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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: xmas cruise


Author:
phil adamson (great memories)
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Date Posted: 23:15:43 04/12/09 Sun

Just happened accross this site - like everyone else, brings back great memories! I was on a Xmas time cruise [81 I think] sailed from Naples to Cyrpus, Greece, Antalya in Turkey,Israel Haifa [Jerusalem/Bethlehem Xmas day]and Malta. We were from Gowerton School in Swansea, South Wales. Us boys dormed right in the bows it seemed, way way down in the bowells! Shared with some older lads from Birmingham / Solihull - Lew Onions and his mates. I was the lanky geek who was always wearing a flat cap! Remember watching Rocky 3 in the cinema, getting drunk on little tinnies of weak lager, smuggling bottles of ouzo on board after stopping in Greece [I KNOW it was supposed to be educational...!] A fantastic experience and memories that will stay with me for a lifetime. I was genuinley upset when I found out that she was being scrapped. I used a knife from the canteen to unscrew some signs to take home as souvenirs - I've looked high and low for them recently, but they've dissapeared..shame!

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Subject: Easter Cruise 1975 - Black sea


Author:
Celine
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Date Posted: 21:40:58 04/10/09 Fri

We had been due to go on a Summer cruise on the Nevassa, but she was pulled out of service Christmas 74. Our school - Gosford Hill - was lucky to get places on the Black Sea cruise. I remember it most because it was my first time away from home. I loved every minute of it! Who can forget the stones rattling down the pipes first thing in the morning, the hands that grabbed the trays in the canteen, the last night disco and the last morning - 'Leaving On a Jet Plane' by Peter Paul and Mary (I think!). Be interested to hear from anyone else who was on that Cruise! One more fantastic memory - Dolphins swimming alongside the ship as we left the Black Sea for the Aegean! Pure magic!

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Subject: Cruise in May 1981


Author:
Paul Rudd (Celebrated becoming a teenager)
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Date Posted: 10:00:44 04/01/09 Wed

I remember going on the Uganda in 1981. We flew from Gatwick on a skytrain to Malta. I think the itinerary was - Malta, volos, istanbul,varna, constana, trabzon, athens. It was a marvelous holiday. For some reason the fried eggs in the canteen, and the watered down coke in club area was awful !

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Subject: Anyone Else Experience Being Requisitioned?


Author:
Ian
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Date Posted: 00:21:01 07/08/08 Tue

Hi - Was anyone else on the cruise that was requisitioned for the Falklands War? I still remember the captain asking everyone to go to their forms for an announcement where we were told that we had to make our way to Naples as soon as possible. I remember bartering in Alexandria and the gooly gooly man who looked like he was tearing the heads off small chicks during his 'magic act!' It would be great to hear other people's memories/

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Subject: Brings back memories!


Author:
Jason Dew
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Date Posted: 14:50:14 02/11/09 Wed

I was due to go on the trip with my school Willowfield in Walthamstow, London when she was taken to the Falklands. We did sail on her Dec/Jan 82/83. Cannot remember everywhere we went but I know we did stop at Bethlehem on Christmas Day, Cyprus, Gythion and flew back from Malta. The main thing I remember is arriving at Naples dock at night and setting sail shortly after into the worst storn I have ever experienced! It seems like everyone on board was sick, then some more after that! Toilets were blocked up, even the sinks and the plastic cups from the water fountains! When we got to our first destination(?) I remember looking back and the side of the ship was a disgusting pinky/ orange colour!

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Subject: Deck Cadet 81


Author:
Graham Carlton
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Date Posted: 04:20:50 01/18/09 Sun

I sailed as deck cadet after the Falklands and before her redeployment as a troop carrier. Saw this site years ago. Interesting to see some names I remember. Alana !
A really fun time before I had to work for a living. Spent most of my time as Staff cadet under Rons watchful eye !! ( I still recall those tannoys from Ron "Staff cadet ring 05 ")
The rest of my time, well they were just great.
Such a great adventure for young people sadly missed today.
The asmats were right as staff cadet it was a folly to reply to all the letters !!
Such an education for me too !!

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Subject: Shipmates


Author:
Mike King (Happy)
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Date Posted: 11:19:09 01/15/09 Thu

I joined her in Howaldswerkes as deck cadet 3 weeks before trials as schoolship and was with her through to about August/Sept that year (I think we did about 11 cruises without a break). Any of the other first cruise crew around? love to hear from you.

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Subject: Spring Cruises 81and 82


Author:
Richard Harvey
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Date Posted: 03:51:13 01/15/09 Thu

Luckily got to go on two consecutive year's cruises, one of which was the unfortunate Falklands disembarkation.

After 27 years, I've still got the coffee mug I bought in the gift shop on the last day sitting in my kitchen.

Never forget the smell of the kitchens - doubly bad when you feel sea sick, plus that unfortunate day of huge swells when some poor girl was ill over the side and someone even more unfortunate caught it on the deck below. Strange the memories that stick in the mind.

Great times. It opened my eye up to the world. I wouldn't dream of letting my kids go bargain hunting on their own in a bazarre in Alexandria today, but it sure was fun at the time.

Oh to do it all again.

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Subject: Updated SS Uganda Forum links .


Author:
Ashley (Forum Admin)
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Date Posted: 23:50:35 11/29/04 Mon

Hi all,
Ashley (Runt Forum Admin)here just to update some links which no longer work.
Moved ISP and having trouble editing forum posts to change URLs.

So here goes if your looking for links to the SS Uganda Book Page / Uganda Log or SS Uganda Gift Shop:

New Links are :-

SS Uganda Gift Shop.


Uganda The Story of a special Ship.


SS Uganda Log

Yours ,
Ashley

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Subject: Summer of '70


Author:
Nigel Canham
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Date Posted: 13:09:22 01/09/09 Fri

Memories, memories...
Left Tilbury and sailed up the North Sea, then through the Keil Canal to Travemunde and Keil. From there thro the Baltic to Leningrad, optional trip to Moscow, back to Leningrad then off to see the sights of Stockholm. Finally it was Copenhagen and Tivoli Gardens, and back to Blighty.

We were blessed with good weather all the way. Memories included being met by a Russian military band, the Russians throwing hundreds of badges at us when we departed. The Winter palace, and being told that to look at every exhibit for 10 secs would take 700 years. The Leningrad Youth Club in a palace, winning on a one armed bandit in Tivoli Gardens and being stuck with a pocket full of coins with holes in the middle. Spending the coins on a certain type of mag - they did the rounds in the dorms lol.

We had a great bunch from Downham Schools - my old friend actually married the girl he met on that cruise. Happy days and all for £50....

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Subject: Cruise December 1975


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

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

Regards,
Neil

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Subject: Educational Trips 1977 / 1978


Author:
Andy Walker
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Date Posted: 03:15:35 03/25/08 Tue

Hi all

Some great memories and great reading here...

I am trying to trace old friends from a particular cruise which I am almost certain was in 1978, but could have been 1977.

The school in question is Heamoor Secondary, near Penzance in Cornwall with pupil age range of 14 - 16.

Does anyone know if there is an historical list of SS Uganda cruise dates and numbers available on the web or anywhere else, or does anyone know of this particular school cruise?

If anyone can point me in the right direction please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind Regards

Andy

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Subject: merry Christmas and a happy New year


Author:
Ashley (Forum Admin)
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Date Posted: 16:20:37 12/24/08 Wed

Just wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Ashley (Runt)
forum Admin

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Subject: SOA Uganda, September - December 1975


Author:
Geoff Fawcett
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Date Posted: 08:13:04 01/22/08 Tue

Anyone out there who was on board during that period?

Even today, those few months are still both memorable and wonderful. I still remember many names - Captain Terry, Mike Fatchen, Val Jenkins, Dick Tyzak - and many others, all with great affection.

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Subject: 1971 cruise


Author:
Lesley (hapy)
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Date Posted: 23:01:40 12/01/08 Mon

I remember crying to "the carnival is over" > Flew to Venise on a hugh aeroplane. Seen Pisa, Athens and the Acroplis, Piraus, went through the Darnial Canal????
Seen a volcano erupt. Got shunted I think in Turkey.
Went to Italy, Crete Corsica, Great Storm during the journey. Got the train from Cumbria. Oh and the Corinth Canal ` remember that too`. Food not great, Dorms metal
with white sheets - but had the time of my life - loved the whole experience. Something very special.

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Subject: Uganda Voyage 974


Author:
Kathy Reynolds
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Date Posted: 19:05:30 04/06/07 Fri

I was reading about the student cruise ship April 6,07 and the students that were rescued in Greece and remembered my trip on a similar line. I was on the SS Uganda cruise 974 (I found my original itinerary) in March 1979 with a small group of Canadians from British Columbia and Alberta. We flew into Heathrow and then to Malta where we boarded the ship. We sailed into Gythion and then to Alexandria for a tour to Cairo and to see the Nile. When leaving the port the next morning (March 26 - my birthday), the pilot jumped ship and the captain had to take the boat out of port himself. Sadly enough, he made contact with the rocks and we sailed for two days to Athens so the boat could be put into dry dock. I remember the staff telling us not to worry about sinking - there was so much traffic on the Mediterranian that we would be rescued before the ship went down.
We missed seeing Antalya, Rhodes, Skiathos and Venice but we didn't miss the food on board. Neworld Educational Cruises put us up in a hotel in Athens (it was heaven!), fed us and toured us extensively through all tourist sights including the Acropolis and a day boat trip to some small island where one of our group got food poisoning on the ferry and had to hospitalized.
Although we had our share of issues during the cruise, it certainly was the trip of a lifetime.

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Subject: crew ssuganda


Author:
john joe (curious)
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Date Posted: 22:58:35 11/11/08 Tue

I became friendly with man called Charlie Matthews [now deceased] when he lived in my homeyown of Antrim NI.He gave me a lapel badge with SS Uganda design which I still have.Was he a member of Uganda`s crew? Although we were friendly Iknew little of his history only that he lived in the south of England for some time.I am curious to know more about the badge and/or Charlie.

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Subject: Med Cruise December 1979


Author:
Mike Timson
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Date Posted: 12:55:03 02/15/07 Thu

I was on the Uganda during the above time. It was my birthday whilst on board. We were from Laira Green in Plymouth and flew in Athens, saw the Parthenon, then went to Rhodes, sailed to Alexandria in Egypt, did the pyramids. Then up to Sicily to view and returned to the UK via Naples. Was anyone else on this. Memory fading fast.
Did see some boy run over by a bus whilst taking photo's of the Sphinx. He was alright, no damage.

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Subject: cruise November 1982


Author:
debbie harris
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Date Posted: 21:15:53 07/07/05 Thu

i was due to go on the Uganda in May 1982, just before i was due to go she was sent to the Falklands- all the war meant to me at the time was missing my cruise! I remember watching her in the war hoping that she'd come back in one piece and i'd be able to go on her. Luckily i went in the November we flew to Venice and went to Dubrovnick, Rhodes, Cyprus, Israel,Bodrum and Malta. Whilst we were on board we got the news that she was going to go back to the falklands. Luckily for me we chose the November cruise as we had been offered that one and one the following January - which we probably wouldn't have been able to go on.

Years later i saw her when she was moored up in Falmouth before being sold for scrap. It was heart breaking to she this beautiful ship in the state she was in. It brought back onderful memories of my cruise. I really wanted to go on and walk arounf her one last time, but unfortunately no one was allowed to.

23 years on i still have fond memories of the cruise - surviving for days on jelly babies cos the food was in edible. Midnight feasts on Jaffa cakes and then turkish delight. what a great time

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Subject: cruise hopehigh school


Author:
tim nolan
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Date Posted: 19:33:37 08/28/08 Thu

can anyone help me we cruised athens greek islands black sea and istanbul cant remember date but i think 1979 ?had a great time was about 15 at time so was meeting plenty ov new girlfriends!!! this site has brought plenty ov memories back was anyone on this cruise?

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Subject: Med Cruise October 1979


Author:
Julie Sharpe (nee Parker)
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Date Posted: 20:58:06 10/02/08 Thu

I sailed on the Uganda in October 1979. I attended the Gleed Girls School in Spalding, Lincolnshire. We flew to Athens, then sailed to Izmir, Istanbul, Haifa, Santorini and finally Naples. My memories include sailing under the Galata Bridge in Istanbul. I didn't think we were going to get underneath it! Walking through the Grand Bazaar. Buying a bottle of 100% pure bottled water (out of a tap)from Jerusalem! Going for a donkey ride up a zig-zag path in Santorini. We got the anchor stuck there! The ship tipped to one side. In the end the anchor had to be cut free before we could continue with our cruise. I remember the dorms! About 10 pairs of bunks that hung from chains. Captain Clarke and Action Man. When we got back to school we had to write something about our cruise. I wrote a poem. Don't know why I remember this after all these years. I just do. It was an experience I will never, ever forget.

The ship SS Uganda is very long and wide.
It takes you 30 seconds to get from side to side.

The indians who served our food were very black and thin.
They dished the grub up every day with a wide and happy grin.

In the dorms not much room. Out of bounds from ten til noon.
The bunks were comfy but did squeak. Thank the lord we did not leak.

The weather in the Med was good. It did not rain throughout.
On Saturday the sea got rough and tossed us all about.

Now Captain Clark and Action man, their voices loud and clear.
Told us we were all quite safe, that we should have no fear.

We sailed to Naples our last port. The place to disembark.
Behing we left Uganda to fly home in the dark.

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Subject: 1982 - the last cruise


Author:
Alan Gregg
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Date Posted: 23:27:46 04/02/07 Mon

The anniversary of the Falklands War made me think of this trip again. We started out from Venice and stopped in at Sparta (port of Gythion) and Alexandria before re-routing overnight to Naples. We were supposed to call on Rhodes and Antalya I think.

I was from an Irish school (I think we were the only Irish children onboard) and we couldn't join in on the Rule Britannia singing in Naples because we didn't know the words! (I don't think we were that political at 13).

