The SS Dundalk Bay left Mombasa on
the 12th of August with 1014 Polish DPs aboard, including
173 children. The journey took 21 days. There were two deaths on
the journey, a man died at sea of a hart attack and his body was landed
at Port Said for burial. Three people were detained at Gibraltar
because of sickness, one of them a man of 47 died of
heart failure and a man and his wife recovered and later landed at Tilbury on 18th
|The Dundalk Bay docked at 10.14
Friday the 1st of September and disembarkation started at 8a.m.on
Saturday the 2nd of September and was completed by 10.15am.
|The W.V.S and the Hull Red Cross rendered valuable assistance.
The hostel at Priory Road Hull which was
under the management of National Service Hostel Corporation was
not large enough to take in and process all the people that
arrived from Mombasa and so 182 were sent directly to East Moor Camp.
On Sunday morning Masses were arranged at Priory Road and
East Moor with 100% attendance.
On Tuesday and Wednesday 4th and 5th
September people were transferred in buses to their allocated
Camps/Hostels c/o the National Assistance Board and a handful went to private accommodation provided by friends and relatives
The 10 camps/hostels used for resettlement.
|Northwick Park Gloucestershire
|Springhill Lodges Gloucestershire
|Husbands Bosworth Leicestershire
|Haydon Park Somerset
|Wheaton Aston Staffordshire
|East Moor Yorkshire
|Damfield Lane Liverpool
PHOTO. Polish DPs on board the Dundalk
Bay on the way to the UK.
Sadly no passenger list is available for the
Dundalk Bay but there are two nominal roll lists, dated 28th of April
1950, of Polish Refugees that were still living in residual camps in
East Africa. These were people who
were rejected by the various immigration commissions (American,
Canadian, Australian etc.) as uneconomic migrants or who refused to accept the
conditions under which they would be accepted for immigration, usually
to leave behind elderly or ill relatives. Some emigrated to
Canada, USA, Australia and Argentina but the majority came to the UK
on the Dundalk Bay to Hull in 1950 and later
on the MV Dorsetshire to
Liverpool.in 1951. The remainder came on various ships in much smaller
groups of 40 or less.
TENGERU CAMP TANGANYIKA Nominal
KOJA CAMP UGANDA. Nominal Roll