way of accessing the passenger list of ss Karanja, Kampala and Haryana to trace the journeys of my parents between 1935 and 1963? [Haryana was not a BI ship - Editor]

Ravi Menon, US - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 08:21:25
answer It is so wonderful to have stumbled onto this site! As a child I remember traveling from Mombasa to Bombay on the ss Karanja in January 1966 with my parents and two younger brothers. I still remember the trip quite vividly. Great to read the anecdotes of others who have sailed on the SS Karanja!

Thomas Ian Robertson, Australia - Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 04:03:51
answer 1952-1952 served Canara, Dwarka, Ordia, Devanha [Devonia?], Chindwara

Jo Mohr, Australia - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 02:43:15
question On the maiden voyage of the Torilla in 1911 a newsletter entitled "The Torilla Trumpet" was produced. I understand that 6 such papers were produced. Does anybody have copies of any of these? It will be great if anybody has copies of the newsletters I am seeking. Would you have any photos of the Torilla that are a better resolution that can be obtained from the website.

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Mosleh Uddin Kaisar, Bangladesh - Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 13:25:11
question Dear BIship research , i'm writing for some information abour Bengal Burma Steam Navigation Company Limited.

Bill Williams, South Africa - Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11:46:01
answer I, my wife Babs, and children left Kenya (Mombasa) in 1963 on the SS Kenya bound for Durban to start a new life in South Africa. What a lovely ship - Akker Bilk's "Stanger on the shore" was top of the UK charts at the time - how appropriate. Wonderful memories. Bill Williams ex Nairobi C.C. (ss Kenya - circa 1963 - the ss Kampala was painted black. Happy days.)

Nigel Linwood, UK - October 4, 2010 at 14:41:05
answer This may be of interest to you. One passenger list for the ss Mantiana both my Grand Mother and Mother are listed as passengers aboard this ship dated Dec 1938.

John Patrick, UK - Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 10:18:26
question I would like Mike Brand to get in touch if possible we sailed together on Wild Cormorant and I was best man at his wedding to Vicky in Congleton many years ago. We have lost touch and would like to meet up again.

Robert Hawkins, UK - Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 10:18:28
question I have a passenger list for ss India, Commander C M H Day, but no date, my grandmother is listed as enroute for Mangalore, I suspect 1910-16, is it poosible to date the voyage? [BI's steamer India was in service from 1862 to 1905 - Editor]

Max Fox, Australia - Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 06:26:33
I was after information of your vessels sailing between Britain and Queensland from 1879 to 1881. I'm after information on brief information on ships. Date ship left port. route taken to Queensland and date when ships arrived.

Ivor Brown, UK - Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 14:39:00
answer I have no connection with BI Ships but I have an autograph book which I found at a car boot sale. It seems to have belonged to a Leela Sammy and contains contributions from various members of the crew of HMT Ekma dated between 1941 and 1946. If it is of interest to anyone, I would be happy to send it on.

George Johnson, UK - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 17:17:06
answer Eoin Bruce, I was one of John Smith's jnr engineers on Woodarra July62-June64.I would like to write to him about those happy times.

Fiona Winsor, UK - Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 13:30:19
answer My father joined the BI as a cadet when he was 16, in about 1945 and left many years later after reaching the post of Commander. His name is Robert (Bobbie) Coates. I have recently been aboard the QM2 for a transAtlantic voyage and they were screening films about the BI, one of which was about the cadets and featured a glimpse of my father. Does anyone know where I can get these films? There was also one about the cruise ships and featured the Nevasa and Uganda which I have travelled on. Also I would appreciate any information about ships my father seved on and when. He served on the Dilwara as a cadet travelling to the Suez but others ships I remember are the Chakdara, Chinkoa, Woodarra, Dwarka, Nowshera, Purnea (for a long time), Sirsa - which myself and my mum and sister ( Meg and Trisha) travelled on, and the Ozarda. I have so many happy memories of the ships and the people we met but sadly now both my parents have passed away and it is wonderful to visit this website and see the interset that people still have for the BI. Please contact me here. Thanks and best wishes to anyone who remembers my Dad or even me!!

Mombasa - BI 1950-1961

Andrew Brown, UK - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 23:53:52
Spent many many happy years as a radio officer on ships of the BI commencing in 1968 in Mombasa as 2nd R/O on the Karanja, then the Dwarka and the Dumra - returned to the Karanja following her extensive Singapore refit then to the Morvada and Sir Tristram. From 1972 to 1976 I was lucky enough to serve on the Uganda as 1st and Chief R/O - these were memorable times and I would not have missed any of it for the world. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the best to past sea-going colleagues and the friends made during my BI days 'on the coast' and home waters, unfortunately I lost touch with many of you but still have the happy memories of my time with them at sea. Attended the reunion in Faversham and the one in Glasgow and my wife Fiona and I plan to be in Newcastle for the forthcoming one.

Christie Fernandez, Malaysia - Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 13:21:07
To Dawn Morais. Can you name the village J V Morais came from/
My Late father, A Robert Fernandez was close to the Moarais family esp the well known journalist Victor Morais

Bill Hickford, Australia - Monday, September 13, 2010 at 11:52:43
question Officer Percy W Rendall,Great grand Father in family tree believed to be based in Singapore circa 1918 as mechant seaman or officer on ss Thongwa. Resident posting at Raffles Hotel Singapore. Would appreciate any info.

Sue Morgan (nee Black) - Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 16:12:52
answer My father John Black (from Motherwell, Scotland) - served on Chindwarra, Amra, Dara, Chupra, Woodarra and Queda. Between 1952 and 1959 / 1960 ish. I believe his was an engineer

Derek Hargreaves, UK - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 12:28:33
answer For Sean Haines in Spain [ref entry of Friday, August 6, 2010].
Regarding your search for information on your grandfather, Captain John N Collins. You will find two references to him on this site under People/Commanders/ 1930 and 1939 which show him in command of the Cranfield and Garmula, respectively, in those years.
Also, the Company's book on WW2 (Valiant Voyaging pp33 ñ 36) reports him and many of his crew taken as POWs from Nowshera on 17 November 1940 in the south Indian Ocean by the German Commerce raider Pinguin (Note that this book refers to the raider as Narvik and I think this may have arisen due to frequent name changes practiced by raiders to confuse identity). Captain Collins was very likely to have been transferred to Bordeaux in a prison ship called the Storstad an (ex Norwegian prize) arriving there on 4 February 1941 for transfer into Germany, probably the MILAG near Bremen. His obituary in the Companyís magazine shows him joining BI in1913 as a 3rd Officer, being promoted Commander in 1927 and retiring in October 1945.
During his retirement he attended two reunions on Uganda in London in 1956 (Company Centenary) and again in 1961. His name also crops up in a letter he wrote, dated 19 July 1967, concerning the Company's badge which, he states, resembles a design on the back of one of his father's medals awarded for the Defence of Lucknow (1857- 8). More family research for you? He died on 27 May 1968 at the age of 83.

Eoin Bruce, UK - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11:23:51
answer I am in weekly contact with John "Baby Face" Smith, C/E. We sailed together on the Strath Ms and Dwarka. John is housebound. He is not into computers. If you would like his address or telephone number, please contact me [contact address supplied]

Bryan Rodgers, Australia - Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 06:15:35
I am rejoining after a long cruise and would like to get in touch with Tony Curran he was on the Bankura in 1970's.

Iain Alistair, UK - Monday, September 6, 2010 at 09:05:56
answer I sailed with the BISN as Senior Marconi Sahib from 1956 -1959. Amra, Aronda, Umaria, Sirdhana, Itria, (or was it the Itola), Ozarda. I amazed at how much info there is in this site, and am saddened by how little remains of such a great and exceptional shipping company. I am proud to have been associated with BISN and congratulate those who have taken the time and effort to put this site together, Thank you one and all.

Michael Henry, UK - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 22:34:07
i am trying to trace records of my ancestor William Henry Reeder who served on ss Tanfield, he was 2nd officer in 1841. Also any information of the fate of tanfield would be appreciated.

