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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: 1980`s hurricane


Author:
ailys (marples)
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Date Posted: 23:07:50 01/26/16 Tue

hi just came across this forum, think i was on this trip,was around 80`s.we flew to malta then israel,where we visited bethlehem ,wailing wall and sea galilee .then greece where it rained constantly and were floods ,was worst hurricane couldnt get into egypt....had to divert cyprus weather bent rudder on ship flew back from split after night in hotel!!!!

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Subject: S.S.Uganda Cruise 259


Author:
Rob Rutsch
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Date Posted: 00:08:57 02/17/03 Mon

I was fortunate to have sailed on this ship I believe it was 1971 travelling by caledonian to Pisa by air and then boarding the Uganda at Leghorn.Quite a few students were sick whilst still tied up to the Dock.We went to Pireous (Athens) Rhodes,Beirut,Haifa,Then back to Venice where we were fogbound for 24 hrs.Which of course meant another "last night party"!!!!.I have fond memories of the Ship it was the trip of a lifetime if any one remembers that cruise drop me a reply Gloucestershire and Dorset were on that Cruise

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Subject: Christmas 1981 (I think!)


Author:
Tony Pullon
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Date Posted: 13:27:05 09/02/09 Wed

I was 16 and had left St Helena School Colchester to begin my working life, so was probably one of the few working people on the school cruise other than staff.

We were supposed to join the SS Uganda in Split (Yugoslavia) but due to bad weather in the previous cruise schedule we actually met the vessel in Piraeus Greece. I remember clearly being pushed along by Athens Airport police by the tips of their automatic refiles. Welcome to Greece I thought.

From Athens we went (though not necessarily in this precise order) Antalya (Turkey), Kos (Greek Island), Izmir, Haifa (Isreal) and Malta, then home.

Most was enjoyable but not as memorable as Haifa and Malta. Why? Because in Haifa we docked alongside a US war ship. The crew threw over live amunition as soveniers which just happened to have posphorous within them. A number of kids from my school gave them up readily enough to the ships company but one lad (Nigel parkes I think) didn't so consequently got strip searched by the ship's security.

Bethlehem on Christmas day was a shock and reaffirmed my non-believer status. But was glad to see the "Holy Land". Two days of frantic sight seeing I shall never forget.

Malta was interesting too. There was a transport strike on the week we arrived so a large number of ancient buses from circa 1940/1950 had to be used. Our bus could barely make it up gentle slopes, but it added to the adventure. Oh, and the fact that the seas were too rough for us to come in to dock so the entire passenger list had to disembark by tender. Glorious.

I would love to see a new generation of schools cruise available to kids today. 2 weeks away from mum and dad exploring far flung places. Character building and magical, even in the winter!

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Subject: Blaster Bates


Author:
Bev Rogers
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Date Posted: 19:11:30 03/28/11 Mon

Hi
Does anyone remember Michael Blaskewitch (Blaster)...an engineer in the 80s?

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Subject: ss uganda


Author:
michele carter
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Date Posted: 00:39:57 07/12/12 Thu

what great times I was on her twice in 1980 and 1981 I think both where Mediterranean cruises sailing from Southampton I was at Rainham secondary school for girls on both occasions. The memories of the places that we visited are with me as if they were yesterday. But I will never forget that smell of the horrible food and the cock crouch sitting in the shower. We did have some laughs in the dorms of a night time though and I remember sharing one year with some girls from bristol and dressing up in bin liners for the fancy dress party as witches.

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Subject: SS Uganda cruise early summer 1977


Author:
Louise Potten(my maiden name,not current name)
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Date Posted: 21:55:22 07/05/12 Thu

Have just scanned all the SS Uganda entries and couldn't spot the cruise I was on. I was at Guildford County School for Girls and we travelled I think May or June 1977 from Naples, calling at Athens, Istanbul, Mykonos and Rome. Hopefully I have go the year right - i may have been 1978. Having recently met up with my best friend at school who also went on the cruise and I hadn't seen for years, it has brought back lots of memories. As my own 12 year old daughter is now getting details of exotic trips to LA, USA and South Africa it makes me realise what precious memories and opportunities school trips like these create. Hope some one out there remembers the same cruise. The best bit was the dolphins leading the ship through the Dardenelles as we sunbathed on deck. Happy memories despite the stuffy dorms and poor food!

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Subject: Eastern Med mid 70's


Author:
Phil Cummings
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Date Posted: 18:44:04 07/04/12 Wed

Flew by Dan Air on a "Comet" so going back a fair way. Can't remember where we flew from or to. Visited Dubrovnik and would like to go back one day, Alexandria for Cairo and the pyramids and spinx at Giza (a let down and put me off Egypt forever), then Haifa for Jerusalam (would like to return), Cyprus to go to Konnosos (Not sure of spelling) it was a ruined city and very wet and cold, then ? Athens and home.
Was in early teens and first trip overseas. Many more since as emigrated to South Africa.
Remember the dorms as had lower bunk. Also for some strange reason I remember the rather odd orange juice we had, a bit like dish water. I also remember hands grabing our empty trays through a slot in the wall - never saw faces but presume they were human.
Can't remember many names but one friend I knew then sadly died in a road accident in the mid 1990's (Robert Smith) from Staffordshire.
Strange to find this site - just redecorated bathroom and was looking for black and white prints of liners on the web and saw one of SS Uganda. Now in my 50's and far exceeded any goals I had back then in my teens. Funny how life moves on. Even got as far as Australia recently.

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Subject: SS UGANDA


Author:
LYNN O'BRIEN (Great Memories)
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Date Posted: 18:11:57 06/30/12 Sat

Wow ! I was lucky enough to go on a school cruise,at 12 yrs old ,When i think about it mow my dad must have paid alot of money for this trip , I am having great childhood memories now thinking about the time i went on ss uganda ship in 1975 or 1976 with my school
St Ninians in Hillhouse Hamilton Lanarkshire Scotland, The ship went to spain , france & porugal , I remenbeer 2 of the girls names who went on this trip with me, Elizabeth Bonner & Lynn Boyd . I loved the whole experience so much i never had any problems with eating however my school friends were all sick & they had to line up for blue pills lol . I must try to get old pics out of the loft as i,m sure i have one . please email me if you were on this ship at this time .

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Subject: SS UGANDA Med 68/69


Author:
Partington
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Date Posted: 12:33:46 02/10/12 Fri

I have been reading through the mails here and have not seen the cruise I was on.
Does any one know the date etc. of the Med cruise from Venice to Athens, Heraklion, Istanbul,Gibralta. There may have been some other stops but I had to spend 4 days in the sickbay with Tonsillitis.
We took a coach from Wolverhampton (Coppice High)to Gatwick then flew to Venice; the cruise ended in Southampton.
We got into the papers because in Istanbul 15 of us were piled into a Taxi and there being a cartoon of us. I remember the Bay of Biscay 10 gales force winds and us going round offering the sickkies a bite of our Bacon sandwiches.
Hopefully someone out there can fill in the dates etc.

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Subject: 1968 cruise from Liverpool


Author:
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: SS Uganda


Author:
Stephen Bamfield
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Date Posted: 22:06:10 06/07/12 Thu

I sailed on SS uganda from November 23rd until December 6th 1977.
We flew from Gatwick to Venice by Dan Air and cruised To Izmir Turkey our first port of call then to Cyprus, Egypt and to Athens,we should have called at Rhodes but the weather was bad so we had an extra day in Athens.
I remember the visit to the bridge and engine rooms well and the dormitories, the beds were fixed to poles and supported by chains, it was a well known trick to remove one chain and tie the other with string as the final link so when the unsuspecting person me being the victim got into their bunk the string would break and yes i ended up on the floor much to the amusement of others.
Dormitory inspection !! never good marks. Staff Officer Ron Furlong yes remember him well. Discos, Films Freaky Friday and even the church service. I was with the Chulmleigh School Party with teachers Mr Preace(english) And Mr wood (auto engineering) both i recall no longer with us I was also sorry to learn of Uganda's end i still have my muster station badge and the record 45rpm. yes very fond memories of that voyage and never been on a cruise ship since.

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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: Autumn 1972 Romania, Turkey, Italy


Author:
Jane Anthon (now Akshar)
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Date Posted: 14:51:53 05/27/12 Sun

I went on this cruise with the Oakmeeds, Burgess Hill, Sussex but I had actually left school and was at college. Because I was over 16 and had written permission from my parents I could smoke!!!!! This made me very popular with other students who wanted to have a fag and would get into trouble if caught. Everyone would hang around me having a fag. Once the teacher came and I was left with 5 lit cigarettes. Imagine that today! We went to Romania, Istanbul Venice, Pisa, Florence and I think Greece. Does anyone remember this cruise.

On the last day they played Rod Stewart I am sailing as a farewell song, I just heard that on the radio and that made me search.

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Subject: Christmas '69


Author:
RDS
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Date Posted: 00:42:39 09/15/11 Thu

Does anyone remember, or recall even, the Christmas Holy Land cruise?
Flew out from Gatwick to Venice; Cruised to Dubrovnik, Izmir, Israel (Jerusalem where someone, not me, 'acquired' an Israeli flag from a flag pole; Nazareth, Bethlehem, etc) them all the way back via the Straits of Sicily to Cetua; finally through the Bay of Biscay - stormy as ever.
Oh Maureen, my first true love, where are you now :-)

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Subject: Amazing time: Feb 78?, Malta


Author:
Mrs Sue Thompson
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Date Posted: 23:21:40 05/16/12 Wed

I found this website by accident. Our party was Wirral Grammar Girls- I think it was 1977 or 1978 (my scrapbook & log are still in my parents' attic!).
My parents really scrimped & saved to pack me off on this cruise- nobody in our family had ever been out of the country before, and my Grandpa (a shipwright) had a big map on which he had marked out our route (Malta, Cyprus, Egypt, Yugoslavia, flew back from Venice).
I loved it all (even the food- my mum's cooking, bless her, was not much cop!), and used to pretend to the teachers I felt really sick so I could spend time out on deck, just watching the sea for hours. I remember the stormy voyage across to Cyprus, and getting to eat everyone else's breakfast scones. I remember the canteen staff were so kind and tolerant of the hordes of grumpy, puking teenagers, plying us with oranges and sick bags.
I hated the alarm that woke us in the mornings!
Seeing Athens totally inspired me; I went on to read Classics at uni. It was sad to find out how Uganda ended up, but I'll always be really grateful for having been started off with such an amazing experience. And I still have my little metal badge! :)

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Subject: NOV 1976??


Author:
STEVE WINKLES (WHAT A GREAT TIME)
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Date Posted: 00:09:37 05/16/12 Wed

Hi, does anybody remember a cruise in I think November 1976. We flew from Gatwick by Dan Air to Naples. It was the worst flying experience of my life as we tried to land in a terrific thunderstorm. As far as I can remember we visited the folowing, Malta, Rhodes, Hiafa, somewhere in Turkey and Athens and maybe one other. I was with a party from Perry Beeches school in Birmingham, can remember another party from a school in Littlehampton. Met a great girl named Kay o,loughlin who I spent a lot of time with on this cruise. Would love to hear from anybody who remembers this cruise, the year might be out by one either way.

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Subject: Med Cruise 1973


Author:
Mark Likens (flashback)
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Date Posted: 19:06:15 05/06/12 Sun

I was living in Naples in 1973 and going to Forest Sherman high. I was 15. My Christmas present that year was a Med cruise to the Holyland. Greece, Cyprus And Isreal. We drove to Rome where I caught the train to Venice where I boarded the Uganda. I was In Van Dieman dorm. I remember a fairly wicked storm shortly after leaving Greece. Truely wonderful memories were made on that trip.

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Subject: 1972 or 1973


Author:
Brenda Crawford (Inverurie Academy)
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Date Posted: 21:22:05 05/05/12 Sat

We went on the S.S Uganda from Greenock in August 1972/3
We went to Vigo,Tangiers,Gibralter and Bordeaux. We were supposed to go to Lisbon but civil unrest at time ment we went to Tangiers instead. We went with pupils from St Margarets and Robert Gordons and Albyn. there were kids from Ireland,and London also.

Common Room was our home where we mixed with everyone and had a ball. Best memories ever except sea sickness and the smell going down to meals.

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Subject: Cruise to Tripoli


Author:
Stephen Martin
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Date Posted: 08:12:58 11/27/11 Sun

I was lucky enough to be able to join a cruise with Dumfries Academy, I think it was in 1968.
We flew to Venice on an ex British Eagle plane (I remember the logo on the seats.
The route was Venice, Dubrovnik, Piraeus, Tripoli, Lisbon, Southampton.
Looking back I still can't believe what a fantastic experience this was.
Tripoli was the best - I remember visiting some wonderful archeological site, Leptis Magna was one.
I was in a dormitory call Van der Post (yellow badge). I still remember the smell of disinfectant.

