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Quick reference - BI ships mentioned on this page: Agra, Amra, Angora, Arabia, Aronda, Arratoon Apcar, Australia, Bankura, Barala, Barjora, Barpeta, Bhundara, Booldana, Bulimba, Busiris, Bussorah, Canara, Golconda in the Suez CanalCape of Good Hope, Carpentaria, Cashmere, Chakdara, Chakla, Chanda, Chandpara, Chantala, Chilka, Chindwara, Chupra, Chyebassa, Dacca, Dara, Daressa, Devon, Devonia, Dilwara, Dumra, Dunera, Dwarka, Ekma, Ellenga, Empire Fowey, Empire Trooper, Empire Tugela, Frederick Clover, Gairsoppa, Golconda (left), Ikauna, Itaura, Jelunga, Jumna, Juna Juwara, Kampala, Karanja, Kenya, Khandalla, Landaura, Mahratta, Manora, Mantola, Mashobra, Matiana, Merkara, Modasa, Morvada, Mulbera, Nardana, Nerbudda, Neuralia, Nevasa, Nowshera, Nuddea, Nyanza, Olinda, Orissa, Orna, Palamcotta, Pentakota, Pundua, Puttiala, Rajula, Rohilla, Rohna, Santhia, Scotia, Sirdhana, Tairea, Talamba, Talma, Tilawa, Teesta, Uganda, Umaria, Urlana, Varela, Waipara, Waroonga, Woodarra, Zaida, Zira

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Jon Whowell, UK - Monday, May 27, 2002 at 14:57:27
A really good site, I hope you get more pics of the ships of the 60's & 70's

Don Hazelton, US - Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 00:47:16
My g-grandfather Charles Henry Hillcoat was captain of the following vessels for British India Steam Navigation Company: 1871 Cashmere /s/ #50337, 1875 Puttiala #71735, 1875 Agra /s/ #68002, 1876 Agra, 1877 Agra, 1878 Agra, 1886 Arabia /s/ # 87737, 1887 Arabia, 1890 Arabia, 1891 Arabia, 1892 Arabia, 1893 Arabia.
Can someone provide me with details of his service or of these vessels. I have done some research using the internet and on a recent trip to London was able to make a morning's visit to the Guildhall Library in London to look at Lloyd's Captains Registers. Does any one have more information about: Per Jottings from a Sailo's Life - The Journal of Alexander Kidd of The Blue Funnel, Line Master of the S.S. Ajax. "Wednesday 4th Octr 1876. Commenced another China voyage returned to London 3rd Febry & Lėpool 14th Febry 1877 - had an accident on this voyage the British India CO's S.S. "Agra" run into our Bow while we were at Anchor in Suez Roads doing considerable damage to both ships which detained us 4 days to repair. Although she was to blame we had to pay. A lot of hard swearing done on the other side lieing well and I think paid the referee well. However not very serious. Mr. Holt got my explanation & believed I was right".

Richard Sandeman-Gay, Australia - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:49:57
Joined BI on Chindwara on 23rd January, 1953, and left in Australia in April 1962. Am still serving at sea as ship,s Master but hope to retire 23rd January, 2003, which will give me 50 years at sea - enough is enough!

NevasaHalina Szulakowska, UK - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 17:45:09
I'm looking for info on the troopship Nevasa (1913-1948). She transported Polish refugees from Persia to South Africa - my mother, aged 12, amongst them. The Nevasa (left) took her from Pahlevi to Durban some time between 1942-43. Is there any way that I can trace the passenger records for this time? Also, what happened to the Nevasa? Was she a casuality of war? If anyone can help, that would be fantastic! Thank you!

Dave Evans, UK - Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 18:31:02
I am the press sec.of the Falmouth MN club.Anyone with relatives or shipmates here pls get in touch. I have an original copy of Valiant Voyaging too!

Alex Double, UK - Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 14:43:11
I am researching a wreck located off the Greater Hannish Island in the Red Sea that I think could be a BI ship possibly Bussorah or Scotia? Do you have any any information about Bi vessels wrecked in the southern Red Sea in the second half of the 19 century?

William Wilkie, Canada - Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at 03:54:38
Just found your web site today I still have all correspondence, pay stubs seamans books and discharge book from my time at sea. Sailing with the BI was one of the happiest of my life I really enjoyed it and the friends that i made.even though I do not remember them all now.

Philip Incledon, UK - Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at 16:20:36
I am trying to trace the history (brief) of a non-BI ship for a friend. The ship is the "Ionian", the company was "Alan Line" (absorbed/taken over by CPR, latterly CP - Canadian Pacific). Date of Build 1913. Any information would be appreciated.

