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HMT Empire Windrush

passenger ship

Like many troopships, HMT Empire Windrush had a colourful history. Beginning life as the German cruise ship, MV Monta Rosa, it was a support vessel for the Tirpitz when captured and re-named by the British in 1945. It then went on the Far East run.

In the fifties it carried the Glosters to Korea and in 1954 became famous for bringing Caribbeans to the UK. Although enouraged to come because of severe labour shortages, many of them have recently been treated very badly by the UK Government.

HMT Empire Windrush met a sad end when it sank off Algiers in 1954; eye-witness details of the sinking.

Photo: Steven Carter, son of Charles Carter who travelled to Palestine in June 1947.