reference - BI ships mentioned on this page:
Abhona, Amra, Aronda, Aska, Avoca, Bamora, Bandra,
Bankura, Barjora, Baroda, Bombala, Buccleuch, Bulimba,
Busheer, Camorta, Cap Saint Jacques, Carpentaria, Cashmere, Chakdina,
Chanda, Chandpara, Chantala, Chindwara, Chinkoa, Chupra, Chyebassa,
Dacca, Dara, Devon, Devonia, Dilwara, Dorunda, Dunera, Eldorado, Ellenga,
Ethiopia, Garbeta, Gazana, Gurna, Henzada, Himalaya, Howra, Ikauna,
India, Java, Jumna, Juna, Kampala,
Karagola, Karanja, Karapara, Karoa,
Kenya, Madura, Mahratta, Manora, Matiana, Maxwell Brander, Merkara,
Morvada, Mulbera, Nardana, Navarino, Neuralia, Nevasa, Nirpura, Nowshera,
Nuddea, Nyanza, Okhla, Orna, Pemba, Penang, Pundua, Punjaub, Quetta,
Rajula, Sangola, Santhia, Scotia, Sirdhana, Sirsa, Sir Galahad, Surada,
Talamba, Talma, Tanfield, Taroba, Tilawa, Uganda, Umaria, Waipara, Warfield,
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Bunn Fowler, US - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 00:45:00
Still a great site! Always seeking any info. on
my late father's career with the B.I. Capt. L.A.Bunn. 1920's thru 1960's.
Parmar, Zambia - Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 15:54:08
I would like to mention that I travelled on SS
Karanja from the port of Mombasa to Bombay
nearly 40 years ago. Anb before than on SS Bombay in 1953.
Menzie, UK - Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 16:44:37
Joined the 'Kenya'
as Junior Engineer in December 1958. During my one and only 'spell'with
BI (sadly). I also served on the 'Mombasa',
and finally came home on the 'Uganda' as
4th Engineer in 1961. Happy days indeed! Am now retired after 29 years
Hughes, UK - Friday, December 12, 2003 at 15:13:17
comprehensive site, easy to navigate. I was a cadet, aged 17 & went
to sea in August 1939 on the ss Waroonga.
We sailed from Falmouth, bound for the States & then oz. After this
the cadet ship was dispersed in Columbo & i joined the Baroda,
sailing from Colombo to Tuticorin, India. After 2 or 3 trips i joined
the Mulbera, bound for the Royal Docks,
London, 1940. This was my first trip back to the UK & home. I next joined
the Devon & made 2 more trips to Oz. On
the 3rd trip bound for New Zealand, 4 days from Panama, off the Galapagos
we were shelled & captured by HK Komet, which was disguised as a neutral
Japanese ship, the Ryoko Maru. This was August 1941. We were taken as
POW on the Komet. The Komet returned from the Pacific, round Cape Horn
to Tristan da Cunha, then to Cherbourg, Le Havre, Dunkirk & Cuxhaven.
I was a POW at Milag Nord for nearly three and a half years. I took
my 2nd mates certificate in Liverpool & joined the Madura
(right) as 3rd officer. I sadly had to resign due to ill health.
Jawaid Latief, UK - Tuesday, December 9, 2003 at 11:51:20
Travelled with family between Mombasa and Karachi
regularly in 60's and early 70's. Trying to find photos of SS KARANJA
Jack Beesley, Australia - Thursday, December 4, 2003 at 09:41:56
Looking for British India passengers RENTON into
Queensland pre 1886. Ship?
Bob Stinchcombe, UK - Monday, December 1, 2003 at 14:22:33
I am trying to find out all about the SS 'Dacca
1882-1890 on which a friend's relative sailed. A crest showing 'Helme
Park, South Shields was recently found on a wreck in the Red Sea, which
was believed to be the ss 'Dacca'. I believe the relative's surname
was Eastment. It would be appreciated if you could advise me where I
might obtain information and in particular, any connection with the
'Helme Park etc'. Many thanks for any help you might be able to give.
[BI's Dacca, built for the company in 1882, did
indeed founder in the Red Sea after running aground on the Daedalus
Reef in May 1890. We have no reference to Helme Park - Editor]
Hinchliff, Canada - Saturday, November 29, 2003 at 21:22:57
This is a most interesting site. I found it during
a search for information on the Busiris. My great grandfather died at
sea on the Busiris, but I am thinking now that there must have been
a previous vessel of the same name. He died in 1905. Can anyone shed
any light on this for me? [
Busiris was not a BI ship - Editor]
Thyne, UK - Saturday, November 29, 2003 at 10:15:26
My grandfather was Second Officer on the Sirsa
(I) (BI 1883-1908) in 1891 (viz.my baptism certificate) he was resident
in Madras. All history lost during WW2 I am looking for more details
of him and his father.
Ramsbottom, Isle of Man - Thursday, November 27, 2003 at 09:03:21
Excellent source of interesting information about
the "good old days". I was a cadet on Chantala
1961 - 1964, then served on Nardana, Bamora, Santhia
and Chandpara (pictured left) before spreading
my wings. It was good to hear about Dick Cox, Tony Cunningham and John
Esslemont from Chantala days. I have attended all the BI reunions in
the UK since 1994 and also Penang in 2000 which most enjoyable. I hope
to be at Portsmouth next year. I have met many ex colleagues at these
reunions and also met many ex BI people when I worked ashore for Gray
Mackenzie in the Gulf 1973 - 1978. For the past 20 odd years I have
worked as a marine surveyor /ISM auditor for the Isle of Man Government
Marine Administration (yes the dreaded surveyor) and had to attend many
ships worldwide. I will be retiring next January. Will be delighted
to hear from ex colleagues.