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Ronald Wicks, UK - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 19:38:50
question Please note correct spelling of George Willam Wicks, Master of Khandalla is Wicks not Wickes. Is there a passenger list? The Master's cousin, my grandfather, travelled to India around the time of Wicks's service and I would like to know if he went on the Khandalla. [References to Captain Wicks in the Commanders' lists on this site have been corrected. Thanks for letting us know - Editor]

Sheila Barratt, UK - Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 19:17:25
question My grandfather, Archibald Gilchrist MacTavish, a ship's carpenter by trade, worked for BI in Calcutta in the early 20th Century. He died in 1915 or 1916 in, what I was told, was shark-infested water, since no body was ever found. Does anybody have any further information, or advice on where such information might be found.

Mervyn Hutton, Ireland - Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 16:57:24
Just interested in where some of my old aquaintances from cadet days are.

Angela McLean, US - Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 01:06:44
question I have a ship believed to be an exact repplica of the Java 1872-1904 great grandfather was a ships carpenter and it is believed he carved the model from scrap wood while aboard the Java. Any information pertaining to the verification of his employ would be much appreciated.

Tom Kelso, UK - Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 20:26:33
answer Captain John Newbold Collins [ref Sean Haimes, Spain - Friday, August 6, 2010] was Master of s.s. Nowshera which "was homeward bound from Adelaide to Britain with a mixed cargo in the evening of 17th November 1940, when she was stopped in the South Indian Ocean by and shot from the German raider Pinguin. The crew were forced to abandon ship and Nowshera was sunk by time-bombs in 31.02South 100.51E" (Laxon & Perry). According to the BI war history (Valiant Voyaging) the ship's company were taken to Pinguin and later transferred another raider NARVIK and ultimately to the prison-ship Storstad which eventually landed them at Bordeaux, and from there presumably to a German POW camp.

Peter de Vries, New Zealand - Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 14:18:39
question I would like to know what type of ships are on the photo's I found via this link:
Old pictures of Calcutta in 1880's. Could they be BISN? [Several of them are indeed BI ships - Editor]

John Winter, Australia - Friday, August 20, 2010 at 04:25:50
answer Travelled on ss Uganda (I think), or Kenya or Mombasa from Beira to UK circa 1956.

Mike Brand, UK - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 20:39:40
answer Very interesting to read your log bok entry [David Profit July 10, 2010], I myself was a BISN engineer cadet at South Shields starting in 1965. Just retired from P&O ferries - Dover where I was sailing as CEO on the Pride of Burgundy.

Anthony McGuinness, Canada - Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 15:21:00
It is a pleasure to catch up with all the interesting articles and reminise about a great shipping company.

Mark Taylor, UK - Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 16:36:29
answer My grandfather, Mr Ernest Taylor was a passenger on the ss Manela, which departed London on November 29, 1930. His destination, Port Said, the ship sailed on to Colombo, Madras & Calcutta. I still have the List of Passengers pamphlet.

Carpentaria at Melbourne, 1970
photo: Jeffrey Le Faucheur

Jeffrey Le Faucheur, Australia - Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 00:08:35
question I am in the process of completing our family genealogy (500 pages back to back) and would love to know the name of the Captain, his Deputy and junior officers on board the BI ship Carpentaria (built 6 Oct 1949) that took us (Le Faucheurs - my mother Thelma Mary, Jacqueline, Christopher and Self) from Calcutta, India on 25 August 1970 arriving Fremantle on 29 September 1970 to Sydney. It was Carpentaria's last voyage to Australia before being scrapped. Do you have any photographs of the officers and the ship? Also the name first passenger we picked up from Perth to Melbourne. Our journey aboard the Carpentaria was an enjoyable life time experience.

Isobel Singer, UK - Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 15:02:39
question I am looking for information on John Anderson Brown my great uncle who sailed on the Bancoora in the 1880s and beyond. He was the Chief Engineer and stayed in Paisley. On one trip his young wife accompanied him on the ship but took ill. On her way home she died and was buried at Aden. I would like to know what her name was.

Chinkoa - BI 1914-1937
Chinkoa - BI 1914-1937

Hilary Pedroza, UK - Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 09:06:26
question I am researching my husband's grandfather John William Pedroza who died on the Chinkoa on 23rd June 1915. I would love to find out what caused his death. It is possible that he was the ships doctor as he had previously been at sea, on another ship, in that role

William Lord, Australia - Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 10:33:12
My grandfather, Robert William Lord, served in Sofala in 1916 and through WWI. Does anyone know how I could find out more about his time with BI?

Sean Haimes, Spain - Friday, August 6, 2010 at 18:56:42
question I am trying to find any information pertaining to my grandfather John Newbold Collins. I understand he was a Captain with BI, serving predominantly between the UK & India where he may have also been a riverboat pilot. He was captain of a ship sunk in WW2 and was taken a Prisoner of War.
Any information about him & his time with BI would be welcome. I did sail on the Dunera on a school cruise in the 1950's and he was certainly remembered by some of the senior officers, but like many others i was too young or disinterested in those days.

Martin Samuel, Malaysia - Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 10:30:52
question Was once lost on board ss Rajula and was found hanging over railings looking into the ocean. A staff (holding tin of paint) found me and reunited me with family. Is it possible, if at all to obtain name of painters in the year 1959 or 1960.

Nasrin Kadwa, South Africa - Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 21:18:35
question I'd like any information on the ss Kampala or Karanja passeger lists on the day it was bombed and recovery. After its bombing [It was BI's first Karanja (built 1931) which was bombed. She was commissioned as a Landing Ship in July 1941 but on November 12 that year she was bombed and sunk with some loss of life at Bougie while assisting in Operation Torch, the British/American invasion of French North Africa. There is an account of the action in Valiant Voyaging, pp82-83. It might be worth contacting the Brirish Public Records Office at Kew or, if you know the units involved, relevant regimental historians, for details of those who were on board Karanja at the time - Editor]

Colin Kidner, UK - Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 18:03:39
question My family knew Rod Macfadyen (Captian on BI ships). He visited my father's farm in Kenya in July 1953, A Kenya Farm Revisited and wrote an article for the BI news. He wrote an earlier article, No 9 August 1952. I wonder if it is possible to obtain copies of these articles?

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Malda - BI 1922-1942
from an old postcard

Derek Hargreaves, UK - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 17:03:22
answer For Christine Bussy, South Africa [June 17, 2010]: I think that the action you call the Battle of Trincomalee refers to the assault by two strike groups of the Japanese fleet on shipping in the Bay of Bengal and air attacks on Colombo and Trincomalee over Easter, 1942. These groups were sighted on April 4th with Colombo bombed on the 5th, ships sunk on the 6th and 7th and Trincomalee bombed on the 9th April.
Four of the 23 merchant ships destroyed in this period were BI owned. On 6th April, Malda and Indora off Puri and Gandara off Masulipatam were almost certainly sunk by Japanese surface vessel gunfire (about 800 and 600 miles from Ceylon respectively). We can positively exclude MALDA as your grandfather's ship, her Chief Engineer being identified as Mr W Pearce and we are aware that survivors from Malda and Indora were returned to Calcutta. The GANDARA was attempting to tow another ship to safety and it seems highly unlikely that any of these three ships were affected by the events in Ceylon. However, on the 7th April, the Fultala, 300 miles to the west of Ceylon and en route from Calcutta to Karachi carrying coal, was sunk by torpedo from a Japanese submarine. She would have been uncomfortably close to Colombo during the bombing, having passed Trincomalee earlier. Research of the National Archives at Kew may have Crew Lists to confirm your grandfather's ship.