I kept a journal so I know the food was awful and the accom pretty basic. We stayed in Chichester dorm and listened to Layla on the juke box while watching a rocker chick English girl dance. I had a great time. Can't believe it's 25 years ago!

Other memories include P&O pork pies, the Gully man in Alexandria, Coca Cola written in Arabic, a guide with one eye in the Cairo museum and drying octopus in Greece.

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Subject: school cruise 1977 on SS Uganda


Author:
debbie mccormack
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Date Posted: 00:51:27 09/28/08 Sun

Sailed from Southampton to Gibraltar, Oporto (Portugal), Tenerife (I think), Maderia.

Went with Belfast Royal Academy and just remember everyone being real sick (especially round Bay of Biscay). Food awful.

Remember smoking in taxi in Gibaltrar on way ot see Barbary Apes. Feeling really grown up!

Swimming in Tenerife and nearly drowning!

Fond memories. Took photos and never got them developed. Big regret.

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Subject: P&O Ventura, SS Uganda was never like this .


Author:
Ashley (forum Admin)
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Date Posted: 18:04:17 10/22/07 Mon

Just been looking at the P&O site for their new liner ,
the `Ventura`.
What a ship that`s going to be, talk about floating city.
Looking at the virtual tours and videos it looks like something from the great days of cruising.
Well worth a visit to the site P&O`s new liner `Ventura`
If I start saving now I might be able to afford a ticket by the time I`m 100 )-:

Ashley

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Subject: SS Uganda April 1974


Author:
Karen Lawrie
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Date Posted: 00:05:25 05/07/05 Sat

Have fond memories of Gosford Hill School, Kidlington's school cruise April 1974. We flew to Naples to join Uganda, saw Pompeii, then on to Greece to visit Olympia. Next stop was Crete, but couldn't land because of bad weather (although I seem to remember the teachers and the 6th form pupils managed to sneak off in the evening(!). Visited Tunis, then Gibraltar, then home. She didn't look quite like the photos when we first saw her, but by the time we had to leave, I knew I would never forget her. Very sad ending to a ship that had brought so much pleasure to so many people.

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Subject: Ridings High School, Winterbourne


Author:
Martin
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Date Posted: 13:02:32 08/18/08 Mon

Thank you for a great site.
Makes one realise how important events can be to individuals and then heartening to find it is a shared experience for many.
My memories.
Was March/April, I'd guess around 1981.
Night flight, I think the plane was called 'Metro' and we arrived to a sunny morning in Split, Yugoslavia (MIG fighters at the airport).
Olympia - Greece.
Alexandria - Egypt. People throwing coins at men on the tug (they encouraging more!). Coach trip up Nile delta to Cairo (very poor). Cairo Museum and Mohammed Ali mosque. Giza pyramids and trip back across desert at night.
Hyfia - Israel. Past Jericho, Dead Sea, Jerusalem (Jewish couple let us take pictures of them in bridal dress), Bethlehem.
Kos - cancelled (force 10 gale!). Sailed through Santorini instead.
Venice - AC/DC on tourists tape player in St. Marks square - great!
Generally weather was excellent (must have been 30C in Egypt).
We were in 'deep' dorm down by the anchor chain.
Ship smelt of Asian spices.
Dodgy green drinks!
Best wishes to all who enjoyed the cruises and thanks to anyone involved from the SS Uganda etc.

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Subject: Summer 1979 School Cruise


Author:
Michael Smyth (Itchy feet)
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Date Posted: 13:17:51 08/13/08 Wed

I cruised aboard the Uganda in summer 1979 departing Dundee and calling Rotterdam, Oporto, Gibraltar, Casablanca and Vigo. I was only 14 at the time and it gave me my first taste of travel, although I wasn't overly keen on the cruise experience: while I have visited over 50 contries since, I have never cruised again. Anyone else on that cruise please get in touch.

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Subject: MED CRUISE NOV 1976


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

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

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Subject: Forest School on Uganda 1978


Author:
Jerry Baverstock (Nostalgia)
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Date Posted: 11:03:46 08/08/08 Fri

We toured the Med in '78, flying to Naples and spending 2 weeks visiting Rome, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Athens, Venice, Santorini etc. So many memories.....
Deciding to hire taxi's to take us to Vesuvius before the ship left. Got back to the port to discover that someone had been left behind! Playing table tennis on a rolling pitching deck. Not leaning over the side incase someone above spat on you. Girls smuggling Ouzo on board and ending up in the medical for 3 days. Late night disco's. Vodka in the dorm. Interesting meals and milk we were sure came from goats. Playing football with local kids in one of the stadiums in Pompeii as they thought we were the England U15 squad! The Transport strike in Athens that left hubdreds of school parties stranded in the flea market. Some fool blowing the candles out on the Alter of St Peter's in the Vatican. Plastic dog turd carefully placed on a statue in one of the pallaces in Venice. Jane Thownsend snogging the socks off one of our party but being overcome by seasickness and vomiting spectacularly....yuk!How sad I was to be leaving after the best 2 weeks holiday I'd ever had. They played...Leaving on a Jet Plane and we all got misty eyed. All the stories we had to tell when we got back to school and writing/visiting the girls we had met for a couple of years afterwards........ Great memories..

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Subject: Woz Thomas


Author:
Bob Keegan
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Date Posted: 08:50:03 08/06/08 Wed

I have found an old copy of Don't Cry For Me Sergeant Major, in my loft, with this written inside -
"Dedicated to the S.W.O on S.S. Uganda, Woz Thomas, from the RAF Det. Ascension to Stanley 8th - 19th June 1983."

Does anyone know Mr Thomas and how I could get this back to him or his family?

Thanks, Bob

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Subject: SAILED ON THE SS UGENDA 1982 FALKLAND ISLANDS


Author:
ALAN EDGAR EX- SOLDIER (QUIET TENSE BUT LOOKING BACK GOOD MEMORIZES)
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Date Posted: 22:44:36 08/02/08 Sat

Hi every one,I was on the ss ugenda 1982 when it was a troop carrier taking us to the falklands. as a soldier serving with the 1Battalion the Royal Irish Rangers , zulu company. life on board for a soldiers was very busy training from the morning you get up, we were out there just a couple of months after the war, it was still as you know very dangerous , for war could still break out, i remember some things about this great ship, we were invited to the ships restaurant a couple of us at a time, i think the ship layed this on ,but the meal was great ,a bit hard to believe to have a irst class meal before going to a war zone, also remmber the large chinnocks helicoptiers landing at the back of ship transporting troops to and from the falkland islands it was amazing, i must say i am really sad to hear that this old lady is scraped, but she will always be in the memories of all who sailed in her .
God blesing to you all
Alan Edgar from londonderry
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Subject: Med Cruise December 1972 - SS Uganda


Author:
Butch Clarke
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Date Posted: 17:40:33 04/28/08 Mon

Were You There ?

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Subject: norway cruise 63x673 ss uganda june 1976


Author:
Janine Watson (Happy)
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Date Posted: 17:59:43 07/21/08 Mon

Hi, reminising after looking at photos taken on the school trip to from Dundee to Bergen all the places visited and friends made!I have a log we had to write in every evening at classes.I remember the song concrete and clay played over in the common room and the films,one of our dinosaurs is missing and it shouldnt happen to a vet.I met and wrote to a lad from Belgian called Gaston Lievens for many years but eventually lost touch! Also a gang of 4 lads from a school in scotland Ian,Davey,Tom and John.Also a lad from scotland i got close to called Stuart wonder what he is doing now!!The discos at night were good but the lectures by a miss Breeze not so.I still have the certificate we got for passing the arctic circle! Oh those were the days.Brilliant cruise loved the ship.If anyone knows any of the people i mentioned long shot without surnames but i do have photos! Please get in touch.

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Subject: ANYONE KNOW


Author:
JANE CARTER (LOST LOVE)
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Date Posted: 03:12:50 07/16/08 Wed

IN 1975 I WENT TO THE MED CALLING IN TANGIER,MALAGA.GIB,VIGO AND CORONA.ON THE SS UGANDA. I LIVE IN SKEGNESS AND WAS 14 AT THE TIME. WHILST ON THE SHIP I ME JANE SHE WAS FROM NEWPORT IN GWENT LIVING ON CHEPSTOW ROAD. AFTER 33 YRS I WONDERED HOW SHE WAS GETTING ON ,IF ANYON CAN HELP PLEASE E MAIL, REGARDS LEE .

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Subject: A Long Family history


Author:
Alec Jordan
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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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Subject: Educational Cruise December 1969


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David Smith
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Date Posted: 17:49:08 06/27/08 Fri

Will never forget the voyage:
Southampton
Gibralter - cheap lighters and pens for sale everywhere
Malta - Force 10 storm on the way. Mars Bars smaller than UK
Piraeus/Athens - Police in long green leather coats looking mean - the Colonels were still in power at the time.
Alexandria - anti-personnel mines dropped by the side of the ship all night to put off Israeli commandos. Egypt still on a war footing against Israel. Still disappointed at that highway that runs right in front of the Pyramids,
Venice - we all bought plastic gondolas that lit up. They still sell them!
Flight back to Gatwick on a Dan Air Comet just in time for Christmas.
Some other memories:-
Loads of knives confiscated by Master at Arms
Dorms in the bowels of the ship.
First time I had tasted curry was on board
Managed to loose my voice at some stage - was made to inhale Friar's Balsalm which did the trick.
That storm between Gib and Malta was horrendous - Captain came over intercom and tried to play it cool that it was nothing but later heard he was very sick himself. Quite a bit of damage done to the ship's fittings.
Girls constantly reminded about getting their bum's pinched in places like Egypt - those were the days of mini skirts.
Early morning visit to Santorini.
Those stainless steel mess tins used for meals!
Feeling very cool in flares at the disco.
Could go on but it just shows how indelible the memories are after so long!

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Subject: Photo on Flickr


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Ray Cunningham
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Date Posted: 21:17:43 05/21/08 Wed

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zaruka/2512281882/

This is the first one posted. I have documents and photos from our voyage in 1979-70.

Ray

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Subject: falkland friends


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lennie to steve
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Date Posted: 16:39:31 05/17/08 Sat

my email is lenniemallinson@yahoo.co.uk

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Subject: Adrian Hughes, Sea Cadets 1982 new web page.


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Ashley(Runt) Forum Admin
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Date Posted: 13:04:28 05/16/08 Fri

Just to let you all know that Adrian Hughes sent me some pictures of his time on board the Uganda
and I have now uploaded these as a web page to my site.
You can see the page here:
Latest SS Uganda page:


SS Uganda sea
cadets Wales,
Adrian Hughes remembers.



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Subject: Educational cruise 1972 - Nepean High School Ottawa Canada


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Anne Smith (nee Slone) (reminiscing)
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Date Posted: 05:45:58 04/28/08 Mon

I was fortunate to be one of the first group of students from Nepean High School in Ottawa Canada to enjoy 2 weeks aboard the SS Uganda. What an experience it was. Several things that come to mind:
- being awakened "too" early to the strains of Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild"
- blood oranges being served and we Canadians had never heard of or seen blood oranges. We thought all of them were rotten!
-Mr. Mcnulty, an english teacher, dancing to the Rolling Stones "Can't get No Satisfaction"
-trying desperately to put on eye makeup properly with the rolling and pitching of the ship
- getting lost - temporarily - in Athens
- getting lost - again temporarily - in Santorini - ending up in the backyard of someone's home with my friend Lydia Lazarowich
-trying to find some peace and quiet - impossible in a ship filled with 400 students.
But the one special thing I remember the most is the feeling it gave me to be so far from home and seeing so many wonderous things I had only seen in books. It gave me a taste for travel that to this day I am thankful for.
I remember as well, 2 guys both named "Ian" one with the last name "Corner" - tried to keep in touch for a bit but didn't work out. If anyone knows of Ian Corner from Haywards' Heath, Sussex England please let me know.
A super site - hope more people find it!

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Subject: Educational Cruise December 1975


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Neil Taylor (happy)
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Date Posted: 21:52:14 04/26/08 Sat

I was fortunate to go on the Uganda in 1975 what a great ship she was, we flew out from Gatwick to Athens on a Dan-Air 727, and joined the ship in Pireus, sailing across the Med,visiting places such as Rhodes, Alexandria, Cairo, Port Said, Haifa, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and on to Santorin, returning to Pireus. I'll never forget the Pyramids,riding on a camel and swimming in the Sea Of Galilee.
I remember a couple of very rough days sailing with queues at the sick bay for sea sick pills,having a tour of the ships bridge was very enjoyable. Our dormatory was below the waterline, and remember the chains to the bunks rattling all night with the vibration of the engines. Being woken at the crack of dawn with the words: Good Morning Students and the replies being less than polite from everyone!!!
Such great memories of reading everyone elses messages on this forum, has brought it all back.

Neil

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Subject: http://ashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com/ Back on line


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Date Posted: 23:00:28 04/21/08 Mon

Hi all,
The forum sure has been busy today (-:
My site http://ashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com/ is now back on-line (many thanks to Jonathan at digitalartsuk.com for resetting up the web space.)
I had to re-upload from a back up of the site that may be a bit out of date, so if anyone is looking around the site and finds any problems please email me at webmasterATashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com
change AT for @

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Subject: UGANDA


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William Smith (Happy)
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Date Posted: 22:51:43 04/21/08 Mon

I found this site tonight. I had an amazing school cruise in the Uganda around 1972 deprting from Liverpool (Esher County Grammar School). We went north to Reyjavick, Narvik & Andalsnes. Originally it was meant to be Russia but well in advance Russia decided it was no go.

Met some lovely young ladies but never kept in touch.

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Subject: The S.S. Uganda book


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Adrian Hughes
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Date Posted: 14:49:41 04/19/08 Sat

Just got hold of the book "Uganda the story of a very special ship" Its great and full of all the photographic memories that after 25 years you tend to forget...saddest of all though were the pics of her lying on her back in Thailand.

Fantastic book and even got it signed by one of the authors Marion Browning, well worht the price.