Will Stweart, UK - Thursday, November 27, 2003 at 05:35:03
I have enjoyed and appreciated finding the BI
web. site in 2002. In October 2003 I attended the Glasgow Luncheon Organised
by the Retd BI Engineers Group. An excellent day which enabled me to
meet collegues from some 43 years ago and make new contacts. In sea-time
on Chantala, Umaria, Chupra and Bankura
I met some memorable people and look forward to developing this excellent
contact now I have retired. A great of deal of Information from this
site has prompted my memory of my youth with BI and an excellent start
to a career in engineering on shore. Regards and keep the info coming.
Richard Barratt, UK - Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 09:12:18
Researching Captain Thomas Porter Tilling master
of ill-fated BI vessel ABHONA which sank
in Bay of Biscay Nov 1910. Family connection. Any information appreciated.
Philip Purdie, UK - Monday, November 24, 2003 at 13:53:25
Aren't websites great!
Dobson, UK - Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 18:52:31
I have a postcard posted Southampton. 1/10/1937
showing H.M.T.Neuralia. I can provide a
copy plus inscriptions if required. [Thank you for the scan,
which is available to others on request - Editor]
Chris Deakes, UK - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 17:13:58
Does anyone know how many casualties Karapara
could accomodate as a hospital ship? The Haws book says about 350 but
I saw elsewhere it was 500. If anyone knows, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laxon & Perry states that Karapara had 500
beds as hospital ship for the Expeditionary Force (1915) and, later,
341 beds as a Naval Hospital Ship (No 17) (Feb 1916) - Editor]
Nazir Patel, UK - Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 03:43:20
I am privileged to have sailed to and from Zanzibar
and Bombay on Amra, Karanja and Kampala
in the 50s and 60s.What memorable voyages they were! I also travelled
to Durban from Zanzibar, but can't remember the name of the vessel as
was too young. Some of my relatives were lost in the sinking of Tilawa.
I would like to see information on that disaster.
Eric Voorn, Netherlands - Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 23:21:02
I am researching the history of a teak clincker
built lifeboat whitin her keel the initials GRW Ltd No 603 built (?)
at the Garden Reach Workshop wharf in Calcutta. I'm restauring her and
like to know more.
Bob Turnbull, UK - Monday, November 10, 2003 at 20:45:46
Delighted to find B.I. Web site
Roy Lambeth, UK Monday, November 10, 2003 at 12:02:50
a schoolboy in 1964 I sailed on an educational school cruise on S.S.Dunera.
I have searched your ship list to see the history of Dunera
but cannot find a reference to her other than her trip to Australia
with the internees during the war. I would very much like to read her
history. [Dunera is referred to in various BI
books, including Laxon & Perry and Valiant Voyaging - Editor]
Wattam, UK - Monday, October 20, 2003 at 23:56:19
trying to find out where I went on a school trip
starting fron Dubrovnic in yugo late oct 1973 fnnishing in malta nov
73 on ss NEVASA
Brian Warburton, UK - Monday, October 13, 2003 at 08:57:14
I see reference to Peter Paget. Is this Peter
Jeremy Spencer Valantine Paget? 3RD. Mate on Woodarra
1958. Happy times in OZ
John Robb, Australia - Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 14:52:38
I was never an employee of B.I. but I was an apprentice
with Barclay Curle from 1954-1959 and helped build some of the ships
listed here, including the beautiful Nevasa
Chris Hutson, Australia - Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 02:41:39
Want to make contact with Dave Rankin who posted
a comment on March 29, 2001. Dave, if you went to Prince Edward School
in Salisbury please contact me at email@example.com
Stewart, UK - Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at 19:14:49
My father, Dr. George Stewart was with the BI
as shore doctor in Bombay from 1949 to 1962, then as Surgeon Superintendent
of P & O and BI in London until his retirement in 1976.
Terry Lilley, UK - Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at 15:47:36
on her maiden voyage Jan.1950 at Swan Hunters. Still in touch with Henry
Severs, Brian Agnew, Peter Paget and John Cooley.
Kamaruddin, Malaysia - Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at 11:02:10
Nice to be in touch with BI again
Bob Browne, New Zealand - Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 09:02:01
to see you are still around Ian Woolstencroft. I am in touch with Gordon
Wood in NZ so Carpentaria staff are alive and well. A fisherman gave
me a BI mag from 1970 the other day so it has reminded me to get on
touch with others.
Jones, UK - Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 00:26:48
My grandfather, William Jones (1879-1924), was a chief engineer with
the BI. I have his Discharge book. He died of enteric fever in Calcutta
in 1924. His last ship was the "Gazana".
