251 March 13 2011 at 12:27:43|
Full Name: Stuart Cooper
Home Town?: Rostrevor
Message Text: Lovely Site Guys
252 March 11 2011 at 19:10:01
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: Ashanti/John Edward Ling query.
Cargo ship Ashanti, 534grt, (Dungrange Steamship Co. Ltd) On the 10th June 1944 when on route from the Isle of Wight for the Normandy beachheads with a cargo of cased petrol. The ship was torpedoed by an E-boat and sunk twenty five miles North of the Normandy beaches and thirty five miles North of the assault area, South of St. Catherine’s Point with the loss of all seventeen men onboard including ten crew and seven DEMS gunners.
Merchant Seamen commemorated Tower Hill Memorial Panel 10.
HOGG, Second Engineer Officer, ALEXANDER, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 35. Son of Alexander and Ellen Hogg, of Liverpool; husband of Mary Jane Hogg, of Fazakerley, Liverpool.
JAMES, Chief Engineer Officer, ALFRED GEORGE NORMAN, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 40. Son of John Henry and Isabella Watters James; husband of Mary Cairns James, of Edinburgh.
JENNINGS, Galley Boy, ARTHUR, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 16. Son of F. and Florence C. Jennings, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
LING, Cook, JOHN EDWARD, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 27. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ling, of Parkestone, Essex; husband of Emily May Ling, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
SMITH, Master, JOHN ROBERT, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Smith, of Lerwick, Zetland; husband of Irene Harriet Jane Smith. of Edinburgh.
SPARKS, Senior Ordinary Seaman, GEORGE NOEL, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 19. Son of Bessie S. A. Sparks, of Mereworth, Kent.
TENNANT, Boatswain, JAMES, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 27. Son of James and Janet Cumming Tennant; husband of Gladys Tennant, of Aberdeen.
TRESIDDER, Able Seaman, WILLIAM JOHN, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 48.
WRIGHT, Able Seaman, GEORGE, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 35. Son of Frederick George and Charlotte Ann Wright, of Laindon, Essex.
ROWSON, Mate, FREDERICK STANLEY, M.V. Ashanti (London). Merchant Navy. 10th June 1944. Age 24. Son of Frederick Stanley Rowson and Fanny Rowson, of Hull.
253 March 10 2011 at 08:54:20
Full Name: Michelle Preston
Home Town?: Grimsby
Message Text: Hi all you seafarers and familys. I am looking to find some information regarding my grandfather John Edward Ling R143442 who was reported missing from the Ashanti in June 1944 the ship as far as i am aware did not go down but, so far I have been unable to find out what happened to him, I know there is a very slim chance of any one still being alive that sailed on her at the same time as my grandfather but if anyone could give me some hope I would be truly grateful of any information regarding him.
254 March 06 2011 at 20:43:00
Full Name: Ron Read
Home Town?: Perth Western Australia
Message Text: Hello to you all,My first ship in 1966 was the Helcion a Shell Tanker.any old shipmates reading this maybe? we joined our ship in Camel Lairds then we sailed to Brazil what times we had lad,s best not tell the wife,s!!!
255 March 06 2011 at 14:03:13
Full Name: Fred Andrews
Home Town?: Corsham
Message Text: s.s. Empire Buttress- Convoy Crane Ship, North Russia 1944 -45.
Regret to say that George Murray (3 Sparks) passed away this a.m. - Any still afloat - besides me that is!
256 March 06 2011 at 02:09:34
Full Name: Michael Hallahan
Home Town?: Echuca Australia
Message Text: Trying to trace a James Hallahan DOB Jan 1919 worked on Merchant Navy ships up to 1955
257 March 04 2011 at 22:57:59
Full Name: John Robertson
Home Town?: Bedford
Message Text: Has anyone any information on Hugh Neil Robertson(Jock) i believe he was a chief Petty Officer on the convoys during WW2. I believe he spent time in Scapa Flow.
He was my father but never spoke of the war and has now sadly pass away.
258 March 04 2011 at 16:36:05
Full Name: Tim Brant - National Secretatary, MNA
Message Text: We are hoping to start 2 new branches in Dumfries and South Shields.
If you are interested, please contact me on the above e-mail or phone: 01472 851130
259 March 03 2011 at 11:10:13
Full Name: Alexandra Cree
Home Town?: South Shields born
Message Text: I'm hoping to find anybody who knows of the ship 'Monsoon Universal' she was a cargo ship and I was on her in 1981, one of the crew was misfortunate enough to have his 21st Birthday and cross the equator for the first time on the same day. Most of the crew were South African. I am hoping to obtain a photograph of her for sentimental reasons. I would also dearly like to hear from any of her crew from that time, or from anyone who may be able to steer me in the right direction (Navigator vacancy available in all aspects!! LOL) Thankyou.
