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Passenger liner RMS Strathnaver at Cadiz
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No: 2990   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1934   Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrong Ltd, Barrow, United Kingdom   Country: Spain
Passenger liner RMS Strathnaver at Cadiz

Photo of P&O; Passenger liner RMS Strathnaver at Cadiz, Spain (one of the 'white sisters').
This photo is part of a small series from an old b&w; album, estimated to be taken in the early 1930s.
Picture added on 15 September 2007
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This is amazing. What a beautiful ship she was. I can imagine what it must have been like to see ports of call from her decks. Thank you. Jane

Added by Jane E T Mayberry on 11 February 2009.
Jane take a look here,
All the best Andrew.

Added by Andrew Wright on 12 February 2009.
That is wonderful! Thank you so much. My Dad was on her in 1952. I'm trying to trace his migrations. He was/is a photographer and may have some other photos of her in his files. I'm trying to go through all his old, old files to see.
Thank you again Andrew.

Added by Jane E T Mayberry on 13 February 2009.
I bet you have loads of picture Jane with no description on them just like I have here, as my grandfather was also a photographer. Glad to have helped if only a little bit.
Regards Andrew.

Added by Andrew Wright on 13 February 2009.
I came out to Australia on this ship in 1955, I had my third birthday crossing the equator, where I've been told by my parents, King Neptune gave me Muffin the Mule, a toy donkey! I don't have any such memories, but have loads of stories from my family who were with me, I have six brothers and sisters. But I have had no luck in getting info on the passenger list, as I'm told they don't have one for that journey.We had imigrated out from England.

Added by Jackie Roberts on 15 February 2009.
Hi Jackie,
Sorry about the passenger lists. That is too bad. Where in Autralia do you live now? Jane

Added by Jane E T Mayberry on 17 February 2009.
In March 1960 at a tender age of nearly 16, I set sail on my first voyage in the merchant navy. The Strathnaver was on an immigration run with UKP 10 to Australia. Following the completion to Australia the liner carried out 2 x Pacific cruises before setting sail for the return trip to Tilbury docks in the UK..
Often I think back to that first voyage and often wonder how the passengers and crew have got on since.

Added by Michael (Mick) Harris on 06 June 2009.
Wow... What an amazing adventure it must have been. I envy you that time at sea. I would have loved to do something like that.

My Dad said that his time aboard ship was wonderful and very educational.

I wish the photos from the voyage had survived.
Thank you for sharing your memories.
God Bless,

Added by Jane Mayberry on 07 June 2009.
imigrated to australia in 1956 on strathnaver aged 6 very interested in picture what a lovely ship

Added by Alan on 20 October 2009.
I migrated to Australia sailing from Tilbury on the ss Strathnaver arriving at Melbourne on Easter Saturday 1960. Aged 75 now I can remember so much about the trip out and only recently found an envelope which contained a number of dinner menu's, on deck race programs,my original passage ticket,postcards of the ship and even the full passenger list. If there is anyone who came out on this voyage or may have had family connections and would like to confirm a name from the passenger list please feel free to contact me by email at

Added by Mickael Scotter on 04 January 2010.
I sailed on the SS Strathnaver when my parents immigrated in 1960. I have fond memories of the voyage and one particular incident when shots were fired at the ship when it was travelling through the Suez Canal. I remember seeing a man on horseback riding over the sand dunes in Arab robes carrying a rifle. What a site for a young boy. The whole trip must have made an impresseion as I love to travel and am looking for adventures up to this day. I am glad the memories of the SS Strathnaver continue to this day with others who have travelled on her.

Added by Jeff Lucas on 20 February 2010.
I too came out on the Strathnaver in 1955 from England. I was 7 years old and have very fond memories of my time on her.

Coming through the Suez Canal was particularly exciting. We were able to leave the ship but were warned not to eat or drink anything ashore. I remember seeing Arab men sitting by the side of the road with pus filled sores around their eyes, and elephantine legs. It was quite shocking to a little English girl. I have never forgotten the sites. It was fascinating to see all the little dinghys coming out to the ship selling their wares. Some came aboard and put on shows lying on beds of nails etc. Amazing.

When we crossed the equator a huge party was held and King Neptune came on board in all his seaweed finery and gave us all certificates claiming us as "citizens of the sea". Unfortunately, while we lived in Sydney we had a plague of mice one year and our certificates were eaten by the little demons! I still have a menu from the childrens tables though. They were amazing - each one had a story printed on the back from a book e.g Robinson Crusoe was on one.

Would love to hear from anyone on that voyage. Email me at if you would like to get in touch.

Added by Madeline Theobald on 03 May 2010.
Hi This is most interesting I was a crew member on SS Strathnaver from May 1952 to 30 November 1952 when I joined the ship in Tilbury I was fresh out of Sea Traing School I was supposed to be a bell Boy assisting in the 1st Class saloon but I was promoted to a Waiter (in naval terms)a winger as we sailed short crew.I remember on one trip the stern end hit the wharf at Freemantle,a lot of damage to the wharf but we only lost some paint.Yes I was off to see the wide wide world and I was only just 17 years old,I really enjoyed sailing on the SS Strathnaver,but many years have passed and I now live in New Zealand as I have done for the past 47 years.cheers John Lammiman

Added by John Lammiman on 28 May 2010.
Hi. I originally immigrated to Aust on the Chitral in 1951 with my parents but they returned to UK, realised a big mistake to return so came out on Strathnaver 29.11.1955 to Sydney when I was 7. Very dim memories, remember the pool and the shop. If u want information on immigration such as names, dates, name of ship etc, try the National Archives of Australia (

Added by Phil Maudsley on 02 July 2010.
Emigrated to Australia with my parents, brother & sister on the Strathnaver in December 1959. Had my 12th birthday (new years day) on the boat. We spent 5 weeks on that wonderful ship. For me it was an adventure I will never forget. It was so interesting reading all the other comments too. Thanks for a great site

Added by Robert Doig on 04 August 2010.
Like so many others, in 1959 the Strathnaver was the first ship I travelled on.As a 6 year old heading to Melbourne it was an adventure that has lived with me since then and some 50 years later I hope some one has a copy of the passenger list from that voyage, which I believe was around march - april 1959 although it may have been later in the year.Here's hoping.thanks

Added by PAUL LUNT on 07 September 2010.
My Father-in=Law, was Chief Petty Officer on this ship whilst doing Minesweeping on the Atlantic Convoys wwII, his name Frank Edward Jolin, any info please contact us.Thanx

Added by George Giltrap on 17 September 2010.
Emigrated to Australia in 1959 and arrived in Sydney in February with my parents and family. I have had all my birthdays in Australia so I don't remember much of the trip. My parents always spoke of me as the child that only ate ice cream for the whole journey. Interesting if there was anyone else on that trip.

