Ship Details

Rig

Twin-Screw Turbo-Electric, 28000 shp

Built

1931

Tonnage

22,270g 12,546n

Dimensions

638.7 x 80.2 x 33.1

Demise

Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., reg. London. Australian service via Suez, Bombay & Colombo. 1931 Oct.2: Maiden voyage. 1939: Troopship. 1943: Training ship in the Red Sea for the Italy invasion. 1948-49: Reconditioned at Belfast, now just one funnel, not three. 1950 Jan.5: Resumed Australian service. 1954: Converted to one class ship. Bombay omitted from route. 1961 Dec.7: Final voyage to Australia. 1962 Apr. Arrived at Hong Kong to be broken up by Shun Fung Iron Works.

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My late mother Isobel Mary Cumming trained as a V.A.D. nurse with the Red Cross and in August 1944 she and 249 other V.A.D.'s along with troops boarded S. S. Strathnaver at Gourock landing in Bombay on 15 August 1944. I am seeking names of those V.A.D.'s and soldiers on board.

My mother-Inlaw Isobel Langford (née Hallett) set sail on the Strathnaver as one of many orphaned children aged 6 years of age from barnardos homes left on 7th July 1939 headed for Fremantle in Western Australia to be sent to Fairbridge farm in Pinjarra. Like many children like her I need to know information on the passenger manifest for this date in question and photos of the children on arrival in August 8th 1939 . She was part of the British and Australian child migrant treaty that housed these children to different constitutions throughout Australia without knowing why they were sent and any information of her family was told they were dead which was a complet fabrication, robbed her of her family history, love, siblings etc. and to a life without any love or how o show these normal feelings to her own family because this was taken from her. Please provide information on this voyage and arrival to Fremantle She remembers they did have photos taken . This ship left Tilbury Dock on 7th July 1939

I came to Australia on the SS Strathnaver with my mother and sister from England at the end of 1960 arriving in Fremantle in approximately January 1961. I was only 6 years old when I arrived in Australia and my sister Terry and I were taken to Fairbridge Farm School where we stayed until my mother remarried to start our new life. I cannot recall how long we stayed at Fairbridge.

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