Topic: Captain Hobson

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Voyage November to December 1956

After revictulling in New Zealand in November 1956 the Captain Hobson proceeded to Hong Kong where she embarked some 600 hundred troops returning to England , most like me at the end of their National service. We travelled slowly via Singapore and Capetown. One day out from Capetown we ran into a large storm. The waves were so high that the propeller(s) were liifted out of the water and the whole ship vibrated to the free spinning. At Capetown the ships passengers were given a civic welcome, I believe we were the first troopship to arrive in port since shortly after the second world war. I volunteered to be the ships librarian for the duration of the voyage and operated the library from the hold, which also contained a magnificent padded cell.. The Captain Hobson arrived in Southampton on the thirteenth or fourteenth of December. After a week in Bovington camp. I and some of the other returnees were given disembarkation leave in time for Christmas. Tony Curnock. Ex 7th Hussars

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