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Subject: Ashley`s Titanic Homepage (forum admins web site)


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Date Posted: 23:07:05 04/17/08 Thu

Just to let everybody know that http://ashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com/ ATH/ss Uganda log pages Has been deleted due to an admin error by the host.
I have contacted the hosting service and hopefully they will be able to re enable the site for me to re upload the
pages, fingers crossed.
I`ll let you know when it`s back on line.

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Subject: Baltic Cruise 1977


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Nick Mc. Gregor [staff]
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Date Posted: 00:33:55 04/06/04 Tue

WHERE ARE YOU NOW? JUST WONDERED HOW YOU ARE DOING? I AM STILL TEACHING IN ABERDEEN . Juicy Lucy!

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Subject: uganda crew 83 to 85


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gerry
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Date Posted: 12:08:34 10/02/02 Wed

I was on the Uganda from late 1983 till the last trip to Falmouth.Worked in the resi.captains tiger.
anyone remember the trip back home?the three days alongside in falmouth?

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Subject: falklands etc


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Heather Hodge
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Date Posted: 01:55:49 11/10/06 Fri

My Father was on the Uganda many times as Medical Officer, including the trip when she was seconded for the Falklands War. He went to the Falklands and stayed on to help with the wounded and bring them home to England. Anyone remember Dr. Bruce Cooper. He's just coming up to his 92nd birthday and I'm looking for things to help keep him interested in life! He loved his work on the Uganda - which included lots of dancing with the passengers no doubt! (the adult passengers that is!)

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Subject: Any on else Cruise16th - 26 jan 1982


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Chris Lister
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Date Posted: 17:26:06 11/24/02 Sun

Like you all I had a really good time although at the time I hated id it the food was naff (white eggs!) however looking back it was really gerat. I traved from Ipswich from Thurleston High along with about 14 others - were are you now? the lads were in Defoe and the girls were in Fawcett dormitorys.

Sorry to see the ship in the Facklands war and later scraped, but she was old and tied.

I never got in to shiping but still want to one day. The idea of a tramp ship wtill looks good!

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Subject: S.S.UGANDA cruise 270 Jan. 16th-29th 1982


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Adrian Hughes ( Wales, Neath) (Sea Cadet, Grenfel dorm)
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Date Posted: 16:54:03 03/21/08 Fri

I was fortunate to sail for two weeks on the Uganda in 1982, flew from Gatwick to Malta, where we boarded the ship,
From there we sailed to Alexandira-Rhodes-Izmir-Heraklion-Itea-Split and then home to Gatwick.
Have memories of the Pyramids and some now foggy photos of the trip.Remember the force 9 gale and everyone looking green and gasping for fresh air cos the toilets were smelling.
I also worked as a Sea Cadet in the Galley and have some pics of the catering crew and my dorm photo of cadets, Also on the trip was Jeff (Ginger hair) Jones from the same cadet unit in Wales, but he sadly got killed in a motor bike accident on his 17th birthday on the bike his parents bought him for his birthday.
Remember. Bob from Sailsbury, Jock from Cambletown, Fordie from Chesire(Runcorn)Carolyn Horne form Scotland, sarah and caroline from Jersey,Fiona from gatwick?
Happy to scan and send any pics if you only get in touch.

hope to hear from you soon.

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Subject: Welcome to the the Ships Log .


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Ashley (Runt) Webmaster ATH
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Date Posted: 23:17:36 02/11/02 Mon

Hello and welcome to the SS Uganda Forum.
I hope that if you have sailed on the Uganda
that you will use this forum 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 cutout 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: Cruise of June 1978


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Joan Watton (neé Martin)
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Date Posted: 20:29:16 06/13/04 Sun

I was 11 years old when I went on the SS Uganda. Sailed from Dundee to Flamm, Bergen, Copenhagen and Germany. I seem to remember there was the World Cup going on at the time as our song for the last night was 'We Couldn't Go to Argentina.' We had rehearsed this over and over but the night we were supposed to sing, the ship ran into a 10 force gale. We were all confined to our dormitories throwing up all over the place thinking the ship would sink! Anybody remember that cruise?

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Subject: SS Uganda August 1975


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Graham Blackhurst (Oddly Reminiscently Weepy and Happy)
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Date Posted: 11:35:52 02/26/08 Tue

I remember the SS Uganda fondly. We sailed from Southampton in about 1st week of August 1975, calling at La Coruna (we visited General Franco's House); Gibraltar; Tangier (we were locked in a fancy goods warehouse by the local guide and his brother until someone bought something) - saw my 1st ever Snake Charmer; Malaga (bought ship-in-a-botle, saw bull-ring and drank wine for the 1st time in my life) and Vigo (there was civil war in Portugal at the time or we would have gone to Lisbon). I faked an illness as we crossed the Bay of Biscay - buffeted by thirty-foot waves washing the deck - with the doors open! (ahhh...peace in the hospital dorm...being a school cruise we were squashed in double bunk dorms next to the engine rooms...lovely for the asthma!) There were dorm wars between Lostock Hall Secondary and some Birmingham school in the next dorm knotted towels n toothpaste...I was glad to escape to hospital for some peace n quiet! Staff were great, library and shop full of Agatha Christie, the cinema played "Paper Tiger" - fave film - David Niven - hero, food school-average, facilities bare floorboards, but I will NEVER forget the nightly trip alone to the stern to watch the wake disappearing in the moonlight. Beautiful. And I fell in love for the first time in my life (came to nowt - I was 13 with NHS Specs!). So grateful to my Granfolks who scrimped forever to gather the £90 for the two week trip. I've never been on an ocean cruise since. Never had time / been able to afford it. Unforgettable memories though, thank you all who had a part in it. ;-D

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Subject: Uganda 1984


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Dave Broadley (funny old world)
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Date Posted: 20:12:07 02/15/08 Fri

I traveled back from the falklands on the Uganda to ascension Island what a trip! the lads! ,the naafi with Mckeowns bitter! and that bloody song 99 red balloons every time i hear it reminds me of the uganda!
But the other thing is ,I think it was 1976 my girlfriend at the time, went on it on a school cruise ! aaahhh Diane Richardson where r u now lol!! extra memories! ;-)

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Subject: West Africa '77 Miss and Mrs Folland


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Sue Batstone (happy)
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Date Posted: 01:43:23 02/12/08 Tue

I have many happy memories of the Uganda - my father was one of the Headmasters so I got to sail several times ... as a student and a school office assistant. Does anyone else remmebr travelling in about August 1975 as Beaufort House (i.e. sons and daughters of P & O staff)? Also, I went on the West Africa 1977 Christmas cruise for 6th formers. They attached me to a great group of girls, four pairs of best friends, led by the impressive Miss and Mrs Folland, who I believe had been part of the last ages of the Indian Raj! I'd love to get in touch. Have some great dormitory and dining room pictures! xxx

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Subject: school cruise med oct 79


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Date Posted: 00:03:45 02/07/08 Thu

Posted by Ashleyrunt (forum admin) on behalf of Brandt Tudgay.

"i am looking to track down Sally miles who was on this cruise. i Know she lived at the time in Mudeford near Christchurch. If you know of, i would like to hear from you."

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Subject: Photos 1981 cruise


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Colin Owen (happy)
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Date Posted: 16:20:21 02/01/08 Fri

Just found some old photos of the trip in 1981 on SS Uganda. We did Split, Corfu, Egypt, Israel, Santorini, Venice.

http://www.colin-julie.com/uganda.htm

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Subject: old times,,,,good times


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mark
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Date Posted: 16:51:26 01/20/08 Sun

i went on this ship when i was at school i went from nottingham to malta were i first saw this lady a little rust coming from her anchor chain was the first thing i saw and will always remember for some reason went to italy egypt santorini beatifull island rhodes bethlehem pompei met some great friends and lost some 2 what memoiries i have dancing to boney m but just a few email if you wish to ..it would be nice to hear

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Subject: chef on uganda in the 1950,s


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stefan jennings
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Date Posted: 08:33:41 05/02/04 Sun

does anybody remember my father leslie morton jennings who was chef on the uganda in the 50,s or my mother who is alive and well, who ran the nursery on board during the same time. most interested to hear from anybody who does. stefan.

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Subject: Christmas 1976, Holy Land cruise


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Kevin O'Neill (Girls,Girls,Girls.....!)
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Date Posted: 18:53:56 11/20/07 Tue

Hi, if you were on that cruise I'd love to get in touch, and Kathy from Sheffield... sorry I didn't stay in touch, where are you now?

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Subject: Help with Cruise Dates


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Colin Nelson
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Date Posted: 12:22:18 11/06/07 Tue

Whilst I was a pupil at Dyffryn Comprehensive school in Port Talbot during the early to mid seventies I was lucky enough to have two "educational" trips on the Uganda.

As the passing of time has made it difficult for me to pin down the exact dates and itineries I was wondering if anyone could help to jog my memory.

As far as I can remember the schedule of the trips was firstly, Swansea, Lisbon, Casablanca, Canary Islands and Gibraltar, which I believe was in 1973.

The second trip, which I think was in 1974 (or possibly 1975), started with a flight to Dubrovnik and then, not necessarily in this order, on to Athens, Izmir, Beirut, (supposed to go to Cyprus but didn't and can't remember why, possibly the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus?) then Santorini and finishing at Malta for a flight back to the UK.

I have fond memories of the time I spent and the people I met on the Uganda, and the trips were truly educational, although not necessarily in the way they were intended to be!

It was a fantastic experience for a teenager to have and if anyone out there can help me pin down the dates involved I would be grateful.

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Subject: 1975 I think not sure


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karen jones (fantastic memories)
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Date Posted: 21:54:41 11/08/07 Thu

The cruise i went on was and Easter cruise We flew to Dubrovnik, then sailed
to greece,(Itea) turkey,(Izmir) haifa Israel and then to malta (valletta)to fly home.
It was amazing, I was hospitalized for sea sickness, the smell of the food was awfull, it didnt taste so bad as it smelt. The places we visited were amazing.the sunsets even better. we bought some ouzo and guess what, we got drunk. oops. First time we had cornetto, it wasnt in england at that time.
After lights out a friend and i managed to do a tour of the
ship without getting caught.(dared to!!)
We drove through tel-aviv and went to visit all the places in the bible i.e. river Jordan, sea of Gaililee and the road to damascus etc., We learnt the words of hava nagila hava and to this day i amaze my kids lol. i bought some turkish delight as presents but they never arrived home with me.hungry, and alabaster egg... not sure of their purpose. Worry beads and a silver ring from Malta.
we were suppose to have lessons, but im sure we treated it as our holiday and not an educational trip. I made some great friends from other schools, i just wished i could remember their names......and i fell in love (puppy love)
think his name was warren.Just got a few pics left of a distant memory and a gold badge. Having had all my pressents including a ocotopus and things pinched when we had to leave our luggage. Thnx for this site, memories are precious . No one can take them from you, (only old age lol)

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Subject: captains or crew members


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mr fraser
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Date Posted: 13:13:36 10/01/07 Mon

hi iam trying to find out if my ex teachers huspband mr fraser is still alive also his wife the ship was the kenya or sister ship uganda she told us school kids that her huspband was captain of one of ships hope you can shed some light i think mrs fraser would be in her eighties now thanks former junior pupil don

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Subject: my ss uganda trip


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Mike H
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Date Posted: 18:23:25 09/24/07 Mon

Re this review. http://ashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com/ugandalog.htm

That was the very same cruise I was on. Brought back a few memories. I was 11 but I was in the private passenger part at the front. Very nice it was too.. not many kids up there though.

A ferw things to add to that little review.. One of the schoolkids missed the ship in Venice and had to be flown to Dubrovnik to be reunited with the ship – nobody missed the sail time after that.

In Dubrovnik we got bored of the tour so we cut out and headed back to the ship – unfortunately the way back meant walking through the dockyards and being chased by a couple of very unfriendly guard dogs. We got away by heading up a covered bridge that had a door that we could shut behind us.


The storm seemed to go on for ever.. sitting in the lounge you could look out one side and see all sky whilst the other side showed nothing but sea – it was rolling that much.

Egypt – did the pyramid tour – we bribed the guards on the sphinx to let us stand on its leg and have our picture taken.. a whole pound that cost..(in the days when the pound was the preferred currency over the dollar). And I do remember the Gully gully man… being 11 and sitting in the front row meant that I was picked on as a target for his show…

Turkey – we skipped the main tour and headed into izmir – open markets and everything. Got back to the ship and had a late lunch- clearly the staff wanted to do something they were familiar with – so they were cooking Vindaloo. Being adventurous I went for it.. and after about 3 mouthfuls I had to send it back and order a burger instead…

Athens – I remember all the restaurant owners standing in the street trying to lure us in to eat at their place…we went into one and I had some very dodgy shrimp. Within 20 minutes I was getting very intimate with a toilet that was straight out of the middle ages…
Bloody cold there as well – ended up walking around the Parthenon in a parka!

Highlight of each day – listening to the BBC world service on the tannoy as they announced the weather for England – and the area we lived (Essex) was getting hammered with snow!! Our town was cut off for 3 days – and there I was lying by the pool on the way into Alexandria getting a tan….shame. (loved the way all the locals came out in boats and were haggling with the staff through the portholes).

Anyway I was talking to my mother about the Uganda and she kept some of the menus.. as she’s moving house some she is sending them to me so I’ll scan them and get them online.. should be interesting.

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Subject: S S Uganda. December 1979


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Lena Pettengell (happy)
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Date Posted: 19:19:42 09/22/07 Sat

I have just recently purchased tickets to see the Tutankhamun exhibition (on at millenium dome) and it brought back such memories of the educational cruise I went on way back in December 1979 on board the dear old SS Uganda - what memories. I was with Plumstead Manor School, we flew from Gatwick (my first time on a plane!) to Malta, itinery was Eygpt - pyramids, sphinx, very long and very cold journey through desert in middle of night, i can remember being freezing!! Museum I think in Cairo, saw a small section of the treasures there. We did Bethlehem, it was a lovely warm day, will never forget. The Dead Sea. Rhodes, Santorini, Sicilly, and finally docked in Naples, included visit to Pompeii. Can remember loads of laughter on board, especially the deck games and discos. Always played "we are sailing". I celebrated my 15th birthday on the way to Alexandria. Food was dreadful but who cared? Our dorm was called Admundsen I think, it was in the bowels of the ship with slanted walls (obviously) very dark and very cramped but a real giggle. I remember leaving Port of Alexandria in very rough sea and all my friends being sick over board which I found hilarious as it did not affect me at all. Our school hooked up with a crowd from a Welsh school, they were so friendly and funny, but sadly can't remember any names. It was this wonderful cruise that sparked a life long interest in me in travel, museums, ancient history - thank you S S Uganda!

