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It seems that the Nevasa is responsible for enticing many youngsters to sea. I also had my first experience of ship board life on her. It was, again, an educational cruise from Swansea to Leningrad via Visby, the Keil Canal and Copenhagen (probably not in that order but it was an awfully long time ago) It really did influence my future career as, after serving 3 years in the South Wales Constabulary I finally suc***bed and joined P & O on the Oronsay for a satisfying career. I look back fondly on the old girl.
 

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SS nevasa - Scandinavian cruise, late 1960's

Hi all,
I'm new to this site, but have always enjoyed anything to do with ships and the sea. I sailed on an educational cruise on the Nevasa sometime between 1968 and 1969. All I remember is that we sailed from Liverpool to Bergen and Oslo, went through the Kiel canal, visited Copenhagen and Amsterdam. I remember the captain announcing that we were in a gale force 9 in the North sea and that the ship's stabilisers were in use, many school children sea sick, especially on entering the food hall and smelling the fried breakfast; thankfully I did not have a problem with seasickness and found the rough weather experience quite exciting. We came across the Nevasa's sister ship somewhere off the Orkneys. The ship's tannoy announced that she was carrying a group of pensioners and that would be her final cruise before she was scrapped. Anyone know the name of that ship or, perhaps were you on the Nevasa during that cruise?
 

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Spansun,

DUNERA and DEVONIA, while not "sisterships" of NEVASA were also British Inda LIne ships employed in Educational Cruising. Both were sold for breaking up in November and December 1967 respectively, so I wonder if you have got the year correct? In late August 1967/early September, one or other could very well have been in the vicinity of the Orkneys, on the annual National Trust for Scotland cruise. (Correctly, of her 600 odd passengers, both cabin and dormitory class, many would have qualified for their "bus pass" but always a very active and enthusiastic crowd., and great fun!) At this time UGANDA was being converted for Educational Cruising and she would have been doing the NTS charter in the late summer of 1968, but she then still had another 16 years of service ahead of her.

If you are interested, book devoted to NEVASA is due to be published very shortly in the late autumn.

Tom
 

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Tom,

Thank you very much for your quick response to my posting. Your reply has jogged my memory - it was indeed the DEVONIA that we passed on the NEVASA that day in the Orkneys. You are also probably right that the cruise I went on was in 1967 as I left school to start work, (as a landlubber! ), in early December 1969 at 16 years of age.

I would be interested in the forthcoming book about the Nevasa. Do you know the title and /or the author's name so that I may watch-out for it please?

Mike
 

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Mike,
Barrie Sanderson is the author. A soon as he lets me have the published details I'll promulgate them on this website.

Regards

Tom

PS: We were probably together onthat NEVASA cruise!
 

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Cruise on Nevasa.

Sailed on Nevasa in 1968 (or maybe 69) from Liverpool - school trip St. George's Middle School in Wallasey. Sailed to Funchal, Madeira then on to Oran. Then to Cadiz. As the ship sailed (at night) from Cadiz bound for Lisbon I remember waking up suddenly because the engines had stopped. There was a problem with the engines which resulted in us being towed back to Cadiz where we spent an extra day or two instead of going to Lisbon. All the kids cheered as the Captain announced this over the tannoy because we had enjoyed ourselves in Cadiz and didn't really care about going to Lisbon. The story was picked up by (amongst others) the Liverpool Echo - I still have the newspaper cutting about schoolchildren on stricken ship.

The cruise was a fantastic experience. I remember our Master at Arms - a guy called Snowy White. Anyone else remember him? Also the food was fantastic. Only unpleasant thing was loads of kids being sick as we crossed Bay of Biscay.

I still have a project I wrote when we came back and of course my logbook.

Very sad that the ship was scrapped.
 

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What memories,
I sailed on the SS Nevasa in either '69 or '70 at the tender young age of 16, our cruise was to West Africa out of Southampton calling in at Dakar-Senagal, Accra - Ghana, Monrovia - Liberia, Freetown - Sierra Leone and finally ending at Las Palmas - Gran Canaria flying back to Manchester & landing @ 4 am.
The cruise has had a profound effect on my life in many, many ways.
I remember Snowy White as he actually lived about a quarter of a mile away from me, I have still got a number of photos & will post them when I have some time, they are photos on the bridge & of 3 very dishy engineers & of the ship herself.
Will try & post them up over the next couple of weeks
 

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I came across the ss Nevasa whilst researching my Great Uncle Lt. Edward Hopkinson MC who had the dubious distinction of serving the shortest time in the trenches of any in his regiment when the 1/8th Sherwood Foresters entered the line for the first time on 15th March 1915, near Ploegsteert Belgium. He was shot in the right hip as the regiment approached the trenches and was evacuated to No. 2 General Hospital in le Havre. He embarked on ss Nevasa on 1 April 1915. She was then a hospital ship. He rejoined the regiment in October. He won the MC but unfortunately was killed in 1917.
 

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Re Barrie Sanderson's NEVASA book.

I am not quite sure what the delay is but while he is still apparently adding to the manuscript (we had an internet discussion about consecutive Chief Engineers on the ship only last week) it remains on the point of going to print with printers arranged.

Rest assured I shall publicise it on this page as soon as I get the word from Barrie.