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Subject: 16 january 1981 Malta to Split


Author:
David Robins (memorable)
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Date Posted: 20:52:32 04/28/12 Sat

I flew out from gatwick on what was to be the best time of my life. The memories I have are like a wounderful dream.I met a girl from York. We became penpals for years.I have never forgoten you Cathryn. Thankyou SS Uganda, your crew and The Sea Cadet Corp.

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Subject: 16 january 1981 Malta to Split


Author:
David Robins (memorable)
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Date Posted: 20:50:38 04/28/12 Sat

I flew out from gatwick on what was to be the best time of my life. The memories I have are like a wounderful dream.I met a girl from York. We became penpals for years.I have never forgoten you Cathryn. Thankyou SS Uganda, your crew and The Sea Cadet Corp.

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Subject: 16 january 1981 Malta to Split


Author:
David Robins (memerable)
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Date Posted: 20:40:49 04/28/12 Sat

I flew out from gatwick on what was to be the best time of my life. The memories I have are like a wounderful dream. Thankyou SS Uganda, your crew and The Sea Cadet Corp.

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Subject: SS Uganda Sixth Form Cruise to West Africa Dec 1977


Author:
Carol Penny
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Date Posted: 16:07:32 04/25/12 Wed

Have just been sorting through some old stuff I came across my log book from the trip over Christmas 1977/New Year 1978.......what an experience. We were on the West African Cruise. As I read my scribbled notes it all come flooding back to me....the sea sickness that luckily lasted just a couple of days....to the friendships and of course the gorgous crew!! I was one of the Columbus Can-Can girls from Leicester who won the fancy dress competition on our last evening!! I remember we were then taken to the upper decks where we danced to the paying passengers whilst the band played on...
I have many, many fond memories and reading all the postings here clearly so do so many other people. Great stuff.

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Subject: Re: USS UGANDA cruise - Dunoon Grammar School 72-74


Author:
Jill (happy)
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Date Posted: 21:13:32 04/24/12 Tue

hi,have no idea,what made me think of my trip on the unganda today.I went on the Uganda's maiden voyage as a cruise ship,I believe it had been refurbished,having been a troop ship :)I think it was 1967 but of course my memory is not what it was :)First port of call was Malaga should have been Algeria,but they had a situation going on.Next port was Athens followed by turkey,creat,italy. unfortunatly gave me a wander lust,which has kept me poor ever since :) x lol

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Subject: SS UGANDA - Educational Cruise - Cruise No: ??? - May 1980


Author:
Dave
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Date Posted: 19:45:12 05/07/09 Thu

Hi,

Found my old "The Young Mariner's Cruise Journal" ( Very Empty ) Booklet the other day from my time i spent on the
SS Uganda in May 1980, along with my outward flight boarding/luggage slip, some Photo's & The Plastic Wall Plaque our Dorm won for best kept Dormitory ( eek - How embarrassing at the time was that or what ! ).

The Dormitory was : Mungo Park, Named After... Yeah you guessed it :) Mungo Park... Who's Mungo Park i hear you ask... http://www.nndb.com/people/574/000096286/ for more info.

Anyhow, I thought it would be interesting to look up some infomation about the SS Uganda and after a little searching... I found this site... Nice One :)

We took a Laker Airways DC10 ( who had a bad reputation at the time for safe flying abilities ) from Gatwick at 5.40pm on 13/05/80 ( Seat 29B ) landing at Athens a few hour's later, then took a coach trip though Athens at Night ( Very Busy ) to board the ship. Not Sure of the Cruise Number i was on though ( If anyone can help, that would be cool ).

If Memory serves, the route we took was:-
Athens ( Greece ) -
Volos ( Greece ) -
Izmir ( Turkey ) -
Siracusa ( Sicily ) -
Tunis ( Tunisia ) -
Gibraltar -
Lisbon ( Portugal ) -
Then back home to Southampton in the UK via "The Bay Of Biscay" ... Which reminds me of a game we played: "The spot the person NOT being sick competition" - It was ROUGH, as i'm sure some of you also experienced.

One thing i remember whilst onboard was that we didn't do much of the educational thang, it was more about messing around
( and NOT getting caught ! ) and having lot's of fun ( Onboard & Off ) and we did :).

The Food, was BAD in a big way, including those Packed Lunches we were given. Ended up buying food ashore ( although we were told not to do this of course ). And what was that smell in the canteen room ?

Juke Box Favourite Song ( at the time ) was: Rush - The Spirit of Radio.
Juke Box Pet Hate was: Dexys Midnight Runners - Oh Geno.
Worst song to ever play on a ship ? = Rod Stewart - Sailing.

Thinking of the SS Uganda brings back some great memories - A time of innocence and wonder for sure.

Found some Photo's and other Info regarding the SS Uganda Here :
http://www.seadogs-reunited.com/Uganda.htm
"THE POSTER" a little way down the page i'm sure will be of interest to many of you ( Click it for a larger view ).

Everybody after 3 ... 1 - 2 - 3 " We are sail..... " NO NO NO Stop !!!!! ahhhhhh
.

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Subject: 1981


Author:
Trina Stenson (Happy)
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Date Posted: 22:14:59 04/03/12 Tue

Had a wonderful time on this wonderful ship! The Clash playing in the morning, Feel truly blessed to have been able to sail with this wonderful ship! Santorini was a favourite memory for me! such a beautiful place, Action Man doin the Deck Hockey! Top Deck in the evening's was wonderful, Bay of Biscay, so many people got sick!!! I just rocked to sleep x It's only now i appreciate that voyage and the beauty of the Ship! Wish i could do it again xxx

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Subject: November 1982


Author:
Lynne Braidwood
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Date Posted: 16:15:51 08/27/08 Wed

I am from Dumfriesshire and was on the November 1982 cruise. We flew from Glasgow to Malta to board the ship, I know we visited Israel, the Greek Islands (Mykonos, possibly Rhodes...?) and Athens where we flew home from. I remember standing at the Acropolis looking down on the city through a thick blanket of smog.

I would love to hear from anyone who remembers this trip, hopefully in a bit more detail than me! It would be great to see some photos too.

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Subject: Final voyage before the Falklands


Author:
Simon Gunn
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Date Posted: 08:57:02 11/05/02 Tue

Hi, Fantastic site! I was aboard the Uganda when she was requisitioned for the Falklands War. At the time I was 11 years old and at Clifton Hall School in Edinburgh. I travelled with a party of 3 others from Edinburgh Accademy. I don't remember the names of any of the Accademy guys and didn't keep any logs of the places we visited. Anyone who sailed on this voyage I'd love to hear from you.
Best wishes, Simon Gunn

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Subject: Kent Cruise - Uganda 1978


Author:
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: SS Uganda - Hospital Ship Youtube clip


Author:
Ashley Runt Forum Admin
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Date Posted: 21:45:02 03/19/12 Mon

Came across this clip on youtbe,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6FowyYMokg
Cut and paste link to address bar.

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Subject: SS Uganda lapel badge


Author:
Eric (Black MBE)
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Date Posted: 16:41:54 02/28/12 Tue

I have just found a lapel badge with pion at back It shows a White Flag with a red cross ,ewnameeled blue with the name SS Uganda.Anybody want ?

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Subject: SS UGANDA MODEL


Author:
DARYL BURCHMORE
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Date Posted: 18:20:24 03/14/12 Wed

Hello I was on the December 1977 Meditterrean cruise,lots of
happy memories! we were all filmed for an edition of Nationwide,it was featuring schoolkids visiting the holyland
at xmas!
Whilst on board I bought one of the cardboard models that you
mentioned it is still unmade in its folder!
If you send me your details I will gladly send you a photo of it regards Daryl

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Subject: Christening on cruise


Author:
Ellie Scopes was Walden
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Date Posted: 16:51:00 03/08/12 Thu

I was on a cruise with my parents I think it was 1973. I was christened on it and was in captains log. Can anyone help me locate the entry?

If so please mail me on elliescopes@btinternet.com

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Subject: Holy land cruise dec 1980? looking for miles davies from watford & friends


Author:
jackie roberts (furry face) (WOW Great Memories)
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Date Posted: 00:32:07 03/08/10 Mon

Holy land cruise 1980's dec just b4 christmas,Departed from Athens and ended in Split with sun shining.Flew on freddie Lakers airbus,first ever flight.Many wonderful places visited and fab memories,meeting lots of people.One younge man,in paticular.Miles Davies from Watford and had a love boat expieriance.Oh to be younge again.
I stumbled across this site and was so,all the memories it has brought back but must admit i have thought about it at times, it was a great time and fantastic oppotunity to be given as a teenager.This gave me a thirst for travel.So thank you ss uganda and mum and dad for sending me.
Also reminded me of the lovely guy i meet,miles.We had some good times,going off,whilst on an excurtion and getting back late and getting into trouble.(furry face)u called me but not due to facial hair i add.
He even came to visit once we got home but then lost touch.
I wonder what your doing with your life,right now or have been up to?So if you read this one day,be good to hear from you.
Some thing i will never fofget.Amazing country's (opening my eyes to poverty)not so nice to see but real.seeing wonderful places,that you never forget.The wailing wall,Dead sea,the Acropolis and the list goes on.Dancing in the disco,to police etc(New romantic era) Frilly shirts etc.Buying the Black and white neck scalfs that they all wear.Hanging out on deak with friends from school and other schools.Sick bags,luckily i didnt need one.doddgy food and many a souvenir pressie for mum,dad and family.marble and onx elephants,aladin shoes and large snoopy cuddly toy for baby nephew rrr!Oh and a UB40 album.Sadly i lent it out and never got it back.
Really sad to find out what happened to the lovely uganda,very sad but will never forget her or the wonderful memories,she helped to give me and so many others.
so if any of you find this site and remember me,would be nice to here from you.We were from St peters high school Burnham-on-crouch essex.

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Subject: 1976 or 1977


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Carole Brown (Happy)
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Date Posted: 23:44:35 01/28/12 Sat

Not sure on year 1976 or 1977. Flew to Naples then boarded SS Uganda. Visited Athens, Corfu, Rhodes, Istanbul and some places I can not remember. Flew back from Venice and had emergency landing at one of the London Airports. one of the engines on the wing caught on fire so we had to use emergency shutes to evacuate. Can anyone help?

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Subject: SS Uganda July 1969 crusie


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Karen Shrosbery
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Date Posted: 18:23:02 06/17/07 Sun

I have just come across this wonderful page after watching the Falklands commemration on the t.v. this afternoon when it mentioned the ss Uganda as a hospital ship, I typed in the SS Uganda and let the search engine do the rest.
I was on the cruise that left Southampton in July 1969 it cost a total of £54.00 which I had to save half of and my parents put in the rest. We went to the Azores, Maderia, Canary Islands, and Casablanca. We had a great time there was a bunch of French students on the trip, and I remember them celebrating Bastille Day, but I suppose the biggest memory was given out over the tannoy that man had landed on the moon," one small step for man one giant leap for mankind."
The worst memory was being constantly sick across the Bay of Biscay on our way back to Southampton.

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Subject: SS Uganda 1977 Mediteranean Cruise


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Jacqui Rogers
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Date Posted: 23:08:15 05/02/02 Thu

I too was privileged to be aboard SS Uganda in 1977 with my school. We left George V Dock in Glasgow and our first port of call was Maderia then to Casablanca, Praia Da Rocha and Lisbon. I have just been in touch with friends (after 24 years) who were on the cruise and we were currently exchanging photographs of that time when I decided to see what I could find out about SS Uganda. Needless to say, I was quite saddened to see the pictures of her final voyages and demise. I still have my log book and so many fabulous memories. It was a once in a lifetime experience!

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Subject: SS Uganda 1997


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Gill (K)
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Date Posted: 23:10:28 01/22/12 Sun

Very happy memories of the voyage from London to Mombasa in the summer of '67. Penny, Caroline, Gordon, John and especially Barry..hope the years have been kind

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Subject: feb 71 cruise???


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leigh
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Date Posted: 08:39:32 10/14/08 Tue

Does anyone remember the cruise, we flew to Venice, and i know we went to Istanbul and some of the greek islands, but for the life of me cant remember much else apart from visiting the leaning tower of pisa, and crying to "the carnival is over" at the end of the cruise

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Subject: School Cruise 1969?