Added by Steve Randall on 26 November 2010.
travelled malta, naples, liverpool june 1st 1944. at that time it was a troop ship. travelled with my mom and a younger sister. I was 2 years old at the time and my sister was 1. any information on this trip and passenger list would be appreciated. david richard kearney. my mom is lena and sister dorothy.

Added by David R Kearney on 09 December 2010.
I came to Australia aboard the Strathnaver in Feb 1955.Would love to hear from anyone else on that trip.I was 14 at the time and a 10 pound Pom as we were known then.

Added by Barbara Carney on 08 February 2011.
I was on the Strathnaver voyage to Australia that left Southampton in April 1961. Does anyone know how to source the passenger list? Any fellow passengers want to make contact?

Added by Ian Fraser on 11 April 2011.
Ian. See my comment above of 2nd july 2010. It wont give you all of the passenger list but will show names of immigrants etc. Type in Strathnaver in the search section and you should get a heap of names

Added by Phil Maudsley on 11 April 2011.
Ian. I forgot to tell you. You can get full immigration passenger lists on The only problem is you have to pay and can prove expensive depending on how many searches you do. regards
Phil Maudsley

Added by Phil Maudsley on 12 April 2011.
I was a passenger on the SS STRATHNAVER in 1955 I sailed on May 17-1955 from Tilbery docks with the BIG BROTHER MOVEMENT. Embarked in Sydney 22-June 1955 went to big brother training farm at Cowpasture Lane Liverpool would like to here from anybody who sailed on that date , as we were pioneirs them days it was very hard life when I was sent to Wellington a place called Goolma on a farm.

Added by Richard D Grattan on 21 April 2011.
ss strathnaver, was built at vickers armstrong.barrow-in-furness, she was launched 4/2/1931, completed 20/9/1931 no.162619, wgt:13265tons.speed 22.5 knots, 28000hp.she was scrapped 31/3/1962 by shun fung iron works hong kong.

Added by Peter Merritt on 21 April 2011.
my twin brother younger brother and sister left from Tilbury on the SS Strathnaver early in 1953 to Melbourne then to Lady Northcote Home in Baccus March in Victoria The trip was the greatest adventure of our lives.

Added by James Maxworthy on 19 July 2011.
My Dad left from Tilbury on the SS Strathnaver on 16 Feb 1959 (found this on the National Archives of Australia website) when he was 8. It arrived in Melbourne 18 Mar 1959 and then went on to Sydney where Dad and his family disembarked. If you do a basic search of the head of the family you should be able to get your departure date.

Added by Angela on 12 October 2011.
my dad pius j hartson r.n.sailed from naples in may 1944 arriving in liverpool june 1944 on the troop carrier SS Strathnaver, via a r.n warship manned by polish seamen from malta.

Added by Keith Hartson on 28 January 2012.
I was a crew member in 1959 my rating was third Butcher. I have some wonderfull memories of her. Can any other crew who sailed on her in 1959 remember me. Chief Butcher was Jack Richards

Added by Trevor Rigg on 25 February 2012.
I came home from India in late 1947 when SS Strathnaver was a troopship. We had 125 officers in a 'cabin', with four tier bunks, which I suppose was a number of cabins knocked into one. We did the journey from Bombay in 21 days. Only stopping once, and that was at Suez, to pick up some troops.
Altogether a very good trip, landing at Southampton, berth 108. Good Days!

Added by Gordon Wren on 27 February 2012.
My Mum and myself [11years old] left Tilbury Dock end 1959 arriving Sydney Jan 1960. My Dad came first, on the Iberia, to find us a place to live before we left England. It was a get adventure but seemed a very long way when you are not sure what to expect at the other end. Strathnaver was a beautiful ship and seemed quite luxurious inside to me. Stepping on board for the first time at Tilbury is still quite vivid in my mind. Beautiful timbers, scrubbed decks and polished brass. The lounge area with big comfortable sofa chairs [great when you are feeling sea sick]and a wonderful dining room with silver service attention. It is great to revisit those times in my mind and reading other comments brings it all back. I think my parents were very brave leaving England and all family and friends in their early forties to virtually start again.Our surname was Hammond.

Added by Sheena Boyes on 31 March 2012.
Just searched her on Wikipedia and she was built in 1931 by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow in Furness.

Added by Andrew Wright on 03 April 2012.
I was 7 when we emigrated to Australia on the Strathnaver in 1955 I recall dad dressing up as a tin of eno and said he was representing the daily run in a fancy dress competition and going ashore at port Said and mum and dad ordering cups of tea complete with flies floating in them we got off in Sydney and went on to Brisbane

Added by David Morton on 20 August 2012.
My Mum, Dad two Sisters and me Roy left Tilbury in April 1950 sailing to Adelaide, it was a great journey and our cabin was way down near the water level so when it was rough we could see under the water. It took six weeks to get there via the Suez canal.I t was tough when we got there, we were transported to Spring Hill camp, there is a plaque there but none of the old tin huts we lived in. At Adelaide port there is one of the old cabins that we were in at the museum there and original passenger lists where our names appear, we are History one of the first £10 Poms.

Added by Roy Rehm on 14 December 2012.
didnt know this site existed! I came out as a 10 pound pon in July 1955. I well remember how wonderful it was, all the lovely food, bananas, I had never had before etc. I was 9 and half, and my little sister was 3. I had the run of the ship, and my parents must have been very trusting. I do remember arriving in OZ and being met by relatives who had a BBQ for us, and we had meat for the first time in years!

Added by Anne Garland on 24 December 2012.
The photo I have of the Strathnaver has only one funnel. Would I have the right photo.

Added by Dawn on 21 January 2013.
Sorry Dawn. Must be a different ship in your photo as Strathnaver always had three funnels.