Sue Given, Australia - Monday, May 6, 2002 at 04:34:26
I am trying to contact someone about one of your ex employess from the 1880s on. He was a 1st/2nd mate in 1881 and supposedly a captain after that and as the family history goes, he went down with his ship. The person in question is Edward Woodcote Taylor West. He was born in England in 1861. On the 1881 census he was listed as first or second mate on the ship "Bhundara". The story that has come down through the family is that one of the great grandfathers brothers was a ships captain who "went down with his ship". Edward is one of the brothers and as far as we can find out the only one with a sailing career. Any information you can give me would be appreciated. Could someone please contact me. Thanks.Arratoon Apcar

Ralph Wood, Oman - Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 14:23:00
Did anyone ever go ashore in Muscat? Anyone still got photographs?

Andrew Nightingale, Kenya - Friday, May 3, 2002 at 21:01:18
I am trying to trace the history of Cap. Ernest Fey who was skipper of SS Arratoon Apcar (pictured right) pre 1904.

Kye Lewis, Australia - Friday, May 3, 2002 at 10:39:34
I am looking for people who have previously served / travelled on the Dunera. We are embarking on a project which includes information about the Dunera's history - any help would be greatly appreciated! Can you e-mail me at Thanks in Advance!

Chris Brown, UK - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 21:56:53
Sailed from UK to Ceylon in Empire Trooper 1950 or thereabouts as family of RN Officer on appointment to Radio Station in Ceylon

Robert Morphy, UK - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 20:39:35
Sailed twice on the ss NEVASA. April/May 1957 from Southampton to Singapore. I was 8 yrs old at this time. Had to sail round Cape of Good Hope as Suez was blocked. Voyage took 4 weeks calling at Dakar & Durban on way.Travelled back from Singapore to Southampton in 1960 age 11 yrs. This time sailed via Suez. Called at Columbo, Aden & Gibraltar.You can imagine what a great place to explore a ship is when you are that age and I think I must have been over every inch of the ship

Ewan Armstrong, UK - Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 16:06:46
I sailed on the last cruise of the SS Uganda in April 1982 and proudly sailed into Naples Harbour singing 'Land of Hope & Glory' as a thirteen year old schoolboy. I have fond memories of the Uganda and was sad to see it never restored to its former glory after it so proudly served its country

Joe Barnett, UK - Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 16:54:16
Can't find MATIANA or DUNERA on ships list. I worked on both of them
(Matiana appears on the 1900-1924 fleet page and Dunera appears on the 1925-1949 page. The pages are arranged by date of entry into service - Webeditor)

Derek Buckland, Australia - Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 03:58:09
With BI 1952-62 Mulberra, Amra, Aronda, Chupra, Landaura, Ikauna, Urlana, Itaura, Nuddea, Palamcotta, Carpentaria & Chyebassa - Cadet through to Act/C/O - this is a great site and brings back many fond memories of a great part of my life

Ernst Hinrich, Sweden - Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 11:17:42
Found your site after years of searching for Golconda [pictured above] sunk 1916

Douglas Christie, UK - Sunday, April 7, 2002 at 11:38:36
Spent over 40 years within the group and interested in hearing of 'old' friends and shipmates.

Angora at RangoonCormac Kilmurry, Ireland - Saturday, April 6, 2002 at 19:41:22
My Grandfather, James Donnelly, served with the B.I.S.N. in the early 1900s. He died on the Angora, in the Bay of Bengal, on 17th May 1911, aged only 35. (Picture shows Angora at Rangoon)

David Davies, UK - Saturday, April 6, 2002 at 10:35:53
Great stuff, a voice from the past, what memories.

David Rutter, UK - Friday, April 5, 2002 at 21:30:56
Looking to meet old friends. 1970 to 1974. remember Graeme Hatcher, Dick Pratt and anybody who remembers me. ships... Bulimba, Chakla, Nowshera, Juwara, Morvada Remember Dick Pratt, Graeme Hatcher

Steven Brooks, UK - Friday, April 5, 2002 at 17:30:10
The article on BI Cadet is of interest to us. Lt Cdr Arthur Brooks was my fathers half Brother. Arthur is alive in a nursing home in New Zealand.

Nick Harwood, UK - Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at 14:25:29
Great website. My regards to any past shipmates. The only name I recognise is Graham Pettinger. Best wishes Graham

Chris Olford, UK - Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at 19:02:21
Very good page.have seen a lot of old pals.does anyone remember the day in Hong Kong when all the engine room staff had a swim in 19 ft of water?.Taikoo dock.

Alex Malcolm, UK - Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 16:13:52
Joined BI 1946 early retirement 1976

George Atkinson, UK - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 21:29:55
Great to see BI lives on. I sailed as engineer on Nevasa, Busiris, Umaria, Nyanza, Uganda. 1961 to 1965. Spent today in Aberdeen with Colin Young Eng. on Nevasa, Busiris, a "C" class?, Rajula & others, he is now retired from the Aberdeen P&O ferries.