Vincent Callue, UK - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 13:26:31
question Thank you for a very comprehensive database site.
I have been trying to locate anything regarding a ship that sailed from Calcutta to Jamaica. My father remembers the ship's name as Lightning. I have found that a ship of that name made one voyage, leaving Calcutta in Feburary 1880 arriving Jamaica via St.Vincent June 1880 with 260 indentured Indian workers. There is only ship of that name of that era the American clipper that sunk off Australia 1869, so that's not her. It is not listed on the East India Company shipping list and can find no records on the internet, although archives in Jamaica show it did arrive. So, if it shows anywhere in your vast database I would be extremely grateful. [There was no corporate connection between the Honourable East India Company and BI. The latter company did have a vessel named Lightning, an 1891-built ship of 3,334 tons gross which was acquired when BI took over the Calcutta-based Apcar Line in 1912. There is no record of her making any trips to Jamaica under BI colours. It is possible that she made the voyage between 1891 and 1912, or it is certainly possible that Apcar had an earlier ship with the same name, although it must be said that Apcar Line's main business was in the India-China/Japan trades - Editor]

Ashok Sarin, US - Friday, July 30, 2010 at 17:03:17
Sangola and Santhia: I sailed on both ship in 1955 and 1958 respectively with my parents and brother as a passenger.
How can I get to know passengers and crew that manned the ship at that time in 1955 and 1958. Addition will appreciate someone e-mailing me the photos of these ships. In exchange, I will be able to offer meal 'menu cards' copy of an original that I have in my possession all this time. Looking forward to connect with any one from BISN, Sangola and Santhia.

Jim Brown, UK - Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 17:49:11
question Looking for info on the ss Thongwa of 1903 scrapped in Italy in the 1920`s [The 6,298 tons gross Thongwa, built by Sir J Laing and Sons of Sunderland was one of four T class ships built for BI's India-Straits service - the largest and fastest vessels yet built by the company. Thongwa saw war service as an Indian Expeditionary Force transport and under the Liner Requisition Scheme. She was demolished at La Spezia in 1924 - Editor]

Malcolm Craik, UK - Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 11:22:41
answer I sailed on ss Uganda as 2nd Chef from London to Durban S/Africa. I did six trips in total 1965/1966. I still have my Seaman's Record Book and Certificates of Discharge. I also have a compilation of menus from one of the trips (the things you hold on to.?)

Monica Tingay, France - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 12:02:04
answer I (and my family) sailed on the Karanja & the Kampala too many times to remember. We lived for many years in the Seychelles and it was the only way to get "there and back". I have great memories of those days. I also remember a Cadet Glass - first name gone - we became friends for a short boat trip in, I think, '67 - even my mother liked him! I was about 14 at the time and was leaving/returning to Seychelles. I just loved being at sea...

Doug Powell, UK - Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 10:50:37
question Just found the site! Would very much like to get in touch with Tony Boddy, who was third mate on Santhia when I was doh number Marconi sahib in '58-'59. I owe him a letter... [Your message has been forwarded to Tony Boddy - Editor]

Kevin McLellan, Canada - Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 16:13:27
answer My faher served on the HMS Rajputana and was on the ship when it was sunk by a German U-boat in 1941. He survived. [This is the P&O ship of similar name to BI's earlier Rajpootana. The P&O vessel has no connection to the latter - Editor]

Jitu Bhardwa, UK - Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 17:13:34
My grandad and grandmother sailed on the ss Karagola on 6th November 1931 from Dar-es-Salaam (Tanganyika now Tanzania) to Porbandar (India). That's what the stamp on their passport says. They had five young children with them, the oldest of them was my dad, then aged 9 years. The Captain of the ship was Capt A E Oliver, and later (1939) Capt A E Creese. If anyone has any information on the ship or crew, we would be most grateful to know. Many Thanks - The Bhardwa family

David Profit, UK - Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 15:56:39
answer Cadet at South Shields Marine and Technical College from September 1967 until leaving for PhII at sea in July 1970. First sea service Nevasa Easter 1968 for two whole weeks; 1968 summer 'vacation' work experience at Readhead's repair yard in Tyne Dock. Watched Amra's heeling trials in the river, climbed diligently through Aska's db sections and prefab blocks. Sea service proper in Waipara and Nyanza, 21st birthday in Moji Japan but celebrated later in Kobe. Top Hat bar? BI owner? Later sailed 5th Eng Off in Tanda, celebrated the demise of BI somewhere en route to Capetown (for mail) Durban (for bunkers) and Muscat to start the disports. Later in Calcutta during the 'war' and thence to Lyttelton with Union Jacks painted on the side (targetting the P&S boilers actually). Still on board when scrapped in Kaohsiung. Rejoined Nyanza in Tilbury as 5th and later promoted at sea to 4EO when the incumbent got jaundice. Brian ... Hazlett? Thanks Brian. Got married and took study leave at South Shields Marine and Tech for 'Seconds Steam' which successfully secured, Gosforth BOT (or was it DTI by then?). Started "Chief's Part A" and (hoist by my own petard) was posted mid-course as 3EO, to the Remuera, the Black Pig (the hull was actually dark green) where one JA Smith was CEO and Ian McQuarrie was 2EO). First UMS ship I'd seen and one with er... certain inherent problems, including an insatiable thirst for boiler water which the evaps could never sustain. Staggered from Tilbury to Auckland and back in about 4 months, and on to guarantee drydock in Schiedam - which stretched to (if I recall correctly) 5 weeks. During this period the HP rotors were removed for a sand-sweep ashore (of which more anon). JAS and I left the ship in the same taxi on 16th December, and I can remember Smithy and I being very joyful to see the back of the Rem. Later rejoining my Part A course, I watched the saga of the Remuera unfold on the casualty pages of Lloyds List in the comfort of 'Shields College library. Apparently somewhere off W Africa they had to use raw feedwater, and returned to UK under escort (the ex-NZSCo's Westmorland if I recall). I believe the postmortem found that there was a design fault in the evap piping - but also (and allegedly and according to gossip) the HP rotors were in the wrong engines...
Anyway, got Part A and went off to MV Taupo (where John Leslie 2EO conducted a masterclass in setting-up an 8RD76 Sulzer), MV Cumberland, and MV Tongariro for several voyages, and finally Strathlauder to finish my steam-time for First Class Part B (Steam). Eventually took Motor endorsement and joined Strathduns as 3EO (yes, with a Combined 1st Class certificate!). After that voyage I was posted to MV Kubbar (managed by P&O GCD on behalf of Gulf Owners) and in Santo Domingo in January 1979 left by air for UK. Unknown to me was that that was my last 'deep sea' trip as I went to work ashore for a National Coal Board (!) subsidiary. But the saga goes on.... I went to work (November 1981) as Engineer Superintendent for a company in Saudi Arabia, later transferred to Bahrain as Fleet Manager and eventually to Dubai and Ras al Khaimah as Manager of the Grayswift Service. The company was of course Gray Mackenzie, and will be remembered by all BI staff as the tugs and tankers with the mini-BI funnel markings, and the BI hulls - black hull and white pinstripe. Phil Carr was the General Manager in Bahrain and many of the senior managers at branches around the Gulf states had memories of their junior days as 'the Agent' looking after BI ships in large numbers.

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Muhammad Munir Qureshi, Pakistan - Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 10:14:15
I sailed with my parents on the ss Dwarka journeying from Bombay to Karachi in Oct 1947 in rather dramatic circumstances. Presently I am researching my family's arrival in Pakistan from India at the time of partition. I understand that the BBC produced a highly regarded TV documentary in 1979 featuring the BI Ship, ss Dwarka and the program is available on DVD. I will be extremely grateful if anyone who has the DVD can give me a copy. I am willing to pay any reasonable amount. Thanks!

Palamcotta - BI 1945-1961
Palamcotta - BI 1945-1961

Harold d'Lemos, New Zealand - Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 06:19:47
answer Served as Cadet on Obra, Okhla, Karoa, Palamcotta, Egra. Joined in Calcutta after training on the IMMTS Dufferin. Sailed under Captains Usher, Wordingham, Parker. Know the famous C/O A/B Andrews C/O Dickie Richards/Holt etc

Maarten den Outer, Netherlands - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 18:50:14
question I am trying to find out if the ship ss Rajula on his voyage had an intermediate stop in Soerabaja? The voyage was from Siam to Bali (Sanoer) and on board were ex-war prisoners. The voyage took place from 13/02/1946 till 02/03/1946. Is there someone who can help me? Thank you.