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Mick Martin
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Date Posted: 00:37:15 06/02/04 Wed

I was on the Uganda in summer '69, from Bitterne Park School in Southampton, Route was Tilbury docks - Casablanca - Tenerife - Madeira - Lisbon. Weather was rough over the bay of biscay and the decks were awash with vomit. There were senior citizen passengers on board as well, one took ill on the way down and we had to take a detour to Lisbon. I think we were 4 days at sea from Tilbury to Casablanca. All the dorms were named after explorers, we were in Mallory. We were at least 8 to a room and the bunk beds hung off chains. There was a loose ceiling panel in the shower room opposite which is where we kept the duty free drink cigarettes airguns etc. We had a record player in our dorm and Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Land LP and Cream' Sunshine of your love single

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Subject: uiganda school cruise


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jim (excellent)
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Date Posted: 17:02:10 01/16/12 Mon

I was on the uganda between 1963 and 1968 leaving gourock to belfast, lisbon, casablanca and maderia anyone mind of this trip

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Subject: 1972 from Dundee


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susan (bacon at the time)
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Date Posted: 13:14:11 01/16/12 Mon

We sailed from Dundee in the summer of 1972, I was 15 at the time. A handful of kids went from my school in Kirriemuir, it was barely a half hour drive in the car for our parents to take us there and wave us off. Other schools in Angus had lots more kids on board. Our bunks were below sea level and I recall we couldn't see anything through the murky water. We went to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lubeck and Gdynia. Memories include shopping, Tivoli Gardens, visiting a Danish castle,and finding Poland very very depressing! Oh, and almost getting crushed in a German cathedral when over a thousand people tried to get out of the door at once...We had two teachers from our school. When we all went off to look around Stockholm, the woman teacher said we had to be back by a certain time. A couple of our girls got lost and were late, but the teacher decided in her wisdom to 'punish' them by not waiting for them, so they had to find their own way back and they were furious (not surprisingly.) The trip had its ups and downs, but it was a great experience and taught me a lot - especially geography!

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Subject: No-one else remember this one?


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Michael Smyth
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Date Posted: 14:57:37 11/17/11 Thu

Does no-one else remember the cruise in summer of 1980? The departure port was Dundee and the ship called at Rotterdam, Oporto, Casablanca, Gibralter and Vigo. I was a pupil from Belfast Royal Academy, 13 years old, and there would have been about 25 others of all ages (mostly older kids) from this school. This was my first opportunity to travel outside the UK and it certainly gave me the travel urge! Since that, I have visited over 60 other countries - all thanks to that first experience on the SS Uganda. All good things come to an end, I know, but seeing those final photos of her awaiting breakage was very sad. What a pity she couldn't be saved!

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Subject: march?1981 baltic cruise


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yvonne lees
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Date Posted: 00:27:30 05/30/10 Sun

My goodness what a memory trip this is!we sailed from dundee scotland to Oslo,Visby,Copenhagen,Aarhus,Helsinki.Time of my life and grew up loads over two weeks.scapa flow nearly finished everyone off,thankfull my stash of malteasers saw my dorm(marco polo?) through the worst.would love to hear from anyone else on this trip

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Subject: reconstruction


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Jim Scott (happy)
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Date Posted: 22:13:12 12/13/11 Tue

As part of the electrical team who stood by the conversion of the ship to a school ship it was with saddness that [it ended its days in the manner it did all who were members of the british india and had sailed on both it and Kenya it will always be in memory even after 43 years

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Subject: 1971 December Cruise


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Lindsey Burville (Very happy memories)
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Date Posted: 15:05:23 11/10/11 Thu

Well where do I start. Our coach (from Filton High School-Bristol) up to Gatwick had an argument with another vehicle so we had to wait for a replacement. All the more reason for a quick ciggie while waiting! First ever flight for me - to Livorno and then on board. Trip to Florence, followed by Athens, Rhodes, Beriut (Baalbeck in the Beckaa Valley - AMAZING) another vehicle incident here! The next day, Haifa - Bethlehem and Jerusalem. I bought an olive wood carved Nativity Set (as part of my allowance of £15 spending money for the entire cruise) which I still bring out every Christmas. In retrospect I feel we were very lucky to go to Lebanon one day and Israel the next. I purchased gifts for everyone and the entire experience was wonderful. We performed the theme from "Love Story" on the penultimate night and as Sixth Formers, attended the Captain's Cocktail Party (Captain Plowman of course - I still have the Invitation). As we headed into Venice we were fogbound and alas (Ha Ha), had another night on board this wonderful Lady. we landed at Luton instead of Gatwick. All in all a totally unforgettable experience. Just as an afterthought, I thought the food was fantastic, as were all the pre trip lectures.

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Subject: Cruise from Dundee Mid 70's


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Steve Deas
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Date Posted: 17:25:19 08/10/11 Wed

Hi There
Anyone recall this cruise

Dundee
Amsterdam
Lisbon
Madriea
La Cornua
Greenock

Highlights making the TV news back home that we were in rough seas in the bay of Biscay watching everyone be sea sick apart from about six of us

Meeting the Harlam Globe Trotters

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Subject: RON FURLONG


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MICHELLE SMITH (was welburn) (HAPPY)
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Date Posted: 13:59:58 11/06/11 Sun

THIS IS FURTHER TO MY LAST 2 MESSAGES, MY MAIN INTEREST WOULD BE TO FIND ANY INFO ON RON FURLONG PLEASE IF ANYONE CAN E-MAIL ME

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Subject: STAYNOR HIGH SCHOOL CRUISE FEBRUARY 1981


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MICHELLE SMITH (HAPPY)
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Date Posted: 13:44:30 11/06/11 Sun

I WENT ON THE SS.UGANDA IN FEBRUARY 1981, I CELEBRATED MY 13th BIRTHDAY IN POMPEII,IT WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY THAT MY BROTHER PAID FOR ME TO DO. I TOTALLY ENJOYED MY TIME ON BOARD AND HAD A MAD CRUSH ON THE STAFF OFFICER, HIS NAME WAS RON FURLONG NICKNAME (ACTIONMAN). I HAD A NICE LETTER FROM HIM TELLING ME ENJOY SCHOOL AND TAKE CARE AND BE A HAPPY YOUNG LADY.

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Subject: No Spam Please on forum


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ashleyrunt(forum admin)
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Date Posted: 02:03:10 11/02/11 Wed

Had to remove another spam advert from forum.
These must be posted by humans, they leave a trail of email address and ip address.
Their posts are removed and are reported for spaming to their email providers and their isps.
This forum is for posts regarding SS Uganda and is not the place for pushing fake certificates / drugs ect.

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Subject: Mediterranean February 1979


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Frances Gilbert
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Date Posted: 19:07:46 10/30/11 Sun

Just found this site and have spent a happy hour or so remembering the cruise I went on. I think it must have been February 23rd 1979, we went for 2 weeks. It was the first time I'd been abroad and going on the SS Uganda was such a wonderful adventure. I went to Philip Morant School, Colchester and I think there was quite a large group of us.
We flew by British Caledonian from Gatwick to Naples where we joined Uganda. Once underway, we were told to look for Stromboli but I remember feeling so sea-sick I couldn't care less about looking for a volcano! The sea-sickness seemed to last for an eternity and I was really badly affected. I can still remember the medicated smell of the brown sick bags. They did give us sea sickness tablets but they didn't seem to work.
Our next stop was supposed to be Alexandria and we were looking forward to seeing the pyramids, but because of bad weather, we couldn't dock. We had an extra long excursion in our next port, Haifa. I always thought we were particularly unlucky about Alexandria, but looking now at other posts, I see this seems to have been a common theme.
After Haifa, we went to Limossol, then somewhere in Greece (I can't remember where), then Kotor in Yugoslavia and finally Venice.
After Haifa, the seas were calm and I was able to really enjoy my cruise. The things I remember most were:
The terrible food! I've cruised in recent times and the Uganda was the only one where I lost weight! We lived on Mars bars. I bought some Turkish delight for my Dad on one stop, but ate it because I was hungry! In one port we were taken to an orange farm and told to help ourselves to oranges. I think we all came away with armfulls. Oranges have never tasted so good since! One day my friend, Kerry, dropped her jam tart on the floor of the dining room and, of course, it landed jam side down. She tried to pick it up but it seemed to have become welded to the floor, so we had to leave it there.Goodness knows what it would have done to us if we'd eaten it instead of chucking it on the floor!
I remember a crew member called Mr Furlong (I think we called him Action Man on account of his hair). He took great delight in telling us what would happen if we fell overboard, ending with the warning that we would get "chopped up in the propellers".
I remember having an allotted time in the swimming pool, which was tiny and very salty.
Above all, though, I remember having an absolutely fabulous time and knowing, even then, that I would always remember my time on the Uganda.
Since then, I've travelled abroad some more, more recently going on cruises. I've docked in Alexandria and seen the pyramids and sphynx (fantastic) and I've sailed past Stromoli, which still spews out smoke and ash. You could say I've made up for the bits I missed the first time round. I think it's a shame there isn't anything like this for my children at school, though they do quite well with the trips available. Nothing compares to a cruise where you get to see so many different countries in one trip. Happy days.

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Subject: Uganda old Friends


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lennie mallinson
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Date Posted: 14:30:42 05/26/07 Sat

Hi I did several trips to the Falklands I was a bedroom steward and looked after the Major among other senior officers. I am trying to trace an old friend Jonathon Schofield. Who worked on Uganda As hairdresser.If anyone know a contact for jonathon i would be very grateful

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Subject: contact


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Laurie Haworth
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Date Posted: 11:35:10 11/29/02 Fri

Jo Slatter.Where are you?

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Subject: head chef on the Uganda


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Lisa Wallace, `posted by forum admin`
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Date Posted: 22:15:30 08/31/09 Mon

My father used to be a head chef on the Uganda. His name was stefan Doba and i think you would be looking around 1960's perhaps earlier when he was there. It would be great to hear from anybody regarding this.

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Subject: Anybody Interested


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Ian Smith
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Date Posted: 18:03:56 04/09/02 Tue

I was lucky enough to have sailed on the SS Uganda three times, 1976, 1978 & 1980 I have some video clips of the ship and on the bridge, also using the ships launches to disembark at Malta. Please e-mail me if you would like any further details.

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Subject: ss uganda - Leigh Street Secondary Girls School Hyde Cheshire


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Sue McCormick (was Susan Ogden) (Great memories of my first trip abroad)
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Date Posted: 11:40:40 08/16/09 Sun

I think it was 1978 not sure of the month
We flew from Gatwick to Malta there was terrible turbulance and I was sick!

I cannot remember the exact order of travel but we visited Malta, Athens, Cairo, Dubrovnick, Cyprus and Venice.

One of my enduring memories is being sea sick! the only time I stopped being sick was when we were ashore!
I remember the food was "different" and as I felt so sick most of the time, it was like torture going down to the the line for food.
The bunks were squeaky and I always felt I may fall out! (but did not!)
The staff and crew deserved medals - as they spent most of their time mopping up or handing out sick bags!
I remenber Rod Stewarts "Sailing" on the dukebox, and sneaking into the "out of bounds" area to have a look at "how the other half lived!"
Great trip with many good memories
We got stuck in Venice on our return - the plane could not take off due to "ice on the wings"! We watched from the plane as men with brooms swept the wings but had to get off and go to a Hotel overnight!.
It would be great to hear from any others who did the same trip!
Regards

Sue McCormick (was Ogden)

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Subject: SS Uganda Cruise 1967? from Venice to Itea/Naples/Gibraltar


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Bill Storey
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Date Posted: 16:52:16 09/17/09 Thu

Does anyone remember this trip where we Flew to Venice and oicked up the ship and went to Pireaus, Itea, Naples, Gibraltar and visited the Stadium/Corinth/Acroppolis/Pompeii
and ended at Southampton.
We were in hurricane winds across the Straights of Messina, which damaged the ship.

Bill Storey
Wallsend Technical School trip

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Subject: Re SS Uganda


Author:
Robert King (Happy!!!)
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Date Posted: 23:52:21 06/09/09 Tue

I sailed on Cruse 121 in November 1968 From Bideford Secondary Modern We sailed from I believe Southampton and on to Gibralta, after a force 10 gail in the bay of Biscay, warned not to use the Monopoly money to buy presents.Then on to Malta,where we went to a beach in a taxi and the taxi driver stoped on the road side and gave us prickley pears to eat. Then onto Rhodes had to disenbark on lifeboats in torential rain luxury coach to visit ruins but the air,con let in the rain. Onward to Athins and the Acropolis then
on to Venice again the rain and high tides St Marks was floded but we were among the luckey ones who had an extra night and day on board.

Many great memories evening entertainments,including films (Jungle Book comes to minde)Playing the theme from The Good,The Bad and The Ugly in the canteen, My first girl friend. Days spent in the classroom learning about where we were going next. Inter dorm dispute feathers every where sorted by Master at Arms very quickley.

I think that I still have some photos taken on the cruse and will get them scaned and sent them to this site in the future. If any one remembers me pleas e-mail.

