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The Invergordon Archive

SS Dunera School Cruise
The Invergordon Archive
SS Dunera School Cruise

The three girls from Invergordon Academy in the photo - which was taken in, I think, a park in Copenhagen in approx 1965 - are Valerie Mitchell (Alness), Johan Coghill (Meddat, Kildary) and Susan Turnbull (Alness).
We were all on the school cruise ship SS Dunera with pupils from Dingwall, Hilton and Tain secondary schools which sailed from Invergordon giving us a wonderful view of the town from the sea side. We called in at Amsterdam, Copenhagen via the Kiel Canal and Bergen sailing back dropping of pupils at Lerwick and Kirkwall.
In the following years the sister ship of the Dunera, SS Devonia, also sailed from Invergordon, as I remember my brother Graeme Askew sailing on her.
The Nevassa and Uganda were also school cruise ships but I can't remember if they sailed from Invergordon.
Picture added on 31 August 2009 at 17:34
Hi Liz, I was on the SS Dunera in 1967. We sailed from Invergordon on the 10th May. We called at Gothenberg Sweden, Gdansk Poland, and Copenhagen. My sister Pauline was there too.
Added by Jackie Geddes on 24 September 2009
Hi Jackie, Pauline was the year below me I think, were you the year after that? Did you go to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen - we were too early in the year? Good memories of the Dunera, I used to still have the penant we were given until last house move!
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 25 September 2009
How amazing to find these memories of the SS Dunera cruise. I was 17-year old boy spending what we would now call a 'gap year' waiting to go to university, when I got a job on the Dunera for a number of cruises. The first was from Invergordon in 1967, and I remember very well travelling from my home in Hampshire (although I had been brought up for much of my childhood in Scotland) to embark at Invergordon. The whole experience was eye-opening for me in many ways - not least the fun of a ship with so many girls just a little younger than me. The record 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' by Procul Harum was a huge hit at the time and was played constantly over the ship's PA system. And I spent some mind-broadening time with the two nurses who were part of the medical team on board! I remember Gdansk, which appeared bullet-scarred as though the war had only just finished, and Copenhagen with the Tivoli, and women who lived in the dock area and who smoked pipes. I loved Bergen, and was bowled over by the fjord scenery at Andalsnes. It would be great to hear from anyone who also was on board.
Added by Robert Old on 28 October 2009
Hi Liz, thanks for the Link. I remember Puppet on a String being played by Sandie Shaw, the wonderful colour of the clothes in Copenhagen all bright orange and green and turquoise etc., a pair of seal skin slippers for my nephew in Bergen. We walked up a cobbled street - the disco on the last night and feeling very sea sick but it could have been something we were smoking. There was a juke box on the ship - oh I can see it now.
Added by Anne Swancott on 08 November 2009
I was 14 year old when I went on the Dunera cruise ship in 1962. That was when I first met Tam Dayel, who is now an MP. It was very educational.
Added by George Watt on 07 April 2010
I was also on the Dunera Cruise in 1967 that left from Invergordon. Our group was from Central School in Inverness. We visited Gdansk, Copenhagen and Gothenburg. Like Robert I also remember the bullet ridden walls in Gdansk and the Tivoli Gardens where myself and my good friend at the time were chatted up for the first time by a couple of local girls. In addition I remember how clean and colourful Gotherburg was. Great memories!
Added by Gerald (Gerry) Fraser on 26 January 2011
I was on the Dunera cruise in May 1965 from Grangemouth. Our group was from Bonnington Road School in Leith. Our first stop was Kristiansand, of Norway, where we held a regatta with everyone taken to the lifeboats for a race. We also visited Gdansk, Copenhagen and Gothenburg. Don’t remember the bullet ridden walls, but remember the soldiers in the dock’s carrying sub machine guns, also we went to a concert somewhere in Gdansk, still recall the poverty and the ruined buildings left from the 2nd world war. Enjoyed the Tivoli Gardens and still have a few souvenirs. Can’t remember to much about Gothenburg, but had a great holiday, my first trip abroad. Happy days.
Added by Gordon Ellis on 03 January 2012
I was on the Dunera in 1966 to Gothenberg, Gdansk and Copenhagen. I suffered sea-sickness crossing but once I saw Swedish land I felt great. Myself and 2 other pupils stayed with a Swedish couple for a day.
Added by Anne Cameron on 29 December 2016
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