Sukumaran Rassu, Malaysia - Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:46:27
My ancestors arrived as labourers, in Penang by steamer from Nagapattnam in early 1900. I am interested to trace the ship passanger list, to confirm his probable date of arrival. How can you help. Where can I find such passanger records.

Nayyar Abbas, India - Friday, June 18, 2010 at 18:46:29
My father was working for BI from 1962 till 1972. He was a Gen Steward on ships like Dwarka Dumra karnjia [Karanja?] and other ships which sailed out of Bombay. Today ie 18/06/2010 he is on his deathbed

Ian McWhannell, France and Goa - Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 17:24:23
question This is a message for Jim Shaw. Are you ex Chindwara? I was known as Angus. If it's the Jim I think of then 3/4 years ago met up with Brian Agnew who calls at our hotel in Burgandy in Noyers on his way south and on his return. We enjoy talking of our days in the BI. I also have a beautiful home in Goa as I married a Goan and I spend the European winter in Goa. Reply please if you are ex Chindwara

Christine Bussy, South Africa - Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 14:49:58
question My Grandfather, Victor Edouard Laurent, was Chief Engineer on a BI ship which was struck by torpaedo at the Battle of Trincomalee, 1942. I am trying to find out the exact name of the ship as my father, Raymond Laurent, also served on BI ships and is trying to write down the story of this battle - as he reacalls his father retelling it on numerous occasions. My grandfather survived this harrowing ordeal at Trincomalee and never forgot it. My grandfather was based in Calcutta but served on many BI ships during WW2 up until his retirement in 1952.

Brian Jones, Australia - Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 11:52:41
answer re John Hughes granny's arrival on Nuddea in 1883 [log entry Feb 15, 2010]. My great grandparents and kids arrived on this ship on 15 Nov. There is a passenger list available through the state library. I have a copy.

Timothy Fysh, UK - Monday, June 14, 2010 at 16:22:35
question My Grandfather Robert Parker Fysh worked for the company from a cadet in sail to Commander retiring approx 1920. I can see from the site some of ships he commanded. I would be grateful for any further information about his career and also his family who lived in what was then Ceylon where my grandmother served as a doctor Dr Mary Nona Fysh.

Arthur Wood, UK - Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:38:18
I still hope to read about engineers who sailed, on Sangola, Sirdahna, Tairea, 1950 1953. My first trip was 5th eng. on the maiden voyage from Greenock February,aboard ss Olinda, from which i was transfered to mv Sirdhana.

Shona Parker, Australia - Monday, June 14, 2010 at 05:52:02
question I'm very keen to find out any information about my grandfather, Charles Brian Boys (known commonly as Brian). He was married to Gladys Muriel Macdonald, and was a Cargo Superintendent at Chittagong in the 20s or early 30s and then a manager of the Arakan (Arracan?) Flotilla in Akyab up to his early death in 1936. We have one letter which relates to someone called "David Julius Jones", son of "Brian Jones esq", but very little else to go on. Any help would be most gratefully appreciated.

Paul Wakely, UK - Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 06:37:26
My grandfather, Martin Henry Wakely, worked as 5th to 3rd Engineer for BI 1919-1924 (aged 21-26). Mainly London/Calcutta/Bombay/Rangoon routes, on : Manora, Margha, Gairsoppa, Pundua (schooner), Ellenga, Lunka, Ismaila, Sir Harvey Adamson, Ellora, Homefield, Madura and Merkara. Would be delighted to receive any information about these ships, crew, history etc over that period. Would particularly like to know how to access photos of the ss Pundua (1888-1920) and ss Ismaila (1900-1934)...hoping someone can help. Thanks.

Captain Walter Bird
Captain Walter Bird who was appointed OBE and awarded
Lloyd's War Medal
photo: Sandra Clifford collection

Sandra Clifford, UK - Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11:48:02
question I have a family connection with Captain Walter Bird. I thought I had seen a book which contained one of his 'adventures' cannot now locate it on the internet. Do you know of this book or have I been dreaming. I have a photograph of Captain Bird in his uniform and have a silver napkin ring with most of the ships he commanded engraved on it. [Walter Bird is mentioned in Valiant Voyaging p99 (loss of Nagina off West Africa), p128 (loss of Chilka and subsequent escape, Dutch East Indies), in Laxon & Perry (Chilka entry) and in these Logbook pages, Feb 7, Feb 29 and Mar 5, 2004 - Editor]

Ronald Kennedy, UK - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 17:29:44
answer Had thought that as the Company had ceased to exist, no one would arrange to form a reunion group so that we could keep in touch. It was because I now have been advised that I have mesothelioma that I have had to list the ships I had served on.

Rachael MacBean, India - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 14:58:28
answer I am the widow of late Elgin Augustus MacBean who last served as Medical Orderly on board the Rajula and later he retired from BISN after having been placed on staff with Mackinnon Mackenzie & Co, Kolkata. He passed away in 1984. Two of my mother's sisters also married staff of Mackinnon Mackenzie in pre-war Burma - Harrison who emigrated to New Zealand, and George Hancock who after retirement was assigned to the BI School ships in UK. George and my aunt settled in UK and last made a trip on the Sirdhana in 1961 on their way via Hong Kong to UK.

Mervyn Hutton, Ireland - Monday, June 7, 2010 at 16:47:45
I sailed as cadet on Chindwara 1956 to 1959 and Waroonga 1959. Left BI after obtaining 2nd Mates in 1960. I am looking for any contacts from those wonderful days.

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Barbara Mackay, Australia - Monday, June 7, 2010 at 11:39:24
I am very interested in the ship called Berbera. I was not in the wars however my dad was and my grandfather and my great grandfather, both of my great grandfathers on my fathers side and on my mothers side were methodist ministers. One was a very devout methodist minister and the other was a primitive methodist minister. I do not know which was which. I would like to find any information about any one on the boat called Berbera, it is interesting its spelling as you will notice that my name is spelt Barbara and i would not have been old enough to go to war i was born in 1948 which I think was the end of the 2nd world war it is also why I cannot put the company name in I do not know what it was called. I look forward to hearing from you.

Peter Simoens, Belgium - Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 15:05:15
question Hello, As a medal collector I have the "Transport medal" of Wallace George Bridger, who earned it for his service aboard the Upada as 3rd Engineer Officer. Is there anyone who could help me to find a picture of the Upada? It was a transport ship of BI that was used at that time to transport troops to the South African War 1899-1902. Thanks for reading!

Cian Kinsella, Ireland - Friday, June 4, 2010 at 11:19:26
question I am researching the career of my great grand uncle John Vincent Reilly. Any snippets of info will be much appreciated. Here's what we know:
1898 Joined BI
1903 Commilla 2nd Mate
1903 Golconda Acting 3rd
1904 Dilwara 3rd
1907 Canara 2nd
1907-10 2nd Mate Canara, Waroonga, Linga, Dwarka, Lhasa, Megna (1st), Kasara, Orissa
1910-16 1st Mate Orissa, Palitana, Kola, Virawa, Landaura, Chanda, Tara, Santhia
1916 Commander Kistna
1916-18 Staff
1919-1934 Commander Carpentaria, Woodarra, Nardana
1934 retired to Melbourne
[From the 1930 list of ships and commanders, it can be seen that John Reilly held a commission in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) - Editor]

   Merkara - owned by British India Associated Steamers and Gray, Dawes 1875-1894
Merkara - owned by British India Associated Steamers 1875-1894

Maria Boyd, Australia - Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 11:03:04
Looking for information on my great grandparents who arrived on the Merkara in May 1883 at Cooktown. Please help with info on William and Eliza Downey

Ken Williams, UK - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 13:45:52
I have recently acquired an officer's jacket which has 4 gold braid on both cuffs which i take to be a commanders and made by Burtons outfitters the jacket obviously has had other insinnia on it but have been taken off. Can anyone please help me with what other insignia would go on it and any information about the cap and badge i look forward to any forthcoming information and thank you in advance.

