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Old 14th July 2005, 04:43
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SS Largs Bay

I would be interested to learn of anyone who knows anything about the SS Largs Bay which I sailed in from England on 13 January to Australia in 1956.
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Old 14th July 2005, 06:11
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Welcome aboard, Catwoman.
If you have a look in the "Life Onboard" category in the Photo Gallery, you'll find a couple of menus from 1951. Might remind you of the fare you had to endure......
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Old 14th July 2005, 18:56
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Largs Bay 14362 tons built1921 by W beardmore glasgow.530.9 x 68.3 x 39.9.
4 steam turbines dr geared to 2 screw shafts. 5 boilers.Code flags GSMB. DF, ESD, GyC, RADAR
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Old 14th July 2005, 19:36
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Largs Bay

After WW1 the Australian Government formed the Commonwealth Government Line and ordered 5 passenger ships at 1.68 million each (3 from Vickers and 2 from Beardmore) plus 2 large cargo ships at 850,000 each from the Commonwealth Dockyard in Sydney. The venture was a commercial failure and in 1928 the entire business was sold to White Star Line for 1.85 million.
The ships were transferred from the Australian flag to British and a new company called Aberdeen & Commenwealth Line created. The ships were managed by a White Star subsidiary George Thomson who had previously operated under the name Aberdeen Line . They were all repainted in the old Aberdeen Line colours with a green hull and buff funnel.
The new company performed well but in 1931 the White Star financial empire collapsed in a huge scandal, which resulted in the chairman Lord Kylsant serving a prison sentance for publishing false accounts. Out of the wreckage Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line ended up being majority owned by Shaw Saville with the remainder of the shares held by P & O.
Largs Bay was the second of the passenger ships to be completed. She was delivered by Beardmore, Glasgow in December 1921. 13851 tons, 552 feet long by 68 feet 2 inches beam. Twin screw with Parson's steam turbines she had an operating speed of 15 knots. On entering service she carried 12 First Class and 710 Third Class passengers. In 1931 she was refitted and then carried 550 Tourist Class.
During WW2 Largs Bay served as a troopship and took part in the Far East, North Africa and Italian campaigns. Her only mishap was to be damaged by a mine in the Bay of Naples in January 1944.
After the war Largs Bay was refitted and emerged at 14,362 tons with accommodation for 290 Tourist Class passengers. In 1949 she resumed the London - Southampton - Suez - Sydney service, where she remained employed until 1957, when she was scrapped. I believe Largs Bay was the last Aberdeen & Commonwealth ship in service.

Hope this is of interest

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Old 15th July 2005, 02:29
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Really interesting historical stuff Fred. Thanks.
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Old 22nd July 2005, 04:07
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Just a quick thank you to the gentlemen who answered my request for info about SS Larges Bay (from 1956). Great stuff - Catwoman
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Old 22nd July 2005, 07:35
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And an interesting couple of snippits on the Largs Bay..she was apparently en route UK from Australia when WW2 broke out. She was apparently fully laded with cargo and passengers and on clearing the Suez Canal skirted the southern Med coastline up to Malta where she discharged her very valuable cargo. She then continued her voyage to the UK with her passengers and discharged them there.
She was not called up for war duty until Aug 1941 when she was used as a troop transport. She set out on her first voyage as a troop transport bound for Singapore where she arrived just before the Japanese, she got out again just in time and was one of the last major vessels to clear the port. She made it back to the UK without further problem!!. Methinks a lucky lady!!.
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Old 12th February 2014, 05:46
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I have just been going through my parents photos. And found a programme from a show that occurred on the ship on that voyage. My parents were Harold and Joyce Try who were on the committee. The show was called High Time.
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Old 12th February 2014, 06:48
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My parents travelled on the 1956 trip - i have just gone through their photo bag and found a programme for the "High Time" Show.

My parents were on the committee. I have loaded a photo of the booklet.
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Old 13th October 2015, 18:53
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Largs Bay

I returned on Largs Bay in 1949 from Sydney with my parents. A pleasant trip.
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My Nan (Grandmother!) brought my Dad and his older brother home from Australia in Largs Bay in 1924. I still have the tea spoon used to feed Dad, as he was only about 18 months old.

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Old 14th October 2015, 07:43
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My Nan (Grandmother!) brought my Dad and his older brother home from Australia in Largs Bay in 1924. I still have the tea spoon used to feed Dad, as he was only about 18 months old.

Roy.
Yes it's amazing Roy how these things stay with us. We went out in 46 and returned 49.
One thing I've been trying to find out is whether Largs Bay had a fire in the Med in the 50's - I remember hearing something on the news about this at that time but cannot find any reference to a fire at that time. Do you know anything about this?
Good to hear from you.
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Old 14th October 2015, 21:11
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Hi Roger12.

I'm sorry, but I don't know the answer to your enquiry. If Dad was still around, I'm sure he would have had an idea. I'm sure he was in convoy with her during the War when he was in Strathnaver or Narkunda of the P&O. He left behind a large collection of books about ships he knew, including Largs Bay and her sisters, so I shall start searching to see if anything can be found.

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Old 14th October 2015, 22:41
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Hi Roy, Thanks, you might come up with something. I've tried every combination of searches on Google etc but can't find anything but I'm sure it was mentioned on the 1 o'clock news one afternoon in about 1952 and reported as "Largs Bay drifting in the Med with a large smoke cloud above the ship" - we were all sat at the table having lunch and we all heard it. I'm sure such an incident would be recorded. Anyway, I'll keep searching as new items are added all the time to the search results.
Do let me know if you find anything.
All best, Roger.
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Old 2nd October 2018, 18:50
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I left London on 8th September 1959, sailing as a radio officer aboard the Largs Bay. She had just returned to the UK on her final voyage from Australia. Sadly she was in a bad state and the voyage from London to the breakers yard in Barrow in Northwest England took two weeks. We arrived in Barrow on 22nd August. On one day, battling strong winds off the south coast the ship actually registered a negative mileage. A sad end to a once fine vessel
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If you left London on 8th September 1959, how did you arrived in Barrow on 22nd August (after a 2 -week voyage).? Should that be 8th August or 22nd September?
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Is there any response to my query?

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If you left London on 8th September 1959, how did you arrived in Barrow on 22nd August (after a 2 -week voyage).? Should that be 8th August or 22nd September?
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I left London on 8th September 1959, sailing as a radio officer aboard the Largs Bay. She had just returned to the UK on her final voyage from Australia. Sadly she was in a bad state and the voyage from London to the breakers yard in Barrow in Northwest England took two weeks. We arrived in Barrow on 22nd August. On one day, battling strong winds off the south coast the ship actually registered a negative mileage. A sad end to a once fine vessel
If you left London on 8th September 1959, how did you arrived in Barrow on 22nd August (after a 2 -week voyage).? Should that be 8th August or 22nd September?
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Old 30th August 2019, 12:15
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If you left London on 8th September 1959, how did you arrived in Barrow on 22nd August (after a 2 -week voyage).? Should that be 8th August or 22nd September?
Yes, clearly should have been 22nd September
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Thanks very much for that Bob
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Old 30th August 2019, 12:52
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My father went out to Australia in 1922 on the Largs Bay returning on her one trip later. He always spoke very fondly about the trip and the ship. There are plenty of photographs of her around.
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