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Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« on: Thursday 28 January 21 13:52 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

Does anyone out there have info on the sailings of the troopship Reina del Pacifico in 1940?
I believe it sailed twice.Once in July and once in November.I would like information on route taken and ports stopped at on the Way between Liverpool and Egypt.
I know my grandfather sailed on one of these trips (RAF) but Iím not 100% sure which.I think the July sailing may be more likely.
Any help or pointers much appreciated.

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Re: Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 28 January 21 15:56 GMT (UK) »
https://www.naval-history.net/xAH-WSConvoys03-1940.htm

Search on the name of the ship. I see the November 1940 sailing but not the earlier one.

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Re: Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 28 January 21 21:24 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

Thanks for the reply.Iíd already discovered this site.It does not mention the July sailing.I have seen references to this sailing but cannot find any details.

Thanks anyway!


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Re: Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« Reply #3 on: Friday 29 January 21 15:27 GMT (UK) »
A little confusing.
The WW2 Movement Card of REINA DEL PACIFICO, available as a free download from here.
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8655162
(Be sure to register) The information is very sketchy but this is not unusual. See what you make of it.

However The Board of Trade movements, taken from the National Archives piece MT40/148 (copy on request) say she sailed from Liverpool 23/7/1940
Arrived Cape Town 15/8, sailed 16/8
Arrived Durban 19/8 Sailed 21/8
Arrived Aden 4/9 Arrived Suez 12/9

Returned via Table Bay, Freetown, Gibraltar
Arrived Liverpool 25/10
 
It may be worth your while looking at the 1940 Logbooks of REINA DEL PACIFICO official number 162339 to try and clarify.
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C11043478
You would be best served attending the Archive in person.
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Re: Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« Reply #4 on: Friday 29 January 21 21:56 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

Thank you.I really appreciate you taking the time to find this info.Iíd spent hours online trying to find something and this is a brilliant start!!!
I was sure my grandfather went to Durban but wasnít sure on Cape Town.This helps piece some of his wartime story back together. Iíll try and find out more from the National Archives.Iím hoping to find a reference to RAF personnel which would confirm 100% it was this earlier sailing.

Thanks again

John

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Re: Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 30 January 21 14:59 GMT (UK) »
Further reseach strongly suggests that REINA DEL PACIFICO also made a voyage UK-Durban and return, in May, June and July 1940.
She was taken up for trooping 9/3/1940 and after repairs and conversion in Liverpool, she sailed from Glasgow 9/5/1940
Arrived Dakar 22/5 sailed 23/5
Arrived Freetown 25/5 sailed 27/5
Arrived Takoradi 30/5 sailed 4/6
Arrived Cape Town 13/6 sailed 15/6
Arrived Durban 18/6 sailed 22/6
Arrived Liverpool 18/7 via Cape Town and Freetown.
As suggested in my previous post. Her 1940 Logbooks need to be examined. It is unclear if she sailed as an independent or part of a convoy.
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Re: Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« Reply #6 on: Monday 01 February 21 03:31 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

Thanks for the extra info.It is definitely the July sailing my grandfather was on.I managed to find out how many years,months and days he served overseas and working back from that the July journey is the only possible one.I also this morning that it was convoy number RS.5
Hopefully I can access the log books someday too.Thanks again for all your help!

John

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Re: Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« Reply #7 on: Monday 01 February 21 14:09 GMT (UK) »
If you ever get to Kew, the convoy report for RS5 should be in ADM199/20
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4120367
Should give you more details of the voyage.
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Re: Reina Del Pacifico troopship movements 1940
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 02 February 21 03:30 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

Thanks for convoy report info.Hopefully someday Iíll make it to Kew.Thanks again for all your help!!

John