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Hello and welcome to the SS Uganda message board.
I hope that if you have sailed on the Uganda that you will use this message board
to post your recollections of your time on board. Maybe your looking for class mates
or if you where aboard at the time of the Falklands war your memories would also be welcome.
Looking for friends /shipmates/forces friends or want to trade memorabilia relating to SS Uganda then post it here.

BTW I`m looking for the cardboard cut-out model
that used to be sold in the ships souvenir shop.

( I sailed on her in Feb 1979 with the Northampton School for Boys .)

Yours ,
Ashley

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Subject: October 68


Author:
Stephen L
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Date Posted: 02:45:10 11/10/08 Mon

Hello
Does anyone remember the cruise of 68, sailed from Liverpool in October and called in at the following, La Corruna:Tangiers:Gibraltar and finally Lisbon.I believe there were over 1100 pupils from the northwest of England on board,I and about twenty other boys, represented Woodchurch Secondary Modern for Boys
Had some brilliant times all for the princely sum of 42.00

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Subject: 1968 cruise from Liverpool


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Stephen langton
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Date Posted: 15:07:46 09/03/11 Sat

Hello
Looking to make contact with anyone that was on the cruise that set sail in October from Liverpool, calling in at the ports of La Coruna, Tangiers,Gibraltar and Lisbon
The cruise catered for schools from the north-west of England and cost 42.00 if my memory serves me right, had some wonderful times and where trusted to view the places we docked at on our own,mind you the world was a different place then.
Best Regards
Steve

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Subject: Music cruise Sept 1974


Author:
Julie Harland
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Date Posted: 16:57:34 02/13/11 Sun

Does anyone remember this cruise in 1974?
SS Uganda sailed from Liverpool to Santander, Ceuta, Gibraltar and Vigo- we were suposed to go to Casablanca but a cholera outbreak put paid to that.It was a 10 day cruise and we (the school children ) were all part of choirs- SATB, SSA, and orchestras and gave concerts on the ship and in the caves in Gibraltar- it was a fantastic experience- Vigo and also in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on our return. It was my second trip abroad and an amazing experience I shall never forget. I fell in love with cruising and listening to music whilst looking out to sea. Unfortunately I had to wait 29 years before I would go on another cruise and have now been on several more!

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Subject: Mediterranean Cruise Nov-Dec `72 (?)


Author:
Dan O
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Date Posted: 05:51:31 03/16/15 Mon

Reading all these posts has brought back some wonderful but faded memories. I flew with a group of high school chums from Toronto to Gatwick, thence on an aging Dan Air Comet to Naples where a group of us boarded the Uganda. A long trip with little sleep, but so exciting for a kid who'd never been on a plane nor even out of Northern Ontario. Got quite nauseas almost as soon as we cleared the harbour. The food was awful. The accommodations were Spartan and crowded, (Stanhope) but what a great time we all had! Visited Pompei, Malta, Rhodes, Athens, Corinth, Dubrovnik and Venice. Still have a box full of souvenirs from that trip. I'd love to hear from anyone else who was on that cruise.

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Subject: SS Uganda


Author:
Moira Currie
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Date Posted: 23:55:15 10/11/17 Wed

Was on a cruise as a teacher in June (?) 1977 visiting Lisbon, Madeira and Casablanca.
So many years ago I can't remember where we left from! I do however remember crossing the Bay of Biscay with 40 odd pupils vomiting into every available receptacle.

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Subject: update


Author:
neil lindsay
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Date Posted: 09:00:12 11/24/18 Sat

its been 50 years since i was on the Uganda cruise ,,wish i could do it again,,,sailed from Greenock ,to Azores, Madiera,and Vigo,,all for 30quid,,and the memories of these places still remain in my mind,,thanks for having this message board its good to write down your experience,

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Subject: Re: 1971 December Cruise


Author:
Tudor (Thomas-Davies)
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Date Posted: 16:28:04 11/20/18 Tue

Hi, I was on this one but I thought it was Nov/Dec 1970. Am I wrong?

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Subject: UPDATE !!! - SS Uganda - Educational Cruise - May 1980 - UPDATE !!!


Author:
Dave
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Date Posted: 03:44:59 04/17/12 Tue

UPDATE !!! - SS Uganda - Educational Cruise - May 1980 - UPDATE !!!

First off - Remember The "Tuck Shop" ?

My Original Post is Here : <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.voy.com/71354/436.html">http://www.voy.com/71354/436.html</a>

So After doing a bit of research from various places along with matching locations
with the photos i took I've been able to piece together a bit more detail about my cruise
aboard the Uganda in May 1980. I Should have filled in my "Young Mariner's Cruise Journal".

Hope this update it's of interest ...

The Cruise Number was - 079
The Mungo Park Dorm was on the Port Side ( left ) behind the Funnel down on 'B' Deck
Wish i could remember my Bunk Number ( Mungo Park had 28 Berths ).

Below is a 'slighty' more detailed list of the Countries & Ports Of Call visited including Dates.
( Although a few gaps are still missing - I just can't find the info ).
Along with some of the places visited & some memories of that time marked with a * in brackets.

As well as the list below I also recall :-
Mr Skipp - Our Party Leader / Teacher.
Lots of Laughs onboard Uganda ( Common Room, On Deck, Dorm etc. ) and ashore on outings.
Sadly though we had to wear school uniform on outings - We weren't happy about that at all !
We were let loose in a Souk & or Bazaar, not sure where though ( maybe Turkey ).
A few Museums were visited, again can't recall where ( one maybe in Athens ).
Bartering - Don't you just miss being able to have a good old Haggle ?
Buying Bottles of Coke from street vendors & wondering if we were going to get "The Trots" ( I didn't ! ).

Greece ( 14th May - 1980 )
Port = Athens ( Piraeus ) ( * Very Busy, Lots of Mercedes Cars & Hot, Very Hot ! ).
Mouseion Hill - Philopappos Monument. ( * My First good view of the Acropolis ).
The Acropolis ( * My First good view of the Mouseion Hill ).
The Parthenon, Old Temple of Athena etc. on the Acropolis ( * Steep Path up but Worth it ! ).

Greece ( 15th May )
Port = Volos ( * A Crazy Coach Drive in the hills to visit Monasteries ).
I think it was the Meteora Monasteries in Thessaly ( * Was an Amazing Place ! ).

Turkey ( 16th May )
Port = Izmir
Ephesus ( * The Celsus Library was impressive - but The Grand Amphitheatre = Wow ! ).
House of the Virgin Mary on Mount Koressos ( * Small ).

Sicily ( 19th May )
Port = Syracuse ( Siracusa )
( * The Coach Drivers Cigarettes ! - Everyone else went to see piles of bones somewhere ).
The Cathedral of Syracuse ( The Greek Temple of Athena ).

Tunisia ( 20th May )
Port = I recall Tunis but the Lloyds Voyage Records say that Bizerta was the port of call, so not 100% sure.
Still visited the Cathedral Of Saint Louis on Byrsa Hill at Carthage.
Sidi Bou Said ( * Everywhere - White & Blue Buildings & The No 1 Place to Haggle ).

Gibraltar ( 23rd May )
Port = Gibraltar ( * Horses with Carriages & Monkeys ).

Portugal ( 24th May )
Port = Lisbon ( * Locals wanting to buy my camera - A Kodak Instant Camera ).
Monument to the Discoveries ( * Big Harbour Side ... um, Monument & More Camera related hassle ).
Christo Rei - Christ Statue ( * Nearly fell off a cliff taking the photo ).

The Bay Of Biscay ( * ROUGH - Wasn't Sea Sick ! ).

Southhampton ( 27th May ) ( * The End - Of what was a Great Adventure ! ).

A Tad Brief - But I Hope you enjoyed this update.

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Subject: S S Uganda school trip, 1967 Spain, Greece, Crete, Turkey Italy


Author:
Jane Armitage
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Date Posted: 22:16:14 11/02/18 Fri

I enjoyed a trip in 1967 I was one of two people from
Framingham Earl high school. I would be interested to hear from anyone who was on this cruise. My maiden name was Jane Thoroughgood.

