Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire was launched on December 15, 1955 by Mrs Dorothea Head, wife of the Minister of Defence.

She could accommodate 1000 troops in frugal troop dormitories and also accommodated up to 500 dependants in reasonably comfortable cabins. Whenever she carried fare-paying passengers she could accommodate 220 First Class, 100-Second Class and 180-Third Class.

She  was placed on a fifteen year charter to the Ministry of Transport as a troopship  and on February 28, 1957 She departed Liverpool on her maiden voyage bound for Hong Kong via Cape town, Dakar, Durban and Singapore under the command of Captain Norman FFitch.

She remained on trooping duties together with her almost identical sister ship the Nevasa, which was built a year earlier in 1956.

However, Oxfordshire’s career as a troop ship sadly lasted for just five short years, during which time she had visited many ports of call.

Verified Sailings

Departures from Liverpool

28 Feb, 12 Jun, 17 Sep & 11 Dec 1957

4 Mar, 30 May & 13 Nov 1958

Departures from Southampton

26 Aug 1958

5 Feb, 30 Apr 22 Jul & 13 Oct 1959

6 Jan, 29 Mar, 21 Jun & 14 Sep 1960


Arrivals at Liverpool

18 May, 21 Aug & 17 Nov 1957

11 Feb, & 5 May 1958

Arrivals at Southampton

31 Jul & 24 Oct 1958

16 Jan, 8 Apr, 29 Jun & 12 Dec 1959

16 Mar, 28 May, 22 Aug & 14 Nov 1960