Radio Room: P&O Liner SS Maloja/GFBD built in 1923. An interesting quote from Philip Noel “In September 1939 the P&O liner Maloja was converted to an armed merchant cruiser in Bombay. As part of the conversion the after dummy funnel was removed, the radio room demolished and a new W/T office set up in the space under the bridge. The photo was taken after the conversion. She commissioned as HMS Maloja on 24th November 1939 with me as one of three watchkeepers. We sailed from Bombay on 10th December and by the end of February found ourselves on patrol between the Faeroes and Iceland, not a pleasant area”.
The famous Marconi 381 and H/F counterpart ( cant remember its number.) sailed with both, although crude, they worked very well. VFO on all bands made life easy.