Richard Crow, UK - Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 15:07:03
My friend Jo has introduced me to the BI website and being completely computer illiterate (pigeon Cadetship Australia at Sydneyand cleft stick era) I am amazed and delighted at the scope of the site and wish to sign on to the logbook which brings back so many happy memories of ships long gone. I joined the BI Cadetship Australia (pictured left) with 6 other new cadets on my 17th birthday in Falmouth harbour in September 1932 and distinguished myself by being seasick the next day. My first voyage, to Australia, Liverpool to Freemantle via the Cape, 43 days without sighting land (we first voyagers thought 'the old man', W.Scutt, had lost it. My last was the maiden voyage of the Sirdhana, 1947, London to East Africa, India (Bombay), Japan and back to India (Calcutta) where I left the company in June 1948 to Join the Tanganyika Railways and Ports Services as a Pilot at Dar-es-Salaam. My memories include the cadet ships Australia, Nerbudda and Devon, the Mantola and Modasa, ( 4th Officer)on the home line and, pre-war on the coast the Khandalla (Straits mail), EkmaSanthia (Japan run), Ekma (pictured right) (Rangoon mail) and Barala (slow Gulf). Wartime was mostly troopships and hired transports beginning with the Talamba who, with the company's ships Tairea, Rohna and Rajula with the Bibby Line troopship Lancashire as Commodore formed a small fast military convoy and took Indian Army mules to France and than ferried Yeomanry Cavalry from Marseilles to Haifa. Other war time ships were the Khandalla (Red Sea and Suez), Talma and Varela (P and I force, Persian Gulf). A trip to Australia with a full cargo of Xmas dates from Basra in the Orna (1942) and a 9 months jaunt in the Empire Tugela from Madras to Cochin via South Africa ( Durban), Argentine (Buenos Aries), S. W. Africa (Walvis Bay), Freetown (for convoy), UK, New York and back to India were other highlights. I have some photographs and paintings (my hobby) of many of these ships including a postcard of the cadet ship Australia passing under Sydney Harbours new bridge in 1932 if any old timers are interested.

Ivan Leitch, Saudi Arabia - Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 14:37:08
2nd time Peter Durham i was 3RD on the Devonia a jock called Harper was 2nd when i joined then you moved up Willy Cameron was the leikie and my wife still was assistant matron your name came up years ago in a pub "never" in scotland you were lecturing at marine school in welsh wales according to somebody live in bournemouth work in saudi 1 year to go inshala

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Ivan Leitch, Saudi Arabia - Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 14:02:08
Peter Durham everybody is looking for you and Willy Cameron

John Farmer, Canada - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 19:56:51
Does any BI historian, have any information regarding the vessel Pentakota in her last year of service. Apparently she was involved in an incident in the Arabian Sea with the Dhow Kalyan Passa. After which the ship's chief and second officer, together with 3 army officers were awarded the Sea Gallantry Medal (14.6.1920). My father was one of the army officers and I am trying to find details of the event. Thanks.

Philip Incledon, UK - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 14:08:08
I am looking to retrace my trips, to include all ports of call, with dates (with the help of my Discharge Book entries). Has anyone attempted this exercise before (are ships log books available?

Kathleen Snelleksz, Australia - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 07:41:51
Would like to correct the information here on Jeffrey Snelleksz.. Jeffrey was the son of Peter Arnold Snelleksz who passed away November 1997 in Melbourne, Australia. Peter, who happens to be my father too, passed away in Calcutta, India November 1959. It was my grand father (my mother's father) who arrived in Australia in the early 1920's and sailed to Australia on the ss 'Chindwara'. the passenger list showed he was to disembark in Sydney - but when I checked the list in Sydney he hadn't disembarked there and his name was not on the list. I'm a bit confused as I cant find out which port he disembarked. If you can help would appreciate it. His name was Donald A McDonald arrive Fremantle about 21 February 1921

Hugh McIntyre, UK - Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 15:19:02
In my other comments I alluded to Scientific Sid Davenport. Of course, he was Sid Hammond, Chief Engineer. Davenport was Dudley Davenport, Australian, as I recall.

Richard Milne, Australia - Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 11:10:42
Very impressive site and most informative. I am seeking information on BI badged crockery used in ships dining rooms etc. Have one, possibly two examples. Is there any information available?

Geoff Woodland, Australia - Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 22:46:19
A great site to bring back a lot of memories between 62 - 68. Sailed in Ellenga, Landura, Chilka, Chanda, Dunera, Bankura, Juna, Pundua, Uganda, Frederick Clover. Must find the old photographs of various group. Congratulations on excellent site

CanaraRip Kirby, UK - Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 19:15:36
Just found the site,sailed with Sandy Steel and Bill Dowie on the Rajula also D.Milligan on Canara (left),I think he ended up at Sydney Power Station.