Added by GORDON WREN on 22 January 2013.
Sorry Gordon but Dawn is right the photo she has is correct I have photos of Strathnaver with one funnel too. She had a few changes over the years and when I came to Australia in 1955 she only had one funnel

Added by David Morton on 22 January 2013.
David. |Yes, you are quite right! She had a refit in the `50s and two of her funnels were removed. I sailed in her in the `40s when she was a troopship and she then had three.

Added by GORDON WREN on 22 January 2013.
What month did you leave in 1955, we came in Jan-Feb that year.Would like to hear from anyone aboard at that time.

Added by Barbara Ferricks [nee Carney ] on 23 January 2013.
I was a crew member on her in 1959, Tilbury to Oz. I was third butcher and I can say that when I sailed on her she only had one funnel. Are there any other crew members who may know me 1959?

Added by TREVOR on 28 January 2013.
Trevor as I mentioned earlier [31st march 2012, ] I came to Australia 1959/1960. One of the drink stewards then was called Colin Marshall do you remember him? He wrote to me when we first arrived and I found the letter recently. It was so lovely reading that again. He was apologising for not being able to spell and saying when you are in a big room with alot of our blokes who can't spell what do you do.....that letter was a lovely insight into the lives of crew members from that era......

Added by Sheena Boyes on 29 January 2013.
This ship was mentioned in a recent new story, Jan. 2013, regarding a message in a bottle found in New Zealand. The ship stationery was in the bottle. The finder reunited the bottle with the note's author's grandson.

Added by Jay on 01 February 2013.
My father also came home from India on HMS Strathnaver in February 1947, departing Bombay on February 22nd and arriving in Southhampton on March 10th.After four weeks leave he returned to Andover and was finally released from Aldershot Demob centre on April 24th.

Added by Deborah Clifford on 11 March 2013.
We emigrated to Australia on the Strathnaver in Feb 1955 when I was one. I have a couple of black and white postcards of the writing room on the ship and a couple of the original menus. Not sure how to get these on line so you can see them though.

Editor: you'd need to scan them and then upload them, Judith. Unfortunately we can't accept them though, as copyright would apply to the postcards (and menus don't have a place on this site, I'm afraid).

Added by Judith Loveday on 29 November 2013.
We emigrated March 1956 on board ss Strathnaver. Is there any one that knows what ports of call the ship made from Tilbury Melbourne.

Added by John w Youings on 26 January 2014.
I came across this by accident and with great interest. In July 1960 I was an Officer Cadet aboard the Strathnaver for a cruise from Sydney to Hayman Island, Suva, Brisbane and back to Sydney. I do have a passenger list, menus, photos and a front page from the Brisbane Telegraph when she arrived in the city. A wonderful experience over half a century ago!

Added by Maurice Abney-Hastings on 14 March 2014.
After many years of thinking about it, I have used the free search on at to find my name[as a 6yr old] on the out going passenger list and the Australian Department of Health-Quarantine Service report as an incoming passenger on the Strathnaver, leaving Tilbury 16th Feb 1959. It was free to use Easter weekend.

Added by Paul Lunt on 26 April 2014.
Hi Paul. I remember that trip very well as I was a crew member (3rd butcher) She was a lovely old lady of the sea, and I have many lovely memories of her, Regards Trev.

Added by Trevor Rigg on 29 April 2014.
My family emigrated in June 1956 arriving in Australia in July 1956. Anyone else reading this come out in 1956 in June leaving Tilbury Docks, would love to have contact, not that I would remember you because I was only 4

Added by Dawn Matthey ((nee Collins) on 01 May 2014.
Hi DAWN MATTHEY My family emigrated same as yours Iwas 18 months old. my name is GWYNETH MALTHOUSE (NEE CRESSWELL)

Added by GWYNETH MALTHOUSE on 01 June 2014.
HI i am Richard d Grattan as stated Isailed on the SS Strathnaver 17-5-1955 arrived in syney 22-6--1955 with the Big Brother Movement and it was great to sail on her a great ship in & outdoor swimming pools it was a dream top trip hard at times but as rough water and Suez canal made it interesting. my anniversary 59yrs has just gone. I am a true aussie now , although life has been hard we lost a son 12 months ago 51yrs old its hard tolive with , it must have been hard for the early people who came out on sailing ships my wife family said on the Red Jacket a sailing ship and there are interesting reading in family history . but thank you allowing me to entre in this book . Sincerely Richard D Gerattan ps iwould like tohear from any one who sailed on the ship 17-5-1955-to 22-6-1955

Added by Richard David Grattan on 05 June 2014.
Hi Richard, I jioned the ship on the on the 15 5 1955 as 3rd butcher so I was one of the crew on that trip.She was a lovely ship to work on, I then left for another ship and returned to her again in 1n 1959.

Added by Trevor Rigg on 05 June 2014.
Hi Trev goodto know you were on the ship I was on we might have passed each other as I use to play cards with the the chief steward over the dinneing area we liked jin & tonic it was good to be in the crews quarters down the steel staires
good to hear from some one and talk about it.i live in Glenroy vicit a small world best wishes Richard grattan

Added by Richard David Grattan on 06 June 2014.
Are you still in Australia gwyneth. I have been in Victoria for 27 years but spent all my younger years in South Australia.

Added by Dawn Matthey on 06 June 2014.
Hi Richard, nice to hear from you, if you ever had a tough steak then you can blame me, I knew the chief steward very well, nice man.can you remember his name ? as I cant to old now at seventy six how time flyes, by.Well it is very nice to hear from you and it is very nice to look back on those memories.Regards Trev.BY the way I live in Rochester Kent.

Added by Trevor Rigg on 06 June 2014.
Hi John Youings I was on Strathnaver Feb 1955 I know she stopped at Port Said, Fremantle, Melbourne then Sydney where we disembarked 15 th March if that's any help

Added by David Morton on 08 June 2014.
Hi Trev thank you for replying it was lived in a place Burgh Heath Tadworth Surrey also at Walton on the Hill near Box Hill I visited Kent Many times the Garden of England I had relatives in Dover and have been back 5 times and I will be back again I hope this year , I am like you 66yrs old and time has gone by by, to it was the good food on the ship that gave me a start as you know war time wss tough rations etc it was bloody hard , I have a sister who lives Bansted surrey she spent time at Sevon Oaks hospital years ago , any how pal good that you remember 2nd steward it enlighten me, thank you al the best cookie good steak , best wishes SS Strath Naver Richard grattan

Added by Richard David Grattan on 11 June 2014.
did anyone sail on the strathnaver in march 1954 to Adelaide, looking for photos.and what were the ports of call.

