by Mike Hall

The Swan River on trials in the Clyde.
The Swan River on trials in the Clyde.



Swan River On Home Trade

It was Monday 19th October 1959, and another cold and wet morning in Maidstone where I lived with my parents. It was time to return to the sea, so after packing my bags I set off on the local bus into town to catch the train. I travelled on a commuter train to Woolwich, and then walked to the ferry, using the ferry to cross the river, I then took the bus to the dock gates, wishing the policeman at the gate a good morning, and arrived at the Royal Group Docks. The Federation offices were just inside the dock complex, and I went there to find another ship. Being just a mere pantry boy of 17, any ship would do. So, I was informed that there was a vacancy for me, on the British Empire Steam Navigation, ship Swan River.

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