Mulbera

Shipbuilder
21st August 2009, 19:38
Going through old photos, came across this miniature model of MULBERA that I made some years ago (No longer in my posession). Full hull, but I superimposed a picture of the sea on top of it. Listing a bit, but pleased with the result.
Bob

tom e kelso
23rd August 2009, 11:27
Looks great, Bob, almost a better looking ship ran the real thing

In the early 1950's, I spent a week or so on "staff" in her while she was in the Royal Albert Dock. At some stage she had had the radial davits changed to what I call "overarc-quadrant". The pssenger ships had not by then changed to white hull - none of the Home Line "M's" ever did sport this livery, but when I was aboard MULBERA, the inboard half of the lifeboats were painted white with the outboard halves retaining the the current boat livery. of black hull with a chocolate gunwale The idea was apparently to enhance light reaching the boat deck cabins!!! I think it might have been a "one-off" trial

Regards

Tom

Shipbuilder
23rd August 2009, 14:03
Thanks, I never heard about half-and-half boats (black/white). They were all black on my MULBERA. Here is a dandy little model I made of one of their old ones, BANDRA of 1914. Have also built DILWARA and PACHUMBA. PACHUMBA was one of those WW2 standard designs with angled steel girders holding up the bridge wings!
Bob

tom e kelso
24th August 2009, 07:43
A real beauty! I never did see BANDRA -she was on the Calcutta/Chittagong run and scrapped before I reached the Bay of Bengal. However, BAMORA,BARPETA, BARALA were regulars inBombay in 1947/8 (I also had six moinths in PACHUMBA while a cadet. Hardly in the same league, as far as good looks was concerned!

Regards

Tom

Succour
9th September 2009, 06:14
Nice work Bob.
Succour.

thebear
4th February 2012, 20:20
Sailed in "Mulbera" in 1953 as first trip Cadet, did two trips to East Africa, then joined "Chantala",spent the rest of my cadetship in her. Did eleven months in"Pachumba" as Third mate - the "good old days" - the a/c was a 12" fan and the "bar" was the leeward side "gun" platform just below the bridge!

lewbain
17th September 2012, 00:11
I was a cadet on the Mulbera for her last trip.

Lew Bain