Added by Jack Williams on 08 September 2014.
My father Douglas Willson was in the steward department from when the ship commissioned through most of the war. He would have been aboard when this photo was taken.

Added by Paul Willson on 17 September 2014.
I travelled to and from Australia on this ship with my family. It was in the 50s and a fantastic experience . My Mother tells me that I won the fancy dress competition on the voyage out.

Added by Lin McLaughlin on 07 January 2015.
i sailed on strathnaver. 1 funnel. then. boy rating approx 1952

Added by Maynard. William. Smith. on 18 January 2015.
i then sailed on the p.o ship mooltan. met a girl on board from the blair atholl marching team from duniden. name of june unwin. lovley girl. wish could hear from her. if still alive

Added by Maynard. William. Smith. on 25 January 2015.
Left on the 12th December 1959 from Tilbury destination Sydney. My family emigrated under the £10 scheme, mother Winifred, father Mark and my two brothers Matthew and Jonathan. Fabulous adventure on a wonderful ship. Have a copy of the passenger list.

Added by Jim Snee on 03 February 2015.
Hi Jim.I was on the Strathnaver at the same time as you, my rating as a crew member was third Butcher so you can blame me if your meat was tough.Yes I to have many fine memories of the old girl. Regards Trev.

Added by Trev on 04 February 2015.
My uncle [brother of my Grandmother] was captain of the Strathnaver. Edric Starling and I was named after him.

I have a few cuttings and souvenirs of it it. I also have a nice photograph of him in his cabin that was used for P&O; publicity. Especially nice in that he had a portrait photograph of my mother that he kept on his desk and this is clear in the picture and so shows 2 generations.
Another aunt in UK had a very nice engraved silver plate that was presented to him by the passengers [ presumably first class] after the safe return from the first voyage of WW1 in it. Sadly it was sold at auction some years ago.

When I was small I was taken down to the ship at Port Melbourne and shown a round down in the engine room. Too small to remember much except walking on gratings, and Laska crewmen who seemed terribly exotic then.

Added by Edric Nantes on 12 February 2015.
My dad sailed on the Strathnaver, he thinks from Southampton, to Malta in 1946 when it was a troop ship but had fare paying passengers on board too. He remembers sitting on the stern of the ship watching the wake feeling a bit home sick although he had a good time in Malta!

Added by Sarah Atkins on 05 April 2015.
I came home from India on the Strathnaver late 1947 as well, best journey of my life. I was with the 72nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Added by Pete Lewis of Rugby on 10 April 2015.
I came to Aust. on Strathnaver in 1960 with my parents. Had my 18th birthday on ship and had a lovely party. Very happy memories. Some of my friends were Celia Powell, Tony Rafferty.Tony Wilkinson. Love to hear rom anyone on that voyage

Added by Gwyneth Nordstrom Nee Clayton on 25 April 2015.
I arrived Aust on the Strathnaver July 1960. Loved the trip and have very many happy memories. I had my 18th birthday and the steward arranged a party and cake. Love to hear fom anyone on that voyage

Added by Gwyneth Nordstrom Nee Clayton on 26 April 2015.
Hllo Gwyneth. Well I was on the Stranaver at the same time as you as a crew member(3rd Butcher was my rank) So I was partly respnsible for all those lovely steaks you had and I was 20 yrs old at the time.

Added by Regards to you - -Trevor Rigg on 30 April 2015.
My father (aged 13) was on SS Strathnaver, in I believe August 1940, when (already requisitioned as a troop ship) it took refugees away from Britain towards Madras and Australasia. He reported that they were strafed by the Luftwaffe as they crossed the Bay of Biscay and that the ship was very over-crowded.

Added by Neil Cumming on 06 June 2015.
Turned 14 on strathnaver April 59. 5 weeks on boat due to strikes on Aussie wharfs. Thought I'd never leave Aussie but moved to America and eventually back to Scotland. Life takes twists and turns but strathnaver sailing was a lifetime experiece.

Added by Archie boyce on 06 July 2015.
I boarded the Strathnaver in Colombo, Ceylon leaving my rellies and home forever, aged 17 in April? 1959 headed for the UK. It was one of the saddest and happiest times of my life. I have some photos of my family and friends on deck and playing quoits etc. We danced on the small dance floor sliding as the deck heaved slightly throwing some burly Aussies my way. Hit heavy weather in the Bay of Biscay as we were napping after lunch . Even some staff were affected. I still have some menus too and would love to hear from any passengers who sailed from NZ, Aus the same way?especially, Norman J MacDonald if anyone knew him??

Added by Anne Winter Williams on 15 October 2015.
Trevor Rigg, Do you remember stopping at Colombo en route to Tilbury in April 1959?? I didn't eat steak but other beef dishes so thanks for feeding us and all those 'sweating over hot stoves'and the other personnel too who cared for us. Does anyone remember the Gulli gulli man/magician at Port Said?? My now hubby was allowed to take me to Cassis when we stopped in Marseille. Trevor Rigg, you must remember the very choppy, turbulent seas in the Bay of Biscay when we got onto the decks asap: Our cabin was below and the port hole view was of the sea. Magical to see those flying fish leave the water and FLY.. Awful being downwind of others being sick and the cabin basins fill up!! During one quiet afternoon, I had a 'wander' upto the stern alone. My Mum could'nt find me and she and another passenger( now my hubby) searched all over. Finally, with the ghastly thought of her daughter having fallen overboard, she looked in the toilets and even under the loo doors, in case I'd fainted. Most humiliating for her, hope no one noticed!!She took it all so calmly. Aboard was a Lieut.Bryan Dharmaratne of the Royal Ceylon Navy who told me about ships worms, I never knew existed! So, whoever had the wonderful idea of creating this fantastic, thrilling site. Thanks a million as the only picture my hubby and I had seen of the Strathnaver before was in a library book. Loved reading the history of this fondly remembered ship and the only proper cruise we've been on.If it was'nt for her, I would'nt have met my hubby nor had my 3 children and grandkids too who owe their being to the Strathnaver of blessed memory..Only wish I had a postcard too and hope I can download from this

Added by Anne Winter Williams on 16 October 2015.
Hi Ann. Well I was on board Her at the same time as you, I was a crew member ( 3rd Butcher) and even today I still miss Her.If your steak was tough then you can blame me. Regards Trev.

