Troop ships Nevasa
Built in 1955 she was the British India Steam Navigation Companies biggest ship, the 20,527-ton Nevasa. She was the first troopship built since the end of the Second World War. With accommodation for 500 officers and their families and 1,000 NCOs and men on the troop deck, Nevasa introduced a new era of trooping by sea. She had many comforts compared with older vessels, including stabilisers to reduce rolling in rough sea. Nevasa was built on the Clyde and launched on November 30, 1955, and sailed into Southampton for the first time the following year
Despite an auspicious start to life, Nevasa did not have a long trooping career and, in 1962, the government decided to end the movement of soldiers by sea so the ship was withdrawn from service.
However, during that short Period she made many journeys to and from Southampton and Singapore. I have managed to verify the following sailings:
Outbound from Southampton to Singapore
16 Oct 1956
2 Feb, 14 May, 23 Aug, & 8 Nov 1957
28 Jan, 19 Apr, 9 Jul, 3 Oct, & 20 Dec 1958
11 Mar, 3 Jun, 21 Aug & 7 Nov 1959
21 Feb, 21 May, 12 Aug & 5 Nov 1960
Inbound from Singapore to Southampton
17Apr & 21 Oct 1957
7 Jan, 28 Mar, 16 Jun & 10 Sept 1958
18 Feb, 1 Aug & 18 Oct 1959
7 Jan, 28 Apr, 20 Jul & 13 Oct 1960
In between sailing to The Far East she sailed to south Africa.
For two years Nevasa, lay idle. It was then decided to spend £500,000 on a conversion and turn her into an education cruise ship, with accommodation for 1,100 pupils and teachers, and 230 private cabins for cruise passengers.
She made nearly 200 voyages, steamed around 750,000 miles and carried 187,000 students.
But again this career was short-lived and, in June 1975, faced with huge rises in oil costs, the ship went to the breaker's yard in Taiwan. I was one of the 69 crew who took her to her grave. Her last 3 week voyage was passenger less and she sailed from Malta to Kaohsiung (Taiwan) where she was cut up for scrap.