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Subject: Nevasa 1966


Author:
Jean
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Date Posted: 22:19:06 06/16/04 Wed

Nevasa was the ship I sailed on in May 1966. We sailed from Liverpool and visited Madeira,Casablanca,Gibraltar and Lisbon. I was in Raleigh Dormitory, or was that the name of the classroom? I think the cruise cost £37 and we were allowed to take £5 pocket money! Wow! It began in me a love of cruising though.Cruise ships are a lot more luxurious today! It is just wonderful to wake up in a new destination every day without having to pack and unpack each time!

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Subject: Useful Links Reminder: Uganda / Nevassa


Author:
Ashleyrunt Forum Admin
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Date Posted: 02:46:18 08/26/07 Sun

SS Uganda Log :


SS Uganda Trust : HERE

SS Uganda souvenirs : SS Uganda Trading Company Ltd.

Nevasa Shipmates Reunited Forum : HERE


Ashley(runt)
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Subject: Ashleys Titanic Homepage / SS Uganda Log Back On-Line !


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Ashley (Forum Admin) (:-))
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Date Posted: 10:17:33 08/11/07 Sat

Just a quick post to let you know that my Titanic / Uganda web site is now back on-line.
It`s been kindly hosted for free by digitalartsuk.com
so thanks got to them.
You can find the site at : http://ashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com/
or click `HERE`

AshleyR

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Subject: Christmas 1968


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Ann W
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Date Posted: 05:34:59 08/01/07 Wed

We sailed just before Christmas of 1968 and this was my first cruise. I was 14 and all of my best friends were on the cruise, too. I think there were 13 of us in our dormitory. I belive it was Glenn. Reading this forum, it seems like every cruise had rough seas. All but two in our dorm got sick. They got sick everywhere, it was awful. Ramona and I went on deck to get some fresh air. We had dances every night. The food was certainly not up to todays standards, but still made for great memories. We Sailed from Tripoli, Libya and went to Naples, Barcelona, Palma, Mallorca ; Ajaccio, and Malta. Since it was during the Christmas break, we did not have any classes. It was an amazing time.

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Subject: SS Uganda - Cruise No 371


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Anthony
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Date Posted: 22:22:20 02/21/04 Sat

I have recently realised that it's 30 years ago this week that I was bobbing about on the SS Uganda ! We picked her up in Venice and then went off to Corfu, Izmir and Athens.

The whole cruise cost GBP 67.00 and we were allowed just GBP 10 each spending money for the entire eleven days - no wonder all of us kids were shoplifting so much !!!

I am glad I kept my log book and dormitory badge. They are about the only material things that I still have to remind me of that innocent time (well, innocent bar a little shoplifting!)

Glad to see this site exists and that so many people have happy memories of their "educational" cruise :o)

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Subject: Officers on SS Uganda in 1977?


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Victoria Ewing
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Date Posted: 16:07:20 01/02/03 Thu

Does anybody have lists of names, or know where I can find them, of the officers who were on Uganda in 1977? This mainly refers to the educational cruise out of Malta in January 1977.

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Subject: Uganda Crew (1983 unitl Falmouth)


Author:
Mick Morgan (Paddy) U-Gang & Restaurant
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Date Posted: 03:35:19 01/15/03 Wed

Anybody out the who was working on the Uganda at the time? I would love to hear from the lads who remember those days.

Mick

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Subject: Far far away, carved upon a tree, are the words: "Remember me!"


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Andrew Laing
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Date Posted: 01:28:20 06/06/07 Wed

I must have sailed out of Greenock (near Glasgow) on the Uganda around 1975, or so. Went to Corunna, Cadiz, Brest and some other places (where we must have gotten even more drunk than in in the ennumerated list!)The trip was in my 2nd year of Greenock Academy.

I can't recall much on board other than playing ping-pong. That, and the Disco where i met up with Jennifer from The Cults in Aberdeen. When we disembarked back in Scotland, she gave me a note with the message title inscribed on it. Good times!

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Subject: med 1975


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ray butt
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Date Posted: 23:22:36 05/22/07 Tue

I went on the uganda in January 75, with a gang from Ruffwood school in Kirkby. Flew Dan-air comet from Gatwick to Tangiers, then sailed to Malta and then Athens. Flew back to Gatwick from Athens on British Airtours 707. Cant remember much, but I do remember what a culture shock Morocco was, god I was terrifed there!

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Subject: Don't forget Nevasa!


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Lin
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Date Posted: 00:35:16 04/19/03 Sat

Great site and content - I never sailed aboard Uganda but did have three happy cruises aboard Nevasa - you tend to forget the Force 10 gales in Biscay as the years go on!

Anyway I am putting together a Nevasa Reunited 'type' site and would love to hear from anyone who sailed aboard Nevasa - for now you can contact me at spring.ball@ntlworld.com hopefully the site will be up and running shortly.

Best wishes to you all. Lin

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Subject: Ancient Temples Cruise - March 1974


Author:
Sue Hepworth (nee Horne)
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Date Posted: 16:12:33 05/08/07 Tue

I went on this cruise with King James 1 School, Bishop Auckland. I was 13 at the time. I remember there were lots of Canadians from a place called Medicine Hat which struck me as a strange name! They had it on the backs of their jackets. We flew to Athens and visited Olympia (Katakolon), Naples and Istanbul. At Olympia we ran a race on the site of the ancient Greek Olympic track, which was a big thrill. Pompei was interesting but in Istanbul the local male poplulation was quiter taken by our short skirts and some girls had their behinds pinched crossing the Bosphorus! I recall too that a Turkish Airline came down in France with great loss of life around the time we were about to fly home and we were very anxious.

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Subject: SS Uganda


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Alan Duckworth
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Date Posted: 15:40:02 06/29/02 Sat

Fortunate to have done 2 trips on the SS Uganda with Wellsway School Keynsham Somerset. First in '69 to the Baltic from Tilbury and visiting Copenhagen, Visby, Leningrad (optional trip to Moscow), Oslo and back to Southampton. In '70 we did the Mediterranean flying Dan-Air from Gatwick to Venice and then on to Corfu, Athens, Izmir, Tunis and Rijeka. We were meant to visit Tripoli in Libya but as there was a cholera epidemic we were diverted to Tunis instead. Great memories apart from the force 9's I experienced on both trips. God could that ship roll.

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Subject: SS Nevassa


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Martin Brown
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Date Posted: 21:46:18 03/07/02 Thu

Please could you advise me of directions on the internet to search for information on the SS Nevassa. I believe that she was a sister ship to the SS Uganda.

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Subject: Canadians @ March break 1975


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SK Suh
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Date Posted: 01:34:32 04/06/07 Fri

I remember bits and pieces of life aboard the SS Uganda as a Canadian high school student from Ashbury College (Ottawa). Sailed from Yugoslavia to Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Greece.

Mostly remember the other English speaking students trying to pass themselves off as Canadians in the Middle East ... plus a beautiful memory of Beirut between civil wars.

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Subject: Falklands Requisition


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Quinton Carroll
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Date Posted: 13:30:40 04/02/07 Mon

Since it's topical.... I was reading the BBC webiste on the Falklands 25 years on, and Wikipedia referred to Uganda docking in Naples to discharge it's cargo of children all singing Rule Britannia. I was one of those with Birkdale School, Sheffield.

The cruise left Venice, and then went to Sparta. From there it was supposed to go to Rhodes, Egypt and Israel (I think), but it all got rearranged and we went to Egypt before she turned around and we were told the cruise was being cut short.

Main memories:

The accommodation - awful. Worse than awful. We were in the bowels of the ship, with no windows. I remember being slightly affronted when I read that the accommodation was being upgraded to make it fit for troops to live in!

Cheesy films - lots of Beatles films and Tom and Jerry

Being requisitioned - arriving in Naples was a lot of fun! I was only 11 and we really didn't have a clue what was going on!

Coming home - looking back it must have been a logistocal nightmare. We got flown back to the UK but had to stay about 6 to a room in a hotel before being taken back to Sheffield. My parents told me later that no-one could or would tell them what was going on

Happy memories - I spent time with friends seeing lots of great things, and having a good laugh. I wonder these days whether something equivalent to these educational cruises still exists, but I doubt it.

All in all, it was a great experience, and we all got 50% refunds!

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Subject: photos


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alana
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Date Posted: 22:11:47 03/27/07 Tue

Some good pics there.Thank you for doing that

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Subject: Lets try that again - photos from 1978!


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Geoff Sheppard
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Date Posted: 00:41:43 03/24/07 Sat

At long last some offerings from 1978 - cruise 881 Dundee, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madeira, Coruna, Glasgow. Sailed as a School Office Assistant which meant being free to go everywhere - school, passenger and crew areas.
And this time, here is the link http://www.fototime.com/inv/BCD79B1AF0FE96B

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Subject: Finally scanned some photos - 1978


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Geoff Sheppard
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Date Posted: 00:36:02 03/24/07 Sat

At long last some offerings from 1978 - cruise 881 Dundee, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madeira, Coruna, Glasgow. Sailed as a School Office Assistant which meant being free to go everywhere - school, passenger and crew areas.

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Subject: Robinson Crusoe


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Alana
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Date Posted: 00:08:12 01/07/07 Sun

I don't remember the Cinderella play but I did the Robinson Crusoe play...
Ron Furlong was Man Friday in that one...
Keith Parson was Aladdin(what he had to do with Robinson I dont know !!LOL.
I actually did the painting of the secenery for that one with Ron Furlong and Rodger Knight.
Then playes a tropical maiden...
Rmember the Uganda song ?
As for the sneaking into the girls cabins I found a few of you...LOL

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Subject: Med. Cruise September 1982


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Fergal Lawlor
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Date Posted: 17:02:49 07/14/02 Sun

I sailed on the Uganda in September 1981 or 1982 with what seemed like then half the kids from Liverpool. I was 12 years old and can remember the ship very well - the accommodation - I use the term lightly - was terrible. We were stuck in the deepest depths of the ship with uncomfortable bunks hanging from the wall on large chains. Conditions were most uncomfortable - hot amd smelly and the food inedible. However, I did manage to sneak into one of the bars in an area off limits to the children and couldn't believe the opulence - it was like the last days of the Raj. Anyway loved the sailing more than the places we visited. I was amazed to hear of the typhoon incident I always thought she was broken up after the Falklands.

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Subject: SS UGANDA BALTIC CRUISE 1980


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Darren Allix
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Date Posted: 10:39:22 11/03/05 Thu

I would like to hear from anyone who was on this ship the same time as me,It was 1980 when i spent over two weeks on board this incredible boat.
We had a host of schools onboard this vessel,my school was St Nicholas in Laindon Essex,we also had Chalvedon School from Essex on board with one of my best mates Matthhew Harris making it one the most memorable trips of a lifetime.
What stands out was that the original cruise included a visit to moscow and leningrad,however due to the olympic games being held in Russia that year we was given a alternative visit to berlin, which included a trip to the east through check-point charlie,which was just incredible.we also visited visby,copenhagen,stockholm,helsinki,on a truly remarkable 2 weeks,My parents met me at the port of copenhagen,where i spent a few hours with them on there own holiday,before returning to the class where we was entertained by a night at Tivoli Gardens.
Anyone remember Mrs Collop who was head of our party,and Mr Paul.

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Subject: Sailed on the SS Uganda in 1959


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Sandra (D'Souza) Correa (Wonderful Memories travelling on the SS Uganda)
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Date Posted: 23:38:08 03/01/07 Thu

I remember wonderful memories during our cruise on the SS Uganda. I travelled with my sister and mother and we were treated like royalty. I was fairly young but I remember many details about the ship. We sailed from Mombasa to Cape Town and it took us roughly a week to reach our destination. I have never forgotten my child-hood cruise holiday and the wonderful memories have coaxed me to take other cruises. God bless all who travelled on the beautiful SS Uganda.

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Subject: Late 70's cruise


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Date Posted: 12:58:11 04/15/04 Thu

The cruise was in 77 or 78 I think.
Flew Laker airbus to Malta,Alexandria,Haifa,Antalya,Corfu, Navarino Bay and back from Venice...Our school was Gleadless Valley ,Sheffield ...learnt how to play pontoon, some dodgy camel whips with knife handles...an experience never to be forgotten,saw places you only dreamt of and often come across a pen with the ship in the handle at my mums...Good times

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Subject: Sadly thirty plus years dulls the memories.


