Srila Prabhupada Never Travelled on the Jaladuta We Have Been Shown

BY: SUN STAFF - 27.7 2022

Reprise of an article by Madhusudan dasa.

The picture of the Jaladuta we have all been shown and always accepted as the ship on which Srila Prabhupada travelled from India to the U.S.A. with his spiritual revolution is in fact not the ship he actually travelled on!

That famous picture is actually a picture of the Jaladuta 2, which was sold by the Scindia Steam Navigation Company in 1958 and then scrapped in 1963, two years before Prabhupada set sail in 1965.

Prabhupada actually travelled on Jaladuta 3, which was a much larger ship at 9,177 tons, nearly double the weight of its predecessor, and was marked on the front with the Swastika.

In the following diary given to Prabhupada by the Scindia Steam Navigation Company (see below) for his journey in 1965, we see a list of the fleet of ships they had with the Jaladuta listed as been built in 1959 (the year Prabhupada took sannyasa - the renounced order) and weighing 9,177 tons. This is the same ship pictured in Vancouver, Canada.