Dwarka

Doxfordman
30th March 2005, 22:20
This old girl, affectionatly known as "Queen of the Gulf" was a terrific ship. Great time with superb people, and of course a 5 cyl Doxford with all steam aux's.

tom e kelso
2nd May 2005, 17:16
Having been introduced to Ships Nostalgia by George Taylor, I have chosen the Dwarka as my introduction to this Group, having joined her in London, July 1947 where she was loading for her maiden voyage to Bombay. I was "new" too, being a first trip cadet. I was to remain in this ship for just over a year, during which Dwarka "bedded" herself into the run which she maintained for the following 35 years! Although the number of ports on this service was reduced in later years, initially the 3-week round trip from Bombay called at Karachi, Gwadur, Muscat, Bahrain, Kuwait, Abadan, Basra, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Gwadur and Karachi. When new she carried about 50 cabin passengers and up to about 1500 "deck passengers" (depending on the Monsoon season) as well as mail and general cargo. Dwarka maintained the service with three sisterships, Dumra, Dara and Daressa.

Regards

Tom

tanker
3rd May 2005, 14:56
They were three sisters DWARKA ,DUMRA and DARESSA interesting ships this single screw M/V, 1100 passeng. and a speed of 14 Knots.

Doxfordman
4th May 2005, 03:36
I was a first trip 4th Eng on Dwarka, she had a 5 cly Doxford LBD main engine with all steam auxiliaries, 2 x 30 ton scotch boilers. Stand by of which there were many was like being in a sauna, the poor old condensors could not keep up the pace with all of the steam recips in the ER and on deck. Hot and very hard work but a great crowd of blokes. Happy days!!
Doxfordman.

Doug Rogers
4th May 2005, 04:05
They were great ships, would like a quid for each time I had been on board one or other of them in various places. They were relatively long lived but I seem to remember that one of them came to grief after a number of years. Possibly a collision or something?, the brain box has let me down and I cant find anything on it to confirm my thoughts.
Doug

Doug Rogers
4th May 2005, 07:37
Ah yes, thank you for that, it all comes back now. I knew there was something but I couldnt put it in context. Very sad end for a nice ship, and thats to say nothing of the loss of life!!.

johndalgliesh
14th October 2006, 21:19
The ship in question was the Dara which sunk off the port of Dubai on 10th April 1961 with the loss of 238 lives

RhodaGarg
24th November 2006, 05:32
i would like to see picture / image of m v daressa

RhodaGarg
24th November 2006, 05:34
Having been introduced to Ships Nostalgia by George Taylor, I have chosen the Dwarka as my introduction to this Group, having joined her in London, July 1947 where she was loading for her maiden voyage to Bombay. I was "new" too, being a first trip cadet. I was to remain in this ship for just over a year, during which Dwarka "bedded" herself into the run which she maintained for the following 35 years! Although the number of ports on this service was reduced in later years, initially the 3-week round trip from Bombay called at Karachi, Gwadur, Muscat, Bahrain, Kuwait, Abadan, Basra, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Gwadur and Karachi. When new she carried about 50 cabin passengers and up to about 1500 "deck passengers" (depending on the Monsoon season) as well as mail and general cargo. Dwarka maintained the service with three sisterships, Dumra, Dara and Daressa.

Regards

Tom
i would appreciate if you could throw some light on m v daressa

tom e kelso
27th November 2006, 07:49
DARESSA joined the BI fleet from the builder's yard on 27.06.1950. Depite being the newest of the the quartette of what was known as the Fast Gulf "D's" (the Slow Gulf service finished in 1948), she was the first to go, being sold to Marivic Navigation Inc. in August 1964 who renamed her as FAVORITA. She was sold to Singapore owners in 1968, and again renamed KIM HWA and finally sold for scrapping at Hong Kong in JUly 1974

Tom

tom e kelso
27th November 2006, 08:59
For Rhoda Garg

It might be of interest that the name DARESSA was not, unlike the nomenclature of other BI vessels, an actual place name in the sub-continent or African place name, but a corruption of Dar es Salaam, capital of Tanzania

Regards

Tom

cambria49
1st May 2007, 23:18
I recall, as a kid, watching an excellent BBC documentary on the Dwarka - I wonder if anyone might have a DVD of this??

John Briggs
15th May 2007, 12:37
Cambria49,

I have a DVD of an episode of "The World About Us" called an Arabian voyage which is all about the Dwarka. It was made in 1979 and may be the program you are talking about. It brings back some great memories for me as the ship does not seem to have changed since the 50's.

I would be quite happy to make a copy and send it off to you if you wish. Just let me know.

