SEA RES­CUE

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MADAM: “First School Cruise” (“Percy’s Post­bag”, Spring 2016) re­minded me of my voy­age on the same ves­sel, the Dil­wara, cour­tesy of the RAF. Af­ter two years’ ser­vice over­seas I left Hong Kong for the UK in June 1948. We were ac­com­mo­dated be­low deck and the for­ward part of the ship, with cab­ins and more deck space, we un­der­stood to be for fam­i­lies and of­fi­cers.

Af­ter a rough pas­sage to Sin­ga­pore we sailed through calmer seas for Aden. En route we were alerted by the stop­ping of the ship’s en­gine and great lifeboat ac­tiv­ity. Word went round that a baby had fallen over­board from some­one’s arms. A lifeboat went to the res­cue. Upon its re­turn ( see pic­ture above) we were given to un­der­stand that the child’s cloth­ing had kept it afloat and all was well. We con­tin­ued our voy­age to ar­rive in Southamp­ton on 1st Au­gust. In­deed, a slow boat from China.

Now, 68 years later, any ref­er­ence to the Dil­wara brings to mind this event and I hope that the res­cued child is en­joy­ing his/ her old age pen­sion. — MOSS TENNISON, KEL­SALL, CHESHIRE.

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