Date Posted: 01:12:10 07/26/02 Fri
My Mum & Dad sailed out to East Africa on Uganda's Voyage 2 to East Africa in 1950. The Seaboard life must have done something as my sister was born about 9 months later.
As colonial service staff, they travelled back and forth from the UK to E Africa on the Uganda and her sister ship Kenya until we left in December 1965, by which time I was on the scene. My first voyage was as a babe in arms on the Kenya in 1959 - can't remember much of it though.
As we crossed the Bay of Biscay in a January Gale, the Sofas and chairs in the Lounge on the top deck were tied to the side, and I, along with at least a dozen other children had a whale of a time sliding across the parquet floor on cushions pinched from the sofas, while green gilled parents looked on.
In 1972, I did a Baltic cruise from Leith to Gdansk (it rained all day), Copenhagen, and Amsterdam. The last night of the cruise ended up with near warfare going on between some of the school parties.
I finished my association with the Uganda when I ran the P&O Cruises Personnel system when she was a Troopship after the Falklands. One guy on the ship was at sea for over a year without a break on the Uganda, and to my amazement had raked up 18 months paid leave as a result.
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