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HMT Nevasa

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HMT Nevasa

Used between the UK and Hong Kong.  Troopships took between 3 and 4 weeks for the voyage.

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Tuesday, January 1, 1957


Hi Andrew. Pleased to see the photo of the Nevasa again,I travelled on this trooper in 1957. My journey to Hong Kong as a national serviceman in the the army took 5 weeks, leaving Southampton on 2 Feb. 1957 and arriving at Hong Kong on 9th March. Thr troopship went via South Africa as the Suez Canal was still closed as a result of Suez war of 1956 when the Egyptians blockaded it with sunken ships. The total mileage of my journey was 12.800 (so I was told). Will upload from one of my albums the destinations en route and my berthing card, hopefully now or in the future it may be of interest to old Soldiers or Airmen stationed in Hong Kong all those years ago. Bryan.

Hi Bryan,

I have enjoyed seeing your own contributions to Gwulo and I’m pleased to hear that you enjoyed seeing the picture.  If you look at my own gallery, 1957/8, in the 1950 gallery you’ll see lots of images about my own National Service time in HK. Trooping to the Far East was in such a mess in October 1957 that we were flown out by B.O.A.C in just an unbelievable 3 days. The R.A.F wanted to keep us working until the very end of our time so, returning to the UK in September 1958 we flew once again - this time with Airwork, a charter company - a quicker journey but less ‘glamorous’.

The very recently disbanded 367 Association has given me permission to load a large collection of our photographs and other items onto Gwulo and I shall be doing this over the next month or two.  I’m trying to avoid too much duplication (we all tended to take the same or very similar photographs around the Camp at Little Sai Wan) or too many photographs of our pals, which may not be of general interest to most Gwulo followers. I’m adding what I hope are relevant comments as I go along.  There are probably over 100 sub galleries and I’ll do them in alphabetical order.

David’s website provides us all with a great collection of shared memories of the now lost Hong Kong that we knew as young men. It also is a wonderful repository of data and images going back to the times when Hong Kong was just beginning to develop into the huge cosmopolitan city that it is now. 

Best wishes, Andrew