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Log book extract
Thirteenth day. Date 10th May, bound from Istanbul to Athens.
I woke up at 7:20 am and I got dressed and had breakfast. Today we had lessons they were classroom (write up folder) assembly hall (talk about Greece) deck games (it was rounders). After dinner I packed most of my junk into my case and then we had a bridge visit. I really enjoyed myself today. This evening I went to the disco it was on till 11 pm but I left at 10:30 pm.
Fourteenth day. Date 11th May, bound from Athens to Gatwick.
I woke up at 6:30 am and got dressed and had breakfast. We got rid of my case and got ready to go on a tour of Athens. We also went shopping. I checked in my luggage at about 4 pm and the flight was 5 pm. We landed at Gatwick at 6:30 pm English time, cleared by customs at 7:30 pm, I got on the coach, and got to Gisleham School at about 12 midnight. Got home at 12:30 AM
Athens Latitude 37°59’N Longitude 23°43’E
Gatwick Latitude 51°9’N Longitude0°10’W
Work folder report
When we got off the boat the heat was intense. There were lots of cars trying to hurry to their destination. We got on a coach which took us for a quick tour of Athens and then to the Parthenon, where we were allowed to roam around the Parthenon looking at the sculptures. I looked over the side and I saw the Greek theatre or the remains of anyway. We then made the way back to the ship. On the way back Alison and I were exchanging thoughts about the Acropolis and I said “I am very disappointed, only half a ton of columns, bit of wall and a heap of rubble”.
We were told that first thing in the morning the Parthenon is a pale pink, midday it is white, in the evening it is a subtle golden colour. When we looked across Athens there was one big grey thick cloud of pollution hanging over the place.
When we got back we were allowed to do some last minute shopping, I got a gold and silver ring, a leather belt and some fruits to eat. In the afternoon we left the SS Uganda, it was very sad as we all had had a really exciting and memorable experience.
That’s all folks! Revisiting my old book’s has been quite the memory trip. I wish I’d taken more photos and kept more detailed journals but it did kick start a habit of documenting travels.
The following year the Falkland Islands conflict erupted and SS Uganda was commandeered as a hospital ship. After her war work attempts were made to refit her for educational cruises but things had changed, package holidays were becoming much cheaper. In 1986 she was decommissioned and sent to Taiwan to be broken up, a typhoon caused her to slip her moorings and she ran aground and rested there until being broken up in 1992.