Stobie, New Zealand - Friday, October 3, 2003 at 23:30:14
Has anyone got information on the following ships
for the period 1870 to 1897, Edinburgh, Singapore, Geelong, Avoca,
Pera, Pekin, Java, Eldorado
, Navarino. Also ?carrnorfa? [Camorta]
hard to read writing any ideas. Sailing in 1881 1882
Lynn Claridge-King, UK Thursday, October 2, 2003 at 07:38:22
I sailed on Nevasa
5-19 August 1972 on a schools cruise to Funchal, Casablanca, Malaga
and Lisbon. I had a superb time and always wanted to cruise again but
could not until my childen left home in 1990. I played the piano in
the ships concert and can still remember that I was in Howard dormitory
on D deck. At some point we were filmed but I have no idea what for
and I have never seen it. Happy days and the best way to travel.
Mark Dodge, US - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 20:55:22
Seeking information regarding the rescue by BI
ship KARAGOLA of the Dornier Flying Boat
(D-2053) Gronland-Wal between October 10th and October 17th in 1932.
This aircraft became the first ever to circle the globe as a seaplane.
One of the propellers cracked in flight over the Mergui Archipeligo
and the 4-man crew safely ditched the aircraft. After being towed into
Rangoon by the KARAGOLA, repairs were made and the crew completed the
flight in a total of 111-days. I am searching for any newspaper clippings
or photographs of the aircraft and her crew (Captain Hans Wolfgang von
Gronau) whilst they were ashore. I am preparing research for a written
narrative and a series of paintings depicting the ventures of this flight.
In advance, thank you for any suggestions or comments about this request.
Paola St George - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 17:45:42
My Father Joseph George Essaye joined BI in 1942
as a Purser on SS. Tilawa. I am trying
to find anyone who remembers him or may have any information about him.
Dad survived the attack in November 1942 and continued to work on BI
ships until 1944. He sailed on the SS.Bandra
from Bombay to Calcutta from May to July 1943,SS.Ikauna
Bombay to Calcutta August to December 1943 and the SS.Howra
from December 1943 until June 1944. My father's name was Joseph George
Essaye, but he might have been known as George. Does anyone remember
him, or anything about him.
Tracey Stobie, New Zealand - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 10:23:59
Simon Langlois,UK, information about GGG Grandfather
can be found at National Maritime Museum Greenwich. BI records held
there. Also at Public Record Office. I have had great results tracing
my GG Grandfather at both these places.
Mike Bowman, Australia - Monday, September 29, 2003 at 03:22:15
Dont know why I have not joined in earlier, an
absolutely fascinating page,many thanks. I attended the 3 reunions and
hopefully will be at the next (Goa?) Joined BI 26 Sept 55 in Hull, Chantala,
other first trippers were Heffer, Sadie Thompson, Oscar Wilde, Pat Laverack,
have met Chicky Long,Ackky Cutlack,Henry Cox and Cutmore Sahib, Buzz
Bee and Garry Ruaux again, nobody has really changed! The BI Centenary
sticks in my mind, it was also Herbie Boles birthday, in Colombo, I
think, Chakdina? Which one we celebrated
most is a question I cannot answer! Maybe Herbie will recall! served
in Chinkoa, Nyanza,
Nuddea and as 3/o in Pundua under Capt
Hamilton then accidentally fell into the RN. Served for 8 years (and
got them to pay for my Masters Ticket!) transferred to the Army (honest!),
did a bit of surveying, went off to the Solomons as Supt of Marine for
5 years then 6 months at Dover with Stena to refresh my ticket then
Shetlands, thence Darwin in 94 as Director of Marine with the NT Government,
97 transferred to NT Emergency Service. Probably the BI days were the
best of all, I can hardly remember people from the RN or Army but somehow
BI characters are still fresh in the mind and one meets new friends
at each reunion, it is now almost 50 years ago which makes it rather
special. I will monitor the Logbook avidly in the future.Bot Salaams
Sunny Gurna, US - Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 23:27:01
I am surpised to find out that there was a ship
named " GURNA ". Many of these name sound
Indian. My native place is a very small ( less than 100 families ) village
in northern India. Till today I was under the imperession that thats
where all the Gurna's come from. I will thankful if anybody can guide
me to where can I get more information about that ship and how it got
its name. [Many BI ship names had their origin
in India and the Subcontinent. According to L&P, Gurna was named
after the town in Bihar of that name (now Ghurna) - Editor]
Macdonald, UK - Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 18:05:27
My Great Grandfather served on several BI Ships
between 1867 and 1873 India under James
Baxter, Mahratta under Duncan Scott, Cashmere
under James McCullen, Scotia under James
Avery, Himalaya under C D Atkinson Penang
and Busheer as Master, Punjaub
under Withers, Scotia and Ethiopia(1) as
Master. I have pictures of some of these in L & P (India, Himalaya,
Busheer and Ethiopia??) and some descriptions in L & P and elsewhere.
Does anyone know of any pictures of the others?
Charles Cook - Mon, 22 Sep 2003 12:56:21
My great, great grandfather John Joseph Royal
was a carpenter on board ss Henzada and was buried in the Red Sea on
Henzada 24, August 1887. Could you possibly
point me in a direction were I could find out more about the ship, particularly
voyage details and pictures. [
Perry British India Steam Navigation contains details of Henzada
and a photo - Editor]
Gill Eillis, Australia - Friday, September 19, 2003 at 03:05:44
My grandmother was a domestic servant on the ss
Waipara for the voyage 1910/1911. To Jessica
Winkelkolkotter US. I saw the passenger list at the Qld state archives
in Runcorn on the 15/9/03 but only took a copy of the relevant details
for my grand mother. Hope this helps you at all.
