MV Underwood's "sister ship". On the 6th January 1944 she was on passage from the Clyde for Portsmouth with government/military stores, including vehicles when she sank after a torpedo attack by German E-boat while in convoy. 15 crew and 3 passengers were lost. She was identified in 1975 by information on the propellor boss.
MV Sofala built by Henry Robb at Leith for the British, India Steam & Nav. Co. & handed over 30/10/47. 1.031GRT, length 244.7ft, beam 36ft & draught 14ft. Twin screws powered by 2 x BritishPolar 2S SA 5 cylinder engines gave 12Kn. Built for the East African Coastal Trades, she had 4 work boats aft to assist in cargo working at Roadstead ports, WW II taken over by Admiralty to carry cased petrol. Returned to BI after war. '55 sold & renamed Voorloper. '68 renamed Sincere Orient. Scrapped '93
P & O Ferries two new ships. Spirit of Britain & Spirit of France. Drive car on and enjoy the view of the English Channel.