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Subject: Mombasa to Tilbury, London - October/November 1964


Author:
Anna Morgan (nee Pean) (Fond memories)
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Date Posted: 14:47:51 10/23/18 Tue

My parents, elder sister and I left Kenya in 1964 on the SS Uganda, this was before it was a cruise ship, it was the means of transport from Kenya to England. Such luxury, we were in First Class, large en suite cabins with windows opening onto the deck. My sister was 20 and I was 17, we both had a wonderful time, three weeks of fun.

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Subject: SS Uganda. To Egypt


Author:
Wanda (⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴)
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Date Posted: 00:49:55 10/11/18 Thu

Well Neil think we must of had similar dream , but glad to say I went on that cruise loved the experience . Then a navy boy/man . Keep dreaming

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Subject: SS Uganda Christmas cruise


Author:
Rebecca Kinnersley
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Date Posted: 12:02:50 12/11/17 Mon

Hi Everyone,
Does anyone remember a cruise in December 1980? We flew to Athens then went on to Rhodes, Haifa (Bethlehem and Jerusalem), Corfu, Dubrovnik (before all the bloody bullet holes in the beautiful stone work) then Taormina in Sicily and finally Malta. I cannot remember my dorm. I was from Alsager Comprehensive, and we shared with a bunch of girls from Birmingham. Apologies, but they bullied the shit out of us and I was terrified the whole time. My sister was sick as a dog and ended up in the hospital for 3 days. I was just seasick. I remember doing an ad-hoc fancy dress and seeing the teacher end of the ship - a world away! I lost a ton of weight as food was so lousy. I remember everyone slowly getting off the bus in Rhodes and someone racing to back to tell us there was a cafe that did cheese on toast and we all legged it there!
The weather was vile and most kids were sea sick a lot of the time.
Despite this, it was an amazing journey. It inspired a lifetime of travel for me. To date, I have lived in 6 different countries!
My other abiding memory is of the youngest crew member ringing in the new year. His name was Nick Hardesty, and I lusted after him for years - LOL! Needless to say, he never even knew I existed. I wonder if he stayed in the Merchant Navy or moved on?
Anyway, all the best to my fellow cruise-ees wherever you are.
Becca Hennard

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Subject: Baltic Cruise, 1968 ish


Author:
Simon Fisher (Time of my life)
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Date Posted: 02:11:31 03/17/12 Sat

From Tilbury to Visby, Leningrad (with optional trip to Moscow via train), Copenhagen and Oslo, returning to Southampton after a stormy crossing.Memories of swedish girls in Visby and buying my mum a tea strainer. Had a talk from Valentina Tereshcova - the 1st female cosmonaut and her husband, can,t remember his name but he did the 1st space walk. Bottle of vodka on the train to Moscow, became a communist for a bit. Evening time in Tivoli gardens and some amazing bubble fountains, and the sail up Oslo fjord. Loved every minute, one of my golden memories. All came back when I saw the old girl laid up near King Harry ferry on the Fal, tinged with sadness to see the transport of my dreams rusting away. Bit like I am.

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Subject: MED CRUISE NOV 1976


Author:
Steve Nicholls (HAPPY GOOD TIMES)
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Date Posted: 17:26:05 08/10/08 Sun

I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GO ON THE UGANDA AS A PUPIL OF PRIORY BOYS SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TAUNTON SOMERSET DURING NOVEMBER 1976
AT THAT AGE YOU DONT FULLY REALISE HOW LUCKY WE WERE TO HAVE SUCH A TRIP, I COULD NOT AFFORD ANYTHING LIKE IT TODAY, THINGS THAT STICK IN MY MIND EVEN TODAY WERE THE LEVELS OF POVERTY IN CAIRO, AND THE TUTANKAMUN EXEBITION THAT WAS ON IN THE CAIRO MUSEUM AT THE TIME.
I CANT REMEMBER ALL THE PLACES THAT WE WENT, AND I HAVE NO PHOTOS OF THE TRIP THEY HAVE ALL BEEN LOST OVER THE YEARS, YOU KNOW HOW IT IS.
MY GREATEST MEMORY WAS OF A GIRL I MET ON THE CRUISE, SHE WAS FROM WILTSHIRE, DOWNTON SECONDARY SCHOOL NEAR SALISBURY,I ALSO REMEMBER HER TWO MATES LINDA AND JULIE, I KEPT IN TOUCH WITH THE GIRL I MET AND EVENTUALLY MARRIED HER IN 1980 WE WERE TOGETHER FOR 24 YEARS MARRIED FOR 20 AND HAD TWO KIDS, NOW GROWN UP WITH KIDS OF THERE OWN, THATS A FEW OF MY MEMORIES OF THE UGANDA, AND YES I REMEMBER THE SEA SICKNESS I WAS NOT INVOLVED IT DOES NOT EFFECT ME BUT I REMEMBER PLENTY THAT IT DID, IT WAS THE CREW I FELT SORRY FOR THEY WERE RUNNING ALL OVER WITH MOPS AND BUCKETS. ALSO THE JUKE BOX APART FROM ROD STEWARTS SAILING, IT WAS THAT PAUL NICHOLAS SONG DANCING WITH THE CAPTAIN, AND MUSIC BY JOHN MILES, WHO REMEMBERS THE PLAYS I PLAYED THE PART OF A RICH ARAB BUYING WOMEN IN THE MARKET, THEY WOULD NOT LET ME TAKE ONE HOME THOUGH, OH WELL HAPPY DAYS. ALL THE BEST FROM STEVE NICHOLLS, fatboyonamoped@live.co.uk

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Subject: Cruise Cut Short April 1982


Author:
Chris Brassett (Faded memories)
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Date Posted: 20:39:40 08/14/09 Fri

I was on the last educational S.S.Uganda cruise in April 1982 that was cut short by the Falklands conflict.
I remember embarking from Venice and disembarking at Naples, after singing "Rule Britannia", with the rest of the passengers,however there is one particular stop that I cannot recall the name of, somewhere in Greece.

If anyone can help me out here I would be grateful, as I feel stupid saying that I've been to Greece and don't know where.

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Subject: Remember what Dorm you stayed in ?


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SS Uganda Fan
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Date Posted: 00:39:53 02/11/16 Thu

Thought it would be fun for everyone that visits this great forum and that stayed in a domitory aboard the SS Uganda to mention it here ... To get the ball rolling ... Mungo Park.

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Subject: Uganda - Christmas 1976 Holy Land


Author:
Greg Fosty
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Date Posted: 00:35:11 09/13/18 Thu

There were two Canadian groups that were on the cruise that Christmas; one from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and ours from Kamloops, British Columbia.
We flew out of Vancouver and spent three days in London before we left Gatwick for Brindisi, Italy. From there it was onto Delphi, Greece, Haifa, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Athens, Turkey, Kios and finally Malta.
Lots of memories of that trip whether it was being called "damn Canadians" by ship staff when we boarded the boat, being mugged in Athens at a bar by the owner and his four prostitutes ( and his 6'5" bouncer) and having to borrow a money to catch a bus to the Port of Piraeus or meeting a girl from England ( Diane Wheatcroft), funny how you can remember some names from 40 years ago but not people you met 5 minutes earlier. I learned a lot about life in the three weeks we were away from home.
I would like to hear from others if they were on the ship and what their experiences were like.

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Subject: holy land cruise


Author:
kev perry
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Date Posted: 18:34:29 02/11/07 Sun

Hi was anyone on the mediterranean cruise in december 1976/1977 i cant remember .We flew from gatwick to Pireaus in Athens did the holy land gibralter greek islands ,Naples and pompeii.Iwas with the grove school in sussex and would to hear from anybody on this trip.

