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Looking for family roots
Updated March 4,2005

Our trip from Cochin to Goa was 6 days of sheer hell-headwinds, rough seas and equipment failures. Starter battery turned into a teapot, complete with steam and the anchor windlass control ceased to function. We had to make an emergency fuel stop in Mangalore. The authorities made a special one-time authorization to buy fuel which was much appreciated. They load iron oxide in the port at Mangalore so in only a day at anchor our decks went from white to rusty red...

Coco beach in Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus in old Goa, final resting place of St. Francis Xavier

We took a short trip inland to Belgaum, where my great-grandfather Arnold Henry Grant Kemball was born in 1861. Thanks to Lt. Colonel(Retd.) A. M. Gnanakan, Lt. Colonel (Retd.) Alvares and Major General (Retd.) S. C. Gupta, VrC for helping me imagine military life in Belgaum in the late 1800's.

St. Mary's was consecrated in 1869

Belgaum Court House built in 1886 and 1901

Next stop will be Oman where we will be halfway round the world from Quadra Island.