Added by Trevor on 16 October 2015.
Hello Trevor,
So very wonderful to hear from someone who sailed in the Strathnaver in 1959. Did u have some time in Colombo at all? If u ever stopped there you may remember the Galle Face Hotel, quite near the Harbour?You would have seen sailing to Aus. from Tilbury. We used to sit on its verandah and watch the ships go by and also from our boarding school on the sea side too.So many of our friends going off to Australia at the time I never thought we too would be going the other way to Blighty from whence our British ancestor had also sailed in a sailing ship he part owned via Cape Town and not thru Suez. Galle in Ceylon was once the main port and there is a house there near the Fort which has the Arms of P & O who would have dreamed those days are gone. I hear however, that P & O still remains. I have inquired often if I could sail rather than fly to Aus. where my daughter is now which I hate doing inspite of that heaving sea in the Bay of Biscay. That Lieut.. bought me a Koala bear with real fur which was in the 'shop near the pursers! Never had one of your steaks.. Remember a 'waiter' who served us called Fahy!!Thanks for all you chefs did for us and made our journey such a memorable and unforgettable one. Bless u all.

Added by Anne Winter Williams on 16 October 2015.
Hi Anne, yes I went ashore in Colombo on most trips, and yes I do remember the Gulli gulli man, also the bay of biscay which I might add is one of the roughfest seas, it is seldome calm.I now live in Rochester kent, and that is only tenty minuets drive from Tilbury. So nice to here from you Regards Trev.

Added by Trevor on 20 October 2015.
Hi Madeline,
I am doing a little history of my family and in searching for information I noticed that we may have sailed on the same ship out from England in 1955. We (my parents, brother and 5 year old I) departed London on May 17th 1955. Was this the same ship you travelled on by any chance? I noticed your reference to Suez and crossing the equator and I have vague memories of both times. My overwhelming memory is of continuous excitement.

Added by Ken Jarvis on 18 November 2015.
Hi All
I was a child migrant - sailed from Tilbury March 1953, arriving Fremantle April 19th 1953. I have no memories of the trip, as an 8 year old boy. Does anyone have ant memories of this trip they might share with me. Have never returned to England - love Australia. Celebrating 72nd birthday next year. Thank you in anticipation.

Added by Derek Smith on 17 December 2015.
I was a migrant on the Strathnaver which left the U.K. in 1956. I was only 4. My parents and 3 siblings were with me. My father and uncle won the New Year's eve fancy dress competition.

Added by Teresa Johnson (O'Neil.) on 23 December 2015.
As a child migrant sponsored by the Fairbridge Society, my only recollection of this trip was the other members of the group. I have managed to locate 4 other members of the party and have been in communication with them, unfortunately they have very little recollection as at 7 years of age I was the eldest. Those older than me have all since died. Hopefully someone wail be able to enlighten me of the happenings of the voyage.

Added by Derek Smith on 06 January 2016.
I have come across an old shipping trunk which travelled on Strathnaver. The shipping label reads Mrs G J Smith. Sailed from Tilbury 18 / 9 / 59. It would be wonderful for them to be reunited - anyone know of this lady?

Added by Jennifer Watson on 12 February 2016.
I have always been led to believe that my aunt, a WRN in WW2, travelled to Ceylon on the SS Strathnaver when she was a troop ship. Does anyone know if this is likely to be true or a family myth?

Added by Jane Cooke on 21 February 2016.
I travelled on the Strathnaver December 24th 1956 from the Port of London to Melbourne, emigrating from Liverpool. With my parents Lillian & James Rooney and my two sisters (Pamela 16 and Susan 7 myself Patricia 14 at the time). My father James Rooney was going to work on Bendigo Sacred Heart Cathedral. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers us or the voyage. Pam and I remember vaguely that we were only some of the few that went down for Christmas dinner)

Added by Patricia Smith nee Rooney on 10 March 2016.
I was on the Ss Strathnaver which left Tilbury on the 24 Dec 1956 and I Don't think I ate Xmas dinner! I was 8 and we had to go around Africa as we couldn't go through the Suez canal!

Added by Sue Knight on 08 April 2016.
I would loved to hear from someone who was on the ship at the same time. I was 8 when we

Added by Sue Knight on 09 April 2016.
We - the Dutton's (Ken, Paula, Tony, et al) - sailed aboard Strathnaver in early 1956. Arrived in Melbourne (March) and went by train to Brisbane where we were put up in the Colmslie Hostel. Stayed there from 1956 to 1958. Cannot find very much detail on Colmslie for that period so would like to here from anyone who also took this route.

Added by Steve Dutton on 17 April 2016.
MARCH 1953 I was 7 yo when with my brothers Chris & Norman and our parents, we travelled from Tilbury/Southampton (I thought we arrived in Fremantle in March 1953 ??).
Both parents deceased about 40yrs ago. I am seeking some official form of record of my trip, maybe a passenger list ? it never occurred to me before that there might be other people out there that did the same trip. I remember the magician at Aden, the Suez canal, camels, red fez caps, young kids diving for coins, beef tea and much more but only bits & pieces. I know there must be others out there that would like to join in some kind of communication. For anyone interested I can be contacted
I now live in Hadfield (Glenroy)Vic.
From other messages here I would guess Derek Smith would have been on the same trip. But Derek I too was only 7 and we might have met but I dont remember a lot.
All the best. Mal A. Melbourne

Added by MAL ABRAHAMSEN on 01 May 2016.
Just a lil info on the "3 FUNNELS"
This was only the second time that P&O; had given its ships three funnels - the first being Naldera and Narkunda in 1918 and 1920. British public opinion in the early 1930s, tended to judge the power and safety of a ship by the number of its funnels. Her forward and after funnels were dummies, always lacking the soot-smudged top of the funnel in between.

Added by MAL ABRAHAMSEN on 01 May 2016.
My mum came out on this boat in September 1940...dodging the Germans

Added by Ben Arnold on 14 May 2016.
Pity this site does not have photos as I have some taken in April 1959 aboard this ship.. I note some children in fancy dress costume and there are negatives of a ship which I think maybe the Strathnaver itself?

Added by Anne Williams on 18 May 2016.
Mal, 3 FUNNELS. One would have thought they would have dropped that concept after the Titanic which had 4 funnels.