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Subject: SS UGANDA Christmas 1976


Author:
Clark Warden (Great memories)
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Date Posted: 16:59:30 02/05/07 Mon

It was great to find a forum dedicated to those who experience cruising aboard the good old SS Uganda. I was on the Christmas 1976 cruise to the Holyland. I'm sitting here thinking of all the things I remember and it's quite surprising all the little memories that come flooding back from over 30 years ago. 30 years ago!?!? Crikey, that's scarey!! The trip was an inter-schools group from Northern Ireland. I had just turned 15 and was the only pupil from my school, Friends' School Lisburn. Most of the group were from Bangor Grammar School. We went on a weekend break prior to the cruise so that everyone could get to know each other. I remember we flew out on 18 December 1976 from Belfast to Brindisi on the very southern tip of Italy via a DanAir comet. From Italy the itinery was Antalya in Turkey, Piraeus in Greece, Haifa in Israel, Kos in the Greek Islands and Malta. I'm not sure if that's the correct order. We were supposed to go to Beirut but a lot of trouble started there and it was cancelled. There are lots of little random memories that are springing to mind here... playing deck hockey on the longer journeys between ports and loosing quite a few of the pucks made of rope over board, a horrendous storm in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, some poor girl dropping her camera into the sea as we boarded one of the motor boats to take us from ship to port; smuggling bottles of Ouzo on board and having our dorms searched by the crew. They never did find our bottles that were well hidden around the pipes; Raiding some of the girls dorms in the middle of the night; catching a bad cold and loosing my voice for about 5 days which was awful; the cold pork pies that we got with the pack lunch; the food on board; the great on board discos in the evening; memorable songs include Dancing Queen by Abba, Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee, and of course Sailing by Rod Stewart which always ended the nights. Watching Bugsy Malone in the onboard cinema; riding a camel in Jerusalem; a torrential rain storm in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve night; Our muster station was called Young Husband and we had a pin badge to wear; all members of our dorm being up in front of the Captain for unchaining someones bed and throwing it into one of the swimming pools... terrible; the great banter in the dorms in the evening; the 7 inch vinyl record that we all got on departure; running across the runway at Malta airport to catch the flight home, which we almost missed... and so many more great memories. I haven't seen any of my fellow cruisers since we broke up at the end of the trip. I wonder where they all are? Clark Warden.

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Subject: Cruise to Holy Land


Author:
Anita Hodgkiss
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Date Posted: 15:19:53 08/01/14 Fri

I was fortunate to sail on the Uganda in January of 1978...I think. We flew from Gatwick to Athens and visited Bodrum in Turkey and then sailed into Haifa. I remember visiting Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Such an amazing country. We ended up in Malta where we flew back to Gatwick. I was at Turves Green Girls School. I remember a fancy dress thing that we all joined in with because it enabled us to go onto the areas where the teachers stayed. Happy memories.

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Subject: SS Uganda Cruise 259 23/11 - 07/12/1971


Author:
Jenny Burrows nee Winstone
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Date Posted: 12:28:55 08/16/18 Thu

Just found this forum, sailed from Leghorn Italy, Piraeus Greece, Rhodes, Beirut, Haifa, Venice. We flew home from Venice but were delayed by a day stuck in Venice harbour because of thick fog. Had an extra night on the ship and we had a party/disco, not much fun for our parents back in Bristol because they didn’t know where we were. Not like today with mobile phones updating everyone straight away.

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Subject: SS UGANDA November 1969 Med Cruise from Southampton


Author:
Martin Bates (Fantastic... we were so young.)
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Date Posted: 15:59:57 01/13/18 Sat

This was a fantastic adventure for a class of 14 and 15-year-old boys and girls. It was a very cold and snowy November in 1969 when we sailed on the SS Uganda for the Mediterranean from ice covered Southhampton Docks. Storm force 10 with 11 gusts as we crossed the Bay of Biscay meant two days of being sick. My dormitory was Hillary.

On board were a group of children from Malta who were heading home, having been on a similar trip visiting the UK. It was the first time they had seen snow. We arrived at a warm and sunny Rock of Gibraltar and took a taxi ride to the summit to meet the Barbary Apes, who stole my sunglasses. Then onwards to Malta and the port of Valletta. Next was the port was Alexandria in Egypt with a bus ride through the desert to Cairo and the Pyramids. I remember Egypt and Israel were still hostile and there were soldiers everywhere, although they were very friendly and wanted to see the long thin bladed daggers we had bought as souvenirs with the new 50p decimal coins that had recently been introduced. It seemed like almost everyone on board had purchased at least one of these daggers and when the ships head of education found out, he instructed all the teachers to take them off the pupils. I hid mine in the bottom of my case so was able to bring it home, but I remember seeing hundreds being thrown overboard. We past dozens of massive artillery guns in the desert aimed at Israel. After the long hot bus journey we arrived at the Pyramids and I stood next to the Sphinx. It was Ramadan and we were amazed to see thousands of men and boys (no women) dressed in pyjamas. I took a ride on a flee-ridden camel and had to rescue a class mates camera from an Arab gentleman that offered to take our photo. We also visited the Cairo Museum and I remember the windows and glass display cases has protective tape stuck to them in the shape of a X. I also will never forget standing in front of TutanKahmans golden death mask and looking into its eyes, which seemed to follow you everywhere. A superb experience.

Next pot was Piraeus in Greece and a trip to see the Parthenon atop the Acropolis. As I walked up towards the Parthenon, a photographer form the Express & Star newspaper who was also writing about the the trip, took my photo. The photo was published and my mother took a cutting from the paper which I have kept. Our last port of call was Venice. What a fantastic city. I remember disembarking and then walking over a bridge leading to St Marks Square, looking to our right we saw the Bridge of Sighs, and then on to the Doges Palace. We departed Venice via water taxi to the airport and flew back. I wish I could it all again. With love to Sally Verden from Peel, Isle of Man. I hope you remember me.

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Subject: Cruise in late 1970's or early 80's


Author:
Higgi
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Date Posted: 07:47:48 12/25/14 Thu

The year fails me can anyone help. I was on a cruise that left from Naples and we flew back from Split. I was with Swadelands school in Kent. Many happy memories aboard ship. I remember we couldn't go to Bethlehem because it snowed but went to Jerusalum instead. Would love it if someone could remember where we visited there. Also there was a fire at Alexandra port and we woke up to find we had moved to another berth but we didi get to the pyramids. WOuld love it if anyone remembers where else we went!!

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Subject: Re: Don't forget Nevasa!


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kenny russell
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Date Posted: 15:57:02 07/14/18 Sat

went on the '68 cruise to Vigo, Teneriffe, Lisbon, Tangier and Funchal (not necessarily in that order) My young brother has all the family photos at the moment, but soon as I get them back I'll post some of them. Remember the trip cost £39, and when my brother went on the Uganda a couple of years later it had risen to the astronomical £42. Remember wee guys trying to sell us lizards in Funchal, also the chairs that went down the hilly lanes and old, but classy taxis which we took to the end of the docks, for the novelty of hoodless travel..............

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Subject: Uganda - early 70's?


Author:
linda (nostalgic)
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Date Posted: 00:52:29 03/19/10 Fri

Does anyone remember cruising on the Uganda, leaving from Greenock for La Rochelle, Madeira, Vigo and Lisbon? Early 70's I think? dont remember a great deal on board, (very seasick)but enjoyed time ashore. also remember I lost lots of weight that trip as when better, found the food terrible! The buttered rolls were all I could eat, but they were nice! Remember John Campbell from Polmont I think,we kept in touch for quite a while. Would be good to hear from any of you.

Linda

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Subject: Looking for photo evidence from the 1968 voyage on the AS UGanda


Author:
Christopher (Jones)
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Date Posted: 11:05:41 06/03/18 Sun

Hi Helen,just read your piece on the Uganda ,due have any photos.I've laughed at some of the stories from people who went on the cruise. Can you tell me what you did. I live in Bebington.

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Subject: Oct 1980


Author:
Nigel Emsen
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Date Posted: 07:22:48 10/12/17 Thu

My cruise on Uganda was mid Oct 1980. We started Athens. Visited Mycenne. Then off to Izmir for Epherpus. Down to Hiafa for Jerusalem etc. Back across to Nauplion in Greece. Sadly there was an accident on one of the beaches resulting in a loss of the children. After Nauplion we sailed round to try to get to Olympia but rough seas stop it being possible. So we steamed upto Dubrovnik. Then finishing in Venice with a bit of extra time. I remember we saw a Simon Templar scene being filmed I think and walking on raised boards in the morning in the squares due to water leave.

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Subject: Porn posts span


Author:
Ashley (forum admin)
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Date Posted: 16:06:59 04/17/18 Tue

Firstly may I apologise for the individual who constantly posts porn spam/links on this page.
And to the porn spammed could you please not post unless you want to sponsor the page.
Please if anyone sees these spam post please contact me (the adim) and let me know.
Unfortunately if these posts continue I will either have to ok every post or sadly close the page.
Ashley forum Admin.

