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 'Schools at sea' on board ship a former troop ship

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Kipper
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Localisation : Son of S/SGT Frank Kirkman, RASC
Places Served : Germany, Egypt and Hongkong
Registration date : 2016-03-17

PostSubject: 'Schools at sea' on board ship a former troop ship   30/3/2016, 02:47

Does anyone remember going to school whilst at sea travelling from one country to another. For example, my family left Hongkong, 8/12/1956, returning to England, 10/1/1957, almost a six week journey around the Cape of South Africa,  calling into port at Durban and Capetown, so the powers to be decided we should go the school. I have a photo, a class photo, taken on the upper deck.

Richard


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Localisation : Oxford.U.K.
Cap Badge : 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.+
Places Served : B.A.O.R. Uk. Aden. Libya. +
Registration date : 2010-01-12

PostSubject: Re: 'Schools at sea' on board ship a former troop ship   1/4/2016, 16:50

Kipper.(Richard).........This all sounds very interesting.
Look forward to hearing more and Photos please.

Regards

John.Oxford.
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PostSubject: Re: 'Schools at sea' on board ship a former troop ship   1/4/2016, 22:03

John,

Please give me your email address and I will send you a photo. It's difficult to add photos to this site.

Richard.
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PostSubject: Re: 'Schools at sea' on board ship a former troop ship   1/4/2016, 22:40

Richard..............Sent.

Many thanks.
Now I had your problem ..ref loading photos on here not any more, I found a friend.
If he is seeing this maybe he will contact you.

I say no more.

Regards to you and all others looking in.


John.
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Registration date : 2010-01-12

PostSubject: Re: 'Schools at sea' on board ship a former troop ship   7/4/2016, 14:07

Gents.

I have just received from Richard an email and photo ref the above.

I have of course replied and also said I hope he gets the photo on here.

Good to know these conversations continue.

Thanks again Richard.
Regards to you and all others looking in.


John.
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PostSubject: Re: 'Schools at sea' on board ship a former troop ship   7/4/2016, 15:06

Finally found how to add a photo to the site. Went to Host Image and followed the instructions. Great not to go all through Photo Bucket procedures.
Now bear with me as I try multiple photo's.  Len



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PostSubject: Re: 'Schools at sea' on board ship a former troop ship   12/4/2016, 18:04

Richard

I never travelled long distance by troopship but other members of the family travelled to H-K a year after you.

Have consulted them, as they remember there was no formal schooling on board, more activity based groups in a safe area of the ship most mornings appropriate to the majority 5-10 age group. There were a few qualified teachers (mothers of the children) but they had little success in any formal lessons due to lack of resources (books) and the attitude of the children (we are all on holiday). It was more a playgroup with painting, potted sports and a simple talk about what they might see at the next port of call. The teenagers on board (including a brother) had an idle time as there was no one qualified to teach them.

Incidentally you must have come home the long way via Cape Town. The direct route via Aden must have ben still blocked to British shipping following the 1956 Suez crisis.
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