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Batory in Leningrad

Batory in Leningrad

The Polish ocean liner Batory seen here during a Baltic Sea cruise in the port of Leningrad in the pre-war years, about 1937 or 1938.

The Batory (14,287 grt/8167 nrt) was launched on July 3rd, 1935 by Cantieri Riuniti dell' Adriatico at Monfalcone/Triest, yard number 1127 and commissioned on May 17

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Don't think she can have been at Dunkirk.She was involved in evacuation of British troops from Norway at about that time. She certainly took part in Operation Ariel, the evacuation of Allied troops from ports in W France but that was later in June 1940.
 

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Helly Eddy,

you're right. Batory left Glasgow for Harstad, northern Norway, on May 13th, 1940 and carried wounded troops back to Gourock. She arrived once more at Harstad on June 5th and carried 2268 Allied troops back to the UK. Between June 13th and 27th, 1940 she evacuated thousands of British and French troops from Saint Nazaire and Saint-Jean de Luz.

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The grey livery is a postwar livery, if I remember correctly used since 1951.
 

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At least from Saint Jean de Luz BATORY has evacuated mostly Polish servicemen.
 

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Great photo Sebastian, she led a very full and interesting life. She would have been at Saint Nazaire around the same time the Lancastria was bombed from the air, so you're right, she was indeed a lucky ship.

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This picture was taken some time between 1951 and 1957 as it shows her with a pale grey hull. This was her hull-colour during the time that she was employed on the service to India.
 

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