by Mike Hall
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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