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Hi June.June Fenton
I came to Australia from England on board the ss ranchi in 1950. I had my 6th birthday on the ship. I am lookng for the passenger records for my self and my family. Can someone help me as to where to start looking. Please
National archives have the passenger records.Hi Neil I have the same pic of the above with me which my grand-dad sent my nana when he left from Bombay, India in Aug 1946 for UK after that no contact...hw can i find the passengers list on board at that time...wud be of gr8 help to me...thanks....
Great to see new people who travelled on the ' ss Ranchi ' still posting on here.
I joined P & O in late 1950 as a Bell Boy and was lucky enough to sail on their newly built
ship the ' ss Chusan ' which then operated from the UK to Hong Kong and also did some UK
cruises in our summer months.
I must say having five days in Hong Kong between the outward and homeward voyages so
the outward cargo, mail, and sometimes bullion etc be unloaded and then new cargo loaded after
the hold areas were cleaned by the local chinese labour gave a 16 year old a chance to
find out a lot about the night time attractions then in Hong Kong as we could stay out all night ! lol
In 1952 I moved to the ' 'ss Stratheden ' and when we arrived in Sydney we would be there for
about eight days with no passengers on board and the outward cargo etc being off loaded and then
new cargo mainly for the UK being loaded so again plenty of time to see the sights or visit friends.
With no cargo or mail on the new cruise ships they are in and out of ports as quick as possible so
the passengers are trapped on these massive ships and spending more money on board and making even
more profit for the companies to build bigger and bigger ships which are now more of an amusement
park with a hotel rather than a proper cruise ship with one even having a bumper car track added !
With the shorter times in port now this also results in many of the crew seeing little of the ports of call.