Hart, Australia - Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 04:15:35
Visited to out together a collection of pictures
of ships my father was an engineer on. We left the company to take up
a career as a land based marine engineer after being a Chief Engineer
with the BI. He worked Asia, the Middle East, and the Australia Japan
areas. My father William (Bill) Byers Hart passed away in Sydney Australia
Rorison, Australia - Wednesday, 17 Sep 2003 18:05:47
In 1942 I was an Engineer on Cathay when we had
to abandon ship, while in the lifeboat we were ordered to row to Karanja,╩I
was in charge at the time and I could see the the lights on shore so
we headed for them. I later heard that Karanja had been sunk. Obiviously
this is not true as I have learned from my Computer.Cathay of course,
was a P&╩O ship Just thought you might be interested. Iam now 83 & living
& Linda Simkins, UK - Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 14:19:52
enjoyed browsing through the website. Well done John (Prescott). We
think you need paying!! Happy memories.
Summerfield, Australia - Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 11:06:32
Engineers ex Nevasa
66/67 Pete smith Bill Smith Later a superintendant with a P&O group
company. where are they now?
Albert Ross, USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 02:40:20
Nothing but fond and happy memories remain about
my years "in" the BI. What an education and grounding into being a sailor
with respect for safety, truth and the elements.
Bulman, UK - Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 09:10:26
A brilliant and informative website, I have spent
many hours here looking at my old vessels and seeing their final destination.
Woodland - Sat, 13 Sep 2003 10:57:57
I was scrolling through the Logbook abstracts
and came across a request from Ian Graham on 03 July 2003 for pictures
of the Pundua╩╩and that╩you or someone
had added a picture - would you have Ian Graham's e-mail address as
I may have╩sailed with him and I couldn't╩find him in the list of members.
Myra King, Australia - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 05:35:41
This is a very interesting site. I was particularly
interested to see you had songs & verses. My Great grandfather James
John HAVINDEN, was a Lighterman on the River Thames, as was his father
and brothers. On another side of our family, a G G grandfather Charles
SOUNDY,was a barge builder, around Rotherhithe. J.J. Havinden sailed
his own vessell " Ebenezer " to Australia in 1854, arriving in January
1855. This was a 47 ft. sloop, which was built on the Thames in 1820.
John Williams, UK - Monday, September 8, 2003 at 21:07:46
served on Devonia
1962 to 1965 as plumber.I remember big Willy Cameron[ch lecky] and his
second Tony Sowerbutts.George Harper was second engineer but not initialy
he was third and later stepped up.I feel I ought to know Ivan Leitch
and Pete Durham but sorry fellers I cant recall you.Hardly surprising
it was a long time ago and a lot of water has passed under the bridge
since then.If any of you are struggling to remember me perhaps a little
reminder might be in order.I originally hail from Mersyside eventually
left Devonia shortly after marrying my wife Janet Mitchell [stewardess].If
any of you out there remember me and feel like getting in touch I would
be chuffed to hear from you.
Doreen Rafferty, USA - Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 13:42:44
searching for crew lists 1824 t0 1900 thanks doreen
ex womens royal navy
Steve Clarke, UK - Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at 14:25:12
Very evocative - opened up so many doors of good
times, some/few not so good times, and tons of nostalgia
Peter Hore, UK - Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at 10:40:27
I am writing the obituary for national (UK) newspaper
of Captain Charles William "Bill" Leadbetter who served in the BI Steam
Navigation Co approximate dates 1930-36 and 1946-1971. He commanded
18 BI ships in that time - does anyone remember him or can anyone tell
me which ships he commanded and and what routes, etc? Thank you.
Wiggs, UK - Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 12:33:59
Sailed on Buccleuch
(managed by Hain-Nourse) as D/app. then made up to u/cert. 3/0 when
original 3/0 paid off. Happy days. Excellent site.
Janet Wood, UK - Friday, August 29, 2003 at 08:40:49
entry which refers to the ships Aronda,
Barjora, Matiana, Nevasa, Karapara, Warfield, Tanfield, has
been removed at the correspondent's own request]
Tony Ekneligoda, Australia - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 09:01:01
Ex BI deck officer. 67/70. Presently Master on
large container vessels. Wish hear from es ship mates
Comyn, UK - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 12:50:23
Any body who was on the Galahad
with me please get in contact
Summerfield, Australia - Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 05:00:25
To be kept informed of BI events
Alistair Hewitt, USA - Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 02:16:55
Found this site to be great. Sir William MacKinnon
was my great uncle. It was interesting going through site and reading
about the company he founded.If anyone has any information about Sir
William and would like to share, I would be very grateful.
Brian Sims, UK - Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 11:25:03
The Chakdina was
sunk on 5th December 1941 by U81 off Sollum Egypt.She was carrying approx.300
British and New Zealand wounded troops plus 100 Axis P.O.W..200 survivors
were picked up by Farndale and Thorgrim. Amongst them was the German
Tank General Von Ravenstein who was a P.O.W. Ironically his escort Lt.Col
Bernays died in the sinking. A good account of the sinking is in the
book "Ravenstein" portrait of a German General by Rowland Ryder.
