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Tuesday 16th October 2012

S.S.NEVASA educational cruise ship

Cruise ships Devonia,Dunera,Uganda & Nevasa

Examples of the badges from the educational cruise ships Devonia,Dunera,Uganda and Nevasa can be found in our archive-the following is a useful addition----

There was 52 Dormitory badges on The Nevasa NEVASA DORMITORIES. Anson ,Baffin, Beatty ,Benbow, Blake, Campbell,Cabot Chatfield,Churchill,Cochrane,Codrington,Collingwood Cook,Cunningham,Dalrymple,Dampier,Drake,Duncan Evans,Fisher,Franklin,Fraser,Frobisher,Grenville,Hardy Harwood,Hawkins,Hood,Howard,Howe,Hudson,Jellicoe Jervis,Keppel,Keyes,Mountbatten,Nasmith,Nelson,Peel Pellew,Raleigh,Ramsey,Rhodes,Rodney,Rooke,Scott Shackleton,Somerville,Sturdee,Tovey,Troubridge,Vian the badges listed on here that have a letter and a number were pre 1970 the badges with a full white line and the name ( of a british naval man ) were 1970- 74 all the pastel badges were girls dorms whereas red,s and blues were boys dorms each dorm slept about 50 i would like photo,s of the missing ones for our members on Nevassa Reunited hope someone cn help

by Lynne Maxwell...--- I was one of the 200.00 kids who went on the SS NEVASA educational school cruises

i just run Nevasa Reunited on facebook , I am in touch with The Uganda Trust although the history is that British India BI started doing educational cruises with the MS Devonia & MS Dunera, ( british primary school kids )
on ex British Troop ships in the early 1960,s
they then converted the SS Nevasa and started doing Educational Cruises for 11- 18 year olds (mosttly grammer schools from all over the UK ) the cruises on the Nevasa started in 1968 until Sept 1974 when the Nevasa was scrapped, the sistership the SS Uganda carried on doing Educational trips until 1977 , until the Falklands war ,when she was a hospital ship 
after which she lay idle in the Fal in the late 1980,s till she was taken down to Taiwan and made into razorblades ( that isnt a joke ) but thats the British way, thatcher did the same to the Manufacturing in the UK everything we had , we just threw away
please see photo of the Uganda before she went to Taiwan , pitiful
if you read the stories of the old British seadogs who served on the Nevasa , they were all in tears when they took her down to Taiwan
most photo,s plans etc were copyright to PO , but certain photographs are copyright to the Uganda trust
on Nevasa Reunited , we have video,s of the dorms, kids playing deck hockey, and much more ,so only use members photo,s video,s etc
most folks pop by just to see the video,s and remember happy carefree times when you could cruise the med for 17 days for about £67 all in ...happy days !!
bear in mind it was all over 40 years ago , many folks have forgotten their dormitorys , well until they see the Video,s
best wishes
Lynne Maxwell

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Frank Setchfield is the author of The Official Badge Collectors Guide from the 1890s to the 1980s and has written countless articles on badges for various publications.

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  • Philip Goldie

    25 Feb 2018 - 11:04am

    Hi Lynne, thanks for that interesting post regarding the names of the dorms in the SS Nevada. Looking at the names, I am sure my dorm was Sampled, though I would never have remembered it without your list.

    Just to let you know, I went on what I think was the penultimate cruise on the Nevassa, which was in the middle of December 1974. I think the Nevassa was then sent to Hong Kong in January 1975 where she berthed until she was scrapped. A sad ending for a great ship that gave so many schoolkids their first taste of the wide world outside the UK.

  • Philip Goldie

    25 Feb 2018 - 11:08am

    .....sampled should have been Dampier. I hate my auto correct function. â?º

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    27 Jan 2019 - 8:00pm

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    27 Jan 2019 - 8:07pm

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  • David Walker

    24 Apr 2020 - 12:30am

    Hi Philip
    I too was on a cruisevin December 1974. We flew out to Naples from Gatwickover two days. We were on the first tranche so got to visit Pompeii. Thereafter we visited Crete, Athens, Bizerta, Malta and left the ship in Ceuta. We had been goin to berth in Alexandria in order to have a visit to the pyramids, but there was a storm and a small vessel had blocked the harbour entrance.
    Is this thecsame cruise that you were on, or was there one further cruise after thst departing from Ceuta?

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