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Subject: SS Uganda


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Karen Corrigan (Smile)
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Date Posted: 09:03:31 07/08/11 Fri

I sailed on the SS Uganda in May 1971 and again I think June 1978/9 The first cruise we left from Dundee and sailed to La Rochelle Oporto and Amsterdam. The second cruise we left i think from leith and sailed to Helsinki, Visby (Sweeden) Leningrad and Copenhagen. I have fond fond memories of this ship and I had my first major crush on a boy who worked in the school office. I cried when I had to leave the ship (both times) I can remember one of the dorms i was in was magellan I think the other was Marco Polo but i cant be sure. I am smiling from ear to ear just thinking about this ship and so sad that she is not here anymore. What a wonderful opportunity this ship gave young people to travel at a relativly young age at an affordable price.

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Subject: SS Uganda 1957


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Dianne Armstrong
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Date Posted: 18:52:15 07/07/11 Thu

I travelled as a 2 year old from London to Dar Es Salaam in what is now Tanzania. I remember my mother being thrown into the pool as we crossed the equator - she received a certificate from King Neptune for participating. I thought they were throwing her in the sea and cried. We met my father who arrived by plane in Africa and we spent a year there - have some old 50mm footage still - my mother spoke highly of the boat. I have a set of colour menus which are delightful.

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Subject: SCHOOL CRUISE ON THE SS UGANDA


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ANDREW HARBOURNE (HAPPY)
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Date Posted: 23:52:21 07/03/11 Sun

i think it was 1975 or 1976 when i sailed on the SS UGANDA with BOURNVILLE JUNIOR SCHOOL from BIRMINGHAM.I think we sailed from Southampton.The cruise lasted 10 days and we visited Bergen,Oslo and Copenhagen.It was the first time i had ever been away from my parents,and also my first ever time abroad, and to me at the time,it felt like a great adventure.I remember visiting museums where i saw a Viking LongShip and the KonTiki.I also saw the Little Mermaid at Copenhagen Harbour.I enjoyed myself so much that i didnt want to come back home.If anyone out there was on this particular cruise from the same school as me then i would love to hear from you.

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Subject: picture


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simon lewis
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Date Posted: 22:38:36 06/27/11 Mon

picture from that time on the ship.
I went on 2 trips 81-83 . with ashburton high school in croydon . london.
if anyone has any advise , picture , doc. from this time please contact me .
thanks to u all

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Subject: Help with name of BI ship SS Uganda 1958 (Posted by Admin on behalf of B Swannie)


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Date Posted: 22:24:36 06/27/11 Mon

Name: Barry Swannie
E-mail: bswannie@btinternet.com
Subject: SS Uganda? 1958
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Dear Sirs
I don't know whether this is the correct place or not. I am trying to remember the name of a ship that I travelled on in July or August 1958. I was asked at school if I wished to join the Merchant Navy and as I plus 3 other pupils replied positive, my school's careers master had arranged a "familiarisation cruise" as he put it, on a BI steamship.
We sailed from Hull to Bremerhaven on to Antwerp where we took a trip to the World's Fair. We then ended up in London Docks for a few days and eventually we rejoined her to sail on to Liverpool. The ship, I was told at that time, had been to Australia recently as some of the cargo was tinned fruit. I found an Omega Seamaster watch in amongst the cargo when foraging for some cans for some of the crew!
The ship had a classroom on board. A training ship maybe?
All references to SS Uganda conflicts with this story. There appeared to be just us four boys from my school and the crew. Any ideas, please? Kind regards. B Swannie

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Subject: Cruise of 74 or 75


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Roy McCardle
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Date Posted: 20:30:27 06/20/11 Mon

Does anyone remember cruise that went to Sweden,Finland,Denmark and Russia in about 74 or 75.Great time was had and great friends made,still in contact with some.First time away from home on my own,
Remember the beds being very uncomfortable,but after some smuggled drink didnt really care.Dont know how the crew put up with the abuse we gave them.We left from Dundee and arrived back at Greenock.

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Subject: 1977, Rome, Tunis, Malaga & Lisbon


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rich (unimaginable)
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Date Posted: 22:45:38 06/11/11 Sat

1977, we departed from Gatwick on an old Dan-Air plane that looked as if it was held together with sellotape and prit-stick. I was an 11 year old from the outskirts of Bristol and the furthest I'd travelled previously was to Woolacombe in Devon. Ha, i was one of seven kids from a three bedroom council house and although money was very tight, being such a moaner my mum and dad relented and somehow scraped up the 150 quid or so that would send me to the Med for 10 days, just to shut me up. I was the envy of the school and even suffered some abuse as even some of the more 'posher' classmates could only look forward to a weeks pony trekking in North Wales.
I think that because of my background I appreciated the cruise more than most, flying to Rome Airport and boarding a coach that would take us through the winding roads and endless olive groves to the port of civetevcchia, where we met up with SS Uganda, was such a fantastic experience in itself.
I can't say anything bad about the Uganda, I loved the dormatories, I was in Glenn, and despite all the posts about the 'disgusting' food, it all tasted like gourmet meals to me, well I am a proud product of the 'free' school meals of the 1970s.
I honestly had the time of my life in those ten long days, I visited the Coloseum in Rome, threw coins in the Trevi Fountain, and marvelled at St Peters square and Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. I bartered for bongo drums in Tunis, experienced the rain in Spain and nearly got hit by a tram in Lisbon, and of course I puked my guts up while navigating the Bay of Biscay.
As much as I loved visiting these beautiful locations, the best part of the cruise for me was being on board SS Uganda, the larking around in the dormatories, winding up the Matron, the evening discos, 'Convoy' playing on the jukebox, the frog racing (not real frogs), deck hockey and that 9 '0' clock announcement 'Bing Bong, all students must return to their dormatories'.
The school cruise was the holiday of a lifetime, a chance for the 'have nots' to have a bit of the 'have' which has sadly disapeared.

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Subject: ss Uganda officers 1968 - 70


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David Milner (remember?)
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Date Posted: 18:17:49 05/25/11 Wed

Hi
Any passengers or staff recall the great cruises from 68 / 70
My fellow engineer officer - Terry Beaver and me had a wonderful time and the school passengers were a joy to be with.
Anyone remember engine room visits ? that was one of my jobs and the heat was always a good topic of conversation.
Met some good friends from Dartford PE college (deck games specialists) - and ended up marrying one of the ladies (Lindsay)
Great to hear from anyone who can remember.
Regards
David Milner

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Subject: cruise 155 1969?


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stephen hoy (so long ago)
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Date Posted: 21:02:51 05/14/11 Sat

ANYONE REMEMBER THE 155 CRUISE I THINK APPROX 1969, SAILED FROM SOUTH HAMPTON, HAD A COACH CRASH IN VIGO ,ROB I STILL OWE YOU FOR THE RUM,PURLEY SCOOTER CLUB ANYBODY,MY MEMORY IS NOT SO GOOD BUT I STILL REMEMBER SOME FOLK, AND STILL HAVE MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK AFTER ALL THESE YEARS,HAPPY TIMES.

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Subject: November 1975 Possibly Cruise 150


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Boakesey
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Date Posted: 21:41:29 05/08/11 Sun

I was originally bookes to go on a cruise departing the UK and visiting Spain, Portugal and NW Africa, but a few weeks before departure (July 1975) we were told there'd been a mix up and that the cruise was double booked, so we had a choice of taking pot luck on another cruise, or having our money back.
Myself and another girl were the only 2 pupils from our school (in N Wales) who took the alternative cruise, so we were escorted to the airport, then put in with a group from St.Johns in Newfoundland (Newfies) for the trips etc. We were in Oates dormitory. There were also girls from Ipswich in our dorm. We flew to Naples and visited Mykonos, Crete, Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik. We also had the choice of getting up at 4am as we passed Stromboli as it was erupting - that's a sight I'll never forget.
Will try to find some of my photos and scan them for you. If I do, I'll put them on Flickr and post a link here if that's ok.

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Subject: Nov 1973 Cruise 359 Sturminster Newton High School


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Graham Walker (Reflective)
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Date Posted: 18:32:56 05/08/11 Sun

Hi there
My first cruise was on SS Uganda - Nov 73. We flew to Malta, all very exciting as had never flown before. Last port of call was Venice and I flew home from there. It was a fantastic opportunity. On P&O Aurora there is the 'Uganda Room' which has a model of the SS Uganda in it - I always have a look at it when on board. Hooked on cruising now.

Next on Aurora early June 2011 - so will visit Uganda room and once again think about the wonderful opportunity i had as 14 year old boy.

Just looked out the 'Log Book' Great fun to read, spelling awful, places named wrong, seemed to think that Malta was in Greece!

Happy cruising, Graham

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Subject: senile


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Neil lindsay (doh)
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Date Posted: 19:36:06 05/01/11 Sun

cant remember which month.it was my birthday for gods sake ,june this getting old lark is no joke lol

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Subject: fond memories


Author:
Neil Lindsay (very happy memories,)
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Date Posted: 11:24:07 05/01/11 Sun

was on the ss uganda in 1968 ,i was 13 and a pupil at shortlees school,my 14th birthday fell while on the cruise,our ports of call were ponta delgada (azores),funchal (madeira) and vigo (spain)we letf greenock in the summer of 68 cant remember which month,but i recall it was a glorious sunny day,,within the first couple of days we had a sad occasion one of the headmasters from a local school died .which kind of put the dampners on thing,but we carried on and had a great time,the only thing was a lot of people were constantly sea sick ,but i was ok.some fond memories of the sights and smells of the places we visited,,uganda will always be in my thoughts and i was very sad to read captain cox,s accoun of her last day,and the pics of her in that awful condition was shocking,but i suppose that being in the falklands did that,,she should have got a medal for her sevice to her country,,neil lindsay kilmarnock ayrshire
three cheers for the ss uganda

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Subject: National Trust for Scotland cruises


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Ron Young (:-))
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Date Posted: 09:36:27 04/29/11 Fri

In 1980 I took my first overseas holiday on SS Uganda.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) had used her and her predecessors for many years to provide an affordable chance for a group to visit places that were of interest in a friendly atmosphere, letting both the cabins and the schoolchildrens' dormitories to adults.

I went "Dormitory class" on a cruise from Dundee to Narvik, Nordfjord, Tromso, Molde, Bergen and back to Bergen.

The NTS staff were always helpful and the entertainment on board (always with a Scottish theme) first class. Everyone "mucked in" and helped marshal us "dormitory class" passengers in for meals - even Rev Currie, one of the NTS speakers, with his gentle banter.

Perhaps the worst part of that first cruise was the first night when we sailer through force 9 -> 10 gales. The following morning I was one of the few to breakfast (and proud of it). My downfall came during the morning when I went to a lecture presented by a gentleman using 3D slides that needed polarising glasses to see the image. Try keeping your head at the correct angle when your seat is rolling on rough seas. I was VIOLENTLY sick just after the lecture :-(

Despite the above, all of my memories are of a happy holiday and looking forward to the next year.

The following year (1981) the NTS cruise took us to Vlissingen, the Baltic and Copenhahen.

For me the three highlights of that holiday were:-
1) Meeting Sheila, a lovely girl from Stirling
2) Visiting Tivoli Gardens inCopenhagen & waling "home" to the Uganda with Sheila by my side at night.
3) visiting Berlin after a l o n g train journey - this was in the days when it was a divided city.

Sadly, due to the Falklands conflict the 1982 holiday was cancelled and NTS never resurected those cruises with a more affordable price tag :-(

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Subject: Educational cruise October 1982


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alison (emotional)
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Date Posted: 22:53:58 01/01/11 Sat

i can't see anyone who went on a cruise around this time. Alot of countries visited. Reading through this website brings back memories. I went to Newlands all girls school in Workington, Cumbria.

I would do it all again in a heart beat

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Subject: 1968 maiden trip


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Ian Frost (Wonderful)
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Date Posted: 18:26:59 04/20/08 Sun

I have many fond memorys of that voyage. We left Southampton on 27thFeb, for the adventure of life time. Since those times I have returned to all but one of our ports of call........ There was the evening "disco" I remember the Move playing "run and get the fire brigade " pounding through the common room. There was a fancy dress night, I know myself and a couple of lads went for it.As it was the Maiden voyage the education board made a film to show to other schools, and yes it was me who was followed the whole trip with a camera crew.Brilliant

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Subject: 1969 July/August; Cruise #153 Mediterranean


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Heather Liddell / Canada (One of the best times of my life)
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Date Posted: 16:59:12 03/17/11 Thu

After 42 years, this site brought back many memories. Our group was one of the first Canadian groups to join the British Students on the Mediterranean Cruise. Last year, a few of us reconnected through the magic of the internet and we are trying to find more students from the 1969 summer cruise.
Contacted so far: ELAINE BARTON, Montreal; JOAN WOODROOFFE, Ottawa; ROBERT OLIVER, Wicklow, Rep.of Ireland; GWYN HUISH, Bicester, U.K.
If there are any others out there who were on this cruise please contact me at: hliddell@primus.ca
We would love to hear from you. Find any of us on Facebook.