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Lesley Ellis
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Date Posted: 13:56:17 02/21/07 Wed

I sailed on the Uganda in June 1975 - the Baltic cruise to Visby, Helsinki, Leningrad and Copenhagen. We sailed from Dundee (if my memory serves me well) and the roughest crossing was of the Pentland Firth. Loads were calling for 'Hughie and Ralph' that night. Disappointingly we were in the bowels of the ship and only saw dayight when we went up on deck. I do remember the daredevil game of jumping through the watertight doors as they began to close.Our dorms were a bit sparton and millitary like and our teachers were constately on the prowel to prevent any Hanky Panky going on. I met a young lad called Dave from Dundee at the evening disco, and was later caught kissing him in a classroom - strictly forbidden in the evenings- and of being told by my teacher that my life was practicaly over and my reputation ruined beyond saving. I have a feeling Dave dumped me after that. I think our first port of call was Visby and our teacher insisted we visited the Apothacary's shop, clearly a high point in his itinerary. We were more interested in the hunky blond chaps lying on the grass sunbathing. I feel we were just dumped there and made the best of it for our selves and similarly in every other port bar Leningrad. Memories of Copenhagen consist of almost being killed by a tram - forgetting or not being told the traffic came from your LEFT!! of a large department store we were asked to leave for being unaccompanied and Tivoli gardens at night where we screamed so much on the roller coaster we could hardly speak the next day. Helsikni is a blurr apart from the Sibelius Monument - the Silvery tubes you could walk under and the Olympic stadium. Leningrad is a different matter. This was the first time I'd seen a gun. Soldiers checked our bus before we left the dockside and as he walked down the bus aisle I could have touched it. Our tour bus was quite tired and well used. Even at 12 I could see this was not an affluent city. It was quite shabby in parts and although the buildings were painted it was a colourless city. Some russians tried to buy my Levis from me whilst were we taking photo's of Peter the Great on Horseback. (Sadly I'd chopped his head off - photographically speaking). I was taken aback by the ostentation of the Winter Palace Gardens and all of the Gold coloured statues. I recall a water feature where you got wet when you were not looking. Our teachers insisted we did not purchase any ice-cream fom the vendors in the gardens because hygiene reasons. Still we did it any way and survived. Not forgetting the shopping experience - I cannot remember if this was close to the ship but all it had for sale was Russian stacking dolls.
Yesterday I found my Muster station badge - Van Diemen and the SS Uganda badge. From the loft my husband produced the Helsinki Tourist map (all in finnish strangely),a plan of the Bridge of the Uganda (the educational bit) and a tourist brochure of Moscow. We were supposed to go there but for some reason ended up in Leningrad. Sadly my photo's are long gone (including a school group one taken onboad) my Ships Diary and the small green identification card we had for the Soviet Union. Still HAPPY HAPPY MEMORIES.

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Subject: holy land cruise


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

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

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Subject: Uganda Nov 71


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Joannne Davies
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Date Posted: 20:55:30 02/06/07 Tue

I remember a school cruise Nov 71. The weather was excellent and my school, Hazelwick, Crawley, had a group of about 20. We flew to Venice and visited Cyprus, Athens and Kos, going through the Corinth Canal. All I remember clearly were the tin trays for food and the bunks. Compared to present cruise ships she was tiny. My Dad said she was used as a troop transporter when he was doing national service.

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Subject: mooring in falmouth harbour


Author:
martyn
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Date Posted: 17:03:07 01/30/07 Tue

after 2 trips to the falkands on the great ship it sadden me to see her come in to falmouth harbour in what i must say was a in a bad shape being strip down we were aloud on it for 1 last look my mates and myself who sailed on her had 1 last drink on her behalf

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Subject: 1978 Gordon School Gravesend


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Chris Neary
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Date Posted: 06:21:21 07/17/04 Sat

1978 -
EMB Southampton, Valencia, Palermo,Khios (Cancelled due to bad weather), Istanbul, Athens (Stop over due to flight cancellation)Flight to LHR.

What I do remember :-

"Jilted John", "War of the worlds" and "Sandy" on the Juke box in the common room (If I EVER hear "Hopelessly devoted to you it will be too soon!).

People getting seasick over the Biscay especially Deborah Pink (boy did I feel sorry for you!) lucky I was used to ships, having a Captain as a Father and all, otherwise I might have joined you on the aftdeck.

Trying to figure out how to get through the watertight doors without raising the alarm on the bridge, so we could get to the girls dorms. let me just say it helps to have a Captain as a father (wink wink nudge nudge!)

A wierd memory comes back of some guys singinig "Plasic elephant and me" (God knows why my feeble brain has catalogued that!) but it was from the rag show.

Somwhere on a greek island one of the girls from Dover Grammer got really wrecked on Ouzo, I remember feeding her as much bread as I could to try to sober her up before returning to the ship.

I played the Trumpet for the Student rag show and on the aft deck (ahem!) wearing a silver suit (Which was for my stage show. I still havn't lived down the wolf whistles but hey! it made me popular with the girls! :) ).

The rotton sods of a crew who played "I'm leaving on a jet plane" upon disembarkation and sent all the girls into a frenzy of sobbing"

What I don't remember :-

What was wrong with the food? Seemed ok to me!

If your cabin floor got wet then who was silly enough to leave the porthole open? Our cabin was at the waterline. I remember checking the porthole size for regulation shoulder width, well you never know.

Greetings to:-

Nichola Stubbings of Istead rise, (I still think of you I hope you persued your microbiology career)

Old school friends Tom Nealy, Nicholas Boston, Andrew Stuart? Deborah Pink (Thank you for your support!), Deborah Kaye.

Finally to the girl I met from Dover Girls grammar School whom I fell in hopelessly love with, and tried to spark up a relationship after the cruise. But you know, shipboard romances never last :(

Anyone else who was on that cruise or remember "The boy with the silver trumpet", it would be a great to see how you got on in life.

I still have a T-shirt from the Uganda covered in signatures, girls phone numbers and the odd "kick me" written on it somwhere :)

Tempus fugit!

Regards to any and all shipmates. Email me.

Chris Neary
Torquay
Devon

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Subject: Assistant Matron


Author:
Alana
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Date Posted: 16:21:56 12/24/06 Sun

Wow this brings back memories just stumbled across this forum.
I was lucky enough to work as an asmat..Assistant Matron on the ship from Early 82 till she got took as a hospital ship.
I was one of the nurse's that would give you the sick bags !!
Or go with you on the land tours...or try and find you when you crept out of your dorms in the night s!!
Life aboard was so much fun .....So sad when it ended.

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Subject: pictures of uganda as a hospital ship


Author:
les aldridge (saving lives)
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Date Posted: 05:37:23 12/13/06 Wed

I am still wanting photos or interested in anybody writing about the conflict and ss uganda involvement .

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Subject: request pictures of ssuganda as ahospital shipi


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leslie Aldridge
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Date Posted: 18:21:47 07/01/02 Mon

Anybody serving on ssuganda as a hospital ship have you any photos to share, I would obviously pay for reprints .

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Subject: Another Uganda Message board .


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AshleyR (forum admin)
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Date Posted: 11:46:41 12/06/06 Wed

Hi all just came across another place where people have posted stuff about SS Uganda.
Pop along and have a read but don`t forget that this is `THE` place you want to post to (-:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=8492794
Cruise Critic
Ashley R

BTW My Website`s `Ashley`s Titanic Homepage` / `SS Uganda Log` will soon me moving due to a switch of ISP`s .
The new URL will be http://ashleyrunt.digitalartsuk.com/
Cruise Critic">ATH and SS Uganda Log new home.
Still working on site but should be fully funtional within the next few weeks.
Don`t worry though as `The SS Uganda Shipmates Forum` will still be here and the same URL .

Merry Christmas to all and a happy new year.

Ashley Runt
Forum Admin

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Subject: Easter cruise 1979


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john a barlow
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Date Posted: 09:10:02 12/01/06 Fri

I went on Uganda I think in Easter 1979 .
It seems like a lifetime ago but I can still remember it quite well .It was abseloutely fantastic ,we had a brilliant time.
We went to Pompeii, Delphi ,Cyprus,Ephasus, Israel,Kos and Athens.
I have been reading the messages and I had forgotten how shockingly bad the food was.Concrete chocolate cake with horrible butter cream and the only English the stewards knew was Bobby Charlton.
We had a load of Canadians in our dorm who were a real good laugh.
One of them ,Bill Ramsey,tracked me down about ten years ago but I lost his phone number .
Get in touch again if you read this .
I remember being really proud of her when she went to the Falklands and more than a little sad when I heard she had been scrapped.
It was a real, life experience, something that you will never ever forget.
Something I do remember is my Mum and Dad scrimping and saving to pay for it and me having to earn all my spends
It was a real privelage to go

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Subject: Jan 1981 cruise 270? or 271?


Author:
Adrian Hughes (extremly happy)
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Date Posted: 11:59:36 11/15/06 Wed

Looking back over the years, its hard to beleive that its been 25 yrs since i sailed as a Sea cadet on the Uganda.
I was one of Two Welsh sea cadets in a group of 50 or so . my self and a ginger lad called Jeff Jones( who sadly died on his 17th birthday)i was lucky enouhgt to work on board in the galley with a number of other cadets , Bob from Salisbury, elaine ? and a few others.
Remember chef and welsh backer Dai.
also remember Fordy from cheshire and his mate and jock from cambletown. also remember with vivid adolescent tingles . Carolyn Horne from port seaton scotland , sarah and caroline from St Helier jersey and many more whos names have been lost in the passing of tides,
had the best two weeks of my life on board.
we flew from Gatwick to Malta. boarded the ship and sailed to Alexandira. day trip to pyramids and then back onto Crete and then onto split where we all flew homw.
remember and still love the rod stewert song Sailing, which played every time we sailed out and leaving ona jet plane which played on the last day of the trip.
my email is
a.d.hughes@btinternet.com if any one remembers the trip and wants to get in touch.
take care all and bon voyage..

great site and even greater ship .

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Subject: memories of madeira portugal 1969


Author:
phyllis & julie Allen (twins)happy (happy)
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Date Posted: 21:48:04 11/14/06 Tue

Hello anyone that remembers us,the twins julie &phyllis allen. we remember trevor waldron & his mate steve. being very rough over bay of biscay,& eating dry crackers to help the se sickness. if anyone remembers us please reply. love to reminese.

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Subject: 1975 Engineers


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Kevin Fitz
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Date Posted: 22:34:58 11/12/06 Sun

I served during 1975 as a 5th engineer with many memories
hitting the quay in Helsinki, lifeboat practise in Dundee and having to climb back in through dining room windows and many more. any other ex engineers got any photographs of inside the engine room spaces, strange that I can still remember where many of the valves were.Oh yes and the bond locker at the end of our alleyway, same side as the entrance to the `fiddly` as I recall.

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Subject: uganda cruise april 81 ( it hink)


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barry whitford
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Date Posted: 21:18:06 10/20/06 Fri

we departed in march or april 1981 on a laker airways dc-10 flight which was delayed by 24 hours due to air traffic flight and flew to split in yugoslavia.i remember it was a warm sunny day and we arrived at the port and saw the ship sitting there.the boys were sent to mallory dorm and we had a bunks susspended on chains.i think the food was quite bad but we were on an adventure of a lifetime we departed split for athens-haifa-alexandria-and ended up in venice on our last day.we were stopping in cypress but due to bad weather we continued to haifa in israel.the trip was one i will remember for ever and as a direct result i have travelled much of the world.

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Subject: SS Uganda Med. 1968/69?


Author:
Stephen Martin (hard to believe)
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Date Posted: 23:31:12 10/06/06 Fri

Looking back I find it hard to believe I was able to go on such am amzing trip. I was with a group from Dumfries Academy on a cruise from Venice to Southampton.
We flew in a Dan-Air plane (ex Brtish Eagle 707) to Venice.
Sailed from there to Dubrovnik (wow, communists, and some of the lads got really drunk on the cherry brandy, stomachs pumped in ship's hospital, it was a bit scary walking on the top of the old city walls), Piraeus (Athens, wow again), Tripoli (hard to believe, wow Leptis Magna), Lisbon (nice pavements).
I think the food was OK, I just remember the all-in-one stainless steel trays. The whole ship smelt of disinfectant.
I still have a picture somewhere taken during the emergency drill. I think it was taken by a photographer on the ship.
I threw up on the Bay of Biscay.
It was a priviledge to be allowed to go on a trip like that.

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Subject: Missing messages !


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Ashleyrunt (Forum Admin)
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Date Posted: 01:28:10 08/09/06 Wed

It`s been brought to my attention that some people have been having trouble posting to this forum.
VoyForums have recently been the victims of `denial of service` attacks which have cause a few problems on some forums.
Also please ensure that after you click `Send` that you then `Approve` message.
If you have recently tried to post messages and do not see them on the forum please try again.

Ashley Runt
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Subject: Med Cruise 1980/1981


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Louise
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Date Posted: 01:52:27 07/02/06 Sun

Hi,
Can anybody help me, I'm trying to recall the date I went on a school cruise?

The year was either 1980 or 1981. We flew from Cardiff to Split and then sailed to Greece (Athens, Rhodes, Kos), Egypt, Cyprus and Turkey (not necessarily in that order!).

I do remember having a great time but also remember being laid up in the hospital quarters, missing Egypt, as I had terrible sea-sickness! I can relate to those who talk about the food - it was sometimes awful - and the trays it was served on were not too appealing.

The lessons were ok, though I recall managing to skive off some of them by locking myself in the loos. Oh, the things we would do to get out of classes!

I have a couple of photos that I am happy to share with anyone who is interested.

Please help - this one is driving me mad!!

Thanks,
Louise

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Subject: diary of my uganda cruise from 1977


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Arthur Chappell
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Date Posted: 13:39:05 06/16/06 Fri

I have added a retrospective diary of my experiences on my Uganda cruise, based on memories and the few documents and photos I have, but I hop this is as accurate an account as I could make it 25 years later.
http://www.arthurchappell.clara.net/ssuganda.htm Enjoy.

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Subject: SS Uganda, Last voyage from Mombasa, ca 1967


Author:
Terry Greenwood
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Date Posted: 01:00:09 06/30/06 Fri

I served on the Uganda as Third Radio Officer for her last voyage to East Africa. I was responsible for getting the ship's newspaper printed overnight so the First Class passengers had the latest news at their breakfast tables. I received the news in morse code typing it directly onto Gastetner (?) copying paper ready for instant printing.

We had a great send-off from Mombasa but had other great parties upon leaving Durban, Beira, Mozambique (as it was then), Dar-es-Salaam and up to Mombasa. Other ports of call after transiting the Suez Canal homeward bound were Naples and Barcelona.

I remember we had a Goanese (Portuguese India) crew and that was the first time I had heard of curry, let alone tasted it. I live in Arizona now and often dream of having a decent curry again.

Upon disembarking in London Docks, we all thought it was a disgrace that she was being converted to a school cruise ship. However, now I have read the great experiences the kids had and the memories they are sharing with their kids now, I am even prouder of the old girl!