Hugh McIntyre, UK - Friday, March 15, 2002 at 23:40:08
I've glanced thro' the comments, but see only one name I recognise - Jim Pottinger, ex Scotts, etc. Names I recall are Sandy Souter, Spud Rowe, Dennis DeAth, Taffy Trott, Beaton Clubb, Scientific Sid Davenport, Jim Broadley, Jock Dewar, Pete Brazenor, Jeff Smith, Don Rhodes-Houghton, Spence Grubb .... I could go on, but won't. I often think on how fortunate I was to have been able to sail with BI, though those were not my thoughts in a crankcase in Bombay with a hangover. I left BI (Dilwara) in 1959 and spent a brief spell as 2nd engineer with Clan Line, where one had to order beers in advance; then as 2nd on GTV Morar, with its 3 Free Gas & Pissifiers, Blood, Sweat and Tears. No beers there, just a bottle of rum a week with nowt to put in it, and an awful lot of examining machinery to see why it wasn't broken.

David Terry, UK - Friday, March 15, 2002 at 23:06:07
Searching for Orissa (among others) my great great grandfather was ships carpenter on this vessel on a number of voyages. Thanks for the info

David Rogers, Australia - Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 09:09:10
Fantastic - I was amazed to find this site

Garry Robertson, UK - Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 12:29:05
Sailed on the Juwara, Nardana,and Morvada. Have fond memories of my time with BI and the people I served my apprenticeship with and sailed with. A few names which spring to mind, Peter Nelson, son of DAK Nelson, Alan Pescott now in Australia, Steve Proctor, Ken Paul and his wife Sylvia, the Moscrop family, Sandy Yates, John Clark.

Lewis Drummond, Trinidad - Friday, March 8, 2002 at 18:31:05
Sailed Gulf run 1959-1962 Dumra. Great memories. anybody still alive?

Jack Grieve, US - Friday, March 8, 2002 at 15:01:51
Would like to contact some former ship mates

Roger Harris, UK - Monday, March 4, 2002 at 18:13:09
Hullo to you all

Bill Laxon, NZ - Wednesday February 13, 2002 at 18:11:02
In reply to Les Goodridge's enquiry about one Frederick Mckenzie who was master of the Mahratta on voyages to the South Pacific in 1866/67, I believe that this was nothing to do with BI, but concerns another ship (probably a sailing ship) of the same name. The BI Mahratta of 1865, although in service at the time, was a small steamer of only 742 tons gross (p39 of Laxon & Perry refers) and I don't think she ever ventured far beyond the Bay of Bengal after her delivery voyage. In any event steamers, apart from the subsidised mail steamers, were not an economic proposition trading to the "South Pacific" in 1866/67.

Dave MacVicker - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 16:03:50
Wishing to contact Duncan MacNeil ex Dwarka 1973. Would love the pics Regards Dave MacVicker ex Dwarka 1973

Peter Jeans, Australia - Monday, February 11, 2002 at 00:22:45
I have been trying for a long time to access information concerning McAlister Shipping, which was operating in Penang when I was living there in 1962. The company was later absorbed by an engineering firm. Are there any BI members who knew McAlister Shipping, and - better still- knew some of the staff at that time?

Jon Thorne, US - Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 04:29:37
Looking for uniform button infromation your company was here durring the cw as i found a button on the trent river in a camp of the 17 mass. vols. also how would one aquire a letterhead/ logo. super site. thanks Jon Thorne (relic Hunter)

Ann Crichton-Harris, Canada - Sunday, February 3, 2002 at 23:41:07
Barjora, I was so happy to see mention of this ship. My g'father, Dr. Temple Harris was on board in the Indian Ocean in WWI. The exact date he was on board is known, Dec.17. 1914. also on board was British Consul Norman King. I have written a book about my g'father's and others' experiences in the African Campaign and I have this photograph in the book. I was so thrilled to see someone mention it. Norman King's son - now Vice ADmiral Sir Norman King and I met at the Imperial War Museum a year ago. I got the photo from Sir Norman. I hope Tony from Oz will contact me.

Christopher Alam, US - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 23:02:46
My uncle Mr Khan was Chief Purser on the Aronda. I myself sailed on the Aronda a few times as a child

Bill Nash, Australia - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 04:40:17
Passenger on ss Nevasa Circa 1968/69 (April) on B& I educational Cruise Venice, Athens Instanbul, Malta,Nevasa Gibralta, Southampton Iate four or five helpings of steak for lunch on a bumpy ride down the Adriatic whilst the majority of the "junior" passengers greenly called for "huey" while they clung to the ships rails!!!! The rest of the cruise provided me with some of the greatest memories of childhood being 12 or 13 at the time. I still have the tie and lapel badge I purchased as a souvenir

Tom Gardiner, Australia - Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 10:55:58
Any one know the whereabouts of Captain Carter's daughter Rose ?