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Subject: SS UGANDA 1981-82?


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JULIE-ANNE CULLIFORD (EMOTIONAL)
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Date Posted: 15:22:30 07/20/07 Fri

Cant believe I have just found this site,it has brought tears to my eyes, such happy memories!! I thought I travelled on the SS Uganda from venice in Oct 81/82 but such a long time ago I am not sure. I do remember swimming in the Dead Sea, visiting the wailing wall, octopus in yugoslavia and B.I. packed lunches, and being woken each morning by 'tunes' such as Hungry like the wolf by Duran Duran!. I won a book token back at my school in Somerset for the impressive log I kept of the journey, wish I kept it. Definately gave me my appetite for travel, would love to hear from anyone who was on same trip.
Julie-Anne

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Subject: SS Uganda 1970


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Jayne Riley
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Date Posted: 02:04:44 03/09/11 Wed

I remeber my educational cruise with such fond memories.......sailed from Southampton, stoped at Gibralter, Malter, Crete, Greece, Santorini and flew home from Venice ......went with Delapre School........remember the dreadful food " tea coffee orange juice" so many kids were seasick over the Bay of Biscay.......boys got very druck in Venice and some of the girls had managed to aquire Italian boyfriends.....not bad for a days work!!!
Such great memories.............

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Subject: 1968 or 1969


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Caroline Clark
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Date Posted: 06:25:54 03/06/11 Sun

Hi I was on the Uganda in the year of 68 or 69. I was at the school called Birch Corpse Primary School. We sailed on the Uganda to Portugal, Spain, and I think it was the Cape of Good Hope ( Africa). I remember buying two cockerals from Portugal for my grand mother she pass away 6 years ago and now I have them back.

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Subject: SS Uganda Cruise Sept 1971 from Belfast


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Ian Balmer
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Date Posted: 22:21:26 07/27/07 Fri

I have just came across this site by accident and it brought back some great memories of my school cruise in September 1971. I had just started 2nd year at Antrim Secondary School and this was my first trip outside Northern Ireland. The ship departed from Belfast on 10th September 1971. After 4 days sailing we arrived at our first port, Ceuta. We then went to Palma, Oran and Gibraltar before returning to Belfast on 24th September. Our school party were in the Hunt and Irvine dorms and we all had a great time. Was sorry to hear of the ships sad end.

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Subject: Cruise just before the Falklands War


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Louise Jones
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Date Posted: 00:04:12 02/12/11 Sat

Hi, Just came across this site and will need to get into loft for exact details. I lived in Werl Germany and attended the British Forces School in Dortmund. It was with this school when I went on my cruise. We flew to England (I think) then off to Split in Yugoslavia. My most vivid memories were the wailing wall and swimming the in the dead sea, anybody remember this cruise....or me?

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Subject: April/May 1978 Cowbridge school


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James Rosser
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Date Posted: 21:38:51 08/31/09 Mon

I went on my first cruise on the SS Uganda after saving up my paper round money for a year to help towards the cost. For some odd reason the dates have stuck in my memory to this day.... 22nd April to the 5th May. It was a fantastic trip starting out with an arrival at Naples airport followed by a coach transfer to the ship waiting dockside in Naples. I remember seeing ladies of the night standing around oil drums filled with burning wood, what an eye opener for a bunch of 15 year old lads. Ports of call that I remember are Naples, Mykinos, Haifa, Alexandria, somewhere in Turkey and Athens. I remember being moored in the water off Haifa and hearing loud booms, rumour was that it was the Israeli secret service dropping depth charges onto Arab subs that were out to get us!! Our imaginations were running wild. Highlights for me included the museum in Cairo, the Pyramids, the Wailing wall, Bethlehem. Had a fantastic trip, met loads of great people and made great friends along the way (Karen Edwards are you out there?) Nearly 31 years later I'm browsing the forums to book my 2nd cruise and I stumble across this thread....what a treat. Anyone else on my trip reading this it would be great to hear from you.
By the way I'm about to book my 2nd cruise on P&O, this time on the Oceana doing a transatlantic crossing from the Caribean to Southampton leaving March next year.
James Rosser

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Subject: finding zita


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kevin (happy)
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Date Posted: 00:09:17 02/08/11 Tue

was on this great ship april 1976. was from leicester and met a girl from staines middlesex. we were both 13 at the time. would love to know what zita went on to do in life.think her full name was susan zita acland snow. many thanks if anyone can help.

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Subject: Uganda


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Karen Barnes (nee Stanyer) (remember it well)
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Date Posted: 15:12:10 01/15/11 Sat

Remember losing weight on this cruise as the smell from the galley was rank.Went on a cruise with Kingsway school 1976 (Feb) flew Dan-Air from london to Malta then onto santorini,cyprus,haifa(jersualem/bethlehem),turkey and then onto venice.Remember londoners and canadians on the cruise and some rough seas!!

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Subject: SS Uganda Models and Memorabilia


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Jim McGivney
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Date Posted: 12:45:36 01/03/11 Mon

A folder of 6 items: 1. A black, white and gold 285 x 135 mm plastic plaque, 285 x 135 mm, with a side-view of "S.S. Uganda" in relief; 2. Booklet, 'Make your own SS Uganda' by Ken and Rex Carr, Thurman Publishing Ltd. London - instructions for making 'A detailed and attractive scale cut model of the SS Uganda pre-cut and ready to assemble, NEW and complete; 3. Passenger list: 'SS Uganda 14,430 tons gross for East Africa sails Royal Albert Dock 3rd January, 1960, with list of officers, and lists of First and Tourist class passengers and their disembarkation points; 4. Embarkation Notice for passengers, listing the ports of call - Gibraltar, Port Said, Aden, Mombasa, Tanga, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, and Beira; 5. Breakfast Menu, SS Uganda, for Wednesday, 27 January 1960; 6. Song Sheet, Uganda 1978, by the National Trust for Scotland, probably issued on one of the last educcational voyages undertaken by SS Uganda before its final act as a troop carrier in the Falkland War (1982). A unique set of memorabilia for a fondly remembered part of British colonial maritime history. £45.00 jim@kenyabooks.com LB6

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Subject: 1977 Baltic Cruise


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Steve
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Date Posted: 17:14:28 01/02/11 Sun

I was on the 1977 Batic Cruise that missed Visby due to inclement weather
I appeared in the gangshow doing a routine involving making people laugh through some magic tricks - that I seem to remember went down quite well
I remember the water squirts at Leningrad and Tivoli gardens - most of all, I remember the disco with I FEEL LOVE (Donna Summer) being played over and over again.....

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Subject: ss uganda christmas 1978/79


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kevin (happy days)
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Date Posted: 14:01:35 12/20/10 Mon

what good memories was on ship christmas 1978/1979 i think fantastic memories was with eccleshill upper school brsdford can remember going down to the engine room and a lad from liverpool gave us a tour of the engine room we was in a dorm with some canadian lads one night i was awoken by them hitting us with pillows so if that was you get in touch we was in bethlehem on christmas day with our packed lunch from the canteen with apples that was soggy but enjoyed every minute of the cruise going to see if i can find the photographs in my loft maybe some good ones to remind me of the experience i had

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Subject: SS UGANDA DURING FALKLAND CONFLICT


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LESLIE ALDRIDGE (REMEMBER WATER RATIONING)
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Date Posted: 03:00:44 12/12/06 Tue

Anybody serving on ss uganda with me in 1982, wanting to write or exchange memoirs please contact me . i was a nurse during the conflict . hope to hear

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Subject: Med cruise on Uganda


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Mary Graham
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Date Posted: 10:00:18 09/10/08 Wed

I cruised on the Uganda with fellow pupils from Grangemouth High School in early 70's from Greenock visiting Malaga, Barcelona, Gibraltar and Lisbon. Had a wonderful time and remember with glee some of the many antics my fellow shipmates got up to. Our teachers must have had the patience of saints! Is there anyone out there who remembers this particular cruise. I think it was July 1971 or 1972.

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Subject: Michael James Kelly (MICK)


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Cathy Cowley
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Date Posted: 22:43:33 12/02/10 Thu

Hello,

I am looking for help. My dad Michael James Kelly was on the SS Uganda in 1982 as a volunteer he was 56 years old. I am hoping someone will have heard of him and help me with some information I am looking for.

Many thanks
Cathy Cowley

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Subject: Spammers


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Ashley(Runt) Forum Admin
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Date Posted: 08:35:45 10/02/10 Sat

Just a note to anyone spamming this forum.
This forum is for and about SS Uganda.
Forum readers are NOT interested in signing up for Diplomas and such like when reading the forum.
All future spam posts will have there emails and IP addresses reported to both Voy.com and to the spammers ISP.

Yours,
Ashley (Runt) Forum Admin.

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Subject: cruise 155 1968/9


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stephen hoy (happy days)
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Date Posted: 23:35:23 09/22/10 Wed

Finding this site made the old grey matter delve back into the dusty history of times gone by!, Sailed from Southamton to the Canarys, Vigo, El porto, and others i cannot recall,I can remember that Rob still owes me twelve shillings and sixpence for half a bottle of rum, plus interest over forty two years comes to around um may be a full bottle by now, So Rob if you ever read this i am sure you just forgot mate, Another person that i have never forgotten is Jenny routhwaite, hope life has dealt you a good hand, I still have your letter and photo,Having read a lot of the listings on this site i had a look in my possesions and i still have my autograph book of the cruise.Makes good reading, sad that the ship is no more ,but never forgotten by a lot of people it seems, My wanderlust stemmed by this holiday which then cost around sixty pounds i think, John galione and miss Gahoone were our teachers in charge at the time, that is up to the day we went through the bay of biscay, And yes i can remember throwing a few deckchairs over the rails, and getting drunk on a bottle of port, Which by the way Rob i still enjoy !, ANYWAY ENOUGH FOR NOW, My email details are on the site if you have some memories of times gone by!!

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Subject: Cruise no 131 11th Feb 1969


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Caroline Turner
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Date Posted: 21:03:28 06/29/08 Sun

Came across your site while Googling SS Unganda. I was on one of the early cruises in 1969 and it is an experience I will never forget. I recently came across my log book, itinerary and even a luggage label while browsing in my loft the other day, I wish I had written more than the first two days in the log, but from that I can definitely say we flew out from Gatwick to Venice on the 11th February 1969. I can still remember the fun we had on the train to Gatwick from Newcastle, it was a corridor train and we were meant to be trying to get some sleep before the flight but we were all too excited. I even came across some postcard I had bought but not sent - I'd even written on a couple of them, and a letter one of my schoolfriends back home had sent to me, I remember receiving this after we docked in Gibralter. Reading this took me back to being a 14 year old schoolgirl again!!.
I'll never forget the site of seeing Uganda berthed in Itea when we made the coach trip up through the olive groves to Delphi, that view was spectacular and one I experienced again a couple of years ago when my husband and I visited Delphi again, I must admit I had a tear in my eye when I looked down.
I still remember dancing to the Beatles "Revolution", my first romance, not to mention my first taste of Retcina in Pireas, (I still think it tastes like vinegar) I remember the caves in Gibratar, the barbary apes stealing our snacks and the thrill of being able to buy a Kit Kat (doesn't take much to please me) I bought Love Affairs album "Everlasting Love Affair" there (still have it somewhere).
I so appreciate my parents allowing me to go on the "School Cruise" I remember them saving so hard so I could have the "Experience of a Lifetime" as they put it they said I might never get the chance again to visit these places. Happily they were wrong and I have managed to visit Venice, Athens, Delphi and Pompeii again. I even managed to get to the top of Vesuvius this time, for some reason we girls were not allowed to go on the trip to the top in 1969 !!! It has been so thrilling to be able to revisit these places each one brought back so many happy memories of the "School Cruise"
Does anyone remember the smell in the corridor by the canteen? I even remember the dormitory "Nansen" and my friend Joan falling out of the top bunk. We had such fun.
I would love to hear from anyone who was on that cruise, I would particularly love to see some photos as mine didn't come out very good.
So many wonderful memories - apart from being very seasick in the Bay of Biscay (seems to be a common thread there) - THANK YOU SS Uganda

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Subject: Engineer Cadet Uganda.


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David Moss
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Date Posted: 11:03:47 10/04/05 Tue

My name is Dave Moss AKA SPIV. I was an Engineer Cadet on the Uganda from the start of September 1980 until the dry dock in Malta Jan 1981.
The four months on the Uganda or the Dredger as she was known to many were the amongst the happiest and most influential of my life.
My first cruise was from Dublin to Fatima in Portugal on a "religious pilgramage" by 2000 of Eire's finest. Talk about a baptism of fire. Great fun.
After the Irish cruise it was on to the every day of the school cruises. I consider myself very lucky to have sailed on such a great ship with so much hisory.

