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Old 26th September 2007, 17:29
jaktar39 jaktar39 is offline  
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Is there anyone still out there who sailed on the last of the 'explorer boats', MV David Lingstone (1930). I made my first trip as junior engineer on her, 1952 to 1953 which, I believe, was the year that she was scrapped. Not the best ship on which to start a seagoing career but life got better (well it couldn't get worse). Also sailed on Shonga (53-54), Aureol (54), Sobo (54-55). Then went worldwide tramping with Bank Line.
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Old 30th October 2008, 22:02
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline  
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Ms Sobo

I would be interested to hear anything you can tell me about MS SOBO & especially interested if you have any photographs.

In April 1937 my father, William Redvers Forster (1900-75), was appointed Chief Engineer on the maiden voyage of MS Sobo under Captain J. R. Jones. One might have expected this to the be the first of many voyages on one or other of the Elder Dempster ships but surprisingly, he left the company after only one voyage on the 24 June, possibly due to the declining health of his father, who died, aged 61 on the 23 August.

I am writing an account of his life which I plan to publish as


Can you help by telling me a bit more about the ship? And its trade?

Bill Forster
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William Redvers Forster (1900-75)
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Old 31st October 2008, 00:00
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Pic of SOBO loaded into gallery.

More pics available, if required PM me.

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