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Note the hole in her bow. Probably a collision bulkhead aft of the forepeak that saved her. The information that follows the picture is solely that she reached her destination. But one can speculate upon where that was. The houses on the hillside seem to cling so precariously to it that I am unable

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That hill in the distance with the tower on top reminds me of St. John's, Newfoundland. As I recall the hill was called "Signal Hill" and if so, it was from that tower that the first trans-Atlantic wireless transmission was sent. However, I haven't been to St. John's in 44 years, so I could be mistaken.
 

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I will say the correspondence is good enough to declare this Signal Hill, St John's, Newfoundland : https://www.dreamstime.com/battery-neighborhood-signal-hill-st-john-s-view-across-harbour-towards-newfoundland-canada-image122822943 Btw, did the Convoy ships that left Canada with supplies for the Allies in Europe, and survived the trip, bring anything of importance back?
 

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I took a trip to the top of Signal Hill. Best of all.... in late summer!

St John's is one of those places you can think, "I could easily live here!"
 

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A substantial... not emergency built... ship....
The cranes under the break of the f'c'sle are the clue...
 

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The cranes suggest dutch.. maybe Nederland line?
 

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Tabinta is close...

http://home.planet.nl/~persson/foto_schepen/tabinta_5.jpg

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Everything is saying Tabinta to me... from the cranes to the scuppers... except the crows nest and no mention of damage to her during the war...
http://www.usshelena.org/mstabinta.html
 

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The Tabinta's war voyages are listed on page 304 in this Pdf reproduction of a book: https://history.army.mil/do***ents/WWII/wwii_Troopships.pdf
She does not seem to have been anywhere near to St John's.
Besides, pictures from her war years show a large gun platform right up front, that is not carried by this ship.

The seven ships in the T-class: TABIAN 8.151 1930; TABINTA 8.156 1930; TAJANDOEN 8.159 1931; TALISSE 8.169 1930; TANIMBAR 8.169 1930; TARAKAN 8.183 1930; TAWALI 8.174 1931.

I have looked through the lot, and not found any with a cavernous hole in the bow.
 

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Mmmmmissed the 'M's which were built between the 'S's and the "T's..........

'Madoera'

1943-02-23: Torpedoed by U 653 in the Atlantic Ocean. The greater part of the crew could abandon ship, but 10 crewmembers under captain Lassche returned to the vessel and were able to bring the ship to St. Johns, Newfoundland.

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1004538/title/madoera/cat/510

Re cargoes from Britain.... I know whisky was a major export and US$ earner and I imagine that a lot of general manufactured goods would still be exported to 'the colonies'.. agricultural equipment to Australia etc.
Strangely 'coal' is listed as the cargo of quite a few ships bound west...
 

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