Regards

John Briggs

cambria49
17th May 2007, 04:21
John,

That really is very kind of you - I'll PM my address to you!

Thanks!!

Justin

Cambria49,

I have a DVD of an episode of "The World About Us" called an Arabian voyage which is all about the Dwarka. It was made in 1979 and may be the program you are talking about. It brings back some great memories for me as the ship does not seem to have changed since the 50's.

I would be quite happy to make a copy and send it off to you if you wish. Just let me know.

Regards

John Briggs

Hugh Ferguson
10th December 2007, 20:42
Does anyone remember Captain Bell, who I believe,was one time master of the DWARKA?

tom e kelso
25th December 2007, 21:29
Hugh,

I have asked around in the BI internet "group" without result.

After retiring from the BI (or P&O?) Captain Bell took up a position on the Cutty Sark. What "rank", I am not sure, but he followed BI presence on the ship after "Hadji" Reid and Donald Bardsley.

Perhaps, if you inquired of the Cutty Sark people, they would be able to help

Salaams,

Tom

Hugh Ferguson
8th February 2008, 21:20
Thanks, Tom, I'll try that. Salaams, Hugh.

Kevin Donoghue
21st March 2013, 19:46
FAO Tom E Kelso..
Many thanks for the most interesting titbit about the name of the DARESSA (being an ex Dumra & Dwarka engineer, I cannot believe that I didn't know that fact). Best of health to yourself ( having sailed with you on at least 2 occasions - Amra & Meynell possibly) - wonderful memories.

Hugh Ferguson
21st March 2013, 20:24
See HERE (http://www.shipsnostalgia.tv/members/action/viewvideo/1822/B_I_Dwarka/) for first of ten videos on Dwarka. To view all episodes, go to T.V. Passenger and Cruise liner file, pages 4 & 5.

duquesa
21st March 2013, 22:01
I believe there was a good article about her and her "then" Master in Sea Breezes many moons ago. Possibly November 1982.

manowari
21st March 2013, 23:20
Attached some pix taken on my trip to Karachi in 1982 shortly before her last voyage to the breakers.

duncs
18th April 2013, 05:28
See HERE (http://www.shipsnostalgia.tv/members/action/viewvideo/1822/B_I_Dwarka/) for first of ten videos on Dwarka. To view all episodes, go to T.V. Passenger and Cruise liner file, pages 4 & 5.

Thanks for these videos, Hugh. They brought back a few memories. I was on her for 13mths 72/73. Frank Bell was the master at the time that I left. He had relieved Kas Malowski, who had been there a good spell before him.
Regards Duncs

Kevin Donoghue
6th February 2014, 19:26
Thanks for these videos, Hugh. They brought back a few memories. I was on her for 13mths 72/73. Frank Bell was the master at the time that I left. He had relieved Kas Malowski, who had been there a good spell before him.
Regards Duncs
Thanks for the info about the video of Dwarka - I was 4th on Dumra and 3rd on the Dwarka between 1970 to 1973 and the video clips brought back great memories.It's amazing how much you forget and the silly things that are brought back after watching them.The sound of the dinner "xylophone", the shops on deck and the many different types of meals served.
The pride when you manouvered the engine into port (not too much air, the compressor can't keep up) and answering the telegraph/writing up the log book and taking controls all at the same time whilst the panch saab was running round putting another compressor on and checking the water gauges in the boiler !!!!
I could spend another dozen pages on this topic.
Salaams - Kevin Donoghue.

duncs
3rd May 2014, 02:26
Hi Kevin, did you have a big wood covered ice box(Rolls Royce of ice boxes)?
If that was you, you probably saved my life when I joined in Kuwait(Dwarka).

Regards,
Duncan

Pilot mac
3rd May 2014, 09:12
Those ice boxes were life savers, never saw them anywhere else. Tuborg and Carlsberg were the favourites along with 'Pinkers' in the First Class bar at lunchtimes, not forgetting of course Four Bells for other occasions.

regards
Dave

Hugh Ferguson
3rd May 2014, 10:17
See HERE (http://www.shipsnostalgia.tv/members/action/viewvideo/1822/B_I_Dwarka/) for first of ten videos on Dwarka. To view all episodes, go to T.V. Passenger and Cruise liner file, pages 4 & 5.