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Subject: Re: head chef on the Uganda


Author:
Jane Armitage (Nostalgic)
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Date Posted: 17:26:07 03/10/18 Sat

Hi I was fortunate to sail on the SS Uganda in 1967,
thank you for all the lovely meals that contributed to a
a wonderful cruise.

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Subject: Cruise December 1975


Author:
Neil Taylor
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Date Posted: 21:59:16 01/05/09 Mon

I was on a Uganda cruise in December 1975, does anyone know the cruise number and dates please?

Regards,
Neil

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Subject: Baltic Cruise 1979


Author:
Ian Hay
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Date Posted: 16:06:59 10/16/13 Wed

I was on the cruise from Dundee to Travemundie in Germany, Leningrad now St Petersburg, Helsinki, Copenhagen and back to Dundee with St Margarets RC High School.

I was fortunate to be one of a few pupils on the ship who were 18 and therefore was allowed to have drinks on the deck with the captain and teachers, we also accompanied a few teachers to some nice bars in Helsinki and Copenhagen too.

Leningrad was spectacular with posters of Lenin everywhere and we were greeted by the school children of Leningrad at the dock. Seeing the Winter Palace was a memory I will never forget.

Great fun apart from being a prefect on the ship.

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Subject: September/October 1982 first cruise after Falklands


Author:
Debbie Cartwright
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Date Posted: 11:50:22 03/21/12 Wed

Our cruise was originally cancelled due to the Falklands War. I remember John Craven coming onto the ship to do a feature for Saturday Superstore as we were the first schools to sail after the war. Great memories, a fantastic trip I will never forget. We visited Pisa, Turkey and Athens to name a few. I was 12 years old and attended St Georges Church of England School in Birmingham.

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Subject: SS Uganda No. 777 Norway/Denmark May/June 1977


Author:
Keith Latchford
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Date Posted: 13:18:47 07/14/12 Sat

Me and my sister from Binley Park school in Coventry went on a school cruise on the SS Uganda in the silver jubilee year. We sailed from Liverpool up over the top of Scotland to Bergen, Norway, then to a Fjord (cannot remember name), then down to Stavanger, Norway, then two day trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, then up to Oslo, Norway, then sailed back to Sunderland. Great memories. I remember winning the frog race comp. and being given a silver trophy for my trouble, then having to be displayed in front of the whole school in assembly by the head master. I wasn't happy about that. Lost all photos from then and would be great if anyone has any photos and memories from this cruise that they would like to share.

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Subject: Christmas/New Year cruise 73/74 West Africa


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Andy Mansell
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Date Posted: 10:19:35 02/06/18 Tue

I can't see any posts about this cruise, so maybe my memory is failing me. I travelled down to Gatwick overnight with a group of children from Codsall Comprehensive School, Staffs. Flew to Tangier on a Danair flight, where we joined the Uganda. Our first port of call should have been Agadir, but bad weather diverted us to Gibraltar. From there we had three or four stormy days at sea, before the sun finally appeared on Christmas Eve. Other ports of call were Bathurst/Banjul, Dakar, and Freetown, where a visit to Goree Island, where slaves were shipped to the New World, as described in later years in the Alex Hailey book and TV series Roots, is etched in my memory. I also remember being allowed to stay up past midnight to see in the new year on deck under the stars, with the ships hooters blowing and paper streamers being thrown. Be great to know if anyone else remembers this memorable cruise

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Subject: Summer cruise 1979 or 1980


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Michael
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Date Posted: 23:19:08 01/06/18 Sat

Anyone remember the summer cruise on Uganda in 1979 or 1980 that set sail from Dundee? It went to Rotterdam, Oporto, Casablanca, Gibraltar and Vigo (maybe not in that order)?
Can't see any posts about this one anywhere, but there were schools from Northern Ireland, Scotland and England on it.

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Subject: SS Uganda 1968


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Anthony Downes (Happy Memories)
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Date Posted: 22:36:43 03/11/15 Wed

Hi, I was fortunate enough to sail on the Uganda in 1968 September I think flew to Venice and cruised the Eastern Med ports including Istanbul ,Heraklion, Athens, Gibraltar then back home my memory fails me nowadays, we were from Northicote School in Wolverhampton , I regularly reminis about this first ever cruise ,we had a very rough ride on our way to GiB the gale had the ship up and down like a yoyo and most pupils seasick ,wonderful times.

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Subject: SS Uganda 1976


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Alison (nee Wales) Burbury (Happy)
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Date Posted: 10:04:09 08/12/16 Fri

Anyone sail from Albert Docks,Liverpool in 1976 on the SS Uganda. October will be the 40 years anniversary. We were from Caldew School, Dalston in Cumbria and there was other Cumbrian schools including Morton. There were school from all over but I epecially remember the boys from Wigan/Liverpool area! It would be fantastic to make contact with anyone who sailed on SS Uganda. We had the most terrible sailing through the Irish Channel and the Bay of Biscay, that bad we had to get out and not try and sail to norther Spain, Gibralter was the alternative destination, brilliant.

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Subject: Re: march?1981 baltic cruise


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Mark Green
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Date Posted: 21:00:53 11/27/17 Mon

Not sure if this was the same one I was on - I seem to recall it being in June 1981 as we missed the last two weeks of school to go away.

I was at Mountfleurie Primary in Leven at the time and stayed in Livingstone Dorm onboard ship.

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Subject: Derbyshire school cruises, 1980 &1982


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Sarah Townsend (ne: Hudston)
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Date Posted: 19:37:32 06/04/07 Mon

I was extremely lucky to go on 2 cruises on SS Uganda. The first was in Dec 1980 and I was 13. The trip was memorable mainly because we sailed through the worse storm the Med' had seen in 25 yrs. It was very scarey, 45ft waves hitting the ship, water pouring in and down into the dorms. The following day we were told that the ship had lost all radio contact and we were drifting with the sea.We did get back on course, but had to miss going to Egypt.
We got an extra day in Israel and then sailed to Cyprus, where we ran aground and bent the ship's rudder!! This caused even more delays and we only had time then to go to Greece, missing out getting to Yugoslavia.

The second Derbyshire cruise in Dec 1982 was brilliant. We got to all the countries, including Egypt (at last!!),didn't see one storm and had a fantastic time.
As the ship was used during the Falklands war, we had to wait to see if we would be sailing, but as the war was over in the Autumn, Uganda was back in the educational business by December. We were very privileged to be given a slideshow of her time as a hospital ship during the Falklands crisis and we saw photos of images that the world never saw, such as a chinook helicopter trying to land on the tiny heli' pad built over the student swimming pool. Amazing!
The other poignant memory from this time was the inscriptions on the side of the lockers in the dorms'. They were left by soldiers recovering from the war and a lot had stuck remembrance day poppies next to them as well. Both British and Argentine soldiers were treated side by side on Uganda and the things they had written on the lockers showed that they had huge respect for each other.

Other memories are: the awful smell in the canteen and the inedible food (we lived on Mars bars); Action Man the entertainment officer; dressing up as anything you could for the fancy-dress night, just so that you got a glimpse of 'carpet land', where the paying passengers lived; filmshows; the head-masters lectures; the list is endless.

It was and still is the best 2 weeks of my life. I made lots of new friends and got to see some amazing coutries. I am only sorry that Uganda has gone, but not from our memories or our hearts.

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Subject: Naples to Split Feb - Mar 1980


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Lesley (Happy Memories)
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Date Posted: 10:09:21 11/24/09 Tue

Hello I went on SS Uganda as part of The Kent Educational Cruise Feb - Mar 1980. Naples to Split. We were an all Girls School and were in the Van Dieman Dormitory. I had my 16th Birthday in Turkey. I loved it despite the bad weather, thunder storms and the tuck shop not selling crisps! We didn't get to Bethlehem because it snowed.

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Subject: Kent Cruise - Uganda 1978


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Carolyn Cooper (Jones) (happy)
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Date Posted: 13:31:49 09/20/09 Sun

Can't believe this site exists! Brought back lots of memories! I was on Uganda in 1978 (Southampton - Malaga,Sicily, Athens and Istanbul). I was 14 and with the Folkestone Tech For Girls. Made lots of friends, mainly from Dover Boys Grammar, Norton Knatchbull (or whoever we had to share a coach with!)
I remember someone breaking his leg while boarding a launch on a trip to Pireaus, dormitories with metal bunks, one of the crew who we nicknamed 'Action Man', the Indian guys who worked so hard in the kitchens, dancing to 'Grease' at the disco,and rough seas when the waves were coming through the classroom portholes. I was in 'Doughty' dorm (still have my badge). Would be fun to hear from anyone who may remember me.