Siram Raagopal, - Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 18:25:18
Enjoyed going thru the site. The whole place has the bitter - sweet smell of nostalgia!! Very nice!!The links were especially interesting and I'll return again . I've made a personal page called Tales From The Scuttlebutt at -it contains nautical anecdotes, marine cartoons, and sea stories, told a/ retold by fellow seafarers. Everyone is invited for a look, and contributions of your tales are most welcome. Tales 40 onwards are of the BI ship SS Rajula.

Mark Sanderson, Canada - Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 17:29:07
I am looking for info about my grandfather, Thomas Sanderson, who was an engineering officer based in Madras from the 1930's to the 1950's. would appreciate any help.

Jessica Winkelkotter, US - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 23:55:30
I'm looking for the passenger list of the Waipara that sailed from England on 11/26/1910 to Brisbane QLD Aust 1/22/1911. Any help would be appreciated. Great site :)

David Muir, UK - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 19:55:02
What an excellant site. I am currently researching my father's background. He was a 2nd mate with BI from 1932 to 1936

Rex Croney, Canada - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 18:17:04
I sailed on the Neuralia as a young soldier in the Royal Tank Corps in early 1939,To Port Said

Frank Blewer, UK - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 21:43:29
Very interesting site which I monitor on behalf of my father who says he is to long in the tooth to get involved in new fangled technology. My father is Walter Blewer who returned to home waters about 1948, I'm not sure when he joined up. I'm afraid the only ship name I can give you at this time is the Daressa as this is the name of his house. Should anybody remember him and wish to make contact then please e mail me and I shall of course pass any communications/signals to him.

Jonah Jarvis, UK - Monday, January 21, 2002 at 20:04:23
The Karanja was just one of those wonderful old vessels that I did. Remember that Purser Lucas. Wonderful times and what happened to Bob Dawson and his young sister and Todd the 3rd Eng?

Veronica Delagard, Canada - Friday, January 18, 2002 at 03:26:58
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Chris Pilsbury, UK - Wednesday, 16 Jan 2002 at 23:05:18
I was hoping to get some information regarding the Urlana which sank in 1943 off MacLeods Maidens Skye in rough weather. The dive sites I have visited say that the ship was carrying tinned beef and wool from South America. However a contemporary account in the local Gaellic language by a then 14 year old speaks of tanks, vehicles and other goods being taken from Glasgow to Murmansk. I was hoping that through the medium of your site that I might be able to gain some insight into what the real story was and also to vindicate or otherwise the Gaellic version of events. I sincerely hope that you are able to help.

James Taylor, UK - Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 20:49:46
For more than a decade I was Curator of Paintings at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. I am especially interested in acquiring good historic paintings of BI vessels in oils or watercolours. I admire the paintings produced today but I am less interested in aquiring them. Please pass this information on to who ever might be interested. Thank you.

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MashobraKevin Ainsley, UK - Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 20:33:31
I want 2 find a picture of the Mashobra (...found! - left)

Pat Pattenden, Vietnam - Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 03:45:58
Keep up the good work John

Alisdair MacIntosh, UK - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 18:24:15
I enjoy the site. Keep up the good work

Peter Mainprize, UK - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 00:00:34
Army pax to Suez 03/1953on Dunera

Livin Prabhu, US - Monday, January 7, 2002 at 21:38:28
Its a real nice experience to delve in the past and renew one's memories of early career days.

Les Goodridge, UK - Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 21:49:00
My Gt Gt Grandfather, Frederick McKenzie, was master of the Mahratta from 1866-7 on voyages to the South Pacific. I would value any information on either him or his ship.

John Robertson, Australia - Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 01:01:02
With B I in the sixties in the engine room. Would like to hear from any oldies from that time,Vince Hardy, Alistair McEwan Davey McHugh to name a few. It is a really interesting site.

Duncan MacNeil, UK - Monday, December 31, 2001 at 21:52:09
Found the site sometime back, and checked up on it every so often, sometimes seeing names that I recognised. I was on the Sirdhana '72 as 2RO and took her to scrap in Kaoshiung. Afterwards did 13 months on the Dwarka. Recently I found some old negatives taken circa '73 and in my work on computers, scanned them in. One guy appeared a few times, and I'm bug---- if I could remember his name. Till I saw tonight a Dave MacVicker who was appie on Dwarka. I am sure that was him. If he can contact me via this site, I can arrange to email him copies. Should anyone recognise my name, my best regards to them all. I still think back of BI, after countless other companies, both British and foriegn, with nostalgia.

Brad Chyebassa Schealler, Australia - Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 23:55:25
I am the greatgrandson of Ida Chyebassa Kleinhans. She was born on Chyebassa on 20 July 1884. Legend has it that she was born in the Suez Canal. Is there any way that I can get a record of the birth? I would also REALLY like to get a large print of the ship. I don't know if there are many people named after your ships, but the Chyebassa is very special to me. Thanks and regards.