..._._ (morse code for 'END')

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Subject: Uganda Staff


Author:
Laurie Haworth
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Date Posted: 12:42:51 09/12/02 Thu

The Students' Entertainment(?)Officer was known(affectionately)to Gloucestershire Party Leaders( and he proved it to some gullible young female teachers) as 'Action Man' I'd love to know what happened to him, when Uganda was decommisioned and I wish him well, in spite of the fact that , when I embarked for the last of the Gloucetershire cruises,his greeting to me was'Oh dear,not you again!! Maybe I was a trouble-maker.

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Subject: REVIEW OFTHE SS UGANDA WEBSITE ONLINE


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Arthur Chappell
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Date Posted: 13:16:33 04/02/06 Sun

I have added a review o fthe SS Ugnda website to a review/abstracts website at http://www.shvoong.com/portfolio/sign-in/ You can readthe review directly at
Abstract at - http://www.shvoong.com/www/personal-sites/170468-ss-uganda/ Please offer it ratings on the 1 to 5 scale. Many reviews there including over 60 by myself attract lots of visitors but few offer the critiquing potential from the 1 to 5 star rating system. I have given the SS Uganda site a full five star rating, naturaly.

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Subject: hospital ship


Author:
Tim
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Date Posted: 19:27:41 04/04/06 Tue

My experiance of the Uganda revolves around it's use as a hospital ship during the Falklands conflict. It was comfortable enough, considering I had spent some time previous to my residence accomodated in bashas and slit trenches.

It was warm and dry and, although in considerable pain, I was going home.

I put my combats in for laundry and they disappeared. got home dressed as a sailor.

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Subject: Rod Stewat's Sailing - the SS Uganda anthem


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Arthur Chappell
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Date Posted: 11:43:37 04/02/06 Sun

Every night on the cruise, if I remember, the last song was always Rod Stewart's Sailing, then used as a theme song in the popular BBC documentary fly on the wall docu-soap about life on board the Ark Royal. - It was always the last chance to smooch my young lady friend, before we had to go back to our school party- dormitaries, though one night I found myself hugged through it by her lady teacher, who was rather too hot to handle for a 15 year old kid like me, and my girl ran off sulking in jealosy about that, which may have been the teacher's attention. I find that song has a special resonance for me ever since.

I recall also the puritanical pensioner who ruined the mood and moment of my first true kiss by hitting me with his walking stick and telling me and Louise (the girl, not the teacher) off for being so disgusting at such an age - It was just a kiss....!!!

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Subject: Sailed and fell in love on the Uganda in 77


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Arthur Chappell
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Date Posted: 17:05:20 04/01/06 Sat

I was on the SS Uganda for a Baltic cruise with my school, Moston Brook (Manchester, England) in 1977 - My rather bullying classmates kept trying to fix me up on dates but I found my first girlfriend by myself, or rather, she found me much to everyone's surprise, including my own, though the relationship was ended soon after the cruise, as we were too far apart - she lived in Edinburgh at the time. I would like to hear from Louis Pegauson again (she may well have married since then of course, in which case that is her maiden name, 0. I was disheartened in the Falklands War years when propaganda reports were leaked that falsely claimedthatthe ship had been sunk by the Argentinians,and even more saddened later when the ship was decommissioned. She took meon my first trip abroad, and to my first experience of romantic love. She is very special to my memories. Good to see sites like this keep her memory alive. Arthur Chappell www.arthurchappell.clara.net/contents.htm

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Subject: July maybe August 1973


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Alan W Smith
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Date Posted: 14:17:53 02/19/06 Sun

Anybody out there on the cruise (to Germany (close to border with East), Gydansk, Helsinki and Copenhagen.

I was with Hamilton Grammer and I think Uddingston were there as well.

Funniest memory was one of the younger lads copeously vomiting into a drinking fountain on-board following the stop in Germany. Strong stuff that German beer!!

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Subject: cpt Flinders


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Max Flinders
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Date Posted: 19:05:56 01/23/06 Mon

Hi my grandfather was captain of the SSUGANDA.
CPT F FLINDERS does anyone remember him?
i would love to hear a story about him no matter how small.
cheers max

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Subject: ssuganda


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mike holt
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Date Posted: 13:46:03 01/17/06 Tue

hello to everyone

i went on a total of five ss uganda cruises between
1973 and 1979 with my parents

prior to this i went on nevasa in 1972

we went to the baltic and the med

i wil never forget my time on ss uganda it was magical

it any one remembers me , please email

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Subject: falklands


Author:
ian
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Date Posted: 22:43:15 08/26/04 Thu

what a great site,I sailed to the Falklands in 1982 the lasting memory was of a wave hitting the ship at the level of the dance hall and looking throught the oposite window at raging sea. scary times. Its good though that the messages are mainly from times of peace as really however dramatic the Falklands Conflict was the Uganda should be remembered for all the joy it gave to thousands of children.

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Subject: April 1971


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Jim Mitchell
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Date Posted: 00:02:01 08/25/05 Thu

Sailed from Leghorn, after arriving by plane from Gatwick, via Canada on DC8. Three week cruise, through the straits off Sicily(rough water), plenty of us were sick. Onto to Gibraltor, Malta, Crete, Athens, Turkey, Lisbon, Floernce & Pisa.(not in correct order) Same memories as others, awful food, couldn't wait till we docked to eat at the closest restaurant. A number of others from Britain, Rosalind(?) and a few from America. Was able to talk my parents into allowing me to go to the bar on ship, that cider was strong ! Remember the one class on board, picture of Russian ship with women crew members chained to their stations below deck. From then on we all sat out classes in the lounge. Great experience, anyone on same cruise ?

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Subject: Uganda 1983


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anyacofre nee smith
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Date Posted: 07:41:56 07/18/05 Mon

Hi does anyone remember a deck cadet officer Iain Hutley and also a lad named Derek Fry who I think worked in the dining room. This was early 1983 when the Uganda worked with the falkland Islands taking passengers to and from Assencion Island.

I look forward to hearing from someone soon
Many thanks
Anya Cofre

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Subject: 1979....it's disco time!


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Colin Bruce
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Date Posted: 23:28:27 07/01/05 Fri

Last night me a my best school pal got to reminiscing about the uganda and were both surprised to find out neither of us had gone onto the net to see what was around! So here we are! I was on the Baltic 1979 and the "med" (not quite!) in 81. How lucky was I?!!
It was great though we were a bit like cargo I suppose. I recall a very good quip from a classmate replying to a snooty passenger as follows as we strayed out of bounds!

Passeneger " you're not supposed to be here- this is for paying passengers"
Sandra(!) "what do you think we are....cargo!"

I actually was a very sad schoolboy and wrote a daily diary which I actually still have. Amongst the "interesting items it says what the music was we were wakened with each morning. Imagine my horror as a 15 year old waking up on the first morning to "Yes Sir I can boogie! by Baccarra!!
Good times indeed. Has the ship been scrapped completely and dismantled. I'd love to get on it again.
Anyway. Just my thoughts (Hi mel!)

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Subject: 81 from venice to malta...


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David Watterson
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Date Posted: 09:57:29 06/29/05 Wed

This has brought back a lot of memories (some repressed....) I was on the Uganda in (I think) 81, we left from Venice & went to Haifa (with a tour to Jerusalem & Bethlehem), Dubrovnik, Rhodes, Bodrum, Limassol & Malta - probably not in that order. I was there as a Sea Cadet, it had cost my parents STG90 for the trip. The Sea Cadets didn't do any classes on the ship like the school tours had to, instead we were split into teams and allocated a lifeboat that we had to 'refurbish'. I was in charge of the Captains lifeboat (#2 on the port side from memory), and there was a competition for who did the best job. We had the smallest lifeboat, so we repainted the whole thing inside with bright orange paint from the Bosun & won the competition. I can't remember the prize. I do remember drinking $1 a bottle wine from a place on the waterfront at Bodrum, and falling flat on my face while waiting for the liberty boat to come & pick us up. I also remember magaing to buy a carton of John Player Special cigarettes from the Duty free at Heathrow, and then having to hide them for the whole trip as I was too young to smoke! the Sea Cadet officer that took us had done a lot of trips, his name was possibly Dave ? Was great fun, I don't think I have even thought of it for 20 years though...

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Subject: 1971(ish) Gibralter, Ceuta, Minorca etc


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John Cargill - Royal School Armagh
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Date Posted: 17:57:17 06/11/05 Sat

Hi. I found the book Uganda...The story of a very special ship in my local library today. (June 2005) It brought back wonderful memories of a special trip with school friends. I'll have to work out what year it actually was...probably August/September 1971(ish) with a number of school parties from Ulster and rest of UK.

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Subject: ssUganda


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Laurie Haworth
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Date Posted: 18:13:03 07/18/02 Thu

Am interested in buying or bidding for a model of ss Uganda. Any offers?

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Subject: SS Uganda wotaship


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Cpt Smith
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Date Posted: 22:33:11 03/09/02 Sat

This site is great,Just stumbled across this page and thought i would say hello,I remember the SS Uganda pretty well after my trip to Stavanger,Aarhus/Arhus and Amsterdam i think in 1974.I have read a few messages in your site i too have very fond memories of SS Uganda,i recall the first morning at sea woken by some sicko knocking out a tune just like that mad bird on hidee-bloody-hi!!and amazed that i couldnt stand straight as the ship ploughed through the cold North sea,and breakfast! oh joy watered down orange juice and something else on a plate,the food trays being whipped away by the indian kitchen staff,the waves spraying up and soaking you as you watched the mops and deck quoits sail by,there was another reason as not to lean on the railings for too long,and that was someone on the next deck up was bound to spit on you,it was nearly compulsary!!! 10 years old and away from home for the first time can be a bit scary but is nothing when i discovered that our dorm was WELL below the water line and i regularly skipped quickly past the thick water tight doors just in case they decided to suddenly shut!!Well toast is nearly ready and i could go on for hours but i must go now glad i found this place seeing a picture of the ship does give me good memories,pity the old girl is gone but i suppose better she was lost at sea than torn apart in some scrap yard.Oh and one final note does anyone remember how all the drinking fountain were choked with buns and everywhere stank of sick, oh to be 10 again....

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Subject: ss uganda- many memories


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mike holt
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Date Posted: 07:57:54 03/29/05 Tue

just found the uganda site and will certainly be ordering the book

i have many happy memories of 3 or 4 cruises with my parents from 1975 to 1979
brings back days of cocktail parties , fantastic views of Gibraltar from the sea and a passion to do some more cruising with my own family
if any one remembers me ,please contact me via my email address- my parents we called joan and ron ( now deceased ) and we lived in cheadle hulme cheshire

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Subject: Christmas Cruise 77


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Gerry Olsen
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Date Posted: 01:09:04 10/22/04 Fri

Wow. Years of memories just came flooding back to me in a heartbeat. I was one of approx 30 Canadian kids who took part in the Xmas 77 cruise from Ceuta down to Banjul with stops along the route. I was devastated to find out the the old girl had been payed off and sold for scrap. The "Uganda" truly was an educational experience for me, and to quote another "we left as kids and came back men". I would love to hear from anyone else who was on that cruise. Funny... I don't remember the food as being that bad. When someone else mentioned the metal meal trays I had to laugh...I remember that the galley smelled heavily of bunker fuel and the hatches between the dorms were well guarded but you could always find a way. Fantastic site... please keep up the great work. Cheers

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Subject: dirty dozen


Author:
wurzel
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Date Posted: 15:01:45 06/01/02 Sat

are there any members of the dirty dozen around you know who you are.life was a gas in the u gang.does any one remember the squaddie who came in the bar and ate a sandwich of .... for a case of beer.

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Subject: SS UGANDA CRASH


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GEORDIE
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Date Posted: 00:56:50 08/25/03 Mon

WAS ONBOARD UGANDA APPROX 1972 WHEN A SHIP CRASHED INTO IT IN VENICE AT START OF SCHOOL TRIP THEY REPAIRED IT AND WE CONTINUED WITH CRUISE

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Subject: ASCENSION TO THE FALKLANDS


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John Sergeant
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Date Posted: 14:58:02 09/12/04 Sun

I sailed on the Uganda from Ascension to the Falklands in August 1984, I was a 20 year old RAF Policeman on my way down for a tour of duty,it took 10 days to get there and this was my first time on a ship of any description and what an introduction to the sea,this was winter in the south atlantic and boy oh boy was it rough the further south we got, doing PT on the deck was a life threatning excercise on some days, I remember my cabin was very comfortable and the food was good, I now remember that trip fondly and the ship made what was difficult time a memorable one. shame she came to an end so soon after, would have loved to of seen her again.

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Subject: Easter 71


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Simon Blease
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Date Posted: 14:46:16 09/07/04 Tue

Easter 71...as the saying goes we went out boys and came back men! Flew Dan Dare Comet 4C Gatwick to Venice. Sailed to Piraeus, Malta, Tangiers and Lisbon. Home to Southampton through the obligatory Bay of Biscay Force 10. Great sport sliding across the dining hall on plastic chairs, especially on the hot bovril that the poor catering staff spilt from the urn they had carefully brought up from the kitchen. The piano in the lecture hall broke loose from its moorings, smashing all the seats and resulting in no more lessons (shame).
Getting watches nicked on Tangiers beach, taunting 'Chopper' Harris, the Ships Master, being able to use up our old pre-decimal currency on Malta (every bus trip 6d) and losing our 13 year old hearts (but nothing else sadly)to a group of 16 year old Canadian Ladies. Such is the stuff of an educational cruise!

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Subject: School trip - December 1975


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Jeremy Bloomfield
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Date Posted: 20:06:07 08/29/04 Sun

Crikey what a lot to remember. I've just visited The Smugglers Cottage at Tolverne (near the King Harry Ferry) where the Uganda was moored prior to her last voyage. The Smugglers has devoted a whole room to photos and memorabilia and is well worth a visit if you are in Cornwall.