Added by Edric Nantes on 18 May 2016.
Re: FUNNELS-- Mr Gordon Wren informs us that the Strathnaver had a refit in the 1950's when 2 of her funnels were removed!! I have just found a small photo which I have compared with the photo of her shown here and I believe it is of the ship with ONE funnel as she came into dock at Colombo harbour where we went aboard!! Others too who sailed on her have photos and remember just ONE.

Added by Anne Williams on 18 May 2016.
Feeling a little sad as no-one from my trip in 1960 has contacted me. We left Southampton in June 1960. Would love to hear from someone on that voyage.

Added by Gwyneth Nordstrom Nee Clayton on 18 May 2016.
Would the fact that two funnels were removed be anything to do with converting her from coal powered to oil powered during the re-fit?

Added by Steve D on 20 May 2016.
If anyone is interested in passenger lists for the Strathnaver , I did find one for the 1959 April/may voyage of the ship from Sydney to Tilbury which I got via

Added by Anne Williams on 20 May 2016.
Re Funnels I have a phot of her with one funnel. We came from Tilbury to Sydney in March 1955. I was 6 years old and remember her with one Funnel. Greatest adventure of my life 😊

Added by David Morton on 25 May 2016.
I never really saw her from bow to stern in one go David Morton but just in the middle as we clambered up when it docked . Some called her a little tub I think when it tossed about horribly in the Bay of Biscay so was amazed to see just what a lovely ship she really was in all these pics on Internet. Hope I can get the photos we took , I believe are of her , enlarged as they now charge an arm and a leg to do so.//Did u take part in the Fancy dress for kiddies? My Mum was short of materials so got a sheet and dressed my brother as a ghost!! They also had the 'ceremony' of the crossing of the line", I think they called it. when 2 men balanced on a pole over the swimming pool and tried to knock each other off. Wish I could have seen the 1st class lounge as it looks rather nice. I once got bored and went off to investigate the bow of the ship and nooks and crannies where we were not really allowed to venture. My mother missed me and went on a wild goose chase to find me praying I had not fallen overboard! The children did have fun and so did we as it was just the right size for me and not like these modern gigantic cruisers with thousands of passengers. Luxurious they may be but think 'Small is beautiful' as I hate crowds.

Added by Anne Williams on 25 May 2016.
Sailed on Strathnaver landing it Sydney 25th May 1961 came through Suez canal aged 19 years old
Fell in love but too young to handle it. It did carry on after we landed in Sydney but I blew it I remember Phillips Brothers from Devon? English carpenter who worried about his precious tools in the hold Sounded as though he had a fair kit turned out a hammer a saw and a screwdriver Stayed in Sydney for 5 years before going to NZ I thoroughly enjoyed Aus and in particular Sydney Many fond memories of place and people especially Richard Annette Helen F H Williams and the Meagher Family As I say I grew up very fast there.

Added by Tony Coia on 31 May 2016.
I really enjoy the forum. Thanks again. Cool. Ansel.

Added by Williamlep on 07 June 2016.
I'm researching a Strathnaver passanger voyage that sailed from Liverpool to (I think) Australia, leaving in mid-March 1940 - was just before she became a troopship. It's for a novel I'm writing. Have wartime letters of a girl onboard, Nancy Rushforth, who went as far as Cairo. Has anyone any memories of this voyage?

Added by Sandra Howard on 11 June 2016.
Anne Williams I was dressed as a jungle native boy for the fancy dress, and my Father dressed up as a tin of Andrews liver salts and said he was the daily run LOL. I had a little mate and we explored the whole ship from being down in the engine room and bilges to all the way up on the bridge we even got to steer her, and according to my Father he said he wondered what was going on as the ship was zig zagging all over the ocean I think he exaggerated a little but as I said great adventure and memories

Added by David Morton on 15 June 2016.
60 years ago we were on this ship 4 days out of Tilbury docks on the way to Australia.

Added by Dawn Matthey on 15 June 2016.
How very wonderful for you and us all, David. To be able to have a 3 week cruise with kids etc. Would never be able to do that now.How lucky we were. How did u manage to roam about like that?What a great idea your Dad had. Did he win a prize?He should have. Did u see any flying fish. How was the Bay of Biscay? Are u still in Aus? My daughter is in Qsld and its so expensive to come to the UK with her 3 little kids we miss so much.Now we are pensioners and illness stop us ever cruising and I would'nt want to on those ginormous liners with thousands either..The Strathnaver suited us just fine and we have our wonderful memories. Did u get off in Colombo?

Added by Anne Williams on 15 June 2016.
Going through my late mothers boxes of souvenirs found original passenger list for April 1961 Strathnaver voyage from UK. Parents wanted to live in WA but no work so settled in Elizabeth SA. Can still remember parts of the trip like yesterday. I married a West Aussie in 1967 and parents got their wish and settled in WA in 1972.
Best thing my family ever did, leaving UK.

Added by Polly Craig nee Enever on 02 October 2016.
Hello Trevor Rigg, This is from a Dinner menu of the 'Srathnaver' of 16th May, 1959 while on its way to Tilbury. 1st course: .Creme Caroline, Grilled Salmon Cutlets, Chicken & Ham Croquettes, Tournedos Chasseur. Were you 'involved' with the latter dish? Potatoes, Garfield? Persillees( have but a soupcon of French!) Desserts included: Coupe Mexicaine now what made it Mexican? We did look forward to Dining! The Menu is lovely with Aussie Flora on the cover designed by Strom Gould with room for AUTOGRAPHS!! Sets of these Menus could be gladly supplied on application to the Bureau.! Pity my parents did not get the same from the 'Chusan'. Have a 'cut glass jar with silver stopper with P & O on it and photos of the Hotel Closenberg, Galle with Wooden carved crest of the P & O which are the rays of the Sun. This Hotel was built on the site of a smaller old Dutch Fort by an Agent of the P & O who called it the ' Villa Marina' said to be after his wife? could be a coincidence as there is a 'jetty' in front which juts out into the sea which makes feel as is if one is walking along the decks of a ship as my ancestor. Geo. Winter did on his ship the 'Vittoria' which took him to Galle, then the main Port of Ceylon which is how we came to live there. He previously served in the East India Co as well and sailed to China too. Guess I inherited my 'wanderlust' from him! Happy Memories and thanks again Trevor for making it so.

Added by Anne Williams on 04 October 2016.
Does anyone know or remember a Ken Biggs who worked on Strathnaver in late 1950's - Immigrant runs to Australia.