Dave McVicker, UK - Friday, December 28, 2001 at 20:29:48
Although not a BI man was a cadet on Dwarka, Third Mate on Merkara and Second Mate on Manora, Vendee and Vosges ( Zaida and Zira). Great nostalgic site. Can almost smell the chicken curry.

Arthur Brocklebank, UK - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 13:54:16
Teacher from Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh on first of the children's cruises at half price from Princes Pier, Greenock.

Barrie Wilson, UK, - Monday, December 24, 2001 at 20:54:28
Sailing with BI was one of my best moves in life & I still miss the life aboard a BI ship especially being on the tramp ships MS Orna & SS Olinda

Zubair Meer, Bahrain - Monday, December 24, 2001 at 10:36:36
I was born in the Ship Sirdhana, on the 26th of November in the year 1966. I would like to know more about the ship itself and if there are others who share the same honours. Further I would also like to know if there is a record of my birth in the books and registar of the Ship Sirdhana.

Jack Calhoun, US - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 19:21:05
I am interested in information regarding the main propulsion system on the Parsons Beaver Boats. I have information from an electrical engineer employed by Parsons that the electric drive Beaver Boats designed after WWII were able to go astern almost as fast, if not faster than in forward speed. This was an embarasement to the designing engineers. Have any of you heard this story.

Tom Kelso, UK - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 07:18:22
Another interesting visit. Keep up the excellent work!

Stanley Summerfield, Australia - Friday, December 7, 2001 at 10:07:13
To find old shipmates. enjoy the web site

Max Farrugia, Malta - Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at 12:52:00
A very good site with a lot of information which can lead you to other ways of research

Hilary Ralph, South Africa - Tuesday, December 4, 2001 at 12:32:02
A superb Web site

Eric Irving, New Zealand - Tuesday, December 4, 2001 at 01:36:09
Pleasant memories of a young green second R/O on the Modasa around 1951, on a steep learning curve. Discovering gin slings and the appreciation of a good curry.

Brian Warburton, UK - Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 15:04:03
Nice to hear Chris Olford is still around, on watch together together about 1959, Woodarra, you 3rd.Had some good times in OZ.

Mario Sannino, Italy - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 17:29:13
I appreciate very much this site and the idea of creating it. When a boy I always saw the BI ships (Dunera, Nevasa, Devonia) in the harbour of Genoa and I was very interested in them. By the way: I was always looking for a Deck Plan of the "D" class Ships (Dara, Dwarka, Daressa, Dumra). Can anybody help me in finding one. In the Naval Architecture Department of our University I found one of Kenya and one of Kampala but not one of Either "D" or "S" (Santhia, Sirdhana, etc.) class. Thanks to anybody who could help me in finding one. Best regards

Harry Broadfield, UK - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 13:46:06
Happy days, 1964,1967, SS Waroonga and Nevasa

Ernest Barrett, Australia - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 02:43:21
Found this Website after reading an article by Capt Herb Bolles in the Red Ensign Magazine. Wish I had known about it sooner. Its great to read about the BI again. I still have the BI Medallion issued on the BI Centenary, was on the Orna here in Adelaide when the presentation was made, by Capt. Crozier if I remember correctly.

James Pottinger, UK - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 23:04:32
As an app. engineer on building of Nowshera and Nyanza at Scotts' of Greenock looking for any comments on sea staff.

Michael Brown, UK - Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 20:57:59
I have fond memories of sailing with BI. Would very much like to make contact with some old ship mates

Dick Cox, Australia - Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 07:14:21
Brings back great memories

Peter Durham, UK - Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 22:54:57
Have only just found this site and am pleased to see such interest. Is there anyone out there who sailed with me on the Dara, Landaura, Olinda, Devonia etc. I think Bill Davidson relieved me on the Devonia on a couple of occasions and Dick Myeres also relieved there too. I joined BI 1960 and left around 1968 to sail Cheif with Reardon Smiths of Cardiff.

Tony Edwards, Australia - Tuesday, November 6, 2001 at 21:20:00
Father: Walter Launcelot Dare Edwards served on Barjora as junior engineer in the 1920s. Any information on the ship other than the one line in the index? I have a few photographs of the ship if any one is interested.

Peter Durham, UK - Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 21:22:31
I have just been directed to this site by an old friend, who sailed with Reardon Smith's. What a wonderful find so many old names to conjure with. Chindwara Waroonga Olinda Landaura Devonia Dara etc. Dick Myers I saw you comment and wondered if we sailed together on the Chindwara and later I believe you did a relieving trip on the Devonia? Also Bill Davidson I think we sailed together a coupple of times and you also relieved me on the Devonia, remember the rivets from No4 Port DB? I look forward to hearing from anyone who remembers me providing it is polite that is! It is quite soemthing to think that this year is the 40th anniversary of the Dara, I was junior on watch that fateful morning and it is an event that even all these years on brings back vivid memories. If there are any other men from the Dara out there I would love to hear from you.

