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HMT Lancashire
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No: 3532   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1930   Manufacturer: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, United Kingdom   Country: Unknown
HMT Lancashire

Old photograph I got possession of (part of whole bundle of old monochrome pictures). The Back of the photo identifies this old liner as the HMT Lancashire. I've looked up several other old photographs on the Lancashire ut there seem to be differences to the superstructure (amongst others the bridge). So not sure whether this is the HMT Lancashire and if she is, when this photo was taken... before or after conversion.

The HMT Lancashire was built 1914 for Bibby Line, in 1930 converted to permanent troopship, scrapped at Barrow in 1956. Length 502 ft. Breadth 57 ft. Depth 35 ft. 10 ins. Tonnage 9,543 tons, H.P. 6,000.
Picture added on 27 January 2008
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I was on this troop ship in 1952 on route to Tripoli-Libya, it appears to have been converted. According to my photograph the top deck has been removed, exposing a much higher funnel.

Added by Donald Bateman on 25 October 2008.
My Mother-in-Law together with my wife, then aged 10 and her brother and sister are shown on the passenger list of the Lancashire, landing at Liverpool from Tripoli November 1952.

Added by Steve Herring on 01 December 2009.
Googled information:
Speed 15 knots
Accommodation for 295-1st class passengers.
Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Bibby Line. Her construction was delayed by the war, and she wasn't launched until Jan 1917. Immediately taken over under the Liner Requisition Scheme, she sailed in August from Birkenhead for Rangoon. In 1918 she repatriated French prisoners of war and Belgian refugees and in 1919 was used as a troopship between Antwerp / Plymouth and Australia and then UK - USA with returning troops.
1920 - Released to Bibby Line and refitted to passenger ship standards, converted from coal to oil fuel. Used on the UK - Far East passenger service and also for trooping work.
1930 - converted to a permanent troopship.
Nov 1939 - carried the first contingent of the Indian Expeditionary Force from Bombay to Marseilles.
June 1944 - acted as commodore ship for the Juno Beach D-Day landings.
1945 - Converted to a store and supply ship for the Pacific fleet. Used at Hong Kong to restore power supplies after the war ended and then assisted with the repatriation of sick troops.
1946 - reconditioned into a peacetime troopship and mainmast removed. Trooped to India , Cyprus and the Far East.
1956 - replaced by Oxfordshire and scrapped at Barrow in Furness.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 01 December 2009.
I have a postcard of the ship, my Mother and I sailed from Southampton to Egypt approx 1935 to join my Father who was in the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders we returned to the UK appox 1938 on the Aquitania due to the impending war...

Added by Mary Parsons on 20 August 2010.
My Grandfather Claude Harris was Captain of the Lancashire in 1939 until he took over as Commodore of Convoys on the Devonshire. Does anyone have any stories or information?

Added by Sheila Chisholm on 08 September 2010.
My Father returned from Crete, were he was a prisoner of war, on the HMT Lancashire, I am looking for pictures of that ship. Only seen one a long time ago, but it looked different to this ship. Can any one please shed any light on was it this one that was used?

many thanks

alex

Added by Alex Titley on 09 November 2010.
12 days at sea returning from Malta with the Durham Light Infantry from Korea in 1955. Anyone else remember this trip?

Added by Mr P S Snook. on 29 November 2010.
My deck was below the water line in the port fo'castle just 200 sweating souls and a little blue light on a bulkhead for company. Lovely trip! I fell asleep and missed my fire piquet duty! The guy on duty was not amused!

Added by Peter Snook (ex RAF) on 09 January 2011.
I was serving in the RAF Cyprus in 1956 when my Unit 26 APC embarked on the Lancashire at Famagusta and headed to Malta via Port Said. As we left Egypt we experience a terrible storm, I was ill for the rest of the voyage !!