Sarita D'Mello, UK - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 15:41:47
question Both my parents are dead, but I have been told that I was born either on the Karanja or Kampala 11 April 1962 (Route either to or from Beira to Bombay/Bombay to Beira). Is there anywhere I can check passenger information and births recorded? [All births (and deaths) on board British merchant ships have to be notified to the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen (RGSS) in UK, usually via British consular offices abroad or via the Shipping Master at a UK port. The archives of RGSS are held at the Public Record Office (PRO), Kew, near London, to whom you should make an enquiry. Since you know your birthdate and the two likely ships, it should be a reasonably easy matter to verify in which of the K class ships you were born, and the relevant voyage. Please let the Logbook here know of the result - Editor]

Wlliam de Villiers, South Africa - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:04:48
question Looking for anyone with memories and/or photos of FW LEEDER - Born Frederick Walter LEEDER in 1916. Mr Leeder died in 2008, aged 92 years. He was a long-term Merchant Marine engineering officer. His family recollect that he served with the Ben Line during the Second World War, but among his effects there was a circular lapel badge depicting the BI house flag and inscribed SS Uganda.

Peter Fielding, UK - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 21:59:37
answer Re William Morgan's enquiry (April 12th.). I can confirm that Capt. J.D. Stephinson was in command of Nardana in 1968. I joined her in Tilbury in August of that year, and left her in London in mid-September, and have his signature in my Discharge Book to prove it!

Brian Finlayson, UK - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 22:14:12
answer This is just to say thank you to Alan Hough for the information regarding my father Angus and the picture of Monty and the captian (Finlay Kerr). Sorry I've taken so long to reply, but I was away for a couple of weeks and then was in Hospital for a small operation (nothing serious). Thanks again Alan. Thanks also to John Prescott for letting me know about Alan's reply.

Brain Hiller, UK - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:33:07
My grandfather, Ernest James Hiller served aboard HMHS Rewa during WW1 and I do know he was not on board when the ship was sunk in the Bristol Channel. I do have two or three fine picture postcards of Rewa and would very much welcome any further details that you may be able to provide.

Brian Evans, UK - Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 13:11:24
question We have a hand written diary of a journey taken on the ss Almora from April 11th, 1878. Gravesend to Calcutta. However, last pages of diary are missing (fom just after leaving Aden)and we are keen to know if there is in existence a passenger list for this particular voyage. A family name may provide us with the long departed author?

Malcolm Stacey - Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 11:59:22
answer Morley Prowse, (logbook entry of 17th April 2010) I haven't any info on Nick Jory but you can contact me by email (supplied to webmaster)

Lawrence Fogelberg, Germany - Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 00:39:37
answer I've been reading the BI website with delight, having sailed from Madras to Penang on the Rajula in 1970, dinner at the Captain's table every meal, still loading onions, floated along side. Another passenger was an old gentleman, reputed to have been a coffee planter in India, who split his time between India and the UK to avoid tax, who recommended guesthouses in Georgetown and Singapore which turned out to be typically colonial. Shuffleboard with rum toddies - but only after 11 am. A jr. engineer had signed on just for the experience with a the old ship's type of engine.
A great and unique experience, which I appreciate even more now, having learned the history of BI. Thanks for your website.

Tim Stone, UK - Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 22:16:56
question Does anyone have any information regarding Rodney Rossbrook Stone (my grandfather's brother) who was appointed Commodore on 28th September 1956?

Pauline Clarke, Australia - Friday, April 30, 2010 at 03:57:52
question Does anyone have a Passenger List of travellers on the Waipara, arriving Queensland 1911?

Mary Glanville, UK - Saturday, April 24, 2010 10:23:02
question My husband John Glanville served with the BI in 1946-1950 as a Junior watch-keeping officer. Has anyone any information regarding the involvement of BI during Partition in 1947 and which ships were diverted to stand by at the time of the Yangtze Incident? Unfortunately I have no record of the ship John was on during the refugee trips at the time of Partition. He
also mentioned being on a ship which was diverted to the Yangtze area, I have no idea which. Also, It would be great if I could find someone who was on ss Tairea which sailed from Bombay early in June 1948 with Gandhi's ashes in an urn. I have been in contact with a Mr Bhoola in Durban who was on the ship and sent me an account of the trip, calling at Mombasa, Beira and Maputo. There was a possible problem about taking the ashes into South Africa, and in the end they were taken off the ship at Maputo and eventually arrived in Durban and subsequently immersed in the sea. [In the Laxon & Perry book British India Steam Navigation, there is a short but detailed account of BI's involvement in the refugee runs at the time of India's Partition. Briefly, the ships involved were Bamora, Barpeta, Dumra, Dwarka, Ekma, Kampala, Karagola, Karapara, Shirala, Varela and Varsova - Editor]

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Paul Orwin, Australia - Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 08:22:01
answer For William Morgan re his wife's father John Stephenson (Stephinson) [April 12, 2010] - suggest have a look at Calling BI newsletter issue 17 (April 2010) - some information and a photo there of some who sailed on Chantala's last voyage in BI colours whilst John was Master.

Alan Jordan, China - Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 04:26:34
Looking for any ex-Warsash.

Alan Hough, UK - Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 19:57:05
answer Info to Brian Finlayson re your Father Angus, the photo with Monty and the Captain was probably taken on the Ozarda as this ship was used by Montgomery as a Base ship during Operation Torch - North Africa. [...and reference your photo captioned "Ozarda - Finlay Kerr - Tripoli", certainly in 1939 there was a BI commander with the name F Kerr, who in that year was in command of Warina (see the BI People pages on this site) - Editor]

Marie Baker, Australia - Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 13:21:19
answer Just a thank you for the information I have received from Peter Glass and Ted Rowley regarding my brother Peter Pedersen. I thought I might be able to obtain a list of ships on which he sailed but although that obviously is not available it has been a great pleasure to be in contact with these men with whom Peter sailed. Thank you John Prescott for your assistance. [A little more information from BI News. The house magazine shows Peter as serving in the following ships:
Bankura, Chief Officer, Sep 63 - June 64; Dumra, Chief Officer, Mar 65; Kampala, Chief Officer, Sep 65 - Jun 67; Kampala, Chief Officer, Mar 68 - Jun 68 - Editor]

Nicholas Sanceau, UK - Monday, April 19, 2010 at 21:20:59
answer My father was an RAF officer, and was posted to HQFEAF, Changi, Singapore; he and the rest of my family embarked on HMT Dunera, the Suez crisis erupted. We got as far as Malta and learned the Egyptian government had closed the Suez Canal.Back we went to Southampton! 48 hours later, we took passage on the P & O SS Corfu, arriving at Singapore a good few weeks later. Bliss! I am interested in acquiring Dunera memorabilia.

Roger Timms, Australia - Monday, April 19, 2010 at 04:42:23
answer In reply to William Morgan, I sailed with your wife's father John Stephenson [Stephinson] on Chantala. A most respected Master, I was Cadet CPO at the time and he offered alot of encouragement to all the cadets. Another aspect, was the birth of a child (boy) on the day I celebrated my 21st 26/1/70 and we were just passing Cape Town bound for Bristol from Trincomalee, having bunkered in Durban.

Vijay Balakrishnan, USA - Monday, April 19, 2010 at 04:06:34
answer To Derek Hargreaves. Thank you so very much for responding to my inquiry. Your pointing me in the direction of Valiant Voyages and the Arnold Hague site opened up a treasure trove of information, in addition to your specific observation on the Madura. Thanks again!

Ray Ivins, Australia - Monday, April 19, 2010 at 03:32:10
question I am researching the ss Waroonga (and ss Bulimba) built by A J Inglis Glasgow in 1882.Can anyone help with drawings to enable me to construct a model of the ship? Thanks.

Morley Prowse, UK - Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 17:09:47
question I would be grateful for any information on the where abouts of Nick Jury and Malcolm Stacey. Thanks

Marie Baker, Australia - Friday, April 16, 2010 at 13:49:13
answer Ted Rowley how kind of you to reply to my log entry. It was a great surprise and very emotional to see the photo you sent. Peter shot a tiger!!! Are you sure? Nothing would surprise me. After he died and his luggage was sent home, we found a high powered rifle and an elephant gun in a suitcase! I would be particularly interested in the dates when "Waroonga" came to Fremantle if you have them. Again many thanks for the memories.

