Flotta Lauro Lines: TN Sydney & Roma - C3 cargo ships rebuilt into passenger liners in 1950 & 1951

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Flotta Lauro Lines

T\N Roma


Page Five

Memories of a Voyage from Bombay to Genoa

I received an email from Angela Jaisval who told me the story regarding her Father’s voyage from India to Italy on the T/v Roma in 1962 the basic story follows. One day I hope to hear from Mr Jaiswal himself and we might be able to enlarge his story at a later date!

:My Father’s name is “Uma Shankar Jaiswal” and he was born in Banaras (also known as Varanasi) in Northern India in 1939. He boarded the ship at Bombay together with two friends and sailed to Genoa Italy. From there they all took the train to London and remained there for many years. He got married to an English nurse and had three children of which I am the youngest. However in 2004 he decided to head back to India and settle there once again.A

Mr. Jaisval’s assage ticked for the T/v Roma cabin 437

However, he tells me that he had many photographs, postcards and even a gift box set (all of Italian inlay) but sadly these have all fallen by the wayside over the years. The ticket and the two attached photos are all that remains from his most memorable voyage.

Although my father was quite an academic having received his BA in 1959, butr he was also an accomplished ballroom dancer. One night there was a Fancy Dress ball” and a “Dance Competition” on board. My Father won the First Prize. Not having much in the way of a budget, he decided to wear his most traditional style suit, which is known as the “Neru suit,” and he was photographed in his Neru suit that night. The second photo is my Father receiving the His Award and prize from the captain.

Uma Shankar Jaiswal in his Neru suit, the night he won first prize in the Dance competition


Mr. Jaiswal is seen receiving the first prize from the Captain

Having completed his studies at the Bombay University Mr. Jaiswal is seen receiving his BA in 1959, just three years before his voyage to Europe and the UK.

My Dad's email address is umajaiswal@yahoo.com.

Thanks again, Angela Jaiswal.

A recent photo of Mr. Jaisval


TN Sydney & Roma INDEX:


Main Page         TN Sydney & Roma history page.

Page One          First Class photo album.

Page Two          Tourist Class Photo album.

Page Three        Deck Plans.

Page Four          A Voyage description - Australia to Naples in 1962 on the Roma.

Page Five         Mr. Uma Shankar Jaiswal sails from Bombay to Naples in 1962.

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