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Subject: April 1978


Author:
Signman (What an education)
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Date Posted: 19:55:54 10/20/17 Fri

My first flight (from the huts that later became Gatwick) on one of the last Dan Air comet 4c flights into Athens.
After a tour of Athens we boarded the SS Uganda - our home for the next 10 days. A rough crossing to Port of Alexandria with only a handful of cast iron stomachs not being turned inside out on the first night.
A wonderful coach trip up the Nile into Cairo to see Tutankhamun's treasures in dusty cabinets before they came to London and looked spectacular under halogen lighting. The Sphynx & Great Pyramid...what a day!
Next stop Grand Harbour Valeta and a ride on the little yellow Maltese busses to the old capital Medina.
My first calculator (a Sharp LED) was bought in Gibraltar and celebrated with a steak dinner in a Chinese restaurant as it was very cloudy and not worth going up The Rock. Then on to a green city in Portugal as the original stop was bypassed owing to some kind of rally. We ended up in Southampton and a bus back to the school gates. I was one happy lad who much appreciated my parents investment of some £400 in helping build life long memories and a travel bug in their first born son.

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Subject: Cruise 1971-72


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Andrew Fleming (Hello)
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Date Posted: 14:50:28 04/12/14 Sat

We left lochgilphead very early on a coach to Greenock and had a great view of the ship coming down into the town. Even that was an adventure. I don't think I had slept the past two nights because of pure excitement.
We went to Oporto, La Rochelle and Amsterdam and I think the cruise lasted 10 days and cost about 60
I think I was only ten years old during the cruise and like my classmates was totally cared for by Mrs Sinclair, our teacher.
I have no photos or souvenirs left now, but the pictures in my head and the vivid memories are still here.
I loved every moment of my cruise. How lucky I was.
If you remember being on this particular cruise and have any photos of the Argyllshire group, leave a message.
What a great site.

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Subject: cruise


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jim mcshane
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Date Posted: 15:19:09 08/22/17 Tue

I was lucky to go on a cruise on the ss Uganda in the seventies leaving from Greenock . ST Stephens school port Glasgow

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  • Re: cruise -- Anne Buchanan (1970,s), 21:20:51 10/11/17 Wed
Subject: 1977 baltic cruise


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frank
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Date Posted: 13:44:05 07/23/17 Sun

Was on uganda. In 1977. It sailed from tilbury. went to helsinki, copenhagen and lenningrad. Was meant to go to visby but did not.
Anyone remember?

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Subject: Cruise 77/78 from Southampton to med( Seville, Izmir,Crete, Santorini


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K hunt (Happy days)
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Date Posted: 23:14:02 09/08/17 Fri

I have looked at all the messages, but cannot find any mention of my cruise! It was really rough seas for 2 days. But fine once we reached Seville, we ended the cruise in Athens and flew back to Gatwick!

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Subject: 1975 or 76?? venice, split, egypt,santorini, crete,


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liz wilson ne liz jones st dunstans school
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Date Posted: 04:27:31 02/19/14 Wed

Hi. Was thinking about the cruise on Uganda in eithrer75 or 76? Big storm. Had a fantastic time. Rod Stewarts we are sailing has always brought this trip back to me! Can still smell that smell, I was right down in the bottom of the ship, in the storm we could hardly keep up right in the common room. I wanted just to watch the sea but not allowed on deck. Huge experience, wish I had more photos! Anyone else remember this trip? Liz

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Subject: Re: Med cruise on Uganda


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thomas
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Date Posted: 20:27:01 08/20/17 Sun

I rember the when you were deparating of the boat the customs where armed troops. Both portugal and Spain were military dictatorships

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Subject: SS


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Erica Powell (Happiest time ever..amazing)
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Date Posted: 15:24:14 08/05/17 Sat

I went on this ship at the end of November 1981 we flew from Gatwick to Malta and went on to Greece to Athens and crete then on to Egypt visiting Alexandria and Cairo saw the pyramids and the sphinx ...I was 10 years old best time of my life

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Subject: Help Required


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Terry Good (Mawney Rd Junior School Trip 1977)
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Date Posted: 22:00:50 07/31/17 Mon

Hi Anyone
I am just hoping that this may reach someone who went on a school trip from Mawney Road Junior School in 1977
The reason is my wife will be 50 this year and I am doing a 'this is your life ' event and I need anyone or anything that can help build the profile
Her name was Karen Susan Cummins

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Subject: 1977 and 1978 cruises


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Paula
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Date Posted: 12:48:04 02/09/16 Tue

I was lucky enough to travel on two cruises:-
Ship left Sunderland to storm
1977 - Helsinki, Copenhagen, Leningrad, (somewhere in Germany and somewhere in Sweden) Met some lads from Liverpool - Chris Speed and David Banks

1978 - flew from Gatwick to Athens then Tunis, Seville, Izmir (Cant remember other places)school from conset

Would love to hear from anyone on wither of these holidays

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Subject: My Cruise Christmas 1975


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Larry Sceviour
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Date Posted: 08:32:47 12/18/13 Wed

I came across this board while watching a documentary on the Falkland Islands war. I went on line to see what British Ships were in the war, and saw the listing for the SS Uganda, which sparked my memory of my cruise during Christmas of 1975. Following the links I read about the Uganda and found this board. I am Canadian and went on the Educational tour with other students from various high schools in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. At the time I was in Grade 11. and was 16 at the time. It was a cruise from Athens to Greek islands, Israel, more Greek Islands, Scilly and finally Naples. I have very fond memories of this Cruise. From the various deck games, like tug of war to the crew performing Rindacella which was Cinderalla backwards (i recall it was hilarious). I remember being in the ships movie theatre which was full prior to leaving Athens, and nearly empty at the end of the movie as the ship had sailed during the movie. Which was the first indicator that I indeed have a cast iron stomach, as the subsequent years of my life have confirmed. Of course it would not have been a cruise with out the on board romance, which promptly ended back in the real world. This Cruise is what has started my life long travel bug be it to interesting places with in a days drive from where I happen to be living to a 3 month world tour. Thank you for this wonderful board.

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Subject: Mombasa to Southampton round the cape


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Geoff Summerfield (still have your "crossing the line" certificate)
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Date Posted: 16:44:29 06/17/17 Sat

Returned from Kenya in 1956/7 round the cape. Met a lovely young lady named Jackie Miles. We swapped "Crossing the Line" certificates promising to meet up again eventually...but we never did ! So Jackie Miles we are both a bit older now !!!! But very pleasant memories.

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Subject: Mother overboard


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Elizabeth Flanders
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Date Posted: 03:54:41 05/09/17 Tue

My mother left Southampton on a cruise to Grenada approximately 19 February 1969. Within two to three days we were informed that she had drowned. As a child I never got to know where she was buried. I know she drowned at the first port on her way to Grenada. Does anyone remember being on a cruise in February 1969 and a woman going overboard. Or does anyone know which port was the first one after Southampton on its way to Grenada. Rose

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Subject: Naples 1982 Passengers / BBC needs memories.


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Ashley(Runt) Forum Admin
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Date Posted: 19:47:30 10/29/10 Fri

Hi all,
I`ve been contacted by BBC South about an item they want to make concerning the SS Uganda.
Here`s the text from the message I received.

`Hello, I'm researching for a TV piece about SS Uganda and trying to find someone who was on the cruise which disembarked at Naples in 1982 because of the Falklands conflict. I need someone who lived in the south of england at the time.

can you help?

Simon Marks
BBC South`

If you were on this cruise if you could contact myself I`ll pass your details on to Simon.

yours,

Ashley
Forum Admin

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Subject: SS Uganda 1973


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Sheila Thomson, nee Ruxton (A fantastic opportunity and happy memories)
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Date Posted: 12:30:20 08/19/11 Fri

I sailed from Dundee on board the SS. Uganda in June 1973 along with my classmates from Morgan Academy Dundee. I became a ship's prefect and I recall I may have been in Forbes dormitory , but could be wrong!