Added by John Coghlan on 13 February 2011.
I sailed on the Lancashire from Liverpool in 1947 with the 2nd Battalion The Buffs bound for Hong Kong, which then seemed like somewhere the other side of the moon.The ship was crowded initially but various units disembarked en route, Port Said, Aden, Colombo and Singapore. From then on the boat was relatively empty. The voyage took 42 days. A very memorable experience.

Added by Patrick Tuohy on 02 September 2011.
my granfather worked on this ship around 1920 as a baker, is there anyway to found out more about it

Added by Mark Hampson on 25 September 2011.
my dad served on this ship in 1945 petty officer/richard james parker was in hong kong harbour at the end of the war

Added by Christopher Parker on 16 November 2011.
It's not the Lancashire. It's either the Somersetshire or the Dprsetshire (sister ships).

Added by Malcolm McRonald. on 04 January 2012.
I sailed in the Lancashire from Liverpool to Tripoli in July 1951 as a member of the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. The month previously the Battalion had Trooped their Colour, which only weeks before had been presented by the then Princess Elizabeth, who was our Colonel. HRH also took the salute at The King's Birthday Parade, as the King was unwell. This was the first occasion that the Princess wore her red ceremonial uniform
22361254 Williams, D.P.

Added by David Pdeter Williams on 17 April 2012.
Knew nothing of the Lancashire until I found an old ashtray that was my fathers, he was RAF and later army (Devonshire regiment). The ashtray has the hmt Lancs coat of arms on it. Dad served in the far east at the end of the 2nd world war.

Added by John Egar on 13 September 2012.
Hi
My Farther Mother and Sister sailed from the UK to India (1938) in this ship which at the time had been converted into a troop ship. He was in the Duke of Wellingtons 2nd Battalion bound for duties on the Western Front, and later to be sent to Burma to fight against the invasion of the Japanese.
He became a POW and spent the next 3 years in Japanese POW camp (Rangoon Jail)
While this was going on my Mum and family where travelling back to the UK on the Franconia (Oct 1942 )
Do you know any body who travelled on these vessels?
Happily my family where reunited at the end of the war.
Richard

Added by Richard Ward on 08 December 2012.
I travelled on the Lancashire from Liverpool to Kure, Japan for the Korea war. It was a delight in good weather but was horrible in bad and we had to be roped to anything when it was rough.The crew were mostly from Liverpool and were the best set of lads you could ever wish to meet who would do anything they could for you within reason, those were the days.

Added by Bernard Bishop on 28 December 2012.
I believe this was the last voyage on The Lancashire that my grandfather, Claude Harris, Captained. In 1939 he took over as Captain of The Devonshire until D-Day, when he had a stroke and had to be taken off the ship.

Added by Sheila Chisholm on 31 December 2012.
This is not the Lancashire. It is either the Dorsetshire or Somersetshire. A check of these ships will clearly show they had the smaller funnel and superstructure. I was on the Lancashire for my first trip in 1950 she had three masts not two.

Added by Roger Bentley on 30 January 2013.
I have just found a souvenir log book of the HMT Lancashire which my late father sailed from Southampton to Egypt in 1938 - he was in the RAF at the time. It left Southampton on April 30th 1938

Added by Denise Harling on 13 May 2013.
Denise, just checked with my mother, and it seems that my Grandfather, Claude Harris was captain on that voyage of your fathers. Any chance there is any information in the log book??

Added by Sheila Chisholm on 13 May 2013.
Hi Denise/Sheila
I'm trying to get a passenger list of the Lancashire on its vogue in April 1938
Have you tried and been successful ?
Regards
Richard Ward
(see comment 08 December 2012)

Added by Richard Ward on 14 May 2013.
sorry I haven't, but if you are, I would love to hear from you. I will keep trying also.


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Added by Sheila Chisholm on 15 May 2013.
Whilst serving in the R.A.F. I travelled on the 'Lancashire' from Malta to Liverpool in November 1950. Not exactly a pleasure cruise! Incidentally, my father returned to U.K.on this same ship in 1935, for leave, during a seven year posting to India with the Army. With all those years in-between, something of a coincidence perhaps?

