Dunera

 

The MS Dunera was built and was specifically designed as a troopship by Barclay Curle & Co, Glasgow in 1937. She had the one yellow funnel, two masts, diesel engines and twin screws.

She was launched on May 10, 1937 and was completed in August that year. She was managed by British India Steam Navigation Co, and was occasionally used, prior the World War II, for passenger and student cruises during the summer months to Scandinavia. In 1940 she was used to bring Australian and New Zealand troops to Suez and in 1942 she was involved with the invasion of Madagascar together with the HMS Dilwara. In 1943 she also took part in the Sicily landings and in 1944 carried the US headquarters staff for the landings near Cannes in southern France.

When the war had finished she continued on her trooping duties, mostly to Malaya, but during 1950 and 1951, she was used for to transport troops to and from the Korean War.

In 1951 she was given a comprehensive refit which saw her tonnage change to 12,615 and she had new and more stylish accommodations for 123 First, 96 Second, 100 Third as well as 835 beds in the new dormitories, that replaced the old “barracks”. These would be used by troops and student cruises. She continued on her usual voyages to the Middle East and Asia until January 1961, when the Dunera was decommissioned from trooping in 1961, as she was being replaced by the new TSS Oxfordshire and Nevasa.

Verified Sailings

Outbound from Southampton to Singapore and the Far East

1 May & 28 Dec 1947

27 Mar, 17 Jun & 9 Sep 1948

8 Mar, 20 Sep & 15 Dec 1949

15 Mar, 3 Jul, 29 Sep & 17 Dec 1951

18 Mar, 20 Jun & 30 Sep 1952

7 Jan, 30 Apr & 24 Jul 1953

16 Mar(Glasgow) 7 Aug & 22 Nov 1954

17 Mar, 22 Jun & 11 Oct 1955

3 May & 25 Jul 1956

15 Jan, 10 May & 29 Aug 1957

18 Jul 1958

5 Apr 1960

Inbound to Southampton from Singapore and the Far East

 

31 Oct 1947

26 May & 20 Aug 1948

17 Feb 1949

5 Sep & 29 Nov 1951

22 Feb 1952

30 Jun 1953

10 Apr, 6 Aug & 29 Oct 1957

19 Sep 1958

22 Jun & 13 Sep 1960