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Hazel Stringer
28th November 2018, 10:33 PM
Hi All.

Sorry a very foggy photo dated mid late 1940's believed to be the troop ship on which Dad returned from India. Maybe one of the Straths? Any ideas?


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Doc Vernon
29th November 2018, 02:52 AM
Hello Hazel
Very hard to tell by the Photo,but could possibly be the Starthallen ?? Will look into it and see what comes up in my collection
Cheers

You been quiet of late good to see you back.

Doc Vernon
29th November 2018, 03:53 AM
This may help a bit Hazel I have tried to make it a wee bit clearer!
Hopefully someone on here will be able to definitely ID it for you.
Cheers

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j.sabourn
29th November 2018, 07:21 AM
#1... May of been even the same ship as my father came back from India on Hazel. He never spoke of the ship though, only that a lot of the troops threw a lot of stuff over the side before arrival the UK as were told they would be paying a lot of duty on. He brought home a cattle stock whip and for years I thought it was one used by the Japanese to whip the POWs , disappeared during all our movements over the years. Regards JS

Red Lead Ted
29th November 2018, 03:56 PM
Here is one that certainly fits the bill so to Speke Hazel. Regards Terry.



SS. Almanzora
Built 1915 - 1915-1919 Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1939-1945 troopship, 1945-1947 Government emigration ship, 1948 scrapped. 16,034
Memory of - Ernest Graham Rutherford
National Service number 1908762 Ernest Graham Rutherford DOB 6th April 1923 (now living at 13 Walton place, Chesterton, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 4QY) - Was transferred from KOYLI in 1947 to DLI
1947 Set sail from Southampton in the June on SS Almanzora , an old troupe ship had hammocks in), destination to Port Said Egypt to Suez Canal (10day) in transit camp then moved to bottom of Suez Canal. Then on train to top of Suez awaiting for ship to Thessaloniki Greece, stayed there till 1948 transferred back on SS Sithier(??spelling) arrived back Liverpool and de-mobbed at York. April/May 1948.

Hazel Stringer
29th November 2018, 07:39 PM
Hello Hazel
Very hard to tell by the Photo,but could possibly be the Starthallen ?? Will look into it and see what comes up in my collection
Cheers

You been quiet of late good to see you back.

Hi Doc,

Having posted this I dug out my Dad's war photo album and found he came back on the Monarch of Bermudain 1947, This is reallystrange as my husband's Dad came home on the same ship in 1945! It is a small world. If my photo is the Strathallen then it was my uncle's ship he was a chef on board for most of the war.

Keith at Tregenna
29th November 2018, 07:43 PM
Interesting update Hazel

Hope all is going well.

Regards,

Keith.

Chris Allman
29th November 2018, 08:05 PM
Hazel pretty sure that the ship in your photograph is not the Strathallan. The ship in your photo has a distinct cut out single section of the main deck at the stern. The Strathallan differs completely in that area.

I think it is this ship in your photograph, the P&O RANCHI.28016

Doc Vernon
29th November 2018, 08:46 PM
Good one Chris
Looks like you hit the Jackpot there!
Yes i was looking at the Pic again and also saw thatdistinct cut out at the rear.
Good work
Cheers

Hazel Stringer
29th November 2018, 11:56 PM
Hazel ,,,,,,,

I think it is this ship in your photograph, the P&O RANCHI.28016

Thanks Chris - that rings a vague bell in my memory too. Maybe it is my other uncle's ship. We were lucky in that both served throughout the war and neither were hurt or sunk in spite of some close calls.

Des Taff Jenkins
30th November 2018, 12:53 AM
Hi Ted your pic has a counter stern. And Chris's has a slopping funnel.
I think it is the Stratheden
Cheers Des
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Doc Vernon
30th November 2018, 01:08 AM
I think that Chris has it correct Des as here is a Pic (Side View of the Stratheden) and as you will see it has no cut out as does the one in the question!
Cheers

I know that the Funnel is sloping but that could be an angle of the Pic ???
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Another Pic of the Ranchi ??? Now if one looks closely there is what looks like a small sort of Funnel at rear of Main Funnel (not sure as what it is) but it is the exact same in the Original Picture Supplied by Hazel and then by Chris!
Not sure Seen here in Malta in 1947
So I think we have it solved . Well hope so LOL
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Red Lead Ted
5th December 2018, 04:05 PM
Amazing what a little digging on he net can do, I have been AWOL lads buried in soogie paint wallpaper and brushes thank the lord that's finished :thumbsup:

Tony Taylor
5th December 2018, 04:10 PM
Amazing what a little digging on he net can do, I have been AWOL lads buried in soogie paint wallpaper and brushes thank the lord that's finished :thumbsup:

Come an do mine if you like?

Jim Brady
5th December 2018, 04:13 PM
Get in the queue Tony.LOL

Regards.
Jim.B.