Peter Glass, France - Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 17:44:00
answer Reference the entry [April 11, 2010] by Marie Baker on Peter Pederson. We sailed together on the Nowshera for two years in the early sixties. I was 3/0 and Peter X3/0. Later in the sixties he relieved me as 2/0 of the Waroonga in Melbourne. Peter and I were very good friends and shipmates. If his sister Marie would care to contact me on my e mail I would be delighted to furnish her with additional information. [Message and details have been forwarded, Peter - Editor]


From left, rear: Ted Rowley; unknown,
seated: G Easterbrook 4/0, Bruce Davis C/O, Captain D Bardsley, Peter Pederson 2/O, Frank McGuire 3/O,
front: Nick Jury Cadet; Malcolm (Spike) Stacey Cadet


Ted Rowley, Australia - Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 01:52:45
answer In response to Marie Baker's entry of April.11th, I had the pleasure of sailing with Peter on the Waroonga between the dates of 14/07/59 and 16/11/59. I have a complete log of dates, ports visited etc of Waroonga's Voyages 11 and 12 between UK and Australia. The Captain was D Bardsley, C/O Bruce Davis, 2/O Peter Pederson, 3/O Frank McGuire; Cadets Malcolm (Spike) Stacey, Nick Jury and myself. I will attempt to attach a photo I have of the officers from that trip! In 1964, whilst sailing as 3rd Officer on Bulimba, on two separate occasions I met up with Peter in Singapore when, from memory, he was C/O on the Bankura. Peter asked a group of us back on board to see his "prize" possession, the skin of a tiger that he had shot presumably in Chalna, now Bangladesh. It was riddled with bullet holes!!!! On the second visit, a far better exhibition, only one bullet hole! Peter was a great guy to sail with, a real character and I was saddened to hear of his sudden death. [From BI News, Oct 1968 issue: Following a motor accident Mr P J Pedersen, Chief Officer, died in Brisbane, Australia on 8th July. Mr Pedersen joined the company in March 1955, and was promoted to Chief Officer in February 1962. He was, at the time of the accident serving as Chief Officer ms Bulimba and was aged 36 years.]

   Kampala 'barrel' ashtray
The Kampala 'barrel' ashtray

Graeme Land, UK - Monday, April 12, 2010 at 23:48:46
answer I sailed on the Kampala and I believe the Karanja in the early 1960s (although a post refers to the Karanja being sunk in the war - I wonder was there a second Karanja? I'm guessing at 1962 and 1964) with my mum and dad, Jack and Edna Land, we holidayed in the Seychelles and on the first holiday my parents bought a house in the Seychelles, we returned a couple of years later, they intended to retire there, but my dad's ill health ensured they never did. In those days you could only get to the Seychelles by boat out of Mombasa - we lived in Uganda. I returned to the Seychelles (by plane) in 2000 and the house they bought and subsequently sold was still there - my memories of those trips (and my mum and dad recalling them subsequently) is overwhelming friendliness between passengers and crew - very happy days, I wonder if anyone remembers them? Unlikely to remember me as I was 8 and 10 respectively on these voyages. I have a souvenir Barrel ashtray from the ss Kampala [pictured here]. I'm not sure whether the pictures of it will be of any interest to the site, but, strangely, I guess the ashtray did what it was designed to do by reminding me of many happy memories.

William Morgan, UK - Monday, 12 Apr, 2010
Trying to research my wife's fathers working life. John Stephinson. Can anyone help? Please. This is what we know. Captain John Dixon Stephinson joined BI in 1936/1937 and retired in 1972/1973. We have found mentions of the following ships among his belongings. A fuller idea of his working life would be great.
Devon - 1938 presume training ship
Swada - 1940 [Surada?]
Swada - 1945
Karanja - 1949
Kenya - 1962
Kampala - ?
Woodarra - ?
Chantala - ?
[BI News shows Captain Stephinson (spelt variously as Stephenson) as being in command of Woodarra from 1964 to 1968, Nardana 1968, Chantala 1969 to 1971 - Editor]

Ernest Pattenden, UK April 12, 2010 at 09:11:17
I was a passenger on a voyage Bombay to Colombo August 1944 in the Barpeta carrying Royal Navy personel. Interested in any details regarding this voyage and the vessel.

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Marie Baker, Australia - Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 13:51:50
question My brother Peter Pedersen was a deck officer with BI from approx. 1956 to his death in Brisbane in 1968. I would like to be able to make a comprehensive list of the ships in which he sailed and would appreciate any information.

Fiona Whitehurst, UK - Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 13:11:06
answer Phil Evans was my great uncle. I remember him telling me about being bombed twice and having to escape across occupied Greece

Stuart Christie, UK - Friday, April 9, 2010 at 23:31:55
question I'm looking to contact Terence Desmond French who I believe was, in the 1940s, my mother's boyfriend who was serving on HMS Thruster at the time. My mother's name is Olive Ring. What sparked my interest was the Logbook entry from Peter French [Oct 5, 2008, which mentioned BI engineer Terence Desmond (Des) French]. It ís clearly the same family (according to my mother who met some of them). When my mother knew him Desmond was serving as a second lieutenant in the RN. She is 88 now and was wondering what had happened to him. Many thanks. [This message has been forwarded to Peter French - Editor]

Brian Evans, UK - Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 14:11:18
ss Almora embarked fom Gravesend for Calcutta on Thursday 11th April 1878. I possess a incomplete diary of a 1st class passenger who he thought was the only Scot on board. We would dearly like to know the passenger list where a family name from that era may become apparent. Any chance of a list?

Samuel MacWatters, UK - Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 20:52:53
Sailed on Charles Macleod 1964-1967 as 3rd engineer also Empire Guillimot 1964. would love to hear from anyone that knew me.

Eric Coulson, UK - Monday, March 29, 2010 at 21:07:30
My name is Eric Coulson I went on board the ss Aronda in 1945 as a medical orderly and left in 1947. I used to go down to the engine room with the 4th and 5th enginers. Would love to hear from any one who remembers me.

Ayyaz Hussain, Australia - Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 11:44:04
question I had the privelage to travel in 1963 with my mother, brothers and sisters to Bahrain to join our father from Karachi on board ss Sirdhana. At that time I was around 11 and still have photographic memories of that journey. We travelled on the deck class sleeping on metalic bunkers under the deck. The crew were fabulous always willing to assist. The journey was very colourful especially when Arab merchants returning from Bombay put up their stalls on the deck. I am currently compiling my memors and eagerly seeking to get a picture/painting of ss Sirdhana and if possible an exerpt from the massenger list with my name. My mother's name is Akhtar Un Nisa. I shall be grateful if any one can help?

   Durenda - BI 1922-1956
Durenda - BI 1922-1956

Brian Finlayson, UK - Friday, March 26, 2010 at 13:42:41
question My late father Angus Finlayson was with BI from 1940 to 1946. According to his Certificate of Discharge record, he served as a junior engineer on the following ships: ss Neuralia 1941/42, ss Matiana 1942, mv Ozarda 1942/44, (promoted to 4th engineer on Ozarda 3/9/43.), ss Yarsova [Varsova?] 1944, ms Durenda 1944, and the ss Barala 1945/46. He seems to have served mostly on Calcutta/Bombay routes. I have one or two photos of him and shipmates wearing tropical gear(white shirt and shorts), but like a lot of people they don't put any information on the back! I do have one photo however that has. It states on the back, "Monty and the Captain" then in different handwriting "M.V. Ozarda and below " Finlay Kerr Tripoli". Athough the picture is badly faded, you can still make out the faces. There are approximately nine Army/Navy officers in the photo, some obscured at the back. Monty can clearly be identified (hands in pockets) standing next to the Captain. Was the Captain called Finlay Kerr or was that the name of the person who took the photo?. Does anyone know? Is there anyone still alive who may have known or served with my father?

I've always hung on to his ships papers and I just happened to come across them the other day, so I thought that I would try and find information on British India Steam Navigation Company Limited. My father was released on termination of war service on 24th of June 1946. I was'nt born until 1947, so I really know nothing of his time with BI. He was'nt the most talkative of men.