Regards

Tom
 

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Mike (Spansun) et al.

THE NEVASA BOOK

Have just heard (14.03.09) from the author, Barrie Sanderson that the book is now receiving its final proof-reading. It will then go to the printers who will provide some finished copies for final checking with full printing in about 6 weeks'. time

328 pages including 24 colour sides -about 50 colour pictures. There are also B & W pix on most pages, except in the Appendix.

The price will be £30 INCLUDING p & p. (Barrie comments that the postage element is quite "severe" for a largish book, and that for his previous publication, " UGANDA", [which is a bit heavier than NEVASA] is now over £7 for postage!

Will revert when printed and available

Regards

Tom
 

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I did a search for UGANDA as I thought this thread was very interesting reading the posts from those who both worked on the NEVASA and from those who cruised on her.

Is there a similiar site for the UGANDA. I went on her as a 13 yr old for a school cruise from Northumberland, flew from Gatwick to Venice, then sailed to Greece, Italy & Gib. before coming back into Southampton and catching the train back to Newcastle.
 

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Hi Tom and Spansun:

I can throw some light on those few moments when Nevasa passed Devonia at a considerable rate of knots off Scotland.

It was on September 3rd, 1967 and the incident took place in the Sound of Lorn, between the Isle of Mull and the coast of Argyll. Nevasa was on her way to Bergen from Liverpool and we were heading up to Stornaway and the St Kilda island group to see the gannets. We'd just cir***navigated Iona because the weather was too bad to go ashore.

I'd already been working for some time as an SOA (School Office Assistant) on Nevasa but on this occasion I was actually on Devonia, having been seconded by the National Trust for Scotland to assist with the interpreting for a large number of French students I'd accompanied all the way up from Southend airport, just after finishing a Nevasa cruise (Western Mediterranean) at Tilbury. The mixture of young French students, unaware of the climate of the Western Isles in October and elderly Scottish birdwatchers heading out to St Kilda was an uneasy one, to say the least.

But that's another story. Fortunately I did take some quite dramatic photographs of Nevasa steaming imperiously past us and sent them to Barrie as part of my contribution to the Nevasa book.

I'd better not pre-empt anything which Barrie has decided to put in the book before publication but with any luck one or other of the pictures will appear in it.

Thanks for reminding me of a memorable incident - that's what ships' nostalgia is all about!
 

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Just to draw the attention of those previously interested, details of the just published book recording the life and times of NEVASA can now be found in the "Books, Magazines & Publications" section of SN qv

Salaams

Tom
 

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Hello Spansun,

I was on the Scandinavian cruise aboard the SS Nevasa in 1969. We were from a school in the West Midlands and boarded at Tilbury Docks before proceeding anti-clockwide around the British coast and then on to Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm and Amsterdam (I think!) I too remember the gale force 9 episode in the North Sea! I also remember not being sea-sick although many of my friends were! I must be very sad, but I remember with great fondness, the scrambled eggs on fried bread we had for breakfast. For years afterwards I tried to recreate it but never succeeded. I would love to meet the ships chef! Although I was only thirteen at the time, I remember being completely entralled by everything about that cruise. I was never quite sure of the year but I do remember the ships disco playing Mony Mony and that was released in 1969. My fondest memories are of the breathtaking scenery in the Norwegian Fjords, the fish market, Edvards Greigs house, the Viking museum and the Thor Heyerdahl expedition. Being chased by geese in Copenhagen Park, paying 17s 6d to replace my missing toothbrush! The regatta I was too chicken to take part in, and the fair which I think was in Amsterdam. Wonderful memories of a wonderful time aboard a beautiful ship. Pity she is still not around for my neice and nephew to experience. Instead they went to New York shopping and Canada skiing instead. Not the same is it?

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As a school kid, I sailed on the Nevasa in December 1974. We started at Naples, then sailed on to Athens, going as far as the Harbour entrance in Alexandria before we had to turn back due to the stormy weather. We then sailed to Knossos, Malta, Tunis, finally disembarking at Tangeirs.

I remember when we left Alexandria, one of the school kids had disappeared. Everyone thought she had fallen overboard but she was later found unconscious in a cupboard.

I still have the record "Where in the World" which was sold in the onboard shop. It's signed by the guy who ran the shop "John Charles" Anyone remember him?
 

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I booked a 7 day cruise on Nevasa sailing from Southampton to Oporto, Vigo and La Rochelle. I received a letter from BI saying I could do the cruise in reverse sailing from Liverpool on Uganda. As it meant an extra day at sea for the same money, I accepted. My love for Uganda as remained with me forever. I made further voyages on Uganda, never Nevasa.
By the way the book is out now.
 

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nevasa memories

Only just found this site,allways liked ships but my only 'experience' of going to sea was two fantastic weeks on Nevasa. April '71 flew Gatwick to Venice where we loaded thence to Pireuas (with a brief visit to Navarino Bay ? on the way, then Heraklion,Bizerta,Naples, Leghorn (for the flight back from Pisa). Think it cost about £70 !!!
I remember Snowy (master at arms ?) said he only went ashore in Northern Europe.
A brilliant memorable trip on a smashing ship.
I wish my kids could have been able to experience such an adventure.i
 
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