[Thanks Brian. This adds more information following enquiries here by
at least three people in the last year. See this and previous archive
pages - Ed]
Nur Serinken, Canada - Saturday, 23 Aug 2003 09:43:34
I am researching prisoner of war exchanges between Axis and Allies forces╩╩on
9th of May 1943╩╩at the port of Izmir (Smyrna) Turkey for an article.
Guichen (Cap Saint Jacques) under BI management
was one of the ships. I would be grateful if you have any information
about this vessel.
Simon Langlois, UK - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 01:00:13
My Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandfather Edward George Hacquoil
was a BI captain. He left BI in 1893 (after returning home from India,
after a 3 year trip, to find that he had had a child who had died at
just two and a half, having never seen its father.) I haven't been able
to find out anything about his career in BI up to that point, or in
which ships he served. Almost 100 years later, I followed in his footsteps
and ended up at sea with P&O. Unfortunately, by that time they had long
since stopped keeping old records, which may have had useful information.
Can anyone tell me where I might find out about my ancestor Captain
Hacquoil, and the ships on which he sailed?
Naseem Somji, UK - Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 03:29:21
Does anyone recall any record of a young Indian
stowaway called Ali(bhai) Manji, who boarded a ship bound for Uganda,
in the late 1800's? I'm trying to trace the history of my great-grandfather,
who left Jamnagar, Gujarat, India at the age of around 12, and went
on to build a fortune in Jinja, which was then usurped by business associates
when his truck was apparently sabotaged, resulting in my great-grandfather
losing his legs, and eventually his life. The names Bahadur Ali Mawji
and his wife Fatmabai have also been mentioned in passing. Please get
in touch, even if you think it may be insignificant.
Neil Morse, Australia - Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 10:35:23
I am seeking any details relating to Captain A
F G Warrington RNR. I understand he was Master of Nirpura
and he is stated to have been on the Burma run. His headstone mentions
'Late Captain British India S Nav Coy Ltd'. He died in 1950. Any assistance
appreciated. to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deirdre McDougall, Australia - Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 04:08:33
I'm still trying to find a manifest of crews aboard
Dorunda & Merkara
seem to be getting nowhere fast maybe I'm looking in the wrong places
any years pre 1885 would be helpful
Alistair Blair, UK - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 11:07:28
Can anyone advise what happened to the works of
art including Smoke room inlay on Uganda?
Indeed similarly Kenya...I had twelve wonderful
trips on Uganda with NTS and miss the ship terribly! Thanks
Inormation received:1. "I acquired (legitimately)
the carved wooden figure of a bulldog which was mounted in a niche in
the Promenade Deck foyer in Kenya." TK. 2. "When 'KENYA' went
for scrap at Civitaveccia RM got hold of the 'Cornucopia' marquetry
from the Dining Room staircase. Saw it on his lounge wall in Melbourne."
RW. 3. "I was assured by a current employee of the P&0, not residing
in the US I add due to the current witch hunting climate here in UK,
that the tusks presented to SS Uganda by the Kabaka of Buganda reside
resplendent adjacent to Lord Sterlings throne in the Pall Mall office."
Vinod Chohan, Switzerland - Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 14:54:24
I was interested in ships I have travelled like
KAMPALA between E .Africa & India in the
'50's & '60's I think your statistics/demolition date for KARANJA or
AMRA may have some error?
Wilson, UK - Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 12:11:21
Message for Ralph Wood. We served on the Aska
in 72-73. Are you still with the Oman Navy? Please get in touch. EMail
Tim Comyn, UK - Sunday, August 3, 2003 at 19:10:28
in 1960 served on dwarka devonia sir galahad,
etc anybody there
Ward, Oman - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 11:15:33
A merchant ship was torpedoed in Muscat harbour
by a Japanese submarine on 28 June 1943, sinking at her anchorage. Local
history names her as either the "Dahpu" or the "Dahiu" and that she
belonged to the BI line. Your excellent website does not seem to mention
her and I wonder if anybody is able to cast some light on this puzzle?
Winkworth, UK - Monday, July 28, 2003 at 21:39:16
My Dad, Micheal, was First Mate on the Rajula
until she was sold. He died in 1992, and my Mum, Celia, would love to
get hold of the words of the BI grace that was said, she thinks, on
Channel nights on the cadet ships. If anyone has them, or can remember
them, it would be great if you could e-mail them to me.
[1. Michael Winkworth was on the Chindwara and I do not remember any
grace on Channel nights, but it was a long time ago. I sailed with Mike
again on one of the "S" about the time Simon was born. RKJ. 2. The only
recollection of recital at Channels night aboard Chindwara, was when
Merv Hutton did a complete rendition of 'Eskimo Nell' . Those were the
James Cockburn, UK - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 17:33:43
John Robertson Australia. Sadly unsble to help
on your ex chief E. Have no knowledge of him nor any family name contact.
My own father was killed whilst we were infants and thereafter little
contact with that side of the family. Mothers side however were Robertsons
an she and my grandparents hailed from Shetland. Many Shetlanders ended
up in Aus and Nz. This BI Logbook has prompted me to wonder of the whereabouts
of ex shipmates. Recall on Joining Chinkoa
as a panchsab under eck number Glenday.