Bill Ashby, UK - Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:03:01
question Rangoon, April 1931 - Where would a passenger returning to the UK leaving on board the ss Egra (bound for the Straits) have changed ships? Singapore? Colombo? Any help appreciated.

Bill Ashby, UK - Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 11:20:53
answer Sailed on Dilwara in early 1960 as a young National Serviceman heading for Malaya. Fond memories of my 'cruise' and getting ashore when we stopped at Gibraltar, Famagusta, Aden, Colombo and finally Singapore. Enjoyed the rifle competitions - teams of four from each unit on board firing at balloons boobing in the wake behind the ship. Reading the BI information this must have been one of Dilwara's last trips as a troopship.

Bill (Willy) Holden, UK - Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 15:40:04
I have found out how to use a computer and found the BI contact pages. It would be great to hear from any of my old shipmates.

Peter Maynard, UK - Friday, March 19, 2010 at 14:15:41
Served on Chindwara, Jelunga, Juna, Tairea, Cumberland, Merkara 1967 - 1973. Pleased to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Dilip Gor, USA - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 12:50:52
answer I have fond memories of travelling from Mombasa to Bombay on ss Amra, and ss Karanja

Hilary Wilkinson, UK - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 12:08:08
question My Father was an engineer with the BI during the late 1940s. He passed away in 2006 leaving papers connected with his time in the BI. It seems a pity to recycle them as waste paper and was wondering if anyone would be interested as historical docuements. [Please don't throw them out. There are a number of people who would be interested in giving them a home, I am sure. Also, could you give your father's name - Editor]

Dawn Morais, Honolulu - Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 01:18:08
question I am trying to find out if my father John Victor Morais was one of the passengers on the ss Rajula sailing from Trivandrum, Kerala or Madras to British Malaya in 1927. Appreciate any leads to where I can verify this.

Derek Hargreaves, UK - Monday, March 15, 2010 at 19:33:09
answer For Vijay Balakrishnan re mssage of 13 February 2010 - Singapore - 1942.
You can be assured that your aunt and her two children did not travel in Indora during their escape from Singapore. There is no doubt that this ship was in Karachi at the time. I suggest that the Madura was the ship involved although there are some small differences between the facts that we know and your information. However, the chaos in Singapore in February 1942 was such that errors are easily understandable. Here are the Maduraís movements :-
26 December 1941 - depart Colombo for Batavia (Java)
15 January 1942 - arrive Singapore from Batavia. Cargo discharged and ship damaged by bombs
2 February 1942 - embarked 200 civilian passengers
3 February 1942 - sailed for Batavia. Bombed at sea in late afternoon. Five crew kllled but no passengers dead.
4 February - diverted to Sumatra to transfer injured to Palembang Hospital - ship continued to Batavia where the remainder of the passengers were landed.
12 February - depart for Calcutta
References:- Valiant Voyaging (OOP); Convoy data ex Arnold Hague

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Neale Rosanoski, New Zealand - Monday, 15 Mar 2010 11:13:09
answer Regarding log entry of March 12, 2010 and the question of house flag design for Queensland Steam Shipping Co, documents held by World Ship Society's library in Chatham suggest the flag as being the reversal of the BI colours but in a plain rectangular flag.
As far as my records are concerned, I am listing the rectangle version as being correct but showing the burgee as a version shown apparently as the result of incomplete information etc. (In notes by Bob Tomkins, who wrote an article in The Log, August 1986) he stated that the flag was a "virtual reversal" of BI's, with the drawing being a red rectangle with a white saltire. When printed the word virtual has been omitted and anyone reading it would be off on the wrong slant.) [The flag shown for QSS on the Companies page of this site has been changed to reflect this information - Editor]

Julian Ogondo, South Africa - Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 17:22:03
I would like to use the log book for literature review I am currently doing for my Project Proposal at Wits University.

Tom Kelso, UK - Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 07:15:48
answer Further to my message re: Lewis Rowland Holt - Bob Burnham, I should have mentioned that the UK/Calcutta voyage in Pachumba took place in September/October 1949

Which is the correct house flag for Queensland Steam Shipping Co? The colour reversal of the BI burgee (A), or the reversed colours but in a plain rectangular flag (B)?

Neale Rosanoski, New Zealand - Friday, March 12, 2010 at 07:39:47
question A discrepancy has arisen regarding the house flag for the Queensland Steam Shipping Co. The BIship site (on the Companies page) shows it as an exact reversal of the BISN flag (ie as a burgee, shown here as A) but in an article by Bob Tompkins in The Log 8/1986, of the Nautical Association of Australia, it was shown as a plain red rectangular flag with a white saltire (shown here as B) and although Bob states that "the flag was a reversal of the BI flag", I, as a result of the image he showed, thought he meant that whilst it was a reversal of the BISN colours, the format was a plain flag shape. I sent this information through to the Flags of the World [FOTW] website where it was duly published but subsequently your website was located by another contributor who has brought the discrepancy to light. Can anyone add anything to this debate. If anyone has sourced from a [contemporary] painting or drawing then the correct flag will be clear, but if it is from a written description, interpretation could give rise to incorrect information. Any help will be gratefully received. The flag books are not going to help any, I fear, as the company was in existence for such a short time - 1881 to 1887 - and does not appear in any of my books around that period, which include Lloyd's 1882 and Griffin 1883 and Reeds 1891. (Neale Rosanoski, researcher and collector of ships' liveries).

Tom Kelso, UK - Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 07:47:09
answer Regarding Bob Burnham's message, March 2nd.
As a Cadet, I had the pleasure and good fortune to sail with your maternal Grandfather, Lewis Rowland Holt. The ship was the cargo vessel Pachumba (Capt W Hickey) your grandfather being Chief Officer. The voyage was from London to Calcutta via Port Sudan, Colombo and Madras. Mr Holt was relieved on arrival for compassionate repatriation on a homeward bound vessel (no flights in those days!). This followd news of a family tragedy, in which if my memory is correct, one of his children had been killed in a road accident. Lewis Rowland Holt was a true Welshman and a seaman through and through. I learned much from him. I remember sadly hearing of the news of his demise when Chief Officer of Modasa.

BI's troopship Dilwara - 1936-1960

Bernard Porter, UK - Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 17:33:05
question I sailed on the trooper Dilwara from Bermuda to Southampton via the Azores in April 1951. Is there any way I can verify the various departure and arrival dates. I hope someone can point me in the right direction. Thanks.

Sylvia Lambert, UK - Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 13:09:45
answer I am Alumni Secretary for Bearwood Old Royals Association, ex pupils of the Royal Merchant Navy School. I am always looking for news of ex pupils. My parents both served with the BI. My mother was aboard the Modasa and my father served on the Mulbera before his death in 1937.

Rob Burnham - Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 13:09:07
question I'm interested in finding out about my maternal Grandfather Lewis Holt who was a deck officer and eventually Captain with BI Line. I know he sailed on the Mulbera and also Palikonda and presumably others. In 1956 he became seriously ill at sea whilst he was the Master of Palikonda and had to be picked up and taken into Aden by a Union Castle line vessel. Sadly, he didn't recover and died in Aden and he is buried in the RAF cemetery there. If anyone sailed with him or knows anything about him I'd love to hear from you. For what it's worth I understand that HIS father (also Lewis Holt) also sailed with BI Line but I'm probably pushing my luck to get any info about him!

Michael Westley, UK - Monday, March 1, 2010 at 00:32:49
I came across your fascinating website by google search for my old school Grendon Road - any chance you could pass on my contact details to Mario Grima (he made an entry in your log Friday, July 25, 2003 at 20:15:25) - we were friends in 60s, and it would be good to get in touch?

Peter Bloom, UK - Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 16:54:12
I am researching the Ormara (1914-1948) and am keen to find a photo or postcard of this vessel. Any assistance greatly appreciated.

