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HMT EMPIRE FOWEY

History
This ship was built as the "Potsdam" for the far east service of North German Lloyd. During the Second World War, she was used as a troop and accommodation ship. She was seized by the British occupying forces in May 1945 at Flensburg. Re-named the "Empire Fowey", she was re-fitted by Harland & Wolff, Belfast and used as a troopship under P & O management. In 1960, she was sold to the Pan-Islamic Shipping Co of Karachi, Pakistan, for use on the pilgrim service to Jeddah and was renamed "Safina-E-Hujjat". She was broken up at Gadani Beach in 1976.
With thanks to Tony Catherall for searching this out.


Many of you would have sailed on this ship. If you did contact me with your name and details of dates etc. They will be added here.

MORE PHOTOS

 1. Picture from John Brewell Malaya 
(E) Empire Fowey leaving Singapore harbour Circa 1958 3

 2. Picture from John Brewell. Malaya Empire Fowey Circa 1958 Singapore



3. Empire Fowey at Singapore Copyright Fowey

 
 
Tony Catherall 



 

Empire Fowey taken by me when crossing Hong Kong harbour on the Star Ferry in 1958/59.
Ian Girvan



Hello! I have a brass disk from the Empire Fowey with the name on the top and I think the queens guard motto on top with a sun rising out of the water in the middle. Does anybody happen to know what part of ship it came from 6" round soild brass.
John ?
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21 comments:

  1. Hi Hank, I sailed from Malaya(Singapore) with my regiment The 11th Hussars(PAO), on the Empire Fowey in 1956, The voyage to Southampton was supposed to take four weeks. However it took six weeks as we were diverted round Africa, because Suez had just kicked off. We were made really welcome at Cape Town, as we were the first troop ship to dock there since WW2.
    Roy Mansfield ex 11th Hussars.

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  2. I sailed on the same sailing in 1956 age 2. I have a certificate signed by the captain on 17/4/56 on the day we crossed the equator.

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  3. My wife and I sailed on here from Southampton to Hong Kong in 1959. Pete Johnson Royal Signals

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  4. I was on the Hythe ferry with my Dad when he pointed out this ship in Southamton water, this must have been around 1962, it is funny how such things stick in your mind.
    Bob Mills.

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  5. My father sent a telegram to my mother as he was aboard the Empire Fowey when it docked in Southampton on Nov 4th 1953.
    I still have the telegram.
    My name is Maxine (nee Fake) Hawker.
    my fathers name was Philip John George Fake.

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  6. Ian Girvan writes: I sailed back from Hong Kong on the Empire Fowey in July, 1959, one of her last voyages under the British flag. Forgetting the periods of boredom, it had its memorable moments, including the gully gully men (magicians) at Port Said. One evening, as we squaddies were lying sweaty and uncouth on our bunks, enjoying a modest snack, a P&O officer, resplendent in his immaculate white uniform, came on a tour of inspection of the lower decks. "Ah," he said, with magnificent condescension, "I see they are eating their crisps." God bless him!

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  7. I have a lovely picture of the Fowey taken in 1958/1959 sailing thorough Hong Kong harbour, with the island to starboard and Kowloon to port.

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  8. Ian can you use contact form top right and I will let you have my email to send the photo for inclusion Thanks

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    1. Hi Ian send me your email via the contact form above right you cant add photo yourself

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  10. I sailed as a 3 month old to Ceylon in 1958 aboard the Empire Fowey. My mun Mary and my 4 brothers accompanied me. My father Patrick H McKenna was in the RAF stationed in Ceylon.

    Regards,
    Cormac Mc Kenna

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  11. Hi Hank, I sailed on the Empire Fowey with a group from 15 Medium Regt R A. Departing Hong Kong August 1957 and arriving Southampton September 1957. Less than a day out of Hong Kong we encountered a strong typhoon causing a lot of sea sickness, most unpleasant on the troop decks. The rest of the journey was plain sailing, calling at Singapore, Columbo, Aden, Port Said, and Cyprus, on the way home.

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    1. Be good to have your name for above comment thanks

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  12. From John Lee.
    I sailed in the Fowey on her last troopship voyage to Singapore. It was said to be her fastest ever trip from Southampton to Singapore. We had the reference letters DQDMJ. We left on 2nd December 1959 and arrived on 24th December. Others from my unit were detached to Singapore. I had to say a quick goodbye to them and board a train on the one railway line up through Malaya to the Ghurkha camp at Seremban. I arrived at 3 a.m. on Christmas Day.

    Regards,
    John Lee

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  13. My family sailed to Gibraltar on the Fowey arriving on 24th December 1952. Anyone know if the ship's schedule or passenger lists are available . I am also interested in the same for the Empress of Australia.

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  14. Hello! I have a brass disk from the Empire Fowey with the name on the top and I think the queens guard motto on top with a sun rising out of the water in the middle. Does anybody happen to know what part of ship it came from 6" round soild brass. I have pics.

    Jt

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    1. Hello ?
      If you would like me to add photo's please use contact form top right of the site. I will then send my eamial for you to forward photos.

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  15. Hello, I sailed on the Empire Fowey from Southhampton to Port Said in 1948 (at age 4) with mother & 2 sisters to join my father who was stationed in Ismalia on the Suez Canal. We all returned, including father, in 1951 on the same vessel and in the very same cabin! A fond childhood memory.

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  16. Hi Nick So glad you found this. It would be great if you have any photos. Use the contact form top right so we have your email if you would like.

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  17. My family travelled to Singapore in Dec 1952 on the Fowey in a record breaking 3 weeks. I was 13yrs old at that time and looking forward to living in Malaya having spent 2+ years in Egypt 2yrs previously. My dad was posted to RAF Butterworth, near Penang his name F/sgt C E Garnett.

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