The trouble is what to say about such a grand ship. For me, the highlight of my cruise was standing on deck, almost alone, as the ship edged from the harbourside at Port Said. At the same time over the tannoys was played Rule Brittania (or similar !!). Still brings a lump to my throat

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Subject: thanks for the memories


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Liz Marion Smith
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Date Posted: 20:43:47 08/22/02 Thu

In conversation about a school trip I took in the '70's I mentioned the SS Uganda to a friend. Curiosity took hold and I found this website and lo and behold, fellow travellers!! What an honour. We took a Spring trip from Ottawa with a group from Elmwood School for girls, flying Dan Air to Venice where we boarded. Memories include Matron chasing us down trying to get us to lights out (herding cats), bilges overflowing (what a sight), volcanic eruptions on a really stormy night, a Turkish nightclub where the guitarist sent a note asking me or one of my table to marry him (interesting as a teenager)...
I had heard the ship sank in the Falklands War. Am I correct in this assumption?
I have not taken another 'cruise ship' though I have continued to travel. Why spoil the fun?
Cheers
Liz Smith

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Subject: Liva nd work in USA / Job opportunities


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Date Posted: 21:22:16 07/24/04 Sat

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Subject: SS Uganda book


Author:
Alan Cullen
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Date Posted: 20:30:07 07/17/02 Wed

I, along with some colleagues in the SS Uganda Trust, co-authored a book about the SS Uganda. 400+ pages, 400+ photos, covers the life of the ship from launch in 1952 to her end on a beach in 1986. Price £27 inc. p&p by cheque payable to the SS Uganda Trust at "Tarven, Corfe Lodge Road, Broadstone, Dorset, BH18 9NF". The Trust is a registered charity number 1020247. Any profits towards the objects of the Trust.

I was fortunate to have cruised three times onboard the SS Nevasa whilst at Pinner Grammar School. Unfortunately this fondly remembered ship did not have such a dramatic life as the Uganda, so unlikely to write a book about her, but would love to hear from anybody with memories.

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Subject: chef on uganda in the 1950,s


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stefan jennings
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Date Posted: 08:36:26 05/02/04 Sun

does anybody remember my father leslie morton jennings who was chef on the uganda in the 50,s or my mother who is alive and well, who ran the nursery on board during the same time. most interested to hear from anybody who does. stefan.

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Subject: 5th engineer 1973- 1974


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brian jewson
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Date Posted: 00:19:24 04/15/04 Thu

served as a 5th engineer on uganda having been transfered from the larger p&o cruise ships operating in the pacific. uganda was a culture shock from the regular p&o liners. i remember my cabin being twice the size of himalaya,iberia,etc. as for the food it left p&o for dead. yes- the bloody soot was a pain in the neck at times but who,s perfect. good ship, good times, fantastic memories that no one would believe if you told them

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Subject: ss uganda 1975


Author:
nat mains blantyre scotland
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Date Posted: 11:02:45 03/30/04 Tue

I WAS ON THE 1975 CRUISE TOHELSINKI LENINGRAD VISBY AND COPENHAGEN.WE SAILED FROM DUNDEE AND CAME BACK TO GREENOCK.ANY OTHER FORMER PUPILS FROM BLANTYRE HIGH SCHOOL OUT THERE?

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Subject: Uganda Summer 1970


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Cliff Cadman
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Date Posted: 18:46:27 03/23/04 Tue

I was acadet with B.I. and sailed on the "Big Ug" in the summer of 1970. I joined the ship in Greenock and for the next three months enjoyed the time of my life. I spent most of the time as staff cadet which meant being involved in the entertainment of the students organising games, discos etc. We visited the Baltic, the Azores,and the Canaries. We also under took two adult cruises one for the Scottish National Trust and another from Dublin for some religious organisation.I also remember the Staff Captain giving a lecture to the crew in Hindi about the men landing on the moon at the time. Shame we have no equivalent today!

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Subject: Message from SS Uganda Trust, Nevasa memories wanted for new book.


Author:
Ashley on behalf of M Browning(SS Uganda Trust)
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Date Posted: 22:18:59 03/06/04 Sat

Dear Forum Reader,


The book we launched in 1998 , UGANDA The story of a very special ship,
has been so well received that we have decided to research for a new book.
This time it will be about another well loved ship - NEVASA.


Even if you cannot help yourself, perhaps you may know of somebody who can.
We are looking for people who were associated in any way with the ship e.g. building of the ship and her launch, ship`s company, passengers while trooping, students, teachers, independent cabin passengers, shore staff etc. We wish to cover her whole career from 1956 to 1975.


We also would welcome photographs of NEVASA ,both slides and prints.


I look forward to hearing from you shortly. We still have some UGANDA books for sale if you know of anybody who would like one (Special offer of £23 including postage for UK only)


Please feel free to contact me by writing, email or telephone.


Yours sincerely


Marion J. Browning


Secretary SS UGANDA TRUST


UGANDA TRUST


TARVEN

CORFE LODGE ROAD

BROADSTONE

DORSET

BH18 9NF


Tel: 01202 694338


EMAIL: browning@tarvencorfe.fsnet.co.uk



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Subject: Found on Ebay -- STD 8MM HOME CINE FILM - SS UGANDA CRUISE


Author:
Ashley- Forum Admin.
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Date Posted: 23:09:50 02/04/04 Wed

Came across this on Ebay :
STD 8MM HOME CINE FILM - SS UGANDA CRUISE
Wish I had some spare cash to bid for this.
If anyone from the forum does acquire this film let us know.

Yours ,
Ashley (Runt)
Forum Admin

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Subject: OCT 74 CRUISE NUM 407 NORTH WALES SCHOOLS


Author:
RICH JONES
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Date Posted: 13:01:36 01/30/04 Fri

To Anyone who was on that cruise from Holywell high school??? I have a group photo and I am trying to put names to faces.

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Subject: April 82 Cruise


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James Day
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Date Posted: 22:54:27 11/21/03 Fri

I was an 18 and 19 year old passenger on the April 82 cruise during which she was requisitioned, my second trip. Some memories from that voyage are:

The trip to the Pyramids and the cancellation of the planned light show there so we could return to the ship for an early departure.

My leaving shortly before departure from Alexandria to head back to the port shops, noting that I was leaving the ship only half an hour or so to the planned last boarding time and checking carefully to be sure I'd be back in time.

Talk that it was very unusual and somewhat dangerous to be leaving the port at night.

Some vessel occasionally showing lights behind us as we transited to Naples at high speed. Anyone have any idea which vessel this was?

Bothering the poor purser, who was doing his inventory.

Watching the school parties disembark to TV coverage at Naples. A quick trip to the airport and home for everyone, no sightseeing in the city.

50% refund of the cost of the trip.

The food was good or excellent, on both the earlier school trip and this one.

A shipboard infatuation with a young woman who was herself interested (most wisely!:)) in someone other than me.

An exciting tip for a definitely unworldly youth.

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Subject: Sick Bay


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Charles Clark
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Date Posted: 22:55:03 11/18/03 Tue

My "sister" Angela Wilson and I sailed on the Uganga 1975 with Highlanders Academy Greenock(in the trust of Miss Mcarthur) sailing from leith we travelled to Norway Sweden Denmark & Holland before returning to the banks oh the clyde.For the first 3 days I was so sick I had to stay in sick bay..........but was well worth it.

Pionts of interest I remember.
Last night Fancy dress with the Captain
Laundry room an those wicked irons
Muster station drill
Meal dinner trays and cheese triangles
Smell of deisel on board
June Campbell...............my class mate whom I simply loved to death
Class rooms
cinema
evening disco, to the sounds of Showadywady Bay City Rollers, Rubbettes, Mud,etc...........Hmmmmmm

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Subject: Cruise No. 295 December 1982


Author:
Geoffrey Holloway
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Date Posted: 15:02:45 11/09/03 Sun

Chesterfield School was booked on the December 1982 cruise, however there was the small matter of the ship being requisitioned for use in the Falklands. I remember reading every newspaper for information of the war, and hoping that the army would get a move on and defeat the Argies, just so that the Uganda would return in time for MY cruise. Its amazing how selfish you can be when you're 14 and leaving the country for the first time.

Memories include being very sea sick, terrible packed lunches and visiting "carpet land" with one of the teachers.

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Subject: MED CRUSIE


Author:
BRUCE McLACHLAN
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Date Posted: 23:35:50 10/25/03 Sat

HI,
I REMEMBER A GREAT CRUISE TO THE MED (1980 - 81)(APART FROM THE BAY OF BISCAY & SICK BAGS) WHEN I WAS IN PRIMARY 7. I REMEMBER THE WATER TASTING LIKE "RUST" AND SOME WEE CLOWN IN THE NEXT DORM ( A SMALL GUY WITH A "HITLER" PARTING AND A HOOKED NOSE THROWING A BIG BAG OF MASSIVE BEATLES FROM SOME BEACH INTO OUR DORM)..........ALSO THIS IS WHERE I MET MY BEST MATE (MARK CLAPPERTON WHO ENDED UP BEING MY BEST MAN @ MY WEDDING) WHO GOT THE GIRL THAT WE ALL FANCIED!(YEP WE WERE ALL IN P 7!) ....HERE NAME WAS LYNNE STEVENSON I THINK....

THE ONLY THING I REGRET ABOUT THE CRUISE WAS I ONLY HAD ONE FILM IN MY CAMERA AND DIGITAL CAMERAS & VID WERE NOT INVENTED
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WERE ON THE SAME CRUISE!
bruce@mcbrucie.freeserve.co.uk

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Subject: MED CRUSIE


Author:
BRUCE McLACHLAN
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Date Posted: 23:33:01 10/25/03 Sat

HI,
I REMEMBER A GREAT CRUISE TO THE MED (1980 - 81)(APART FROM THE BAY OF BISCAY & SICK BAGS) WHEN I WAS IN PRIMARY 7. I REMEMBER THE WATER TASTING LIKE "RUST" AND SOME WEE CLOWN IN THE NEXT DORM ( A SMALL GUY WITH A "HITLER" PARTING AND A HOOKED NOSE THROWING A BIG BAG OF MASSIVE BEATLES FROM SOME BEACH INTO OUR DORM)..........ALSO THIS IS WHERE I MET MY BEST MATE (MARK CLAPPERTON WHO ENDED UP BEING MY BEST MAN @ MY WEDDING) WHO GOT THE GIRL THAT WE ALL FANCIED!(YEP WE WERE ALL IN P 7!) ....HERE NAME WAS LYNNE STEVENSON I THINK....

THE ONLY THING I REGRET ABOUT THE CRUISE WAS I ONLY HAD ONE FILM IN MY CAMERA AND DIGITAL CAMERAS & VID WERE NOT INVENTED
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WERE ON THE SAME CRUISE!
bruce@mcbrucie.freeserve.co.uk

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Subject: uganda cruise 1976 from athens


Author:
geoff shaw
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Date Posted: 19:09:43 08/27/03 Wed

would like to hear from anyone on that cruise i still have my old sickbag used for autographs and have many photos and good memories.
i was lucky enough to be head prefect and remember the late night dorm patrols .
great trip.
shame shes gone

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Subject: SS UGANDA CRUISE 16th -29th JAN 1982 cruise No. 270


Author:
Adrian Hughes
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Date Posted: 19:47:55 08/16/03 Sat

i was lucky enough to sail on her for these two weeks with my freind jeffery jones, we were both from neath wales and were sea cadets.
i work the whole fortnight in the gallies along with bob from salisbury (seacadet) who i think joined the navy soon after.
i bunked with fordy from liverpool, jock from cambletown and others who i cannot remember.
jeffery 'ginger' jones was kille on his 17th birthday on the motor bike his parents bought him that day along with another guy.
i was 15 on the cruise and remember action man, brian the chef , dai the baker (welsh)
and all those lovely younge school girls.
caroline and sarah from st. helier jersey.
paula/pauline and fiona from crawley.
and of course carolyn horne from east lothian scotland ( who i spoke to recently)sexy girl.
love to hear from anyone who was on that cruise 'cos my camera was crap and i only have memories of that trip.
i love that ship and would do anything to get those memories back.
please get in touch.
cheers adrian.

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Subject: SS UGANDA CRUISE 16th -29th JAN 1982 cruise No. 270


Author:
Adrain Hughes
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Date Posted: 19:46:49 08/16/03 Sat

i was lucky enough to sail on her for these two weeks with my freind jeffery jones, we were both from neath wales and were sea cadets.
i work the whole fortnight in the gallies along with bob from salisbury (seacadet) who i think joined the navy soon after.
i bunked with fordy from liverpool, jock from cambletown and others who i cannot remember.
jeffery 'ginger' jones was killed on his 17th birthday on the motor bike his parents bought him that day along with another guy.
i was 15 on the cruise and remember action man, brian the chef , dai the baker (welsh)
and all those lovely younge school girls.
caroline and sarah from st. helier jersey.
paula/pauline and fiona from crawley.
and of course carolyn horne from east lothian scotland ( who i spoke to recently)sexy girl.
love to hear from anyone who was on that cruise 'cos my camera was crap and i only have memories of that trip.
i love that ship and would do anything to get those memories back.
please get in touch.
cheers adrian.

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Subject: SS Uganda / SS Nevassa


Author:
Roger E Haddock
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Date Posted: 18:23:32 08/05/03 Tue

The SS Uganda Story is a fabulous book well worth the money,
several crew were on nevassa when i did my school cruise
I have fond memories of BISN and the educational cruises,the book has brought it all flooding back
Anyone who was on Nevassa Cruise 126 in 1965 please can you contact me-i was with a party from St Mary`s CofE school Hendon .
I collect BISN memorabilia,and have in interest in maritime radio.
Excellent forum keep up the good work .
Cheers Roger

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Subject: Re: SS Uganda Gift Shop now open


Author:
Ashley ( forum Admin .)
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Date Posted: 01:10:27 07/28/03 Mon

Sorry if you tried clicking on the button and nothing happens ( it used to work honest ).
Just click on this link :

SS Uganda Trading Company Ltd -
Gift Shop.



