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Hazel Stringer
1st January 2018, 08:56 PM
How can ! f1nd out wh1ch un1ts sh1pped out of Southampton to S1ngapore on th1s P&O sh1p June 1940?

Doc Vernon
1st January 2018, 09:02 PM
Might be of some interest Hazel will keep looking though.


Narkunda embarked 1,773 troops of the 6th Heavy Anti-Aircraft and the 35th Light Anti-Aircraft regiments of the Royal Artillery.



http://www.pandosnco.co.uk/narkunda.html


Narkunda”, P& O’s largest ship built in 1920, was to transport the 6th HAA and the 35th LAA regiments of the Royal Artillery. This British ship of 16,632 tons wasone of four merchant ships in the convoy.

Keith at Tregenna
1st January 2018, 09:06 PM
Possibly of interest ?

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P&O SS Narkunda (http://www.pandosnco.co.uk/narkunda.html)

A bit more via Google: https://www.google.co.uk/search?source=hp&ei=c3RKWpyTLYbWwALRpa2oDw&q=S.s.+Narkunda++ww2&oq=S.s.+Narkunda++ww2&gs_l=psy-ab.12...11351977.11356997.0.11360629.10.7.0.0.0.0. 138.509.2j3.7.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..3.1.137.0..33i160k1.77.eBUskU3n6x4

Doc Vernon
1st January 2018, 09:14 PM
Just of some interest

INDEX OF MERCHANT SHIPS

The following index includes all merchant ships which participated in the WS convoy series, with name, nationality if not British, and troop carrying capacity where assessed (*), in the first column (see below for further explanations). Gross registered tonnage followed by the year of build, expressed as the last two digits of the year, is in the second.

Note that in several instances, vessels that were formerly, and also post war, of Danish or French nationality are shown as being on the British Register. For legal reasons, such vessels were so transferred on joining the British cause in 1940 (or being seized at later dates) ownership being vested in the Ministry of Shipping, later War Transport and the ships managed by British shipping companies. Vessels which survived reverted to their pre‑war Registry and ownership post 1945.

Only the first appearance of a ship in a convoy is listed i.e if a ship commences a passage in WS 6A then subsequent changes of designation eg WS 6 are not listed as the text makes the change clear. This particularly applies where a ship transfers from the main convoy to an A or B section in the Indian Ocean. This restriction is to prevent the index becoming too unwieldy.

Where no nationality is shown "British" is to be assumed. Note that during the war years, and prior to 1939, the "British" Registry included ships actually registered in the Dominions and India; separate Registers for the Dominions were not created until the late 1940s.

The tonnage shown is that recorded in the 1939 Register for pre-war vessels, or the first Register in which the ship appears for war built ships.

Where troop carrying capacity is relevant, and known, this figure is identified by an asterisk (*). Some of the figures are suspect, STRATHMORE for example has a very low capacity that probably reflects an early assessment that has not been amended in the surviving records. It must also be noted that maximum capacities were often exceeded by using open deck berthing or other expedients.

When the "twin" WS/KMF convoys commenced, with WS 26, the ships of BOTH convoys appear in the index with the relevant WS number noted.




Narkunda

16632/20

DM 1, WS 8C, WS 12, WS 12Z, WS 20, WS 21

Hazel Stringer
1st January 2018, 09:43 PM
Might be of some interest Hazel will keep looking though.


Narkunda embarked 1,773 troops of the 6th Heavy Anti-Aircraft and the 35th Light Anti-Aircraft regiments of the Royal Artillery.



http://www.pandosnco.co.uk/narkunda.html


Narkunda”, P& O’s largest ship built in 1920, was to transport the 6th HAA and the 35th LAA regiments of the Royal Artillery. This British ship of 16,632 tons wasone of four merchant ships in the convoy.


Thanks, odd1y th1s m1ght be another step 1n my search. Am not sure though we are ta1k1ng about the same voyage.

Keith at Tregenna
1st January 2018, 09:55 PM
How can ! f1nd out wh1ch un1ts sh1pped out of Southampton to S1ngapore on th1s P&O sh1p June 1940?

Not dated but, may be of interest ?

the 35th Regt LAA but the following may be of interest to others. I am not sure whether it was a common occurrence with other ships. 35th embarked in the Clyde in the SS Empress of Japan for the Middle East transferring to the SS Narkunda in Durban and diverting to Singapore.

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Hazel Stringer
1st January 2018, 10:11 PM
Found a W Str1nger on Narkunda out of Southampton to S1ngapore June1940

Keith at Tregenna
1st January 2018, 11:50 PM
Anymore thoughts on the W ?

Keith.

Hazel Stringer
2nd January 2018, 12:47 AM
Anymore thoughts on the W ?

Keith.
not exactly but Dad spoke of having to take a driving test 1n a matador w1th a f1e1d gun beh1nd - start1ng at the top of a h1ll 1n the h1ghest gear and work1ng down the gears,not us1ng h1s brakes and com1ng to a controlleded stop at the bottom. ! understand th1s 1s common pract1ce n the RA.

Keith at Tregenna
2nd January 2018, 01:52 AM
No worries, back to normal in a day or two and will do all pos.

Keith.