McDougall, Australia - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 06:11:52
Reading thru archives I found a Lyn Guest June
2003 & Tracy Stokes NZ may 2003 we all have the same interest in the
Dorunda & Merkara
1880's I have looked up the passenger lists in state library Melbourne
& have found my links to family could these 2 ladies email me as I would
like to know more about these 2 ships
Mario Grima, UK - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 20:15:25
I was on a school trip aboard SS Nevasa
in 1971/2, from Grendon Road School Birmingham. A film crew was aboard
and made a documentary called "And Teddy Bear Comes Too". I am trying
to find a copy of the film. Can anyone help me?
Derek Hargreaves, UK - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 20:54:53
Reference Roger Haddock's query of 6 May 2003
- The Signal Letters (Call Sign) of the Dunera
McDougall, Australia - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 06:10:39
I would like to know about the trips Dorunda
did to India and Australia my Great Grandfather John Robertson was a
shipwright and made several trips to countries above he came to Australia
Ian Fears, UK - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 14:50:01
enjoyed my short time with BI was ro on CHUPRA
when scrapped in Hong Kong and then for a short time on Amra , always
thought BI was better than most companies.
Patrick Rozario, UK - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 11:45:56
sailed with Bi from 1948 1953as engineer
Alberto Cunto, Italy Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 17:10:33
For Zaza Gurri. The Talamba
ship was a full hospital ship, bombed juli 10, 22.05 hours, near Avola.
Sunk 5 miles off shore. 400 patients were saved but 5 member of 168
crew were lost for injuries. For other information contact me to e-mail
Bill Jones, Australia - Friday, July 11, 2003 at 03:53:02
Traveled to Thailand and back on Maxwell
Brander 1964. Interested in sailing dates for history of Aust
Ivor Lloyd, UK - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 20:39:15
A few weeks ago I met up with Walter Blewer after
59years. He was a Cadet on the SURADA and
I was a Radio Officer. We last saw each other when the Surada was torpedoed
by U188 on 26th January 1944.
David Jones, UK - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 15:36:38
Nice to see the ships again. I'm sitting here
in my office with 2 pictures of the Karanja
(I was uncert 3rd mate there) and the Manora
(still in BI colours)
John Robertson, Australia - Sunday, July 6, 2003 at 01:58:50
James Cockburn, are you any relation to Tom Cockburn.
He was my Cheif Engineer on the Chyebassa
in the sixties. My email email@example.com
Max Farrugia, Malta - Saturday, July 5, 2003 at 21:39:54
I really enjoyed surfing this webpage. I managed
to find some infomation on the subject I need but be very happy if anyone
can send me details on the following four ships. (a) Talma,
(b) eridan (c) battory, (d) breconshire. If anyone need any information
i can help if i already possess the information. Photos apprecaited
too. I am looking for information regarding the TALMA which was a BI
ship in service between 1923 and 1949. Since i need this information
for a thesis i am preparing for my university studies i will be very
much pleased if you can send me details as much as possible. Pictures
during her war services are apprecaited. Thanks in advance
Graham, UK - Thursday, July 3, 2003 at 11:40:54
I would love to find a picture(s) of mv Pundua.
Can anyone help?
Cockburn, UK - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 20:38:25
on Chinkoa, Dara,
and Orna . Thereafter with BP and laterly
Anchor Line , Glasgow. A blast from the past
Roger Haddock, UK Monday, June 16, 2003 at 15:09:43
Hi all the B.I people out there, I wonder if anyone
can help. I was a passenger on Cruise 126 SS Nevasa
in 1965. Whist we were on board a film crew from Cygnet films was making
a documentary about our cruise. I cant remember what it was called but
I would dearly like to find a copy as I am featured on several places.
Cygnet films went into Liquidation some years ago so no joy tracing
them, if anyone knows of a copy please email me and let me have the
details I would love to get it on video.
Rachana Jadhav, UK - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 13:35:10
I am researching the SS Kampala
and SS Karanja for Tamasha theatre company.
We are putting on a play about the generation of young asians who came
over in the late sixties and are looking for any photographs of the
inside of any of these two particular ships. It would be great to get
some insight in to what went on onboard, the parties etc if anyone can
help it would be appreciated and of course complimentary tickets to
the show would not go amiss. Thank you its been good to hear all the
John Aaron, Australia - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 07:00:47
My brother, Leslie Aaron, served in the Mulbera
from December 1943 to December 1944 as Fifth Engineer. The info I have
gathered to date from your excellent website has given me a starting
point on the ship's details, but I would be interested in hearing from
anyone who sailed in her (particulary in 1943/44) and possibily, anyone
who may have a photo of the ship. You are providing a valuable service
to all those interested in the sea. Although I sailed under the White
Ensign for 23 years.
Lyn Guest, Australia - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 07:20:01
My great great Grandparents Henry and Ann Gordon
sailed from Plymouth to Australia in 1882 in the ship the Dorunda,
arriving in Brisbane on 21st September 1882. They had their son William
and daughter Rachael with them and I don't know how many other family
members travelled with them. I cannot find any trace in the Passenger
Lists for that particular voyage.
