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This page presents a photographic record of my families experience of moving to the East African country of Tanganyika in 1955. It also shows images from our life in various towns in the country both before and after the country achieved independence from Britain in 1961.

Leaving the UK in 1955

In 1955 travel by air was expensive compared to travelling by ship. Several passenger ship lines operated sailings to East Africa. Union Castle Line and British India line ran sailings from the UK to East and South Africa and LLoyd Triestino ran sailings from Italy to East Africa.

My families first trip to Tanganyika in 1955 was on the Union Castle ship Warwick Castle which sailed from Tilbury and stopped at Gibraltar, Marseilles, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam.

The illustration shows a Union Castle ship entering Dar-es-Salaam harbour.

 

 

 

Here is my Mum, brother, me and my sister ashore while the ship was in Gibraltar.

 

 

 

 

Here we are at the beach at Nervi, near to Genoa in Italy, with a friend from the ship.

 

 

While the ship was in Port Said, Egypt, we met my Mum's brother who was stationed there with the Army. My Dad is the man wearing the hat.

 

The voyage lasted four weeks and was a new and exciting experience for all of us.

 

 

My parents became friendly with a couple who were returning home to the Seychelles.

 

Here is view of the Warwick Castle anchored in Dar-es-Salaam harbour. My family spent a couple of nights here before travelling by train inland to Dodoma where my father was to start his new job.