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It was this time of year that Allen & Peter took the 10 day journey from Mombasa arriving in Bombay on February 15, 1962. They sailed on the SS Amra, a ship built for BI (British India Steam Navigation Company LTD, London), originally as a Burma mailship, but post war was commissioned to Bombay/East Africa routes. In I Celebrate Myself Bill Morgan describes the ship as ‘full of six hundred vomiting Indian families fleeing east Africa because of the country’s (Kenya’s) upcoming independence.” Though Allen and Peter were in the crowded hold, the ticket was only $50, and they were near the hatch that afforded them some fresh air. Check here for more info than you thought you’d ever know about he SS Amra >>

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