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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone, while I am interested to read everyones stories I was just wondering how many members actually travelled here on the same ships, we came on the Straithhaird which amongst other claims to fame carried Sir Donald and his invincibles cricket team..anyone else come on that ship? We docked in Melb in June 1956 after coming on the 10 pound pom scheme...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi valgc
I found this link. Dont know if you've see it all ready?
RMS Strathaird


Our family travelled too and from Australia on the SS Australis. The ship later became the American star and while being towed to another location, it became a drifted and ended up as a ship wreck of the coast of Fuerteventura.

Thereís an excellent website about itís history and some really interesting photos of the wreck.
SS Australis

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that very interesting...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Came on the old hulk SS Largs Bay - built in Scotland back in about 1928 and we arrived in 1952. It only made one more trip before being scrapped. It was a troop ship during WW2. My mother left a jacket onboard when we disembarked by miustake. When it came back in 1953 she made contact and got it back - it was still being kept onboard.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

came out on the fairstar arond south africa
home on the angelina lauro around south america
total 10 weeks cruising -around the world
what would that cost you now ???!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why did you go "home" Phil?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All,
I came from NZ to Australia on the " S.S. Monowai " Only three days but I was sick all the time I was below deck, eeks it was awful Sad
I was okay on deck and ate like a horse. Thank goodness my 8 month old son wasn't sick. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi val
in answer to your question , why did i go home ? i obviously didnt have a choice in the matter as a ten year old, but usual story with most immigrants- homesick, this tended to affect the women more than the men and my mum was terribly home sick, me as a ten year old absolutly (should be an e in there somewhere) loved it ,

my uncle also immigrated at a similar time to us,set up a succesful busines for five years, came back to england for five years and returned to oz, in the end not being sure where his prefferd home was....
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the ship i came home on, the Angelina Lauro also had a disastarous end,
http://www.ssmaritime.com/oranjefire.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope the fire didnít start from your cabin. Mr. Green

Thanks for the link, itís an interesting site.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I returned to England for a working holiday in 1970 on the Angelina Lauro.

It was a hell ship I can tell you.

Fights , stabbings etc.

The only good thing was the pizza parlour at the stern of the prom deck but it was directly opposite the card room where all the trouble originated.

The prom deck urinal was blocked for the whole voyage , it was ankle deep and the stench was everywhere including the cinema.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roy wrote:
It was a hell ship I can tell you.

Fights , stabbings etc.


Well Iím glad we didnít travel on that ship but having said that - being a young teenager we had to be in for 10.00pm so chances are we would have missed all the drunkenness. Mr. Green

I suppose for the adults on board these ships there wasnít much to do, apart from hitting the grog. Mr. Green
Us kids had loads to do during the day etc. We found secret corridors everywhere and we checked most of them out.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:21 am    Post subject: SS Maloja Reply with quote

We sailed on the SS Maloja, it was its last voyage. I think it was an Italian ship. We sailed from England (after catching the train from Inverness in Scotland), in 1951 and I remember I had my eighth birthday crossing the Red Sea in October. Mum and I were quite ill for the first few days and only ate dry cracker biscuits.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the photo Phyl and especially to John. What a fantastic photo.
Iím sure Ken Ionside, the owner of the SS Australis homepage would appreciate this image on his site and I believe that you have already passed it on.



The SS Australis had made her last voyage to Sydney in November 1977 'after losing the government contract'. She was laid up at an anchorage at Timaru, New Zealand while her fate was decided.
In 1978 she was bought by some American investors and sailed to New York. She was renamed the America.

For more information about the History of the Australis/ America and her other names then visit the SS Australis Homepage.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:07 am    Post subject: What Ship Reply with quote

Hi All,

We arrived in Aus in 1961 on the Fairskye.

Regards John
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