Brian Warburton, UK - Friday, October 26, 2001 at 16:16:07
Keep BI alive forever, Cheers

Andrew Hutton, Australia - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 00:22:36
Read Sid Petty's notes can you cotact me? Was in Dilwarra Capt Markus Williams, Chantala Capt DW Spiers, Chupra Capt "Ned" Kelly

Kenneth Sheppard, UK - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 00:48:09
Interested in troop ships my father travelled on during his national service in 1956: The Empire Fowey and Nevasa

Garry O'Malley, UK - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 17:20:53
A good site but more pictures please of the later vessels

Goolam Hossen, Mauritius - Sunday, October 7, 2001 at 15:59:46
Bravo for this site. I would like to hear from anyone who can help me find more info on the "Booldana" which sailed to Mauritius from India around early 1900.

Helen Arthur, UK - Monday, October 1, 2001 at 12:45:56
I'm looking for any information on my grandfather, Archibald Currie Stevenson, who died on board ship in the early 1920's. I believe he was an engineer and was employed by BI. I don't know the name of the ship. Thank you.

Corky Latimer, UK - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 15:06:12
I want to contact Jim Shaw, Master Mariner, ex BI, who went to NZ in 1960 on board 70ft trawler Aberdeen Anzac

Laurent Gontier-Versailles, Belgium - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 19:24:18
I'm looking for the plans of Canara or Chyebassa (both 1942) to make a sailing model.Why those two instead of the others "C's"? Because they have double screws... James Pottinger produced a plan of the Chantala , but waterline , not enough for me...

Peter Raynolds, UK - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 21:41:45
Ross MacIver Smith: Sorry unable to help with your search never served on the Chupra

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Peter Reynolds, UK - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 21:33:55
Jannifer Bunn, USA. I was 2nd Mate on the Chilka with you father as Master in 1951. Still have reference signed by him.Tho a long time ago have many happy memories and remember him well

Erwin Minjoot, Australia - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 16:57:03
I was 3rd Officer on the MV Kim Hwa (Guan Guan Shipping, Singapore). She was originally the Daressa and what a beautiful ship she was. I was on board when she was grounded in Swatow, PR China in 1969 as a result of typhoon Viola.

Ken Hardy, UK - Friday, September 21, 2001 at 23:30:34
Served as a medical officer on the Dunera 1952/53 bringing P.O.W's back from Korea. Any contact ?

Richard Staniforth, UK - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 20:38:12
Great, brought a lump to my throat

Tony Cunningham, UK - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 11:27:15
Great site to find. Was cadet on Chantala 1960 to 1963 John Young and Brian Biddick taught me alot. The Bosuns Alec and Angus knew more about the sea than I drink Pints. Desperate for a picture of Chantala if John Cooper or anyone has one to copy. Have good BW pix of Uganda if anyone needs a copy. Will join Assoc. in next few days, very pleased i found you all, sill go sailing across the Channel, still wet and grey. Thanks again.

John Gough, UK - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 18:17:52
great idea

John van Horn, UK - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 19:51:44
fond memories

Shamus Bampton, Australia - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 16:16:21
This is the first time I have visited your site. Altho' coming from an NZS background, the "revolution" occured just a few months after I started as a "gadget". So consequently I sailed on several BI ships and with many BI Sea Staff. I recognised only two names however. Hi,Mitch how are you? I last saw you as I left the Teesta (never known as the 'Loyal!) in Dubai in '75! Also Mike Donnellan from the Hertford-Hi I don't have to call you Mr Donnellan,or second anymore!!! A good experience and I'd do it again-albeit a little differently!!!

Steve Harman, Australia - Sunday, September 9, 2001 at 06:40:40
I am interested in the Rohilla, Manora, Ormiston as well as any other BI ships my relatives sailed in. My great-grandfather, Thomas Pattison Braidwood was a marine engineer with BI and was a survivor Woodarraof the Rohilla, and my grandfather, Thomas Braidwood was a cadet with BI in abt 1930 and left BI in 1938 after serving on BI's cadet ships. I am after any further information as I am currently researching the family history.

Seamus Forde, Australia - Thursday, September 6, 2001 at 03:02:21
Great site. Brought back many great memories of the Woodarra (pictured left) 1965-66.