I now live in Finland and am currently studying the Finnish language at college. I am not quite the oldest student on the course but not far from it. On Friday the 6th I have to make a two hour presentation on a subject of my choice. I have chosen Uganda her history and my time aboard. The websites dedicated to this ship are great. Some brilliant memories have come back.

Other members ofthe crew I remember. Roger Marshall, Dave Kirch, Chris Freeman (Mutley) Michael Blaskewitch (Blaster)
James Walton (Jimbo) Maurice not Morris (Geordie Electrician) Radar, Geoff Kimber, Ian Shufflebotham (Shuffs) Laurie Bradley, Bernie Newby, Bob Brunie (Big Cornish Guy with an accordian) Sam fellow Eng Cadet. Ralph.
Hillary and Babs the bankers. Radio Ray. Adam Barnhill (died in Turkey) Hilkka (Asmat) Ron Furlong (Action Man)
Asmat from Chipping Sodbury with black glasses.

There are more whose faces I can see but names escape me now. If anybody on this list is out there still alive and wants to get in touch please do. If your not on the list but remeber me sorry but I'm fourty three you know.

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Subject: SS Uganda - 83 Ascension - Falmouth - Falklands


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Steve Mitchell
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Date Posted: 12:24:19 04/21/08 Mon

I have fond memories of Uganda. I was a Signals JNCO and when I arrived at Ascension by VC10 we sailed straight back to Falmouth for a refit. Then completed 3 trips from Ascension to Stanley and back.

Remember the trigger fish eating my flip flops !

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Subject: Voyage- Momsasa- Tilbury 1962


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Caroline Cowell
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Date Posted: 23:58:47 08/20/10 Fri

My family sailed for about three weeks thru the Red Sea visiting Aden, Port S,uez,Port Said, thru Straits of Messina, saw Stromboli, Pompei, cameo factory. Up to Barcelona on to Marseilles ,Cadiz horrid squall in the Channel but a fantastic voyage. We were lucky to sail First Class, the pool was great, Miss Marian the childrens Hostess was super. My parents sat at Captain Jack Hamiltons table and were lifelong friends . We had a great Italian band for dancing to and I remember so well the Magician( guli-guli man) in the Suez. Dolphins swimming with us and the flying fish in the Red Sea !
After six months leave in England we did the return journey. I had my 12 th birthday on board too. We had different Ports of call, being Tilbury ,Gibralter, Barcelona, Port Said, Port Suez seeing all the battle wrecked ships half sunk in the canal was interesting. I remeember the Capt was in a quandary wether to put in to Aden or Djibuti as thee was trouble in Aden . To our dismay he chose Aden and only adults were allowed ashore !!
Great sailing, food, fun etc, we were spoiled rotten !!
Ah... such great memories. I have always had a huge place in my heart for the Uganda and then she went on to be a school cruiser and Hospital ship ! What a Lady.. !!

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Subject: SS UGAND 1978 BISHOP RAMSEY SCHOOL RUISLIP


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SABBIR (MEMORIES)
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Date Posted: 12:58:19 08/12/10 Thu

WENT IN 1978 ON ss UGANDA something I shall always treausre in my memories somtiems when I remanisence old memories this trip stood out .Flew from gatwick on dan air than got ss Uganda from athens ,went to small port in turkey (cud neva remember name) than to haifa and malta we embarked and caught plane back to gatwick..........I remembr a school from wales on same cruise there asian girl there i fancied but never got her name....ARE YOU READING THIS ,,,get hold of me

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Subject: ss uganda


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alan barwell (happy)
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Date Posted: 21:18:29 08/06/10 Fri

i have very fond memory's of the uganda docking at 28 berth royal albert docks london,now city airport runway.her and her sister ship ss Kenya.When in dock i would go on board,and talk to crew.I think it was the uganda that unloaded the gaint tortoises for london zoo

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Subject: September 81


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Karen Johnson
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Date Posted: 22:01:23 07/28/10 Wed

Aww what a lovely trip down memory lane. I had my 15th birthday on Uganda on Sep 28th 1981. Me and my friend Andrea were so excited that we were being given such a great opportunity. Pleased it wasnt just us that thought the food was awful.(and the leering foreign men that served it). I think we lived on bread rolls and Revels!! I really wish Id kept all the literature that we accumulated as I cant even specify where we went!! Thats bad isnt it and I would give my right arm to do it again now Im older. I know we started at Portsmouth and I vividly remember them playing Rod Stewarts " Sailing" as we left the harbour. First place we went was Gibralter and we ended up in Athens from which we flew home. In between, the places I remember are: Sicily, Pisa, Florence and Istanbul. Some other places in Greece that I dont remember the name of but DO remember having to wear our school blazers in the full Greek heat!! Also remember everyone walking with sick bags while going through Bay of Biscay. Only relief was to sit out on deck. I would be really pleased if anyone could fill me in on some of the finer details of that great trip.

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Subject: December 1979


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Paul Hughes
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Date Posted: 18:08:25 07/21/10 Wed

This site has brought back great memories. I along with my school mates from 'The Deanes School' in Thundersley, Essex flew out to Naples on a old Dan Air Comet in December 1979. We the visited Pompei, Kos, Egypt, Israel, Sicily etc.
I still remember the smell of the food and the happy Indian crew and the days of sea sickness. A few of the students spent time in the hospital ward with yellow fever.
I have just seen a photograph of the Uganda from the eighties after it was washed ashore in a typhoon and partially stripped before being scrapped.
A sad end to a ship that holds so many memories for so many people.

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Subject: SS Uganda 1963 and 1964


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Mary Woodman
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Date Posted: 07:44:16 07/17/10 Sat

What wonderful memories are conjured when reading about the ssUganda which I was fortunate to travel on in 1963 (UK to Mombasa) and 1964 (UK to Mombasa). What a sad and undignified ending after glorious days at sea.

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Subject: Uganda stuck on sandbank, Dundee 1976


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Lindsey (Happy)
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Date Posted: 21:24:01 07/09/10 Fri

This was my first trip on the Uganda, it was a National Trust holiday, August (I think) 1976. We had to wait for hours while the tug boats rescued the ship. The Salvation Army arived with food while we waited on the dock. I met some lovely cadets, still think of them to this day. Elton and Kikki had the song Don't Go Breaking My Heart and Rod Stewart's Sailing was in the chats too for the second time.
Were you on this trip?

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Subject: School Cruise - 1980 I think - Canary Islands


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Martin Robson
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Date Posted: 03:56:52 06/25/10 Fri

Hi all,

Wonder if anyone remembers the cruise I was on. We went from St Wilfrids School in South Shields and embarked at Southampton for a cruise around the Canary Islands. We also took in Gibraltar and La Carruna.....I think it was the summer of 1980

It was a fantastic time and one that I will always remember. We were allowed to do so many things that we would never allow our kids to do now! I think it was this cruise that made me discover what girls really were and really was the beginning of my teenage years. I remember listening to Rush - Spirit of Radio and Meatloaf - Two out of three aint bad in the common room and spending our pocket money on pop and sweets. We were allowed to take 50 pounds with us and it felt like we were loaded. Most of our money went on tacky presents and sly packs of ciggies:-)

I got sunburned and remember having the skin ripped from my back in an inter dormitary towel fight! All in all it was a brill trip and I agree with all of the sentiments aired on the forum....what a great chance for us kids:-) I wish my mam and dad had had enough money to let me take a camera but I will always be thankful for them scraping the money together to send me on it in the first place....I think it was a wopping 150 quid!!!!...a lot of money in those days!

Anyway...great times and a great site.

Get in touch if you fancy a chat about the SS Uganda and the cruise I was on.

Martin

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Subject: 1981 or 82 cruise


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Dave Gratton
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Date Posted: 21:51:41 05/26/10 Wed

So many fantastic memories! Think the Lincolnshire Cruise took place in October 1981, we flew to Venice, just after it had flooded so it stank, then onto Korchula, egypt, jeruselem, greece, malta. Remember 95% of the boat catching a bug, me included and missing the gully, gully man. Also remember playing hockey on deck and stuffing everyone we played, except when I hit the rope puck over the side of the ship, well not just 1 it was actually 3!
Also, remember doing a show at the end, and I was the holiday salesman, trying to flog holidays in Skeggy, comedy based on Monty Python sketch. Paul Kendrick was playing the part of a husband, and another girl from Boston Kitwood was his missus!
Any one who went on that cruise, look on facebook under Branston School, I've posted a photo on there.

I too still have a mug from the cruise, wonder if it's worth owt now hmmm.... hold on ebay awaits.............

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Subject: Frances - where are you now....


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Chris Holland
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Date Posted: 11:57:56 09/17/07 Mon

SS Uganda was such a blast - like most on this forum I have nothing but good memories (although 24 hours of violent seasickness on one trip is debatable - but I laugh about it now). I was lucky to get to go on three trips (yup - I guess my parents REALLY wanted to be rid of me !). One trip in particular was delayed in Athens - where I met the beautiful Frances. All I have left now is a few photos and her dorm badge (yup still got it somewhere - speke dorm. We swapped badges - how romantic! However, me being really stupid got her school address but not her surname - so completely blew any chance of contacting her again - So FRances from Speke - where are you now ! I have terrbile photos you would laugh at!

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Subject: SS Uganda - Troopship 1984


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Leighton Yeo (Remeniscent)
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Date Posted: 04:56:26 04/22/10 Thu

Uganda was a beautiful ship, a triumph of British shipbuilding. I had the splendid opportunity of two voyages on her in the early months of 1984, the first Ascension - Stanley as a passenger & the second, working as a Royal Army Educational Corps Instructor Officer running an NCOs promotion exam preparation course on the return journey north. My accommodation, a single cabin in what used to be first class, was very confortabl - a little cramped - but I was not complaining. The state rooms, the library & the dining room with its splendid fresco of the port of London in the 18th Century were superb. The P&O crew could not have been more helpful & sunshine & blue seas made it feel like a holiday cruise.

Disembarking at Stanley, jumping 6 feet on to a moving mexefloat with all my kit was challenging but everything remained intact. Feeding bread rolls to the trigger fish at Ascension was another experience - can you imagine the sea boiling with those beasties? Plastic bags & bottles in the sea 1500 miles from the nearest land is an unfortunate memory but Uganda's 30 year old British built engines & hull kept us sailing through with only the barest perception of rocking by waves.

Instructing over, the return south to Stanley by RAF Hercules on a mail & cargo flight was also something to remember. It involved mid-air refuelling which can have 3 results -

1. it works;
2. a diversion to Montevideo to find out all about customs restrictions & South American food; or
3. seeing if a Herc can float.

Fortunately, the RAF crew got it absolutely right but the tangible tension on the flight deck during refuelling suggested that it was not a foregone conclusion, not quite like pulling into Watford Gap services. Landing at Stanley Airfield was also something not to be forgotten. I hadn't experienced such a steep angle of descent since I was a 9 year old on the Barry Island roller coaster. I have not always been very kind about the "Crabs" but those chaps did very well that day.

In contrast to my experience on Uganda, my final voyage home back to Berkshire via Ascension on MV Keren, formerly a North Sea ferry was, quite frankly, miserable.

Ashley, thank you for giving a sad old git the oppurtunity to witter about his limited nautical experiences. Uganda was the finest of ships & should have been preserved to teach our young boys & girls about how things should be built & run.

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Subject: kent de 1979


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angus
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Date Posted: 18:51:37 04/20/10 Tue

I was from st Georges in broadstairs and i went on the Uganda in 1979 around the med.Highlights for me were Pompeii , pyramids, stromboli and my mate Andy falling off one of the dining room chairs and breaking it.

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Subject: BALTIC CRUISE 1973 ?


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WENDY FORBES AT THE TIME (GOOD FUN)
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Date Posted: 00:40:23 04/05/10 Mon

WENT WITH OTHER SCHOOLS FROM ABERDEEN, WE WERE FROM HILTON ACADEMY,LEFT FROM DUNDEE,VISITED VISBY,LENINGRAD (TRAVELLED BY TRAIN TO MOSCOW), HELSINKI AND COPENHAGEN.
WISH I COULD GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN NOW, WE WERE TO YOUNG TO REALISE HOW LUCKY WE WERE AT THE TIME AND DID NOT REALLY TAKE ENOUGH NOTICE OF PLACES WE VISITED. TYPICAL TEENAGERS !

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Subject: cruise 1980/1981


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Stephen Olley (happy)
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Date Posted: 22:07:20 03/22/10 Mon

I had the good fortune in being able to go on ssUganda in about 80/81 and what wounderful memmories of the my visits to the pyramids with the jouney up the nile and the lovely reasurance that Uganda was waiting for us at the end of the day.The final day of the cruise whilse all boarding the coach i remmember not a dry eye on board as we all looked back at our home Uganda ,bless you now where ever you are you made a young boy very happy.