Added by Dennis E. Little on 02 October 2013.
the 1935 trip could have been with my grandfather, Captain Claude Harris.....any chance?

Added by Sheila Chisholm on 06 October 2013.
I sailed on the Lancashire from Liverpool to Tripoli in October 1952 to join my husband who was in the RAF at Castell Benito. The 14/20 Hussars were also on board. It took 10 days to get to Tripoli with a stop off at Malta. I have a post card of the ship. Can't remember if we were given it or bought it.

Added by Dorothy Jones on 26 October 2013.
I traveled with the medics to Singapore from Gladstone Dock Liverpool May 1951 I have a signed ships card by many of the crew. She was awful in bad weather.

Added by Bill Sankey on 24 December 2013.
I sailed on the Lancashire in the summer of 1955 from Liverpool to Singapore; posted to the '28 Comwel Ind Inf Bgde Sig Sqn' at Butterworth . Remember a mighty storm shortly after leaving Aden [refuelling stop] and a "shore leave" rickshaw ride in Colombo....

Added by James Turner 22948733 on 27 January 2014.
I was on this ship in March 1938, a baby of 3 mos. old, when my parents travelled to Karachi. My brother was 18 months old. We shared a cabin until Aden with a Mrs. Dunn, or Bunn, who was joining her RAF husband at Aden. She had a 10 month old baby.

Added by Sheila Brice (Bolsover) on 23 February 2014.
I sailed on this ship May/June 1952 to Singapore. I then went up to Kuala Lumpur to join 27.Coy. RASC.

Added by Les.Gray.Scunthorpe. on 08 August 2014.
Did anyone who served on the Lancashire know my dad richard james parker (dick parker) who was a petty officer.was on board at Hong Kong when the war ended

Added by Christopher Parker on 12 September 2014.
I sailed home on this ship from Karachi, India on 12th October 1937 as a 4 year old with my father who was in the 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire regiment - we arrived in England on the 2nd November.
Also saw the ship in Port Said, Egypt in 1955 whilst serving with the REME.

Added by John Garwood on 03 June 2015.
I sailed in this ship from Liverpool to Singapore in 1952 I joined 27 Coy RASC in Malaya July 1952

Added by Les Gray on 04 June 2015.
The photo taken in 1937 I have of the Lancashire its funnel is much taller & it has 4 masts

Added by John Garwood on 04 June 2015.
Yes she did have four masts in 1937 but in 1946 after a refit following war service one was removed. I was 4th RO and later 3rdRO - first trip in 1950 and then later in 1952.

Added by Roger Bentley on 06 June 2015.
I have a cine film of HMT Lancashire taken by Major Pickford in Jan 1956 showing the troops and their families disembarking for Famagusta Cyprus. There are some great shots of the Troops and of the ship as they sail to port.

Added by Steven Martlew on 06 July 2015.
I have a postcard of the ship showing the much larger funnel. I found this in a collection of photographs left by my late dad, who served in the Army in Malaya in the early 1950s I believe.

Added by Daryll Rowe on 19 August 2016.
I had just left the MAHAR Regiment, India, and travelled from Bombay to Liverpool in February 1947 on the Lancashire to rejoin the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. I still have my old berthing card, showing I was on Troop Deck D, Section 6.

Added by Bruce McIntosh on 27 November 2016.
My father David Forkgen joined the merchant navy before the second world war and he sailed as an engineer for 12 years mainly on the Lancashire with his his pal who sadly died during the return journey to the UK when they were bringing back Japanese prisoners of war. Both my dad and his pal got dysentery, his pal got a sea burial. My dad did a couple more trips after the war before settling down to married life around 1947.

Added by Eddie Forkgen on 30 April 2017.
My Dad (Geoffrey Sutton) sailed on this ship about 1950 to Tripoli, Libya. I have a photograph (postcard) of it, along with other photos of his time in Tripoli.

Added by Mark Sutton on 11 July 2017.
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