John Wetherell - Sunday, June 8, 2003 at 18:23:07
My Father, Jack Wetherell was an Engineering Officer
(3rd) in The BI after WW2 and into the Early 50s. He has passed on,
and have been going through some old photos, he thought highly of his
time sailing with the BI
Don Pescud, Australia - Saturday, June 7, 2003 at 09:07:55
I am researching the voyage of the Hospital Ship
KAROA which sailed from Singapore to Melbourne
Australia via Fremantle carrying ex-POWs (Australian).The Karoa sailed
from Singapore mid to late July 1945. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
George Taylor, Australia - Thursday, June 5, 2003 at 06:26:52
Only just discovered this great site. Sailed on
Zaza Gurri, Italy - Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 12:20:31
would like know about the Talamba [shown
left] ship sunk or lost of Sicily, because I would to create
one database only for Sicily. I'm a scuba diving, and maybe I discovered
the Talamba thank's for your future informations. sorry for my bad English
Sallahudin Chaudhri, UK - Monday, June 2, 2003 at 13:59:05
having travelled by Karanja
and Kampala from Mombasa to karachi and
stopping over at sychells i feel very copassionate about these lovely
ships which fascinated me during my child hood voyages. My dad worked
for East African Railways & Harbours which gave us the opertunitytotravel
on these lovely ships
Lin Ashford, UK - Sunday, June 1, 2003 at 03:26:54
If you served aboard SS Nevasa
in either her troopship or educational cruise role, please visit our
new forum at http://www.voy.com/148833 and find old friends and colleagues.
A new website dedicated to Nevasa is under construction and if you have
an materials that would be useful in our research we would be grateful
if you would consider helping us in our research.
Irving, UK - Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 16:40:31
I sailed on Merkara, Manora
& Morvada as 1EEO just after the ''gold
rush''!!! after which the ships became P& O Strath M,s There aren't
many names I recognise on the log entries,sailed with Dave Macvicker
log entry's in 2002.Happy times on The ''M's Hope to see some more entries
in future lets get it going!!!
Frank Erhorn, UK - Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 12:47:41
Delighted to find names I remember on the site.
John Van Horn yes I did marry that girl and am with her still 35 years
on. Only SHE was from Newton Abbot and I was from Newcastle. I met you
on KENYA not Uganda. Also pleased to see
extracts from Lyndon Johnson and Phil Incledon . I still have photos
of you two at a party in my cabin on KENYA . Also nice to see an extract
from Alec (THE LAIRD) Malcolm.If anyone wants to get in touch or you
want a copy of the photo(s) my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to hear from you.
Roger Haddock, UK - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 11:45:08
Excellent website very informative - Former voyage
crew cruise 126 SS Nevasa and later on
Don Williams, UK - Monday, May 26, 2003 at 23:43:18
I have a photograph postcard of the British India
SN Co M.S. Dilwara. I was a passenger on
her when she sail from Southampton UK to Aden in 1959. I would be happy
to share it with anyone to whom it would be of interest..
Don Pescud, Australia - Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 11:01:35
I am researching the voyage of the hospital ship
KAROA which sailed from Singapore to Melbourne
(Australia) via Fremantle late July 1945 bringing Australian POW,s back
home. Any information of this voyage would be greatly appreciated.
Shyamal, Germany - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 00:13:59
My father was a ship surjeon in BI ships, probably
from 1930 till the war broke out and after the war till about 1949.
He was a doctor, and his name was Dr. Banerjee.
I quite often remember hearing names like Amra,
etc. Can any body tell me the name of the ships where he was working
as a doctor and approx. the routes the ships took ? My father died sometime
ago, and can anybody give me some info.
Tracey Stobie, New Zealand - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 03:42:55
Researching Great Great Grandfather who was Master
of Dorunda 1882-83 and Merkara,
also 1st mate on Chyebassa.
Bill Highams, UK - Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at 09:26:40
A very good idea to keep some of us oldies in
touch and hear from later employees.
Haddock, UK - Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 22:01:09
Hi, I am looking for the Radio callsigns for :
SS Nevasa , SS Uganda
& SS Dunera. Former passenger cruise 126
(1965) on Nevassa ,now a marine and aeronautical radio operator. Hope
someone can help [Nevasa: GPQV, Uganda: GFRQ -
William Rait, UK - Friday, May 2, 2003 at 15:33:47
My father, also William Rait, served from 1941
til the ship's sinking in Nov 1942 as Lt.Commander. Pre-war he had also
served in the company as 1st engineer.
It was HMS Karanja and it was acting as
a troop ship in the Operation Torch landings in North Africa and was
sunk on the night of 10/11 nov 1942. I'm not sure of the other ships
but I do know that in the late 20's & early 30's he was sailing to India
& sub continent. I also should tell you that he survived the attack
but was invalided out to the RN reserve after several months in hospital.
He finally died in 1968,and although he could never bring himself to
return to the sea, he always carried a mariner's true love for it.
Peter Glass, France - Friday, May 2, 2003 at 20:40:02
Fascinating to be able to look back over so many
years on the ships of the B.I. and those who sailed in them including
ex shipmates of yesteryear
Jos Stirling, UK - Friday, May 2, 2003 at 13:01:14
Looking for my Grandad's ship - he was Captain
of Nowshera along with others
John van Horn, UK - Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 20:23:06
I remember you Frank Erhorn,on the Uganda,
from Newton Abbott if my memory serves. Did you marry that girl?