Our ports of call in the Baltic were Copenhagen, Stockholm, Travemunde and Gdansk. from whereI gained a pen-friend. It was the days before the Iron Curtain fell and i remember security being very tight.

It was a fantastic opportunity for a 15 year old and must have been a lot of money for my parents in 1973.

Happy memories

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Subject: SS Uganda 1974?


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shona
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Date Posted: 13:38:32 04/24/10 Sat

Just found this site. I sailed on the ss uganda i think it was in 1974. Sailed to Norway,Sweden and Denmark. Was fantastic. Would love to hear from anyone else who was on this cruise.

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Subject: December 1973


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Lyn (King (nee Meier))
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Date Posted: 21:49:18 01/27/17 Fri

I went on the classical cruise . In December 1973 could have been 1972 but more likely 73. Flew to Dubrovnik embarked from Istanbul. Visited Crete, Beirut, Athens, Santorini, Naples, Pompeii,Herculaneum, New Years Eve in bay of Naples then flew back to UK. Amazing trip. Hard to believe Uganda then used in Falklands.

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Subject: Did you say in MUNGO PARK ?


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DT (Relaxed :-))
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Date Posted: 02:16:23 03/15/15 Sun

In what year did you stay in the dormitory 'Mungo Park' onboard the SS.Uganda ?

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Subject: SS Uganda November 1969 - South Hampton to the Med.


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Martin (Norton Canes Comprehensive near Cannock, Staffs.)
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Date Posted: 19:47:09 01/12/17 Thu

This was a fantastic adventure for a class of 14 and 15-year-old boys and girls. It was a very cold and snowy November in 1969 when we sailed on the SS Uganda for the Mediterranean from South Hampton Docks. Storm force 10 with 11 gusts as we crossed the Bay of Biscay meant two days of being sick. My dormitory was Hillary. On board were a group of children from Malta who were heading home, having been on a similar trip visiting the UK. It was the first time they had seen snow. We arrived at a warm and sunny Rock of Gibraltar and took a taxi ride to the summit to meet the Barbary Apes, who stole my sunglasses. Then onwards to Malta and the port of Valletta. Next was the port was Alexandria in Egypt with a bus ride through the desert to Cairo and the Pyramids. I remember Egypt and Israel were still hostile and there were soldiers everywhere although they were very friendly and wanted to see the long thin bladed daggers we had bought as souvenirs with the new 50p decimal coins that had recently been introduced. We past dozens of massive artillery guns in the desert aimed at Israel. After the long hot bus journey we arrived at the Pyramids and I stood next to the Sphinx. It was Ramadan and we were amazed to see thousands of men and boys (no women) dressed in pyjamas. I took a ride on a flee-ridden camel and had to rescue a class mates camera from an Arab gentleman that offered to take our photo. We also visited the Cairo Museum and I remember the windows and glass display cases has protective tape stuck to them in the shape of a X. I also will never forget standing in front of TutanKahmans golden death mask and looking into its eyes, which seemed to follow you everywhere. A superb experience. Next pot was Piraeus in Greece and a trip to see the Parthenon atop the Acropolis. Hope I've got the right way round. Our last port of call was Venice. What a fantastic city. I remember disembarking (that's a nautical term) and walking over a bridge leading to St Marks Square and then looking to our right we saw the Bridge of Sighs, and then on to the Doges Palace. We departed Venice via water taxi to the airport and flew back. I wish I could it all again. With love to Sally Verden from Peel, Isle of Man. I hope you remember me.

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Subject: 1968 Cruise from Liverpool


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Steve L
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Date Posted: 21:29:11 10/24/15 Sat

Is there anyone out there that remembers the 1968 Cruise that sailed from Liverpool in October. We called in at La Corruna, Gibraltar, Tangiers and Lisbon, had a great time and still in contact with school friends who where on the cruise also.

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Subject: SS Uganda Cruise 190 Oct 8th to 21st 1981


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Simon Squire
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Date Posted: 21:37:20 07/05/07 Thu

Had the pleasure of this with holiday with the Devon schools cruise.
Still have the brocure in the photo album from the holiday
Day 1 met with the ships Cadet Dave Turner, who drank in the pub where i earned the money for my share of the costs.
Managed to see many areas that the school kids were not allowed in, great fun.

From then on great fun all the way Athens to which i have returned many times on business To Rhodes and Haifa i have returned with my wife on holiday to Pompeii when it rained so hard we could not visit, took me 22 years to get back there,
At the Prefects cocktail party where i met Captain Brian Biddick who sadly passed on the way to the Falklands
Loved every minute on board this trip gave me the love of travel that may never be quenched.

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Subject: June 1972


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Derek Griffin
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Date Posted: 22:25:22 08/03/04 Tue

Does anyone remember the cruise circa June 1972. Started Greenock and visited La Rochelle, Casablanca, Cadiz and Oporto.

My memories:
Not giving a toss about our dormitory score;
The boiled egg which seem to accompany every meal!!
Lessons on board shipwhat a waste of time!!
Watching Kellys Heroes in the cinema;
The plonker who jumped into the pool fully clothed!!
The map showing our position;
Smuggling a bottle of port on board at Oporto.
Not feeling sorry for the poor blighters suffering from seasickness;
The madness after lights out!!
Irene Kelly
My mate who got off with her!!

I was a pupil at St. Michaels Academy, Kilwinning in Scotland. We teamed up with St. Andrews Academy, Saltcoats for the trip.

Best wishes,
Derek Griffin

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Subject: Model


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Adrian Hughes (Happy)
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Date Posted: 19:04:37 01/02/17 Mon

Anyone know where I can get a airfix type model kit of the ship? Or one that looks similar so I can build??? Please email me.

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Subject: war declared-last full cruise before requisition for the Falklands


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Helen D
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Date Posted: 21:06:54 06/13/13 Thu

"Britain at War" were the headlines that met us in Athens,which caused a bit of disquiet amongst my school party, but we were able to continue ok on to Venice and complete our itinery- it was the next cruise that got stopped half way through. Our itinery was...
Fly to Valetta, MALTA ( I remember being amazed that there was a Marks and Spencer Store here!)
leave port into a Force 10 gale with the entire ship being ill ( I was with a group who stayed OK whilst we were allowed to stay out on deck, but once forced in by the crew because it was dangerous, the stench...well you can imagine!) our school party ( from Rugby) were in Van De Post dormitory- a dorm for 30 although there were 31 of us- poor old Fiona ended up on a camp bed in front of the sinks, which didn't swing as well as the chained beds/hammocks in those force 10 seas!
then on to ISTANBUL(in theory but we were docked too late because of the seas to go ashore) but went to EPHESUS the next day. Some problem with docking at SANTORINI meant we had to stay on the ship whilst looking out at the donkeys all lined up to take us up the volcano!, and there was also a problem in KOS meaning we didn't go there , but did go to KALYMNOS instead, then on to HAIFA(ISRAEL) for a day into JERUSALEM, then PIRAEUS/ATHENS ( and frightening newspaper headlines) and ending in VENICE.

one of my main memories is being bullied/teased by my schoolmates as I was only 13 whilst they ranged from 14-16, so the Jackie Collins novels( then considered quite risque!) being passed around were banned from me!
Another is the sunday afternoon - a free day, and very sunny, so 900 of us were lying packed in like sardines on the sundeck trying to sunbathe- you were.t allowed to stretch your legs out as there wasn't room , and moving was impossible!!

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Subject: Re: September 81


Author:
Rob Clark (Melancolic)
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Date Posted: 02:33:51 03/08/16 Tue

Hi Ashley/Karen,
I was on this cruise too - I had my 15th birthday (10th of October) a day or two after my return home so that ties in with leaving at the end of September 81. We sailed with a handful of fellow pupils from North Axholme Comp in Crowle near Scunthorpe. We sailed from Southampton as I remember - don't think it was Portsmouth. We visited Gibraltar, Livorno in Italy with trips to Florence (the Uffizzi and the Duomo) and Pisa - you could still go up the tower then. Then Sicily - the not so dormant Mount Etna, the Parthenon in Athens and the Library at Ephasus in Turkey - still remember the bullet holes in the coach windscreen from some scrape with Cyprus I think! I was in Gagarin dormitory with a lot of lads from Snaith (always East Riding of Yorkshire) - I was made a prefect as I was a very sensible lad in those days! Recall having a drink with the captain as reward. Also remember scoring only 3 points on our first dorm check - soon got things into shape thereafter. Remember being one of the few who didn't lose the contents of his stomach in the Bay of Biscay but got spewed on by someone on the deck above and soaked by waves breaking over the side - so guess I suffered too. Remember meeting a very nice older woman (16) called Anne and another young lady called Melanie - the SS Uganda (God bless her) had much to answer for in my formative years. Fantastic memories when you're closing in on the big 50 this year. Love to hear from anyone else who remembers this particular voyage of self - discovery.

