Fremantle 1952


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There were stopovers in Port Said in Egypt, Port Aden in what is now Yemen. They would then call at Bombay (India) or Colombo (Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon) before crossing the equator on the way south to Fremantle in Western Australia. Many passengers would remain with the ship and sail to Station Pier in Melbourne or perhaps on to New Zealand.
From there, the ships travelled across the Indian Ocean to the Western Australian Port of Fremantle.
Fremantle, Western Australia:
Passengers were able to leave  the ship at each Port. Mum & Dad & we three kids spent the day in Fremantle. We were late coming back to the ship. The ship was already moving away from the quay. Some of the "dockies" put out a moving gangway. We all ran up the gangway but there was a gap between it and the ship. Dad threw the kids up to the ship where we were caught by some of the crew. Mum & Dad then had to jump. (NB Mum suffered from vertigo).
PS Dad had said to Mum that it wouldn't matter if they missed the ship. They could catch a taxi to the next port. (Adelaide??!!) I guess the Poms had no idea of the size of Australia.

"We missed the boat. The boat was moving away from the quay.
The sailors called out “Jump, jump!” and you know Mum for jumping.
The Dockie got a moving gangway and we all jumped.
Two ladies, or girls, had high heels on and nearly fell into the water. Some climbed up the ropes.
If they say 6pm, they leave then."