John Hughes, Australia - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 14:02:35
question I noted with interest reference to the Nov 1883 arrival of the Nuddea in Moreton Bay. I believe my great granny was a passenger but her diary states that the arrival date was 28/29 Nov. which conflicts with the published arrival date. Is there a passenger list available for that voyage so that I can confirm she was in fact on board?

Vijay Balakrishnan, USA - Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 03:13:23
question My aunt and her two small children were evacuated from Singapore on Feb 6, 1942 on "BISN Steamer 4", just before Singapore fell to the Japanese. The ship was either torpedoed or otherwise disabled somewhere off Sumatra. With luck they managed to get ashore and eventually made it to India. I'm looking for the actual name of the "BISN Steamer 4". This site indiactes that a BISN ship Indora was sunk by Japanese in 1942. Was Steamer 4 the Indora or was it some other vessel? Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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Ron Bullock, Canada - Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 20:15:38
answer Melanie Melis, Germany - Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 20:15:00 asked the meaning of "P.W.D. Tanga" on an old "travel box".
Tanga is a port in Northern Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika). PWD indicates Public Works Department, so this was either an address for a former owner of the box, or it was a box formerly owned by the PWD prior to passing into private hands. It would not be uncommon for old packing cases (is this what it is?) to be acquired by travellers for shipment of their goods and chattels, particularly when "going home for good". [It is satisfying to get answers with obscure facts, like this. Thanks Ron - Editor]

Linda Peterson, Australia - Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 04:17:46
question Thanks, Just trying to find info on the route the Dacca used to take for family history research. Any hints as to if it ever went to Germany to pick up passengers? [Which Dacca, the 1867-76 vessel or the 1882-90?]

Geoff Drew, Australia - Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 06:56:54
question I wonder if there are any references to Captain William Townsend, of either Padang or Calcutta, in the early days of the company? There is a photo in the Queensland State Library, taken in Essex, of a person said to be the good Captain, wearing a cap with the BI insignia badge. From his apparent age in the photo, the mid to late 1850s would be a good match. On another copy in the possession of a descendant, there is a pencilled inscription "B I Co.".

Dave Ritchie, UK - Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 14:47:33
Looking fo anyone who sailed with me. 1952 1956

Suresh Patel, UK - Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 18:02:07
answer I happen to travel on BI ss Amra, sailing on 21/22 May 1954 directly from Ballard Pier Bombay (Mumbai as known now) sailing for Mombasa on the Kenyan coast..
I was sailing with my parents and my mother was expecting a baby. On the second or third day of the journey, my mother gave a birth to a girl child on board which we all named her Kirti (Famous person because she was born on high sea in Indian Ocean.
I hold the rightful certificate issued by Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation located at Cardif address: General Register And Record office of shipping and Seman, Llantrisant Road, Llandaff, Cardif dated August 1955. A fee of 2s/6d was than paid by my father D S Patel who was then working as a Labour Officer in Ministry of Labour Nairobi, Kenya. The child was born on Ss. Amra on 24 May 1954 named Kirti Patel. The further evidence and proof of this is the letter signed on letter head of BI Steam Navigation Company Limited, Item No.45A hand written document, signed by Dr K M Luaster (MBBS). This certificate is further validated by Senior Immigration officer on 30 May 1954, perhaps the date when the ship landed at Mombasa port.

Dave Masson, UK - Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 22:46:39
answer My father, Harry Masson first went to sea with BI in the late 1940s, out of Bombay. He was an engineer (ended his sea days as a chief). He never really spoke about his time at sea but if anyone out there remembers him, he passed away on 27 Feb 2009.

Michael Pease, Portugal - Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 16:35:39
question I wish to obtain the manifest of all passengers sailing on the BI Mantola that left Gibraltar as part of convoy HG6 on 06/11/39, arriving in London on 12/11/1939. I obtained a list of 19 British passengers that sailed on this vessel from the National Archives. But, they were unable to supply a complete manifest including all nationalities. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me. Michael Pease (one of the passengers)

Lyndon Johnson, UK - Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 11:16:00
To Peter Brown ref your entry 28th OCtober '09: Check out "...calling BI" newsletter, especially issue 10. best regards from Lyndon Johnson (ex-Uganda)

Reginald Bashford, UK - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 11:13:42
Re: Feddy Crabbe Sunday June 8th 2008, I was on Empire Kittiwake in 1946 but then it was LST 3510 then in 1947 it was renamed HMS Slinger in 1948 it came back to the uk from the Med to Greenock then down to Pembroke dock where i left her to get demobed i would if poss appreciate a photo of her as it would complete photos of all the ships i served on thanks alot

John Cole, Australia - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 04:59:16
answer I'm researching events, ships, and incidents that may have involved my Father-in Law Norm Keily, an Australian DEMS Gunner, during WW2.
I last logged in about 15 minutes ago but have since found that Christopher Shaw of UK had mentioned the Orna and his encounter with a DEMS Gunner called Titch. He may well have known my Australian Father-in Law Norm Keily who served on the Orna from joining in Bombay on 19 January 1942 until he left to go to Makeena? Hospital in Iraq on 19 December 1942. Norm had contracted Malaria, but upon feeling better managed to smuggle in a couple of bottles of Scotch for the other patients. He was found out after the ward had a sing-song and was banished inland to No.20 BCD Shaiba [?] in the desert, an odd place for a sailor to wind up. He wrote his story out before he died 20 odd years ago and I can be contacted on should anyone be interested in his wartime exploits as an Aussie DEMS Gunner on British Merchant Navy ships.

Reginald Bashford, UK - Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 15:39:27
I was on this ship from 1946 to 1948 when it was LST3510 but then renamed in 1947 to HMS Slinger. I left the ship in Pembroke Dock when I got demobed. I would like to get hold of a picture of this ship if poss. [Which ship? - Editor]

Jennifer Noel Fowler (nee Bunn), USA - Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 02:15:56
Hello again, it has been a while since I last logged in! Does any one per chance know anything about the merchant navy movie made in the second WW, 'Western Approaches"? I would like to know how the BI came to be involved in it? My late father Capt L A Bunn is seen in it at the conference table. Old fashioned as it may seem today, I still enjoy watching it.

John Morgan - Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 16:24:33
question Looking for any information anyone may have on the Neuralia, particularly crew lists for Mar 1943. My father was 4th engineer.

Joe Nelson, UK - Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 11:46:04
answer I was not aware a BI site existed, Looking on the site and through the reunion photographs it was good to see a lot of people who I sailed with and I have often wondered what became of them.

Anthony Roger, UK - Friday, January 8, 2010 at 22:50:03
Is there any record of the death and burial at Aden on 11th Aug 1877 of Patrick Rowell. He and his family were bound for Mauritius from the UK. Is his family on the passenger list? I assume the ship he was on went through Suez Canal - could it have been the Arcot? He was my great uncle. [Arcot was a BI ship, 1871-1887 - Editor]

   Ozarda - BI 1940-1970
Ozarda - BI 1940-1970
photo: John Major

Mehmood Hussain, Pakistan - Friday, January 8, 2010 at 05:37:31
answer It was the year 1958-59, I was only 8 years old boy, I with my parents travelled through your company ship ms Aronda, from Chittagong to Karachi port Kemari, we stayed some hours in Colombo port, I still remembes my good life hours travelled through ms Aronda, it was my wish to know about the fate of that grand ship Aronda, today i knew it was scrapped in 1963, my salute and best wishes for staff sho served us comfortably, I remember, if you have any photographs and its brief history please send me, I remain grateful to you all. Mehmood Hussain s/o M F Hussain

Donald John Macloed, UK - Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 15:10:09
answer I sailed on the loss of the Dara on April 8th 1961. Was on a number of BI ships (Landaura, Kenya, Pundua, Chindwara, Ozarda, Ormara) from 1959 till 1963. I was junior engineer progressing to 3rd engineer. If anyone remembers me, i would love to hear from you.

Angus Buchanan , UK - Friday, January 1, 2010 at 18:43:46
answer I was a passenger on the Mantola in 1934 from Zanzibar to London. My father worked for Gray Mackenzie. My Great Great Grandfather was Archibald Gray, the Captain of the Bussorah that sank with all hands in 1863 on it's maiden voyage.

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