Sandra Todd, Hawaii - Monday, September 3, 2001 at 21:05:47
I've found a copy of a ship's log indicating that my great-grandfather came to Hawaii from the Madeira Islands in 1885 aboard the SS Dacca. Your list of ships indicates Dacca was wrecked in 1876. Was there another Dacca in your fleet? Thanks for any help you can give me. Sandra Todd e-mail: pakalana01 @

Mike Piercy, Australia - Sunday, September 2, 2001 at 07:44:42
Greetings to all ex BI friends.. Long time no contact. Yes, I enjoyed your company from 1967 to 1970 as a Deck Cadet. From the days on the Chindwara to being the last Cadet on the Dunera then on to the Easteren service on such fine ships as : Dwarka, Chandpara, Bulimba, Kampala, Karanja, Dumra, Nyanza and final I brought the Chandpara back to the UK in Jul/Aug 70 for the first time since she was built. I left the BI and worked for WA Souter (Newcastle) as 3rd Officer and then went on to Manchester Liners in 1974 to 1976. I must be a "jona" - it seems each company I worked for was taken over or somesuch thing with in two years of me leaving.. But horray for the comradeship and loyalty of the BI. It sure was a great Company to work for. I have lived in Australia since 1976. I have been in the Australian Customs Service since 1978.

Jeffrey Snelleksz, Australia - Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 04:36:01
Grandson of Peter Arnold Snelleksz - a passenger aboard one of the ships that arrived in Australia in the mid 1950's.

Doug Smith, UK - Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 21:59:17
How nice to find a website that makes one feel nostalgic and almost on board. I am not ex BI but I can see that you are one big family I was Shaw Savill & P&O and sailed with a great deal of ex BI's. I came across this page really by coincidence as whilst on holiday in Cornwall I came across 3 Merchant Navy graves in Church Cove, one being R.F. Hampshire radio operator s.s.Gairsoppa I felt that I needed to find out more so I searched the web and found you congratulations on your website and good luck to you all.

Mike Donnellan, NZ - Friday, August 24, 2001 at 08:49:16
What a wonderful site. At last the internet is able to do something worthwhile for me rather than just supply "throw away" information!

Geoff Scarr, UK - Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 21:46:09
Was on Dilwara, Devonshire.55. great site

Imran Ayob, South Africa - Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 18:02:29
ss Tilawa interest

Marcus Bochenski, Australia - Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 11:41:53
Excellent web site...Hope you get the numbers...then again you could invite the E.& A. crowd whose numbers are dwindling...Cheers

Peter Dsouza, US - Monday, August 20, 2001 at 15:19:16
Sweet are the sounds of the good old BI

Alan Barker, Australia - Monday, August 20, 2001 at 13:40:03
Great to find a site with so much info on our great company

Alan Collier, UK - Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 13:56:19
A useful site that has possibly located a ship that a genealogist friend of mine has been looking for - the Cape of Good Hope. Hopefully it is right one. Links to history pages etc are also very useful and easy to use. Thank you

James Slater, UK - Friday, August 10, 2001 at 17:19:40
The next BI Retired Engineer Officers Association reunion has been penciled in for Thursday 25th October 2001. Contact me for details.

Dennis Clarke, UK - Friday, August 10, 2001 at 12:47:25
A very good site, It would have been helpful to have had access to digital copies of ships log books. In my case, that of Dilwara from 1st July to 31st July 1939. My father was on board at that time on his way to Singapore.

Derek Barks, UK - Thursday, August 9, 2001 at 22:02:08
It is very interesting to see a web site about the good old B.I. I sailed on the Chakdara and the Kampala in the late sixties, under "M Mac." played football with Chris Willis and Keith Marks in Bombay and generally disgraced myself and others in the Seychelles and other places , anyway best regards to everyone and apologies to many, but congratulations on such an extensive assortment of memories

Bill Saarsteiner, Ireland - Sunday, August 5, 2001 at 23:29:03
What a wonderfull site - Well done. I joined the Carpentaria in 1974 as a Junior Uncertificated 4th. Officer!! shortly after the amalgamation with P&O. and left a year later when we took her to scrap in Karachi. I would love to hear from any old shipmates

Derek Barks, UK - Saturday, August 4, 2001 at 22:16:30
I served on the Chakdara for a short time and then on the Kampala - Bombay or should that be Mum......bai to Mombasa / Dar es Salaam late 60's. Apologies to anyone I offended by my irresponsible behaviour. It was like being in a candy store, anyway all the best to the ex B.I. Wallahs and hope that Jack and Big Paddy recovered from their illnesses. I can just hear the sound of the chief engineer "M" Mac. calling . Kwa herini.

Brian 'Sid' Pette, UK - Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 21:59:34
Just returned to the updated site and noticed that Graham Pettinger, Chris Blane have added comments. They were cadets on Chindwara when I was CIO in 1967/8. Would like to hear what life has been like after a BI cadetship. Also my old partner in crime on Chantala, 'Haggis' Leighton. Have incriminating photos of you but so do people hold ones of me!

Austin Myall, UK - Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 20:13:33
Excellent Site

Bernard Nicholson, Australia - Wednesday, August 1, 2001 at 08:05:19
I served as electrical officer on Juwara Jelunga Barpeta Teesta Chakla etc. If anyone would like to contact me my email is Salamms to everyone

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