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Flying Boats to East Africa

Old 25th Aug 2013, 01:09
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Old 17th May 2014, 09:28
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Hi Steve,I can't really add to your discussion but found your post and was interested in what you said. I was searching the web for the accurate stops on my way out to Africa.I was only 6 , and I know we (my mother, younger brother and Aunt) flew from Southampton to the Vaal Dam during July 1949, It was terribly exciting being met by the boats with sunshades over them. I think we first landed in Malta, then Khartoum in Egypt. That was wonderful, there was a swinging fringe all around the boat. We stayed in an enormous grand hotel with a double volume ceiling in the lobby. Africans stood around dressed in long white robes and wore red fez's on their heads. Bed was an enormous double bed poster hung around with mosquito nets . I remember the food as you said. So much of it. The next morning we were taken for a drive around a bananaplantation and I ate a banana for the first time! We must have got back on tot he flying boat later in the morning. We had a sort of cabin just for our family and I weren’t allowed to go up. The seats were blue.continued in next email space
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Old 21st May 2014, 22:08
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If you look in the Timetable Images site there is 1949 timetable.
The route at that time was Southampton/Augusta(Sicily)/Alexandria/Luxor/Kampala/Victoria Falls/Vaaldam.

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