John Pope - Swapping ships in Ceylon

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1 min 30 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


Well the first port of call was Ceylon and we were on the Aquitania in the convoy that took us to Ceylon and we had four or five days in Colombo and we changed ships then to a couple of Dutch, the New Amsterdam was the Dutch ship made available, requisitioned on the powers that be to take us on to Egypt where we were to be encamped and finish our training or carry on our training.

It was a great big open…the Aquitania wasn't. The Aquitania was set up as it was for peace time travel so it was quite a luxurious but when we transferred to the Dutch New Amsterdam it was pretty, not primitive but, you know, it wasn't like a luxurious sailing boat, cruise ship.

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