Added by Lynn Driscoll on 13 October 2016.
Came to Sydney Australia leaving 29 August and arriving in October 1961 on last voyage before Strathnaver went to breaker's yard. Had my 9th birthday on the ship and remember a cake. Also remember 'dressing up' competition. I went as a bullfighter. Didn't win. Managed to avoid the King Neptune throwing into the pool though. Went through Suez, but I wasn't allowed off at Port Said by parents. Got off at Aden, Bombay, Colombo, Perth (had my first banana split - it was hot) and Melbourne and then Sydney - about 6 weeks in all.
Since then have been on three Cunard ships on seven cruises, including back through Suez the other way. Retired now.

Added by Ronald Skelly on 12 December 2016.
Hi Ronald, I was on the same voyage as yourself, I remember the Crossing of the line celebrations and the Suez Canal. Learn't to swim in the ship's pool. Very fond memories of the trip over like you got off in Sydney and have never left.

Added by Dave Winder on 03 January 2017.
Hello Ann, yes I was involved with the latter dish. and I had the job of cutting 900 fillet steaks for the tournedos Yes and I had one as well after they were cooked yummy I remember it so well because it was the day after my birthday which was 15th of may making me 20yrs old. Regards Trev.

Added by Trevor Rigg 3rd butcher on your trip on 09 January 2017.

Added by Trevor Rigg 3rd butcher on your trip on 09 January 2017.
I left England in November 1960 on the Strathnaver heading for Australia as a Ten Pound Pomm with my parents and my sister Linda. We arrived Sydney in January 1961. It was the ships last voyage as it was to the scrapped after this trip. Our cabins were way down in the hold not far from where they kept all the luggage and tea chests of travellers! My family and I made our way to Brisbane where we stayed for 2 years not to pay the government back for our immigration. My name then was Rosemary Owen and I was 18 years old would love to find some of my ship friends again if anyone remembers. Regards Rosemary

Added by Rosemary Anita Riddle (Rosemary Owen) on 28 January 2017.
Neil Cummings, my brother and I sailed in the SS Strathnaver in late 1940 and I remember the attack by German aircraft very clearly in the Bay of Biscay. There were something like 600 children on board and mumps measles and chickenpox were rife. We called at Freetown and Capetown and we left at Colombo to join our family in India.We were in convoy certainly for the first part of the journey and I have a clear picture of the damaged aircraft carrier HMS Hermes in Freetown harbour.

Added by John Horsman on 07 February 2017.
John Horsman: Thank you very much for adding your comment. It must have been terrifying and exciting in equal measure. My late father reported that he slept on the floor of someone's cabin. I do not know if this was an acquaintance or a stranger's cabin.

Added by Neil Cumming on 08 February 2017.
Thank you from me too. It was so interesting and unnerving to hear of John Horseman's voyage in late 1940 and Neil Cumming's comments. I'm researching for a novel based on the true life and letters of a girl, Nancy Rushforth, who sailed on SS Strathnaver in March of that year. She went as far as Cairo. If anyone has any memorabilia or information about that voyage to pass I'd be very grateful

Added by Sandra Howard on 08 February 2017.
I came out on the Strathnaver in 1960 when 19 yrs old. I was fortunate to share with four other girls in the cabin. We had a great time. I remember we had to divert from. I think Calcutta to Bombay because of the weather? it was her last voyage. One of my most vivid memories is being in Aden when we saw an old man lying on a table asleep in front of a gateway. He may have been the watchman. The lads we were with picked up the table and carried it down the street 50 yes or so. Poor watchman I often wondered if he got the sack! I would like to catch up with anyone else. There was a family of Mc Kennas who were going to Alice Springs, I often wondered how they went.

Added by Bernice Smith on 17 February 2017.
I left Belfast to travel to Southamton to sail on The Strathnaver in Dec 1961 which I believe was her last voyage. I loved the trip and shared a cabin with four others. We had a great time and would like to renew memories if anyone out there remembers.

Added by Bernice Smith nee Aylward. on 17 February 2017.
Hi Bernice I also came on the Strathnaver in 1960. I must have been on the voyage before you. We landed in Sydney in July 1960. Like you I made lots of friends and wonder what they all must be doing now . I have only met one person and that was Tony Rafferty Maybe someone might know of others Please write

Added by Gwyneth Nordstrom Nee Clayton on 17 February 2017.
I'm still hoping someone will have a relative who was on the March 1940 sailing of Strathnaver. Many thanks

Added by Sandra Howard on 17 February 2017.
My uncle was the Staff Captain of the Strathnaver during the war. I remember an aunt had a silver platter inscribed from the passengers, presumably first class, presented to him for getting them through some wartime attack.
It was many years ago and I forget the exact details. Sadly she sold it at an auction . If I'd realised I would have bought it .
I still have a picture of him in his cabin, I would say taken during the war as a pic of my mother on his desk can be seen, I think before her marriage in 1942.

Added by EDdric Nantes on 18 February 2017.
My dad was on Strathnaver arriving Sydney 13/03/1955
He is now 80. I would love to track down information and photos. Anyone whom wishes to make contact we would be more than happy to correspond.

Added by Sonya Casey on 28 May 2017.
Can I ask EDdric Nantes if it is possible to see the photograph of the Staff Captain mentioned in the above post? It would help so much with my research for the novel I'm writing. Cd be a photo of photo that cd be emailed to me.

Added by Sandra Howard on 31 May 2017.

I'll scan it tomorrow and email it to you.


Added by Ed nantes on 31 May 2017.
That's great of you, thanks so much. Book is based on true story of a girl who sailed on Strathnaver in March 1940, chasing after her man

Added by Sandra Howard on 31 May 2017.
I sailed on the Strathnaver with my parents as an 11yr old we left Tilbury in may 1955 .I remember the equator crossing and the Suez Canal, and lots of great food and happy times on board this magnificent ship. A Wonderful experience.

Added by Sonya Boehm on 24 July 2017.
Thank heavens for the internet! My mum told me for years about coming to England from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in 1960/61 on the Strathnaver. She got a nursing scholarship and was sponsored by nuns. It was her first journey abroad and she was 26. She had no pictures (she did not have a camera) of the trip but she vividly remembers the journey, seeing dolphins leaping alongside the ship, stopping in Egypt, and the sea sickness of passengers. Now I know what the ship looked like and the story of the ship. I gather it was its last voyage before being scrapped. My mum has dementia now but still remembers the journey and I can now show her pictures from the web. If anyone else has made that journey, please post a message.

