Evergreen - - Spring 2016 -


Vyles rang from Prestatyn in North Wales to tell me he was aboard the very first ed­u­ca­tional cruise in 1932. Along with many other chil­dren he trav­elled to Scan­di­navia and the Baltic on the Bri­tish In­dia liner Neu­ralia and also later sailed on the Dil­wara. Sadly, af­ter ex­cel­lent wartime ser­vice as a hos­pi­tal and troop­ship, the Neu­ralia was mined and sunk in 1945 while en route to col­lect Ger­man POWs from Yu­goslavia.

The Bri­tish In­dia liner Neu­ralia be­gan life on the Cal­cutta ser­vice, then be­came a troop­ship which dou­bled up in 1932 to trans­port dozens of chil­dren to the Baltic and Scan­di­navia.

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