Dilwawa

MS Dilwara and her engines were built by Barclay Curle & Company in Glasgow, Scotland and she was launched and named by Lady Currie on October 17, 1935. Having been completed she undertook her deep sea trails in January 1936, and she was delivered to her owners. She departed that month on her maiden voyage an education voyage one of the famed “Schoolboy Cruises.” These continued for some time.  Prior to the war years the she had already commenced to operate a full time trooping duties from Britain to IndiaBurmaPalestine and Egypt. However, when World War II was officially declared, the now designated HMS Dilwara was placed on new duties which saw her in service mostly around the Asian and Pacific region, a region she would come to know really well towards the end of her days, when she would be carrying a new name on her bow

HMS Dilwara took part in HRH King George VI's Coronation Review. In April 1941 she took part in the evacuation from Greece, and in 1942 she was converted to an infantry landing ship.

The HMS Dilwara was also involved in the Madagascar landings, whilst in 1943 she took part in the assaults on the Burma coast where she was damaged by a mine, but survived and the damage was soon repaired. She trooped between Singapore, Calcutta, the Andaman Islands, Thailand, and George Town in Penang Malaysia in 1945.

Thankfully the Dilwara came out of the war without any major damage and in 1952 it was decided to give her a comprehensive refit and she was to be well and truly modernised. Thus she headed for the Clyde where the work was carried out. Upon completion she was reregistered at 12,555-GRT and now accommodated 125 First, 96

 

Verified Sailings

Outbound from Southampton to Singapore and the Far East

25 Sep & 11 Oct 1946

9 Sep 1947

13 May, 19 Aug, 25 Sep& 25 Nov  1948

3 Oct 1950

1 May,  25 Jul & 30 Oct 1951

  25 Apr, 5 Feb, 5 Aug & 27 Oct 1952

3 Mar, 17 Jun & 20 Nov 1953

18 Mar, 22 Jun & 18 Nov 1954 (London)

3 Mar, 30 Jun, 21 Sep & 29 Dec 1955

19 Aug 1958

29 Mar 1957

14 Mar 1959

20 Apr 1960

Inbound to Southampton from Singapore and the Far East


1 Jul 1947
4 Nov 1948
9 May 1949 17 Aug 1949
16 Dec 1950
3 Jul 1951
5 Apr, 3 Oct, & 28 Dec 1952
24 May & 26 Oct 1953
20 Jan & 10 Sep 1954
29 Aug & 1 Dec 1955
1 Mar & 17 Jul 1956
27 Jun 1957
1 May & 19 Oct 1958
23 Jun 1960