Added by Emil Wijeweera on 31 July 2017.
Hi Sandra,
Your book should be interesting and one wonders if that girl got her man? I also know a true story of such a romance aboard that dear little ship but the girl did not get her man in that case which made me wonder how many other romances there were aboard her which ended with a 'Happy ever after'??

Added by Anne Williams on 31 July 2017.
Hi Emil, My family migrated from Ceylon as it was and also boarded the Strathnaver in Colombo in April/May 1959 . Altho' we were sad to leave , being 17, I too , enjoyed the journey and remember the dolphins, the flying fish, the Ports we docked at, how the deck tilted as we danced and the very rough Bay of Biscay when even the some crew were indisposed with sea sickness so share your Mum's memories. She would have docked at Tilbury and taken the train to London possibly and seen the rows of terraced houses we' never seen before! My Dad had a good camera but the photos taken are small altho, the negatives can be enlarged. . Lanka was a very different place then and the streets of C'bo so quiet with rickshaws and bullock and no carmageddon as there is now.!

Added by Anne Williams on 02 August 2017.
Hi Anne, I'm still in the early stages of writing the book, so giving a lot away... but yes, she does, eventually, only the war made it a long hard chase and a hasty marriage...

Added by Sandra Howard on 03 August 2017.
Haven't seen many comments of people coming to Australia in June 1956 and arriving in July.

Added by Dawn Matthey on 04 August 2017.
I hope she had a very Happy ever after. I met my hubby on the Strathnaver too but is wasn't a shipboard romance and today we celebrate our 57th wedding anniversary! Sadly, he is now disabled and unwell in bed.

Added by Anne Williams on 04 August 2017.
Looking for my birth mother she sailed to Australia in 1956 her name was Marie Mitchell aged 28 and was on the Strathnaver on the ships manifest she was from Ireland and lived at 97 Kilburn lane London.

Added by Ian hardy on 08 August 2017.
Happy 57th Anniversary -many congratulations! I hope your husband will be better soon

Added by Sandra Howard on 08 August 2017.
I find it amazing that there are so many comments and observations about this particular ship on the web. It is pertinent to comment today as Indian independence took place 70 years ago which was he reason my father, and our family were evacuated back to England. We left Bombay on the 2nd February 1947 and arrived in Southampton on the 10th March and placed in a hotel for a few weeks as there was no place for a displaced family! If anybody else was on board at that time it was I who was sea sick and vomited at the main door to the dining room in the Bay of Biscay! I can still picture the looks of disgust from other passengers trying to get past me! A momentous event for our family.

Added by Peter Bolt on 14 August 2017.
My grandfather settled in India after going there with the British Army in the early 20th century. My sister and I were born in India and my parents brought us to the Uk in 1960 on the Strathnaver. It was an amazing journey which I remember dearly and have fond memories of this ship. Sadly my parents and sister have since passed away.

Added by Terence Whitehouse on 04 September 2017.
Judith Loveday, David Morton and Sonya Casey I was wondering if you might help me with some info. I came out on the Strathnaver as a 2 year old, travelling with my mum, and we arrived in Sydney 13/3/55. This would be the same journey you or your family all took. I wonder if any of them caught the measles like I did. I have been ble to track down passengers lists that verify my arrival date into Australia but no matter where I research, I cannot find any evidence or proof of when the Strathnaver left London for that particular journey. Would anyone out there have some documentation to show the journey dates? I don't even know how many days I was on the ship as my mother has passed away and any original paperwork no longer exists. Thank you for any assistance.

Added by David Broadhead on 15 September 2017.
I sailed on the Strathnaver as a two year old and arrived in Sydney 13th March 1955. Can anyone tell me what date the Strathnaver left London on that particular journey. Does anyone have documentation to show the dates? Thank you for any assistance.

Added by David B on 15 September 2017.
My family travelled from U.K. (December 1959) to Australia (January 1960). As a nine-year old, I had a boy's own adventure all over the length, breadth and depth of the ship, doing things my parents didn't even dream of.

Added by Paul Coulthard on 21 September 2017.
Just looking at my family tree and found that my great uncle Richard Bramble, his wife Eva and daughter Sandra(born 1941) sailed on the Strathnaver to Melbourne, Dec. 1956. Last address known for them was in Queensland.

Added by Michele Bastin on 29 September 2017.
Dear David Broadhead. I sailed on the Strathnaver as a crew member-3rd Butcher-all I can tell you is that the trip from Tilbury to Sydney took three weeks-a round trip was three months, hoping this may help you a little. Regards Trevor Rigg.

Added by Trevor Rigg on 26 October 2017.
Dear David Broadhead. So sorry I got the timings wrong, it took six weeks outward bound not three three. My mistake sorry again.

Regards Trevor Rigg.

Added by Trevor Rigg on 27 October 2017.
Hi, am am looking for the military passenger list for the Strath when it sailed from Kure Japan on 05 September 1947 and arrived in Southampton on 06 October. I am looking for and RAF Movements chap called Freddie Fisher.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Added by Rosalyn Slater on 08 November 2017.
Hi David B, the Strathnaver left Tilbury late afternoon on the 8 February 1955 and arrived in Sydney early morning of 13 march.I was a 16 year old child migrant with the Big Brother Movement at the time.Steve Noble.

Added by Steve NOBLE on 12 December 2017.
Hi all. Would anyone who travelled on this ship at the start of 1959 know of two passengers called Catherine and Walter Bell?

Added by Neil Shawcross on 26 December 2017.
I joined strathnaver on the 5th june 1956 aged 16
my first ship on joining the merchant navy, done one trip to Australia, then transferred to the Himalaya, i spent 2 years on Himalaya then transferred to Iberia for three trips, then transferred to orsova, and then orion, after 5years with p&o; I left to join mc Andrews line, I left the merchant navy in 1961 having thourely enjoyed my time at sea, to get married, iam nearly 78 still married to the same lovely girl I met way back then.

Added by John Melville on 17 January 2018.
I look fwd. to receiving comments about the Strathnaver but your latest email to me has a red encryption icon so I cannot open it so hope u get this message instead

Added by Anne Williams on 18 January 2018.
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