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Subject: School Cruise October 1975


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Virginia
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Date Posted: 20:13:48 01/25/15 Sun

Anyone on School Cruise October 1975. We flew to Venice and sailed to Malta, Corfu,Crete Istanbul etc and flew back from Athens (Piraeus)

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Subject: Lapel Badge , Falklands War anniversary.


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Ashley (Runt) Forum Admin.
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Date Posted: 21:31:02 03/19/12 Mon

Hi all, as I`m sure your aware this year is the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War.
As the SS Uganda Played a roll in that war, is there is any ex-service personnel who served or sailed on Uganda who would like an enamelled SS Uganda lapel badge.
If you would like one (one available at moment kindly donated by Eric Black MBE), then drop me an email telling me of your connection to SS Uganda and a free badge could be on it`s way to you.

Yours,
Ashley (Runt)
Forum Admin

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Subject: S.S. Uganda Mombassa to Tilbury May 1965


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John Hayhurst
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Date Posted: 21:07:23 12/05/16 Mon

Any Met Office people who were with me on this trip

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Subject: SOA - School Office Assistant


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Gordon Johnston
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Date Posted: 05:03:36 11/14/02 Thu

Hello all...My wife has a life-long dream of visiting Venice, and it looks like this may be the year. As a result, I have been looking at cruise lines on the web and came across P&O today, which reminded me of my cruises of a lifetime, and prompted me to do a search on SS Uganda. That's what brought me to this wonderful site!

It was 30 years ago this year that I had the privilege of "working" on the Uganda as a School Office Assistant. The "job" wasn't a paying one, but my travel and passage were complimentary; it was a unique situation where I could have the fun of the students side (selling stamps and padlocks, DJ-ing the student dances), and the luxury of cabin and meals, the same as the cabin passengers.

In actual fact, I did two cruises, back-to-back: #273, The Holy Land Cruise, and #275, The Easter Holiday Cruise, with destinations including Venice, Piraeus (Athens), Malta, Tangiers, Corfu, Famagusta, and Haifa (Jerusalem).

This evening I dug out the now yellowed envelope that holds such things as an invitation to the Captain's table for dinner, a couple of dinner menus, my ship's log and a copy of the "Good Morning" Uganda news (which I diligently typed up and ran off on the Gestetner each morning around 5 a.m.

I have such fond memories of the students I met in March,1972, most of whom were from U.K. and Ontario, Canada.
These two cruises were to train me for another adventure: a 1973 cruise through Scandanavian Europe, on the Nevasa..but that's another story.

Thank you for a wonderful reason to look back in time. Perhaps I am now motivated to scan some of my slides and post them on the web.

Cheers,

Gordon

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Subject: Feb 1980 I think


Author:
Mark Horsfield (Great experience)
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Date Posted: 20:27:50 01/14/15 Wed

Westbourne High Scool, Ipswich went on Uganda cruise. Flew from Gatwick to Malta where Uganda had been in dry dock. We sailed a day or two later for Alexandria iin Egypt and somehow they transferred all of us to Cairo for visits to thr Citadel, Museum of Antiquities and the Pyramids.

We then sailed onto Haifa in Israel and went to the Dead Sea in the sunshine and by the time we arrived in Jerusalem it was snowing.

From Israel we sailed to Izmir in Turkey and went to Ephesus.

Thereafter, we sailed to Mykonos, then Corfu and ended the cruise in Venice. We were fogbound in Venice so had an extra night in a hotel somewhere near Venice before flying back to Gatwick on a Laker Skytrain DC10.

I seem to remember we were in the Flinders dormatory.

It was a great trip and something much of its time - there is sadly no way that a few hundred UK schoolchildren would be allowed to sail around the Mediterranean these days. But I was very lucky to have the opportunity to do so when I did.

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Subject: Cruise #975


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Simon Jones
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Date Posted: 10:22:35 11/27/16 Sun

After crossing the Corinth Canal last week, it brought back memories of a cruise in the spring of 1979 on board SS Uganda. Mine was #975, does anyone have the full itinerary? This is the one that was supposed to have started in Venice but instead began with a couple of days in an Athens hotel while the "spew-gan-dump" was being repaired in dry dock.

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Subject: Christmas 1972


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Ruth Shaw
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Date Posted: 01:58:51 01/14/16 Thu

I was on the cruise called "The Steps of St Paul", taking in Venice-Cyprus-Greece-Israel-Naples in Christmas 1972 with Honor Oak Grammar School. Prendergast Girls School, Winchester College and a group from a school in Heidleberg, Germany, were among the others. We were supposed to dock in Malta but President Mintoff wouldn't let us in! We went on to have the unforgettable experience of navigating a Force 11 gale in the Bay of Biscay - the worst recorded in the ship's history - spinning round in circles all night, lost, seeing nothing but sky one moment and only sea the next, missing our landing in Sicily altogether and being diverted to our final destination, Naples, where we ended our cruise on a high in Pompeii. 4 of the students were injured in the storm, some requiring stitches. The disco was more interesting than ever as the storm took hold - students ending up in each others' arms who had the least intention to, and being trapped against the wall by flying furniture. All in all a peak experience; does anyone remember this?

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Subject: Cruise 1967 to Tennerife


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Pam Baird (Small) (Happy memories)
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Date Posted: 18:57:12 11/20/16 Sun

We set off from Southampton and we were all very seasick in the bay of Biscay. We all walked around with a sick bag tucked under our arms like a handbag. Sitting on deck in a sheltered corner was the only way I could cope. Then I got my sea legs and the sun came out. We never got to go in the pool and time on deck was strictly limited and controlled. Being below decks in a general purpose room was a bit boring. Visiting the Canary Islands was a very exciting experience. Memories remain vivid after all these years. What an experience for a little girl from the Wirral.

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Subject: ss uganda 1980


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sue (happy)
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Date Posted: 12:06:17 05/29/15 Fri

Hi there im looking.for people who.sailed on.the uganda in 1980 with bromford junior school we went to casablanca lisbon.gibralter there was some.where else but i cant remember it was a great experience and fun for us all i remember zoe millman and my cousin paul.thomas and i had a nose bleed on.the rock of.gilbralter cant remember alot but would be nice to hear from.anyone who was with us aswel

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Subject: Uganda photos - 1978-1979


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Geoff Sheppard
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Date Posted: 13:06:46 11/01/16 Tue

I have finally got around to scanning a load of photos from my time(s) as a School Office Assistant on the Uganda. Firstly in June 1978 on cruises 880 and 881 and then again on 994 and 995 at the end of 1979.

They have been posted on the seadogs reunited website here: <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.seadogs-reunited.com/Geoff%20S%20Memories.htm">http://www.seadogs-reunited.com/Geoff%20S%20Memories.htm</a>

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Subject: Anyone remember cruise No. 092 november 1980


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David Holmes (Mortimer Wilson)
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Date Posted: 03:00:56 04/18/12 Wed

I was on the Uganda in november 1980.we flew laker one way and danair the other, got on the ship at Naples and of at Split can remember calling at Rhodes Egypt and Yugoslavia ,i remember the cruise No.was 092 and from reading on here found that we must have got off the ship on 17th Nov 1980,if anyone can remember it are where else we called would be good to hear from you David Holmes

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Subject: 1982 The last full cruise before the falklands


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Gary O'Brien (cruise 275 i think!!)
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Date Posted: 19:48:05 04/04/12 Wed

Hi all,as its the 30th anniversary of the falklands i thought i'd give some of my memories as it is 30years this week i was on the Uganda.
I was a 14yr old schoolboy travelling with Dunsmore school for boys,Rugby.We flew from gatwick to malta where i had my first experience with oozo,not a good idea as the next 12 hours was to be the worst sea sickness i think anybody could possibly experience.There wasnt one toilet or sink basin not overflowing with vomit.I remember thinking how am i going to stand 2weeks of this?
I remember visiting Greek islands, Ephesus in Turkey,Athens,Jerusalem and Venice.We had the tour to the pyramids cancelled for some reason,i cant remember why?
One of the most unnerving memories was being in the middle of the med and finding out England was at war!! (commonplace nowadays)
There were also schools from Leamington,Southam and the lovely Rugby High School for girls on board.
The common room used to echoe to the sounds of start by the jam,girls on film and plenty of madness !
My parents still to this day say i went away a boy and returned a man. All in all two of the best weeks of my life.

