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I was at sea for years, but I always remember my father telling me about his favourite ship, the Empire Halladale. I know she was a troopship and was formerly a KdF liner, but that's about all.

Does anyone remember her or have any more info?
 

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SS Empire Halladale 14056 tons Built 1921 by Akt Ges. "Vulcan" Hamburg.
499.5 x 64.0 x 38.7. T6cy 26 x 43 x 71 x 51 and 2 low pressure turbines.Engines built by Vulcan Werke AG Hamburg. Twin screw. DF,GyC, Radar. Cruiser stern.
Ex Antonio Delfino 1946, Ex Sierra Nevada 1934, Ex Antonio Delfino 1932.
British flag. Registered London. Owned By Ministry of Transport and managed by Anchor Line Ltd. Fitted for oil fuel = oil burner.
 

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danube4 said:
Celsis.
Type: Troop ship Empire Halladale In Yahoo search. All the Info you need.
Barney.
I tried to follow your advice on Yahoo Barney and failed. After some experimentation I found that "Empire+Halladale" worked. The words "Troop ship" seemed to confuse the search engine.

Fred (Thumb)
 

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Hi, Fred. Sorry Yahoo did not work for you. I just Typed, Troop ship Empire Halladale In yahoo and it came on. Dont know why it did'nt work for you. Never mind you got it.All the best. Barney.
 

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Thanks guys for all your help. I think she was a coal burner, if I remember my dad's stories correctly! Big difference from when I went to sea as a grease monkley!
 

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Empire Halladale was decommisioned I believe in 1955, and she was laid up in the Holy Loch in Scotland prior to being broken up in Glasgow in 1956 (Faslane on the Gare Loch I would think). During the winter of 1955/56 she broke loose from her moorings in the Holy Loch and ended up on the rocks off Strone. I have uploaded a photo of her taken by my Brownie Flash 20 camera at the time
 

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I sailed on the Empire Halladale 20.7.55 as j.o.s, on next trip made s.o.s, took troops out to Mombasa,first trip and brought troops home from Cyprus, second trip,the way I saw troops treated and accomodated on board convinced me never to get myself struck of the pool and into national service our accomodation was vile but theirs down the holds was foul the troop deck sargent major I remember and the red caps were right b******s to the troops ,I had a spell in the sickbay with heat exaustion and when the officer made his daily round he wanted to know why I was not lying to attention like the troops this is not a Tom Pepper yarn believe me. Took the ship to Glasgow to be laid up prior to scrapping,didnt know she had broke loose and run aground,the other tale about her was that during the war she was a floating brothel for the German troops oh and the dockers in Birkenhead stole all my gear in Bidston dock the s****s robbing a poor young lad.
 

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I sailed on the Empire Halladale as AB May 1955.
i remember having to hold an RAF bloke down on the operation table while the nursing sister stiched a wound on his fore head.
 

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I sailed on the Empire Halladale from Tilbury to Cuxhaven in the winter of 1947, when parts of the North sea froze. I was 11 years old and was going with my mother and brother to join my father who was in the army in Germany this trip took 3 days.
First day we encountered a storm. That night the engines of the ship stopped which woke everyone up. Mum found out we were drifting through a minefield presumably blown by the storm. the engines were cut to stop vibrations from the ship.
After surviving this we then had large ice floes crashing against the sides of the ship where the ice was breaking up in the North sea. I remember being taken to the lower decks (where the troops were housed) to see the ice crashing against the portholes.
When the ship at last landed at Cuxhaven it was kept in dry dock for repairs.

These are childhood memories so I would very much like to hear from anyone else that might be able to confirm these events.
 

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A ship well-remembered from my childhood.

My Dad, as pilot for Anchor Line, piloted her in and out of Liverpool many times in the early 1950s.

Sadly, the resonance of her name is about the only thing I remember of her!
 

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Empire Halladale, in her time as Sierra Nevada or Antonio Delfino, was a Hamburg-Sud ship on the River Plate run, not a Kraft durch Freude (Strength through Joy) unit. Her wartime service was initially as accommodation ship for the Kriegsmarine submarine trainees, ending as transport for wounded soldiers and refugees from the Russian encircled areas of East Prussia to Copenhagen, where she ended the war.

My favourite ship was Empire Ken, ex-Ubena of German East Africa Line,sailing to her old East Africa ports under the Red Ensign.. She was probably the smallest of the troopships taken as war reparations, except for that partner to the Empire Parkeston on the Harwich-Hook run. A good feeder, comfortable accommodation, a happy crowd and even the troops thought her superior to the ship that had brought them out. She too had seen wartime service similar to the Halladale,
but in Pillau, not Gotenhafen. Though I could have no idea, at the time, both Pillau and the name Ubena became names associated with a later life; a very personal association.
 
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