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Subject: SS Uganda `The Story of a special ship`


Author:
Ashley (forum admin.)
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Date Posted: 00:43:38 07/28/03 Mon

UGANDA: The story of a special ship



In association with the SS Uganda Trust.


Hi everyone,
For those who have read the posts from
Alan Cullen and Marion Browning and wanted to know more about the book
mentioned "Uganda: The story of a special ship" ,
you can now read all about it HERE



The page includes a short history of the ship ,
details of the book and how to get a hold of your very own copy.
All profits go to the Uganda Trust which is a registered charity.




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Subject: SS Uganda - 1980 ?


Author:
Colin Owen
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Date Posted: 10:35:28 07/04/03 Fri

I had the SS Uganda experience sometime early eighties. Memory is a terrible thing to lose so I'm trying to rebuild a picture in my mind!

Does anyone out there remember exactly when this sequence of ports could have occured.

We flew into Split, then Corfu, then Alexandria, going to Cairo to see the Pyramids. Next we sailed to Haifa, and went to Bethlehem and Jersualem. From there we went to Santorini. We were meant to stop at Dubrovnik, but went straight to Venice instead.

It was an incredible voyage of discovery for a 12/13 year old, and would dearly like to know more information about when it was!

Thanks anyone who can help.

Colin

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Subject: ss uganda 1973 trip


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graham adams
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Date Posted: 16:21:14 06/09/03 Mon

from auchinairn primary school nr bishopbriggs glasgow
i remember well my trip on the uganda sick as a pig for the first three of a five day trip
i was sick on one of those poor indian guys that had just stuck his head out from below to look up big mistake !!
i was sick on the headmaster mr magilvery at the first lifeboat drill and the kitchens scrambled egg (smelt terrible)
we went to santander in spain , lisbon in portugal and some place in france i cant quite remember the name of and was sick there too no land legs after being on a ship then i guess i finaly got my sea legs and set myself to enjoy the little time left,
anyone who was on the cruse to spain portugal and france from the bishopbriggs area please feel free to drop me a line

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Subject: ss uganda 1973 trip


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graham adams
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Date Posted: 16:19:00 06/09/03 Mon

from auchinairn primary school nr bishopbriggs glasgow
i remember well my trip on the uganda sick as a pig for the first three of a five day trip
i was sick on one of those poor indian guys that had just stuck his head out from below to look up big mistake !!
i was sick on the headmaster mr magilvery at the first lifeboat drill and the kitchens scrambled egg (smelt terrible)
we went to santander in spain , lisbon in portugal and some place in france i cant quite remember the name of and was sick there too no land legs after being on a ship then i guess i finaly got my sea legs and set myself to enjoy the little time left,
anyone who was on the cruse to spain portugal and france from the bishopbriggs area please feel free to drop me a line

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Subject: Hurricane Force 12


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Richard Walter
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Date Posted: 02:24:28 04/14/03 Mon

I was on SS Uganda in 1982 or 81 (I think!). I was about 16 or 17. We were supposed to pick the ship up in Venice (flew from Gatwick) but there was an Air Traffic Controllers strike in Venice, and we picked it up instead in Split, the then Jugoslavia. Disappointing to not see Venice. Was supposed to stop at Rhodes, but Force 12 Hurricane winds kept us at sea (too dangerous to dock, besides everyone was having so much fun puking everywhere!) so we never saw Rhodes either! Did see Ephesus, Alexandria, Pyramids, Athens. Great memories. My parents stumbled upon the ship when it was laid up on the River Fal after the war. They took lots of pictures and sent them to me. What a sad thing she looked. Sorry she is now probably part of several hundred Toyota's somewhere. I still haven't been to Venice or Rhodes!

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Subject: Party Leaders


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Laurie Haworth
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Date Posted: 10:07:53 04/01/03 Tue

It would be great to read some memories from party leaders, especially the surviving alcoholics

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Subject: ss uganda cruise to norway and denmark may 1973


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Duncan W illey
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Date Posted: 20:44:20 03/30/03 Sun

Its almost thirty years since i was privaleged to sail on this wonderful ship.As an eleven year old it was such an exciting time for me visiting Savanger,Oslo,and Copenhagen.
I have shared my memories with my children and realise that they have missed out on a special time in maritime history.For any one who has sailed on the SS UGANDA or has any connection with her i strongly recommend the book advertised on this website and thank Marion Browning and all those responcible for getting this book into print.
If there is any one out there who was on the same trip as i
was it would be great to hear about your thoughts. SS UGANDA is a special ship and will long be remembered.

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Subject: Fun on the Uganda


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Lorraine Johnston
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Date Posted: 13:53:14 02/16/03 Sun

I was lucky enough to do two cruises on the Uganda in 1976 and 1977-Norway, Denmark and Germany the first time and Norway, Denmark and Holland the second. The first trip we were on the dormatories were full(imagine our sadness!!)and we ended up in en-suite cabins instead. We had a ball!
Next time it was back to slumming it in the dorms but since we were above the waterline we were grateful for small mercies-the boys in our group christened their below waterline quarters 'The black hole of Calcutta' I don't remember the food being terrible but the all-pervading smell of curry cooking(presumably for the crew) had me hanging my head over the side a couple of times! I remember that you weren't allowed to take food out of the dining room and having to resort to shoving my orange down my sock and making my escape like a prisoner from Colditz past the guard(it could have been a waiter on door duty!)
To anyone who has read it, does the Uganda book give details about how many thousands of deck quoits were lost or thrown overboard over the years that Uganda transported mischievious children?!! I clearly remember that being more popular sport than the official version of the game!
Also,can anyone explain to me why dormatory lockdowns and patrolling teachers were serious business at night and being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time was punishable in ways so horrible you could only imagine, yet our group of 12 -14 year olds were taken to the centre of Amsterdam and told 'you have two hours free, be back here by 3pm' then left to our own devices in the red light district! After all, there's only so much Delft pottery you can look at before the side streets beckon!
My favourite souvenir was the SS Uganda sailor doll in the traditional velvet suit with the sailor hat with SS.Uganda written on the band-sadly not available in the on-line shop.
I still have my Uganda log, posthumously written in after our return and under threat of corporal punishment if it wasn't done, so I guess we must have been having too much fun to bother with it while we were away!

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Subject: Uganda Model


Author:
Robert James
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Date Posted: 16:51:41 02/15/03 Sat

I sailed aboard Uganda in March, 1975, one of 60+ Canadian teens aboard that voyage ~ great memories! Question ~ has a model of the Uganda ever been produced? A plastic kit (Airfix, are you listening?) @ 1:450 or 1:350 scale would be something worth developing. A English friend is shipping over the 'Nexus' plans (a future scratch-build project) ~ does anyone know of their quality / detail? Also, I once owned (since lost) a color-cutaway poster of Nevasa. I have the same for Uganda, and is wondering if anyone has 'Nevasa' they are willing to part with? Thanks ~ Robert James

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Subject: sailed on the uganda in 1976


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nick sargent
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Date Posted: 07:07:13 02/11/03 Tue

was on ss uganda from southhampton 1976 to morroco to malta haffi-isreal, corfu,rhodes,venice and return to gatwick by dan air (turbo prop) a great trip great memories for sussex schools.thank you ss uganda

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Subject: Where are you


Author:
Richard Jones
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Date Posted: 16:13:41 01/24/03 Fri

WHERE ARE YOU ELERI HUGHES GET IN TOUCH

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Subject: Ships Log cruise num 407


Author:
Richard Jones
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Date Posted: 11:17:50 01/24/03 Fri

Hi to all who were on cruise num 407 oct 10 1974 starting at Liverpool,Ceuta,Malta,Instanbull,Corfu,Dubrovnik,then flying home to Cardiff.It would be nice to have a reunion.

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Subject: funny cruise stories


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Richard Haworth
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Date Posted: 11:42:38 01/20/03 Mon

I, like so many others, have fond memories of being onboard Uganda at the age of 10. I have a website with some memories, history and pics of Uganda and Nevassa. Have a look at the bottom 5 links on this page, I hope you like them http://www.theforestreunited.co.uk/forest4/forestmemories.htm . If you have any amusing stories you could share with me, I would love to add them to my site.

Does anybody remember seeing/starring in the Children's Film Foundation comedy caper 'All At Sea', set on the Uganda?

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Subject: MY FATHER BILLY WORTH.


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mark worth
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Date Posted: 17:56:37 01/19/03 Sun

my father served on the ship ss uganda in the 1950s(approx)he visited india a few times.im trying to contact any one who knows him.please email me if you have any infomation,thank you very much,mark william worth.

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Subject: 1970 - Barely a ripple !


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Nigel C
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Date Posted: 00:33:26 12/24/02 Tue

Sailing from Tilbury meant a 100 mile bus journey to the docks, in fact more people were sick on the bus than on board ship ! We went to N. Germany, Leningrad (Moscow), Stockholm and Copenhagen. Food was odd but plenty of it, we were in Cousteau and the girls miles away through the labyrinth of corridors ...
Memories include :- Competitions for cleanest dorm (sad), Tivoli Gardens, whistling at the Russians and drinking their vodka fire water... Also smoking their fags which consisted of a hollow cardboard tube with a little manure(?) at the end. They threw loads of badges at the ship when we left and I still have a couple somewhere.
We were heading into Leningrad and I remember hundreds of condoms floating past. It was hot and sunny virtually every day. We saw the Varga in Stockholm. Happy days...

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Subject: S.S.Uganda


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Jo.k
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Date Posted: 23:41:44 06/06/02 Thu

I sailed on Uganda in '82 with my school Denbigh High from North Wales and is still unforgetable.
We went around the Med and my kids get sick of me saying "I've been there" all the time but it was such an experience for all of us that went we were so lucky.

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Subject: SS Uganda Book


Author:
Chris Lister
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Date Posted: 19:01:28 12/11/02 Wed

Just got the SS Uganda book. Any one not got it and thinking about getting it, GET IT. The rest of you get it to! Its a fantastic read and I can not put it down now. The history and details are a credit to those who put it together!

It is a very worth while purchase, worth every penny (and I dont buy many books myself). It would also make a good present for someone too!

Must go now another chapter calling, I can hear the common room calling!

Merry Christmas Ship Mates!
Chris Lister

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Subject: Good Times


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Sue Richter
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Date Posted: 10:32:23 11/12/02 Tue

In 1980/81 I went on a school trip aboard Uganda. We visited Gibraltar, Sicily, Italy, Greece and Turkey. It was a fantastic experience even the hurricane force winds in the Bay of Biscay!
I remember the Leaning Tower, (you could still climb it then), lots of museums and churches, and the kind of belly laughs you only get as a child.
Uganda will never be forgotten by anyone who sailed on her.
Sue.

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Subject: looking for a friend


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david brady
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Date Posted: 12:32:18 09/22/02 Sun

i sailed on the uganda in may 1981 im looking for a girl i met on board .she was americain but lived in tripoli her name was kirsty duvell .is ther anyway i can track addresses for people on board at that time ?

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Subject: Comming Soon : The SS Uganda Gift Shop


Author:
Ashley ( forum Admin )
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Date Posted: 23:42:32 09/18/02 Wed

Coming soon:
In association with the Uganda Trust.
The trust has supplies of original souvenirs from the Uganda gift shop and I`ll be setting up an on-line shop for you to browse and order from the listed stock.
The stock includes :
Key rings
Pens
Place mats
Hats
Wall plaques
Prints (three stages of Uganda liner/cargo school/passenger liner hospital/troop ship )
Car sticker
Postcard
and lots more.

So keep watching the forum for latest news on the shop.

Ashley

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Subject: 1:3000 scale model of SS Uganda


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Ashley ( Runt )
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Date Posted: 00:39:40 07/18/02 Thu

Hello all,
I`ve just came across this by accident.
Found a company that makes cast metal models for war gaming
and they do a 1:3000th scale model of SS Uganda.
http://www.navwar.freeserve.co.uk/3000modernships.htm
I think that works out at about 2 1/4 inches long.
It only costs £1:10 so I`ll send of for one and let you know.
Thank you to all who have written on the forum and I hope that we can reunite a few old shipmates.

Yours
Ashley

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Subject: Thank you Geoff


Author:
Ashley ( Runt )
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Date Posted: 01:02:13 07/31/02 Wed

Thanks Geoff for the copy of "Where in the world" / "The Uganda sound" record.

Ashley

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Subject: edcational cruiseson Uganda


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Laurie Haworth
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Date Posted: 10:38:26 06/26/02 Wed

I first sailed on ss Uganda in 1970 on a cruise out of S'hampton to Vigo,Lisbon,Gibraltar &,I think,Casablanca.It was suchb a wonderful experience, I then helped to organise cruises for Gloucesteshire schools, until Mrs 'T' purloined Uganda for the Falklands war.Most of the cruises were fly- cruises out of Gatwick and places visited over the 13 cruises I took part in included Egypt Israel,Malta Naples,Sicily,Tunisia,Santorini,Crete,etc.etc.They were happy times and I was very glad to take my son with me on
one of them.I have read with sadness the story of the Uganda after the falklands War and I would be happy to hear from any fellow party-leaders about their memories at dorothyandlaurie"aol.com(Sorry about the" instead of the correct symbol.My Pc IS playing up this morning),
Laurie Haworth,
Forest of Dean,Gloucestershire.

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Subject: SS Uganda Whoops hit sand bank


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Martyn Boon
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Date Posted: 18:31:28 06/21/02 Fri

Dear Ashly, I have the requierd articles from newspapers with information of my trip on the SS Uganda. The files that we have scanned on to are machine are far to big to email and would take some time. So if you have a home address I could send you a copy of all the information I have. Many thanks Martyn

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Subject: SS Uganda - Troopship


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Simon
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Date Posted: 20:04:17 05/09/02 Thu

I sailed aboard the Uganda as a member of the military crew (after the Falklands war) and remember the bad food, dodgy server and water coming into the dorms through portholes. Also doing PT on the flight deck & getting covered in soot from the funnel - happy days

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