Murray Spranklin, Australia - Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 16:32:16
I believe my Grandmother Sarah Murray arrived
in Australia from Ireland on the Quetta's
last voyage.Would appreciate any Information how to access the passenger
David Humpreys, South Korea - Friday, April 25, 2003 at 14:15:29
Great to see so many names of old shipmates and
brought back good memories of my time onboard ths Carpentaria,
and Chindwara.(1966 - 1971)
Woolstencroft, UK - Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 15:58:25
Enjoy the Aukland Reunion Captain Peter Farrel
(Hertford) at sale 2nd Mate Gordon Wood (Carpentaria)1972
Look after Jim Slater & wife
Haywood, UK - Tue, 22 Apr 2003 14:05:23 +0100
In late 2002, it was decided to form a non-profit making Concert and
Marching Band to support the Merchant Navy Association and its members
and, to help keep the Red Ensign proudly flying in the eye of the general
public. The idea has been warmly welcomed by both the MNA and by the
Shipping Industry itself. Although an independent, amateur organisation,
the Band has been accorded the great privilege of adopting the title
of The Staff Band of The Merchant Navy and it has, as its President,
the Commodore of The Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
The Band is a military concert and marching band,comprised of Brass
and Woodwind instruments with a small Corps of Drums for marching. All
members of the Band have a good standard of playing ability and some
are former members of HM Forces Bands. With its nucleus of ex-HM Forces
musicians, for those joining the Band with little practical musical
ability or experience, the Band provides and excellent educational opportunity
for such members to acquire high standards in drill, deportment, musicianship
and stand discipline; all qualities that are traditionally associated
with professional Military Bands. The services of the Band have already
been requested for a number of concert and marching engagements. These
include an invitation to feature at the Merchant Navy Service of Remembrance
at Tower Hill, London on Sunday 7th September 2003. An invitation has
also been extended to the Band to provide the music for the Annual Service
of the British and International Sailors' Society at St Columba's Church,
Knightsbridge, London in June 2004. [The band
has already received some financial support but more is needed. Contact
Peter Haywood at Pjhaywood@btopenworld.com ]
Frank Erhorn, UK - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 11:01:37
Excellent web page,especially for ex BI staff
such as myself. It evokes such great memories.
J Horsford, UK - Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 15:41:30
Now youthful pensioner novice internet fascinated
find BI logbook links having served Purers Department Dilwara,
Kenya, Uganda, Devonia and Nardana
1959 to 1962 before emigrating Rhodesia. Have wonderful memories ships
and shipmates whom I'd love to hear from? (eg Hadji Reed and others)
Linda Prince, UK - Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 00:14:11
Spent 3 happy and informative trips aboard SS
Nevasa 1972/3 and 4 - many happy memories.
I am setting up a Nevasa Reunited site if anyone is interested, contact
me on email email@example.com
Bob Kimmings, UK - Friday, April 18, 2003 at 16:55:40
John V H, remember the Juna,
especially one 3rd Mate 'Cunard'and his Christmas ditty shortly before
being sent home!!! Contact me on Bobovallum@aol.com
John van Horn, UK - Saturday, April 12, 2003 at 21:18:00
peter farrel.sailed with you on Sirdhana
1966,i.w crawford captain,bunn bennnet 3rd c.c read fellow cadet, byczkow
3/0/e very good memories running up and down the gulf. would be good
to hear from any of you
Pattenden, Australia - Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 11:04:03
Having checked the logbook on numerous occasions,
notice many requesting contacts with shipmates without leaving a contact
address themselves. For about 5 years now I have been compiling lists
for Australasia [300 names & addresses]. A world list of names, [139
pages, with about 10% names] and attempting to list all trips on the
Cadetships. If anyone wishes to add any
of their contact details on the lists it would be appreciated. Also
if you wish details of a certain person, I may be able to help. My contact
details are e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org I'm still working at sea,
so if at work a reply may take a while as I have to get to an Internet
cafe. Always interesting reading the latest comments.
Jeffries, Australia - Sunday, April 6, 2003 at 02:31:32
A really good site to belong to, I have been fortunate
enough to make contact,with my best man when I got married while serving
on the MV Chanda. I am still trying to
locate some ships that my wifes grandparents migrated to Australia on
in 1887/1888, they are the SS Chyebassa,
SS Jumna, SS Bulimba
and SS Taroba, ( all BI ships ), if anybody
can help me locate a source of obtaining photographs and full detail
about these ships, I would be muched obliged.Whilst in the BI, I sailed
on the SS Nowshera, SS Nardana
and MS Chanda. [Full
details of all these ships are contained in Laxon & Perry's British
India Steam Navigation Company book, an new edition of which has just
been published by Ninety North. Go to http://www.ninetynorth.com/books
to find more information about the book and an order form - Editor]
Robbie Burns, UK - Friday, April 4, 2003 at 12:08:15
After leaving HMS Conway in 1960, served my appreticeship
in Ellenga, Bombala and Chantala.
Failed to get through the eye test for 2nd Mate and went into the RAF!
Mathew Daniel, UAE - Thursday, April 3, 2003 at 12:34:31
After reading all the articles, my memories went
back to the good old days and the good times that I spent on board B.I.
vessels. Also, it gave me an opportunity to recollect and remember old
friends with whom I sailed.
Lynda Hughes, UK - Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at 22:05:37
I am desperate to find the seamans records.of
my great grandad. Andrew Dodd born 1857. I found him on the 1881 census
age 24 living in stockport. He was born in bebington cheshire.I have
tried all avenues i know