Ship Details

Rig

TSS of Commonwealth Line

Tonnage

1385

Description

Renamed "Arawa" c1931 and "Hobsons Bay", then named "Esperance Bay"

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Mum sailed back to England from Australia in 1949 on the Esperance bay after three years living in woombarra in Woollengong with her parents ..her dad was sent over with the navy to work on the submarines .

We left Southampton on the Esperance Bay in 1954, about August or September, for Australia. As the ship left Southampton, we threw down a paper streamer, and my mother said, someone will catch it and hold on to it, when the streamer breaks, we have left England. I remember there was a life jacket drill, and my mother could not find our life jackets. I remember us getting off in Aden and looking around at the Arabs sitting on the ground selling things. My mother bought me a plastic fan, that I had for some years, but unfortunatley it is now lost. I remember arriving in Perth, and I was allowed to go down to the quayside for a short while. This was the first time I touched Australian soil.

Hi, I was wanting a passenger list for the Vessell "Espence Bay" that arrived in Australia in 1954, if possible please. Alan Richards

Some of my ancestors from Malta arrived Australia by this vessel Esperance Bay on 20th May 1929. Their surname was Saliba. Do you have any information? Peta

Do u hv the passenger manifest for the 1945 trip from Melbourne to Surabaya, Java. Was a Mohammad Amir listed.KNIL soldier

I remember sailing on the Esperence Bay from London to Port Melbourne in 1954 My Dad Charles Wilmot My Mum my Sister and brother We arrived in port Melbourne on the 24 5 1954 . We then went to a little place called Yarra Junction where we lived for a few years until we moved to Adelaide We my Sister and myself went to Yarra Junction state School I'm now 72 and can remember it well We sailed through the Suez Canal and I think it was closed after that Great Years of my life and great memories

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