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CHITRAL ('56/13821) berthed in the King George V Dock, London on the 27th July 1969.
Built as JADOTVILLE for Compagnie Maritime Belge. Sold to P&O in '61 and renamed CHITRAL. Scrapped in '76.
 

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Good picture, she and her sister were nice little ships, only did coastal voyage on Cathay but a fair amount of dock staff on both of them. They were later transferred to E & A service and were quite successful on the Asia/Japan route until their ultimate scrapping.
 

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I did a relief season cruising out of Genoa in 'Chitral' - must have been around 1970 I think. It was a fantastic run, an experiement in 'fly/cruise' at the time I believe. We had a great time on the ship as I don't think we ever had more than about 80 pax onboard and usually a lot less - it was a bit like being in Daddy's yacht!. In addition we were three R/O's keeping a H8 watch! I went from there to Bulk Shipping's 'Mantua' what a difference that was!
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Lovely ship except an awful lot of her Technical do***entation was in French with what seemed like everyone elses best guess as to translation, attached. A wee bit of a nighmare when it came to tracing Electrical faults.
 

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Chitral In Auckland

Greetings

I went aboard this vessel a couple of times in Auckland probably 1975or 76, both for my work (quarantine) and to wave goodbye to an elderly second cousin who was taking a cruise to Japan, Hong Kong and some other Asian ports.

At those times you could board (on most occasions) with the passenger as a visitor and see their cabin and have a look around the ship and envy the lucky traveller.

She was going to the breakers at the completion of my cousin's cruise and I don't think she came all the way back to New Zealand. The cruise may have terminated overseas (prob Sydney) with cousin flying home the last leg.

She looked a bit tired then but you could tell that in her prime she would have been quite something.

I hope you enjoy your well travelled chairs.

michael56
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I did three trips KGV to japan and back '63, all passenger accomodation first class,lovely ship.
Cathay & Chitral



I was cadet and then later 3rd Mate on these ships they were absolutely beautiful and a pleasure to Salem. Had a wonderful time!
I was a bell boy on the Cathay and a PRS on the Chitral from '63-65. Randall was the captain. Do you have any memories of him? Was his first name George? What was his reputation as a skipper? We went through some typhoons with him! Do you have any stories about him you can share? Last, did the Chitral have radar? If so - how good was it to pick up storms? Am writing a memoir and am looking for information from the deck crew perspective.
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Bob Smith
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