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HMT ‘Halladale’


(Hired Military Transport)


Contributed by Jim BAULF


December 1953 - HMT ‘Halladale’ photographed at Aden en route to Kure, Japan.


“I think she was originally a captured German ship. It took 6 weeks to get to Japan in those days. We slept three-high (on ‘Standees’) and we had about 150 chaps on each deck. The smell was like a slave ship, especially when it was rough in the Bay of Biscay, and when one was ill we all were ill. I had a spell in the sick bay with heat exhaustion as we sailed through the Suez Canal.”