Easiest way to go to next episode is to click on the tiny red arrow top right of the current video showing.

duncs
5th May 2014, 02:32
Those ice boxes were life savers, never saw them anywhere else. Tuborg and Carlsberg were the favourites along with 'Pinkers' in the First Class bar at lunchtimes, not forgetting of course Four Bells for other occasions.

regards
Dave

Also for the stewards, Dave. After the night watch, I'd be in bed when 'the iceman cometh'. The steward would come in, silently, to top up the icebox. I'd mutter, 'take only two'. I don't think he ever took more than that(who bothered to check?), but, two beers a day was worthwhile to him, if only for flogging. '
Re 'pinkers' at lunchtime, that's when I went on watch. Mind you, pre dinner, for me, was GT time! Only Jim Eames(security officer), stuck to the pinkers. He was too tight to splash out on a tonic.

BTW, were you there when we had the riot on deck(deportees)?

Regards
Duncan

funnelstays
5th May 2014, 03:31
Enlighten me please gentlemen.l recall vaguely an article Scots Magazine or Sea Breezes ? that the band on the funnel was of burnished steel to protect the bolts holding the upper section and not of black as usually described.

duncs
5th May 2014, 04:05
Enlighten me please gentlemen.l recall vaguely an article Scots Magazine or Sea Breezes ? that the band on the funnel was of burnished steel to protect the bolts holding the upper section and not of black as usually described.

Sorry funnelstays, I can't enlighten you. That's a new one to me. Only ever saw black funnel, with two white bands.
Maybe older members might know otherwise.

Duncs

Pilot mac
5th May 2014, 08:37
Also for the stewards, Dave. After the night watch, I'd be in bed when 'the iceman cometh'. The steward would come in, silently, to top up the icebox. I'd mutter, 'take only two'. I don't think he ever took more than that(who bothered to check?), but, two beers a day was worthwhile to him, if only for flogging. '
Re 'pinkers' at lunchtime, that's when I went on watch. Mind you, pre dinner, for me, was GT time! Only Jim Eames(security officer), stuck to the pinkers. He was too tight to splash out on a tonic.

BTW, were you there when we had the riot on deck(deportees)?

Regards
Duncan

Don't remember a specific riot but do remember several scuffles that were usually snuffed out pretty quickly by Dick Ludford (Sgt Major, Royal Marines), his parade ground voice would wake the dead! The Baluchi's could be a handful (came on at Gwadar), as a race they have to be some of the largest specimens on the planet.
I can remember Dick apprehending a couple of them after a skirmish and he handcuffed them to the railings outside my cabin,( PC police would love that these days)

regards
Dave

duncs
12th May 2014, 03:44
I've been away from the PC for a while Dave, sorry.
The riot must have been after you left. Jim Eames, ex RSM, ex Palastine etc, was security officer(I knew him from the Sirdhana). We took a load of deportees(Syrians, Iraqis, Jordanians etc.) onboard, under armed guard, in Doha(I think), for Basrah. Just outside Kuwait, they went crackers. They had obviously been given booze. They ran about the decks hitting and bottling the deck punters. Much blood and gore! The OM refused to sail from Kuwait, unless they were removed. They were, eventually, taken off and bussed to Iraq.

I thought I had some mementos of that time(photos, etc.), but after a search, I'm afraid all is lost.

Regards
Duncan

duncs
12th May 2014, 05:08
[QUOTE= The Baluchi's could be a handful (came on at Gwadar), as a race they have to be some of the largest specimens on the planet.
I can remember Dick apprehending a couple of them after a skirmish and he handcuffed them to the railings outside my cabin,( PC police would love that these days)

regards
Dave[/QUOTE]

As a P.S>

I can't go along with that Dave. There's no way Dick could handcuff a Baluchi or pathan. Indeed, he wouldn't attempt it. Pathans weren't troublemakers and were left alone on nr.1(they may have ponged a bit). But, by his authoritarianism, he, Dick, could keep good control. It was the poor old stowaways who got handcuffed to the railings.

I'm prepared to stand corrected,

regards,
Duncan

Hugh Ferguson
12th May 2014, 12:52
See HERE (http://www.shipsnostalgia.tv/members/action/viewvideo/1822/B_I_Dwarka/) for first of ten videos on Dwarka. To view all episodes, go to T.V. Passenger and Cruise liner file, pages 4 & 5.

After opening the first episode click on the tiny red arrow, top right, to open the second and so on.

Kevin Donoghue
23rd May 2014, 18:56
Hi Kevin, did you have a big wood covered ice box(Rolls Royce of ice boxes)?
If that was you, you probably saved my life when I joined in Kuwait(Dwarka).

Regards,
Duncan

I'd completely forgotten about those massive ice boxes - the "boy" used to bring in a huge chunk of ice wrapped in a tea towel to keep the Tenants (or Alsops if it was a bad trip) cool for the end of watch cabin drinks.