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Subject: Maiden Voyage


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Michael Bradley
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Date Posted: 21:53:00 03/12/10 Fri

I was lucky enough to be on that maiden voyage in February 1968. I still have my log book and many happy memories of that cruise. I especially remember the sunshine in Greece in February, a shock to a young Brit! I eventually ended up living in Florida and I attribute my wanderlust and love of the sunshine to that cruise!

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Subject: First day heaven, second day hell ! ! !


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Mark Vassallo
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Date Posted: 19:45:25 03/07/10 Sun

"First day heaven, second day hell !!!" was the graffiti that I saw written in pencil next to my bunk as we left Malta in JAN1976.

Sure enough on our way to Alexandria the sea got rough and we all got sick. I can still remember (aged 11) leaning over the railings and being sick . . . following the sight of mu sick down to the sea and hitting someone being sick on a lower deck!!! Just as I was about to smile, I felt someone else's sick (from a higher deck) hitting me on the back of the head.

I can remember so many details of that trip - the boys in Egypt pesteing us to change money, calling our "Bound, Bound, Bound" (sic. Pound) and offering a good rate of exchange for our Pound.

Sailing past Cyprus on Sunday morning on our way to Mersin. Seeing buses powered by overhead cables. Rhodes and then Athens. Visiting a boys' school in Athens (affiliated to De La Salle). Beleiving more in the Greek gods than the one I had been brought up with and I clearly remember for many years praying to those same gods to help me through my exams!!!

Visiting the bridge abd being told that the shio displaced just under 17,000 tons - I still use this as a yardstick for comparing ship sizes today.

Lectures in the cinema, getting up set at seeing the signs "No school children beyond this point", emergency drill with the crew donning life jackets before the drill started (not fair), quiots, fancy dress night (I dressed up as an arab!!!) . . .

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Subject: Many Moons Ago


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Euan McKerrell
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Date Posted: 20:27:00 02/23/10 Tue

Clearing out my house getting ready to move came across a " Tea Towel " that I purchased on board Uganda. If my memory serves me correctly I went on the 1972 Cruise to La Coruna, Tangiers, Barcelona, Gibraltar & Lisbon. I think I was in Piccard Dorm sharing it with pupils from Port Glasgow High, Greenock High & Mount High, bit cramped for space. We sailed from Leith Edinburgh and returned to Greenock.

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Subject: Baltic Cruise 1977


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Steve
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Date Posted: 14:01:25 11/30/07 Fri

I was on the Baltic Cruise 1977 - We did Copenhagen, Missed Visby due to bad weather - on to Helsinki and finally Leningrad before the long journey home to Southampton
What fun it was - especially the show that we "had" to put on for the normal fare paying passengers
I remember being in Helsinki when the news of Elvis's death was announced - plus the discos in the "bar area" - drinking fizzy orange at 5p per cup
What memories - 30 years ago

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Subject: projections mervyn farmer


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MERVYN FARMER (merv)
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Date Posted: 13:40:08 01/23/10 Sat

I am looking at my seamans book i was on SS NEVASA in 7.7.73 till 4.8.73, Then i went back on the SS OCEAN MONARCH 25.8.73 till 7.6.74 and then SS ARCADIA till 31.10.76. Now the SS UGADA 23.11.76 till 03.09.77 I was not cut out for this ship,in saying that i was let go the big a. Then P and O put me on the love boat/ do you now that tv show. Wot i am looking for is sum one that was on the ships at the same times as i am makeing a movie. All the best Mervyn. Ps I have been liveing in USA for a long time and now in THAILAND mervynfarmer@yahoo.com if in THAILAND call 0850415979.

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Subject: Great time, food not so good


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Tony Wye
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Date Posted: 23:59:17 04/28/05 Thu

I went on Uganda in September 81. P&O had some deal with British Airways so I went with other kids whose parents worked for BA. Our Dorm was in the bowls of the ship. I remember all the other kids were from Liverpool, couldnt understand anything they said.

We went to Lisbon, Malaga, Ajaccio (Corsica), Rome & Athens. There was one other place but I cant remember its name (maybe a greek Island). We flew back from Athens on Laker Airways.

I distinctly remember the guy in the canteen who used to give out bread and butter as you walked in, he was indian and had a patch over one eye on his glasses.

Still have really good memories.

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Subject: School Med Cruise March 1979


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Carolyn Lever
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Date Posted: 22:54:43 12/31/09 Thu

I sailed on this wonderful ship as part of a 2 week Educational Cruise with Gedling Comprehensive School on March 9th 1979. We flew British Caledonian from Gatwick (the first time on a plane for many of us) to Marco Polo Airport, Venice, where we embarked the Uganda. We sailed to Itea/Delphi/Piraeus/Thessaloniki/Istanbul/Santorini and then on to Malta before flying back home.

Things I still, and will probably always, remember:

* Being woken up with "The Reveille Rock" playing loudly on the juke box each morning!

* The really salty water in the swimming pool on deck.

* Lying in my bunk feeling ill one morning - a combination of sea sickness and eating too much Turkish Delight the night before!

* Somehow managing to buy a bottle of ouzo at a cafe in Thessaloniki along with a few packs of the ouzo sweets which we 'smuggled' into our dorm - named 'Vasco Da Gama' dorm.

* One of my school mates (John?) exchanging a pair of his denim jeans for a full length black leather coat at a bazaar in Istanbul - apparently denim was a rare commodity there at that time.

* Hearing the sad news that Richard Beckinsale had passed away as we were waiting at the harbourside in Valletta, Malta after disembarking the Uganda for the last time. An emotional day all round.

* The fab girls from a school in Scarborough who stayed in our dormitory, some of whom I kept as penpals for a few years afterwards.

Great times and fantastic memories. So sad to hear how the ss Uganda ended her days and I feel very privileged to have sailed on her. Would love to hear from anyone who might have been on this same cruise.

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Subject: SS UGANDA VOYAGE - 1963


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Date Posted: 08:35:24 12/28/09 Mon

I sailed from Mombasa to London on the SS Uganda in 1963 with my mother & sister, having spent the first 10 years of my life living in East Africa. This was the end of a chapter in my life (just before independence for Kenya) and was a very sad time. The voyage itself was a glorious adventure & I remember docking at the Royal Docks in London and wondering how cold it was! Those were the days!

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Subject: School cruise 1971


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Sally
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Date Posted: 23:00:22 12/26/09 Sat

What a fantastic site... just watched titanic movie and it reminded me of my school cruise. Sailed from Southampton to Coruna (spain), Gibralter, Ceuta and Lisbon with Marish School, Langley, Berks. Unfortunatly didnt have a camera in them days and my most notable memories are falling off the top bunk and getting a gash above my eye that the ships matron painted purple with iodine! -cutting my leg in the swimming pool - and getting german measles and having to be put in quarantine with a few other kids. I couldnt go in the school coach when we were at port and had to be driven separately in a minibus to visit some caves with stalagtites. Have a very vivid memory of a beggar in Ceuta who had ONE ENORMOUS FOOT!!.. funny what sticks in your mind when you're 11.

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Subject: SS UGANDA CRUISE 1980 (?)


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Glen Ferris
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Date Posted: 13:17:26 06/08/09 Mon

Hi, I remember cruising the med sometime in 1980 along with my sister Justine.
We were part of the Thurstable Comprehensive lot from Essex.
I was about 14 and she was 13 or so. We stopped in Venice, Haifa, Malta and maybe Limassol? and Cyprus? I'm certain we either flew in to meet the ship at Nicosia or left her there and flew home.
We visited Taormina near Vesuvius ( I think) and to this day remember Stromboli erupting in the dark every fifteen minutes as we sailed away from Malta towards Israel.

I recall my sister being allowed up on the bridge and 'steering' the ship on a Wednesday I think.
That same afternoon we grounded on a sandbar and had to deduct Dubrovnik from the itinerary whilst we either sat aground or had repairs done, can’t recall exactly but we certainly missed Yugoslavia off the cruise and spent an extra day on board.
I blamed my sisters’ steering as you can imagine only a brother can.

I remember docking in Haifa and there were two submarines berthed either side of us, which was pretty weird at that time as I hadn’t seen one up close. It was also unnerving when we went to Jerusalem as the teachers were talking about the safety aspect a heck of a lot as I recall.
I recall filing silently into this hole in the ground where we were shown an oil filled star in a marble floor which was supposed to be the spot where Jesus was born and I thought it was such a major let down…..kids eh..Never satisfied.

I recall Venice very well, cruising down the Grand Canal in a little tender/tilly?..and being told all about the ‘Bridge of Sighs’, felt very sad about how the name came about.

Life on board the ship was an absolute blast and I can’t remember seeing the teachers much at all!( we later found out there was a lot of ‘shennanigans’ going on and to be honest, a free cruise , lots of free time, who the hell wouldn’t seek out some RnR?)

I remember taking photos of a funeral procession complete with scary black horses and carriages on Sicily and a teacher whipping my camera away as it was a ‘mafia wedding?....
Highly unlikely Tony Soprano would step outa his limo and introduce me to the fishes for takin a wiseguy snap of his dead uncle but hey, my teacher was proper worried!

I don’t think we really had a care in the world in those two weeks, they were hilarious, I remember one of our lot being taken of the day trip back to the infirmary as he had sunk an entire bottle of Ouzo and they were considering flying him home, for bad behaviour or sickness I couldn’t tell you!..haha…was he sick or what…

Talking of which, there was a very VERY bad storm , mega waves and serious pitching/ yawing etc, I was as sick as a dog!..we were confined to bunks and I hung on to mine listening to the other lads barf chunks in the little bags they gave us…It was a pretty awful time and a lot of kids were seriously ill but eventually the squall abated and we were allowed up on deck after the final nights curfew.

I met a girl called Yvonne who I immediately fell in love with, like you do in such nautical romantic situations. Come on, 14 years of age, alone on a boat with raging seas and raging hormones, who aint gonna go overboard for a cutie with a different accent?
I remember she came from a school with a uniform that had pale blue jumpers and therefore she was easily spottable as we trudged across stinking sulphur pits on Taoramina or at the amphitheatre on Cyprus.

I think it was Athena’s amphitheatre or something to do with love as I remember my sister making fun of me at the time as she knew about my ‘crush’…ahh…happy days.

I first threw a bloody fit when I knew my kid sister was going with me on the same cruise but in fact, years of sibling scraps gave way to multiple sea faring hi-jinks including serious disco dancing showdowns and excuses for both of us to be in the girls/ boys dorms…she was a right laugh and even though she grounded a flippin cruise liner, she had most of us in stitches with some of the stuff she used to get up to especially coming up with major food supplies out of nowhere.

I think the chefs had a soft spot for her and gave her loads of free grub which came my way.
I remember the food being reasonable, except for Black Pudding, which I have never seen before and never eaten since…

The canteen had a very distinct smell which I can still smell to this day when I try..not a bad smell, just very specific to that time and place, we used to queue on the stairs down two decks and we used to play a game called ‘break your legs’..
You’d jump from the top of the stairs just as the ship was troughing out in a wave and catch her as she came back up and you spent ages in the air but timed I to be a soft landing, it was like jumping in weightlessness..

We got severely B*****ked as the crew told us you can misjudge the timing and break your legs as the ship rose up..
Yeah….maybe…but we carried on for days doing this trick….

I recall the disco’s being held in a room we were not usually allowed in which had two enormous elephant tusks near a door, and remember standing by a muster station listening to Message In A Bottle by the Police and looking out to a jet black sea thinking even at that young age, how lucky am I to be doing this.

So with that in mind, a huge thank you to the crew and engineers, above and below decks both seen and unseen for providing the basis for an unforgettable two weeks of my childhood on a vessel that to this day still sails regularly across my memory.
SS Uganda was a ship of wonder for so many kids and I for one feel very lucky to have sailed with her and to have such vivid, fun, haunting and above all cherished memories of the great lady.

Rust In Piece ‘SS Uganda’
( I have three or four snaps, if anyone would like a copy, please feel free to email me and I’ll happily share them)

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Subject: uganda 1968


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Linda
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Date Posted: 18:10:18 09/06/08 Sat

sailed on the Uganda march/april time 1968.I was 13 at the time,we flew from Gatwick to Genoa,then to Malta,Alexandria,Antalya in Turkey,Athens,then Venice.We had a fantastic time.Our Dorm was right at the bottom of the ship,and a boys school was on the floor above us.A Matron "stood guard"on the landing all night so none of us got up to any high jinx!We had a midnight feast one night and got caught by the matron,the next morning we were on our hands and knees scrubbing the floor!!The disco was great and the sea was rough.I dont know how todays "Health&Safety"would cope with 100s of young kids running amok on a ship.Anyway I have such good memories of the trip and wonder if there are any other fellow travellers from Rushey Mead Girls school,Leicester.Our Geography teacher was Mrs.Winter.

