Re: Trooper Salween
Posted by: Roger Jordan
Date: December 05, 2001 02:59AM
According to Duncan Haws' book on the Henderson Line, SALWEEN was converted in 1941 at the Barclay Curle shipyard in Glasgow for use as a troopship and could carry 1400 troops. In February 1941 she made her first voyage from the UK to Port Said, via the Cape, with 1375 troops, and then took part in the evacuation of 845 New Zealand troops from Port Raphtis, Greece. SALWEEN the carried Greek refugees from Suez to Dar-es-Salaam.
According to the same source, SALWEEN was then "in East African waters for the remaining part of the hostilities".
The next reference in the same book is dated September 1942, regarding East African trooping voyages.