27th November 2007, 00:22
Hello All, can some kind soul please help me, while researching my Fam/Tree i have discovered my step/G/dad was a River-Pilot on the Hoogley India, 1919-1950, however over the last 6 months, trying to find more information by way of web-sites browsing & Googling i have been unable find more out with regard to the Ship-line he was employed by, service/records, etc etc etc, despite sending many emails to web-site in Calcutta, again without a response from one site,??????????????

I also discovered he & my G/Mum were married on what i beleive was a ship SS BHADRA in Rangoon Burma 1929, can some one help me with this one,

i have found a list of ships, NEURALIA MOOLTAN MAHANADA MULBERA NALDERA MANELA SRTRATHMORE 1st & Viceroy of London, do these ships mean any thing ??????????. i would be most grateful for any advise or guidance by some-one kind enough to point me in the right direction, for instance would he have been employed by a U.K. company, than sent to INDIA, i await for a reply, thank you. redbert !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! G/Dad NAME: THOMAS POSSER G/Mum NAME: Margaret WILTON-KING

27th November 2007, 04:26
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

27th November 2007, 06:08
Margaret, those ships are all either British India Steam Navigation Co. or P&O. Possibly your grandfather sailed on them before he entered the pilot service at Calcutta, or could they have been ships he piloted.

If you Google Hoogli there is quite a bit of information around. A few years ago there was a BBC documentary about the Raj and all that and they showed quite a bit about the Hoogli pilots, including some of them talking about their lives.

The pilots lived on their cutter and were waited on hand and foot. They gave the impression that the stewards got them up in the morning, dressed them and put them out on deck with a gin before breakfast!

Good luck with your search.

John T.

non descript
27th November 2007, 08:48
Margaret, thank you for joining the Site and an interesting introduction piece; a warm welcome aboard to you; enjoy the site and all it has to offer and let's hope that it brings you the answers to your research. We look forward to your postings with news. Bon Voyage

PS. We can leave your posting here in the HELLO Thread, but to gain the best exposure we can copy some of the thread to RESEARCH, as not everyone reads the first thread

K urgess
27th November 2007, 11:55
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire.
We have member from all branches of sea service and I'm sure someone will know someone who knows about Hoogli pilots.
A search of the forums and gallery may reveal some answers.
Meanwhile have a safe voyage.

Bruce Carson
27th November 2007, 15:54
Redbert, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia.
The following is part of the information you were looking for. I would guess your grandfather was employed by the Bengal Pilot Service and if you Google that name, you'll find about 220 items. There's a slight possibility that you may glean a little information on one of those sites.

Mahanada (Brocklebank):
I would suggest that the 'Viceroy of London' is, in fact, the 'Viceroy of India':

The 'Bhadra' was a British India ship of 600GT, the second of that name, built in 1920, 4 1st and 650 deck passengers.I would guess, at that tonnage, she was used on some type local feeder service. Sold in 1929 to Zanzibar interests and renamed 'Khalifa'. Sold Greek in 1936 and renamed 'Pyaros'. Lost by bombing in 1941.


27th November 2007, 16:07
Greetings Redbert and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

27th November 2007, 20:54

A warm welcome to SN from the Isle of Anglesey.
I'm delighted to see that Bruce has already made a start with your query.
Have a good look round and join in the banter as much as possible.
Beware, it is addictive! (Thumb)

28th November 2007, 00:15
Welcome from Lancashire,

I hope you will enjoy the site.