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Subject: JAN 1977 SS UGANDA MALTA/MED


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NEIL SUMMERELL
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Date Posted: 14:37:41 08/18/10 Wed

I cant seem to find anyone who attended this cruise, did i dream it?
We all flew to Malta and met the SS Uganda there. We then went on to Egypt, Turkey, Rhodes Athens and back to Malta and flew back.

the voyage from Malta to Port Alexandra was paricularly rough, likened to the Bay of Bisacy by the captain.

IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE????

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Subject: SS Uganda Baltic 1969 Hit sandbank "oops"


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Martyn Boon
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Date Posted: 20:55:46 05/01/02 Wed

At the age of 13 years I was very privalaged to be able to go on the SS Uganda Baltic cruise from Bucklers Mead School Yeovil on June 24th 1969. I think we were the first party of school children to go to Leningrad and on our way we sailed through Danish islands. On our approach to Leningrad at approximately 5am a piolet boarded to ensure our safe arrival, unfortunatly we ended up on a sand bank, and as we were in our bunks at the "pointy end" we felt the full force of the impact. As we were all "dislodged" from our bunks we all decided to get dressed (dispite the unearthly hour) and go up on deck, to our surprise we were now clear of the sand bank and sailing past what seemed like thousands of submarines and battle ships. On disembarkation we were played ashore by the Red Army Band. On our return to the UK we encountered the worst ever weather the Uganda had ever experienced, I have actually saved newspaper cuttings of the time which discribes the day to day events of the cruise and one report says that out of 960 children not one had been sick but I can asure you we proved that reporter wrong.

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Subject: Penwethers School


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Sandra Griffiths (nee Reynolds)
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Date Posted: 15:53:36 04/04/08 Fri

I am dissapointed no-one has written in about Penwethers School. I sailed from Falmouth, Conrwall on the SS Uganda 1969 or 1970. I can remember we visited Ajaccio and Ceuta. Yes it was a stormy crossing and I can remember getting up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and everyone had been sick on the floor. One evening the crew wre entertaining us in the theatre and they were doing an irish jig on stage. As the boat listed to one side the poor souls would dance off the stage behind the curtain and then when the ship listed to the other side so they would dance off the other way. If you were 16 years old or a prefect you were allowed to go to the late night disco; unfortunatley I was soon to be 16 and I was the youngest of my classmates and therefore was not allowed to join in the nightly fun. Anyway a girl from another school lent me her prefect badge so I could go to the ball. Well we were all jigging around when the music stopped, the lights went on and an announcement came over the loudspeaker, "Sandra Reynolds back to your dormitory immedialtely" - that was the end of my fun. I can't say I enjoyed the work we had to undertake in the classroom but enjoyed the field trips. We were told that we were not allowed to bring back any leather pouffe's as the natives did not clean the skins properly and would sometimes leave flesh on the inside. Apparently on our way home we sailed passed Gibralter who fired cannon shots to warn us not to come too close. We were oblivious to the fact and when we got home our parents were distraught (it made the news in the West Briton). I can remember the bathroom across the hall from my dormitory; it had the lightswitch on the outside - several times I would be sitting in the bath and someone would walk past and turn the switch off. There was not a window so I would have to get out of the bath open the door, turn on the light and get back in the bath only for it to happen again.I can remeber playing quoits and having a fancy dress competition. Good old days.

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Subject: SS Uganda 1979


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Nicki
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Date Posted: 20:06:38 10/19/16 Wed

Sailed on the SS Uganda on Feb 23rd 1979 with finham park school in Coventry. We flew from Gatwick to Naples and returned to Venice to fly back. Didn't get to Alexandria as there was a force 9 gale so we couldn't sail in to the port

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Subject: Med school cruise nov 81


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Lesley
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Date Posted: 13:20:51 08/22/14 Fri

I went on SS Uganda with the gleed school spalding in nov 1981, we flew to Italy to board the ship, visited Greece, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Cyprus, Yugoslavia , Egypt, we ending up in Malta where we flew home from, I would love to hear from anyone who went on that cruise.

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Subject: sch trip 1980/81??


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suzanne morris(nee perry) (😊😊)
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Date Posted: 00:04:25 10/15/15 Thu

Im looking to find anyone who sailed on the ss uganda in 1980/81 with bromford junior school, we sailed from southampton to gibraltar,casablanca,lisbon,can't remember where else, but it was good fun and i cried when we had to go home. I remember Zoe Millman,and jayne hill and paul thomas. Getting 50p pocket money thinkin we was rich 😁😁😊😊

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Subject: november 1976 (i think)


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leigh
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Date Posted: 20:17:10 06/10/11 Fri

I remember a Med cruse starting in Venice then Yugoslavia, Greece Israel and Italy, finishing in Naples, also we sailed between the channel by Corfu and Greece and Stromboli was activ, I remeber it lighting up the night. I went to Portland Road school in Birmingham and paid about 460 pounds (ha my folks did not me), we flew out from Gatwick on a Dan Air Comet (later I found out that it was a very doggy plane)and arriving at Marco Polo airport to signs from the last cruise saying the food was horrid....it was but it had a great time and got the bug for travelling, I've since been back to these counties (except Yugoslavia) and have been living in Spain for the last 16 years. Great site and a sad end to a great ship

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Subject: June 1979 Baltic cruisr


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Audrey (McMahon)
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Date Posted: 23:31:17 04/13/16 Wed

I met my now husband of 32 years on the Uganda and found memorabilia today whilst clearing my attic...fond memories and I have the cardboard cutout! Just doing this message to see if there is still anyone interested?
Memories!!

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Subject: Canadian group - Med / Black sea cruise 1979 april?


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Norm Spencer
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Date Posted: 00:14:30 05/09/12 Wed

Hi fellow Uganda students, My name is Norm Spencer and I was part of a Canadian group that was on the Uganda in the spring of '79. We flew out of Gatwick on a Dan Air comet to Athens/ Piraeus. We boarded the Uganda in Piraeus then traveled up through the bosphorous to istanbull, trabzon, varna and Constanta. I don't exactly remember the cruise # but would love to hear from anyone that went on the same cruise. I remember meeting girls from South Glamorgan Wales. one girl was named Katherin Hiller another Sarah ? I've never forgot how great that trip and everyone was. Even if you didn't travel on that cruise but knew someone who might have, please pass this on. I'm still in contact with half of the Canadian group. Also, if any of the crew of the Uganda read this... Thankyou!!! for a safe and wonderfull cruise.

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Subject: Uganda Mediterranean cruise


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Charlotte
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Date Posted: 22:59:26 08/06/16 Sat

I think it was 1967 and the cruise stopped at Gibraltar, Lybia, Istanbul, Piraeus. We were all sick as dogs in the Bay. I remember the song was My Boy Lollipop! What a fantastic time, it set me up to travel all my life. I have few photos but pretty terrible. What do others remember and did I get the right date? I now live in Oz

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Subject: Swansea - Maderia - Tenerife - Lanzarote-Tangiers


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Bev Stephens
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Date Posted: 22:10:10 04/17/12 Tue

Does anyone remember this cruise? I was from Pembroke Grammar School and I think the cruise was in about 1969 or 70?

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Subject: bALTIC CRUISE


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LIZ ocONNOR
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Date Posted: 17:16:26 12/03/12 Mon

I wouldlike does anyone remember a Baltic cruise around 1967/68 Docked at ports germany norway and sweden also got choice to go to Moscow by train

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Subject: 1970 cruise on ss Uganda. with fellow Golspie high pupils. Crossing the bay


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Anne b macleod (Help)
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Date Posted: 14:32:42 07/14/16 Thu


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