Ms E Quinton has a question – can anyone help please? (email address supplied)
Are you able to confirm for me that the Dunera was in dry dock in Glasgow around late 1944-45.
My father was an officer on the ship and I remember going right under the ship whilst it was in dry dock. later it sailed down the Clyde for war action sometime in early 1945.
Are you able to confirm this and if not can you suggest a link that might be helpful.
I did just find a post on another website: Royal Air Force Changi Association
The 12,615 ton Dunera made her maiden voyage from Southampton to China in September 1937. She was to be closely associated with this port, firstly as a troopship, for twenty-four years, and then as a pioneering educational cruise liner for seven years.
The ship was ordered by the British India Steam Navigation Company, from the Barclay Curle shipyard in Glasgow, and when completed she was chartered by the Government to carry troops. She and her sister ship, the Dilwara, represented a considerable advance on the older troopships. During the Second World War these ships took part in the evacuation from Singapore, and the landings in Madagascar, Sicily and Southern France.
Modernisation and refit work in 1950, at Glasgow, cost nearly one million pounds and Dunera continued in service until trooping by sea finished. She still had plenty of life left in her, and British India embarked on a bold experiment, the Company decided she should continue in service as Britain’s first permanent school cruise liner. During the first year, in her new role, she carried more than 10,000 youngsters.
Her achievements paved the way for the introduction of other retired troopships into cruising operations. Sadly, Dunera was finally broken for scrap in Spain in 1967.
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