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Subject: SS Uganda Enamel Badge


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Ashley (Forum Admin)
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Date Posted: 23:48:06 02/23/04 Mon

Came across this Enamel SS Uganda badge.
I know that they are hard to find now (I had the last one off the Uganda Trust), Well it`s on Ebay and I`m sorry if you don`t read about it till after it`s finished.
Might bid on it my self.
Here`s the link : SS Uganda Enamel Badge

Ashley (Runt)
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Subject: can anyone tell me the year of the cruise from athens ended venice


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brandt tudgay
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Date Posted: 18:38:55 10/10/09 Sat

I cannot remember if it was 79 or 80.
If any one was present or can tell me i would be most grateful

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Subject: Cruise Nov-Dec 1969


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Margaret Davies (Memorable and enjoyable.)
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Date Posted: 11:54:31 09/18/09 Fri

I remember the SS Uganda so well. I went with Hall Green Bilateral School in Birmingham. We visited Malta, Gibraltar, Alexandria, Cairo, Athens and Venice. The cruise cost GBP62. I took GBP10 spending money which was an absolute fortune - I had saved it from a paper round.
My Dad had had a works accident the year before and my Mom struggled with money, but didn't want to see me go without.
I remember writing a diary - one item I still recall was "we had mock turtle soup today and steak." Both of these were luxuries back in 1969.
We still did lessons onboard ship, but they didn't seem to be an issue.
I loved this cruise, it has inprinted on my mind ever since.

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Subject: Maiden Voyage 1951


Author:
Audrey Lewis (nee Colman)
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Date Posted: 17:32:02 09/11/09 Fri

Is there anybody out there who sailed on SS Uganda maiden voyage in 1951? I joined the ship at Tilbury replacing a last minute cancellation. Mombasa was my destination where I met up with my fiancee. We were married in a little African Church near Mombasa on September 6th 1952.

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Subject: Uganda November 1969 Stockwell Hill School


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Mark Edgeworth
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Date Posted: 05:21:09 09/10/09 Thu

I was on the Uganda with my school mates in November 1969. We came from Stockwell Hill Secondary School in Bristol. I cant remember everybody but I was with Rob (Rover) Williams and a bunch of other apprentice reprobates. We flew to Venice and sailed merrily off into the med, but not before taking one of the table tennis tables down the gang plank and onto the dockside for a game of beer fuelled table tennis....got in big poo for that one. I was lucky enough to meet Lesley Bass from Hornchurch in Essex on that trip....ah, my first love. We stayed in touch until 1981 but then I moved to NZ and lost contact. If you are out there Lesley it would be lovely to catch up and compare children! The Uganda was a great little ship unti it hit a ripple, then it was off like a bucking bronco. Interesting that almost everyone remembers the Bay of Biscay crossings...who could forget. There were not enough brown paper bags in the world for that trip......only three of us went down for breakfast and boy did we play up. Ate loads of bacon, sausages and eggs then spent the next few hours happily telling all the sickies on deck how good the greasy food was, ah what fun, just dont stand infront of them when you do it..lol. Anyway, I loved the trip, we got pissed in Venice, Izmir and Tangier, and the Master at arms didnt catch us once. Our best effort was saved for the Master at arms (adolf), we nicked his hat and fed it to sharks as we saild past Rhodes...ha, ha, got you, you miserable bugger. Happy days to all.

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Subject: USS UGANDA cruise - Dunoon Grammar School 72-74


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Coby (Merryman) Burns
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Date Posted: 02:19:16 08/03/09 Mon

My parents sent my sister Cathy and I on a 2 week cruise on the Uganda. Fellow students Duncan McKechnie and American Ronald Murdoch also were on that cruise of the names I remember. I remember going to Santander, SP and Lisbon, POR. We probably stopped elsewhere, my memory is sketchy. Our minders were our science teacher Mr Mitchell and his wife. There were only 3 Americans from Dunoon Grammar that cruise and we gave our teacher no end of headaches, unfortunately, none of which here our fault directly. My sister and I held up the ship for hrs at one of the ports while our green cards were verified, a British official had stamped 2 weeks, instead of 2 yrs on them (We had been in Scotland for over 1 yr by then). Mr Mitchell was NOT happy. On another evening, I had my favorite drink before hitting my berth. 'Fresca' ('It's Frothy Man!' Remember the polar bear with sunglasses?) Later that night I was shaken awake by a few girls who asked me to move to another bunk, I did. About 10 minutes later, I was hauled to Mr Mitchell's 'office' and asked if I had been drinking in port that day. I said 'yes.' He asked 'what.' I said 'Fresca.' Then had to describe to him what that was as he thought it was some foreign alcoholic drink. Turns out the girl in the bunk I replaced had been drinking and had gotten very sick and was reported. My teacher never believed me and hated me after that. I remember vividly him yelling 'Bloody Yanks!' If you were from Dunoon and on that cruise I'd love to see pics and hear stories.

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Subject: SS Uganda - 1982 April Cruise


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Ewan Armstrong
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Date Posted: 12:44:39 10/20/03 Mon

Just browsing and found this wonderful page which brought back memories of making 19 knots across the Med from Egypt to Naples after just being told that the cruise was over because of the ship had been requisitioned to go to the Falklands. We were sad yet proud. Any other ex Birkdalians who were on board?

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Subject: New Web Page `Glen ferris Feb 1980`


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Ashley Runt Forum Admin
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Date Posted: 00:53:23 06/17/09 Wed

Hi all,
If you`ve read the posts by Glen Ferris and would like to see his photos and some more of his memories then click on the link to a page I`ve made on my site.

http://ashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com/ss%20uganda%20Glen%20Ferris%201980.htm


If you have any photos and memories that you would like to see on my site then please feel free to mail me at
ashleyruntATgmail.com (replace AT with @)


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Subject: Mediterranean Cruise 1978 (I think!)


Author:
Karen
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Date Posted: 16:45:45 02/11/07 Sun

I went on a school cruise on the SS Uganda in about 1978. We went to Pompeii, Kotor, Rhodes, Malta, Venice and Istanbul (via the Dardanelles). I was with Earlham School from Norwich and Andrew Mallett and Mary Keith were also there from Earlham, but I can't remember anyone else. I made friends with a girl from another school (Tracey I think) and spent the whole time with her and Andrew. There was a big storm one day and I can remember sliding up and down the common room in the chairs as the ship rolled and the up and down movement was so fierce that in the huge windows all you could see was sea, then all you could see was sky. Baker Street was the song on the jukebox that sticks most in my head!

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Subject: Sending photos to the forum


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Ashleyrunt Forum Admin
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Date Posted: 17:23:09 06/08/09 Mon

Hi all Ashley Runt Forum Admin here.
Several people have emailed me about sending pictures of SS Uganda and their cruise. If you would like to pass pictures onto me for use on my site for other `shipmates` to see then you can email the photos to me at this email address (ashleyruntATgmail.com) change AT to @.
And i`ll put them up on my site http://ashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com/
and link from the forum.
If you`d like to add some comment to go with the pictures or recollections of cruise then I can include that to the page with your pictures.

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Subject: Med Cruise Early 1975


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Linda Armstrong
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Date Posted: 23:32:01 06/05/09 Fri

We were the only Northern Ireland School on the cruise. The rest were English and a group of Americans for a Dutch Airbase. We started in Malta and visited Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Santorini and Venice. We had great fun on board in the common room to such an extent we didn't want to get off to visit the sites! We met boys from London (Patrice?),Birmingham (Gez, Rob?)and Liverpool (Randal?). We hated the food and dorms on the first night and were very homesick. We put on a concert for the posh passengers at the end of the cruise. We visited a grapefruit factory in cyprus and brought so many back to the ship we threw them out the portholes. Great times and memories love to hear from anyone who remembers the Irish Girls!

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Subject: Hampshire School Cruise 1981


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Bruce Johnson
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Date Posted: 21:23:15 06/03/09 Wed

Hello anybody from the Hampshire school cruise Summer 1981 we flew from gatwick to athens and had airplane problems so missed most of athens, then worked our way across the med via cyprus, crete, mykonos and kos to Israel then flew back from Split to the Uk

I was a member of Frogmore Comprehensive School who attended all with Yateley Comprehensive

Would be nice to chat to anybody who was there with me

TTFn

Bruce Johnson

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Subject: Penwethers school 1966


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glenys (helps) (contented)
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Date Posted: 14:31:32 05/24/09 Sun

I went on the med cruise 1966ish
and went to Penwethers school 1960..1966
is there anyone out there who has a copy of the
school badge/logo. it is needed for the 2nd school charity disco 13th june threemilestone truro cornwall
i have very fond memories of the cruise
best wishes to all.

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Subject: Help!!! Med cruise 68/69


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Vicci (Happy)
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Date Posted: 17:28:03 05/13/09 Wed

Hi everyone
Just come across this site and all those fantastic memories came flooding back. How lucky were we to sail on this ship? Especially as at the time it was really expensive and my parents had to save hard to get the pricely sum of £40 to send me!!!!!!!
I remember we had to fly to Venice and then sailed to Greece, Santorini, Egypt, Malta, Gibraltar, and then sailed back into Liverpool. I can't remember all the places we went to but can remember the wonderful feeling of the whole cruise. I remember thinking having to go up the side of a volcano on a donkey to Santorini was scary that was till we came through the Bay of Biscay!!! I made friends with a girl called Collette Higham also from Liverpool and we became close friends that was until we left school and went on to marriage etc.
If you were on this cruise and can remember anything at all please email me at vicci12@btinternet.com I would love to hear from anyone and who knows maybe we could sort out a reunion.

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Subject: Don't Forget Nevasa 2


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Lin
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Date Posted: 02:57:40 06/01/03 Sun

Just to let you know that I have set up a similar forum to this one for UGANDA for SS NEVASA and a website is under construction.

You can post for NEVASA memories, anecdotes etc at

http://www.voy.com/148833

All the best

Lin

Nevasa Shipmates Reunited

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Subject: Fond memories


Author:
John Gentry (Former SAP)
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Date Posted: 16:03:46 01/05/07 Fri

Came across this terrific site - was just browsing "UGANDA The story of a very special ship" which I've had for a couple of years now.
I spent two trips as SAP on the pax side 1976 - 1977 and the 1977 - Jan 1978 to Malta Drydocks.
Wonderful life enhancing memories - and more so at this time of year. Does anyone remember "Rindicella" the panto? She lived in a coran frontry with two sad blisters - sadly, that's all I can remember...and I compared it all!!
I was actually looking for a decent print to add to my gallery of those of other P&O ships on which I served. I have a good one in the straits off Copenhagen taken from Oriana, however, it is a bit distant. What is the print quality of "Print Number 2" as advertised in the shop?
Look forward to hearing from others, and "Sailing" by Rod Stewart still puts a chill up my neck with memories of sailing from port and pupils in floods of tears - Ron Furlong - all your fault!!

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Subject: April 1977 SS Uganda


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Liz
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Date Posted: 22:40:44 04/19/07 Thu

I was lucky enough to sail on a school cruise in April 77.
I remember it cost something like £150 which was a lot of money back then and only 8 pupils at my school could afford to go so we joined up with another school near-by that only had 5 going and their teacher.

What fun it was. We flew out to Naples and back from Venice and yes, we were always allowed a half day exploring on our own...would they let kids do that now...dont think so.

I was 14 at the time and bedtimes were staggerd allowing 15 and up to stay up a little later and infact if you were 16 or over you could smoke in certain areas IF your parents signed an agreement form!!!!!! which i remember there were a fair few.

God the food was awful, but it was so much fun.

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Date Posted: 02:37:13 04/17/09 Fri

HI MARRION YOU NO ME WOT ARE YOU DOING I LIVE IN THAILAND FOR NOW LOVE TO SEE YOU email mervynfarmer@yahoo.com or tel thailand 66 850415979

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Date Posted: 02:34:51 04/17/09 Fri

HI MARRION YOU NO ME WOT ARE YOU DOING I LIVE IN THAILAND FOR NOW LOVE TO SEE YOU email mervynfarmer@yahoo.com or tel thailand 66 850415979

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Date Posted: 19:58:12 04/15/09 Wed

i live in usa for30y now in thailand mervyn

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Subject: My school trip


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Wayne Marshall
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Date Posted: 21:14:16 02/19/02 Tue

I have just been talking with my 5 year old about the school cruise I went on and where I went,so we searched the web for pictures of the Uganda and ended up here! I knew she was scrapped within a few years of me sailing on her but had no idea she was wrecked in a typhoon,sad or what! I think I'm going to have to make a visit into my loft for the slide show I put together for my school and any other info I can find,I can't exactly remember the year we went but I signed up for the next one for the following year as soon as I got back but within a short time it was cancelled due to the Falklands.I went with Wintringham school in Grimsby if anyone is out there I'd like to hear from them!

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