MV Alonia

Joanna Davies
6th September 2009, 21:22

Can anybody help me?

I am trying to find out information about the merchant vessel that my grandad (Reuben David Hill) was on during world war 2. I vaguely remember the name as Alonia which was a converted steamship. He sailed the Atlantic convoys between Halifax Nova Scotia and Britain.

Any help would be very much appreciated.


Joanna Davies

non descript
6th September 2009, 21:25
Joanna, A warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community and a first posting; and hopefulyl we can help - Enjoy the site and all it has to offer, and we very much look forward to your postings in due course. (Thumb)

6th September 2009, 22:02
Welcome from Lancashire - I hope you will enjoy the site.

I am afraid that if the ship you are looking for was sailing in WW2 convoys there is no record of her ConvoyWeb which is the best online source for this type of thing. The nearest in there are Alamo and Alhena which are not really very close.

Also if you go to Miramar HERE ( search on the name Alonia you will get a lot of similar names but no exact hit.

Maybe someone else can take a stab at what she may have been called?

6th September 2009, 22:25
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

K urgess
6th September 2009, 23:41
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Joanna.
It might be better to start from the other end and try to get your grandad's records from the Public Records Office to find which ships he sailed on.
I'm sure someone in the crew will be able to help.
Enjoy the voyage.

bert thompson
7th September 2009, 08:50
Joanna welcome to this great site
Best wishes

7th September 2009, 10:36
Welcome Joanna.
Unless you are sure of the spelling, Cunard built 4 ships by the name Alaunia, the one built in 1925 may fit the bill.

ian d.cameron
7th September 2009, 11:08
Hi and welcome Joanna, what was your granddad's place and date of birth, there maybe a pouch or service record for him at the National Archives

7th September 2009, 20:26

A warm welcome to the site from the Isle of Anglesey, I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy the SN experience!
I am also sure that someone will be able to help with your query in the meantime have a good look around the site. (Thumb)

7th September 2009, 21:32
If JohnB is right, that ship certainly took part in many transatlantic convoys and some in the east as well.

Check her out on ConvoyWeb HERE (

16th July 2011, 22:21
The only one that I know of was the ALAUNIA which was used in the 50s as a training ship for RN Stokers(as they were named then) from HMS RALEIGH at Torpoint Cornwall