260 March 03 2011 at 02:53:03
Full Name: Robin Adair Muir
Home Town?: Hervey Bay QLD Australia 4655
Message Text: i am looking for info on the S.S Mandama ex Booths operated in Singapore 1957/8
261 February 25 2011 at 01:06:24
Full Name: Dolly Juhlin
Home Town?: USA
Message Text: I boarded the SS Manipur in Calcutta Feb 1946; were supposed to arrive in New York, but due to a fierce storm, landed in Boston for repairs March 11, 1946, ten days before my 2nd birthday. My mom says: "Dolly was the darling of many passengers & even the "assistant captain" would come to play with her because she reminded him of his little daughter back in England whom he had not seen for some time. Anyone still alive who would have been onboard w/me?
262 February 24 2011 at 16:42:29
Full Name: Capt Steve Clinch, Chief Inspector, MAIB
Home Town?: Bramley, Hants
Message Text: I enjoyed this web site. Good luck with spreading the word about the importance of the red duster.
263 February 22 2011 at 15:23:23
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: BP tanker query
Picture is of the British Reliance
264 February 21 2011 at 18:31:55
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: Frank Moreton Diggle query.
If he left the sea in 1926 any surviving records will be held in the 1913-1940 Fourth Register of Seamans Service. Although the Fourth Register started in 1913 all records up to 1918 have been destroyed so you will not be able to find his war service.
These records are available at The National Archives at Kew in the United Kingdom and are held on Microfiche in the following classifications BT 348: Register of Seamen, Central Index, Numerical Series (CR 2), BT 349: Register of Seamen, Central Index, Alphabetical Series (CR 1) and BT 350: Register of Seamen, Special Index, Alphabetical Series (CR 10). These three classes were combined in one classification namely BT 364 Register of Seaman, Combined Numerical Index (CR1, CR 2 & CR 10) and were made up by extracting combinations of cards from the other three classes.
The original records for the above named classifications are now held at the following address:
Southampton City Council,
Tel: 023 8083 2251
Fax: 023 8083 215
This office is open Tuesdays to Fridays 9.30am to 4.30pm, with one late evening opening each month. There is no charge for a personal visit. Alternatively enquiries for information from the records may be made by post, e-mail or fax but there will be a charge for this.
There is no surviving WWI Medal Index Card for a Frank Moreton Diggle, though if he served during the war he would have been entitled to the War Medal & Mercantile Marine Medal.
265 February 20 2011 at 18:43:22
Full Name: Colin Ball
Home Town?: Bridgend, South Wales
Message Text: I came across this site and organization after meeting an old shipmate of mine from 1969/70. I am particularly interested in meeting anyone who may have sailed on B.P. tankers from 1967-75. Can anyone tell me which tanker is on the home page? I know it is B.P. but cannot make out the name.
266 February 19 2011 at 01:11:42
Full Name: Cameron Diggle
Home Town?: Melbourne, Australia
Message Text: Hi,
I am writing from Australia. I was looking to find information in regards to my great grandfather Frank Moreton Diggle born 1892. He joined the MN and apparently came to Western Australia in about 1926, never returned back to the UK. Where can I find any info in regards to his service records, medals awarded etc. I believe he was with P&O. I have been searching online for quite some time, and found this site. Any info would be really appreciated.
267 February 16 2011 at 13:53:52
Full Name: james barnes
Home Town?: sheffield south yorkshire
Message Text: just to air a suspicion has this happened to any more of you ? i have recently joined this site 3 or 4 days now and have noticed a substantial amount of Junk mail from scamers offering me loads of cash from lost inheritences and windfalls or even money laundering. i am of a suspicion that some bad guys are using or monitoring the guest sign in email addresses. just a suspicion and not laying the blame on the site which i think is good otherwise. OLD SAILOR
268 February 15 2011 at 14:36:39
Full Name: Derek Overton
Home Town?: Billingham
Message Text: thank's to this site i have found three of my ships,r.f.a. wave chief;harpalycus;tynewood
269 February 14 2011 at 20:35:38
Full Name: eric fisher
Home Town?: Manchester, now Canada
Message Text: re entry 1310, Convoy HX 348.
I was aboard the
Danish ship Asbjorn in that convoy when 2 ships were sunk.One was the tanker in the adjacent column.The ship was fully on fire at about noon on that day as B. McGee noted in his reply. You can find a list of the ships in many convoys from Arnold Hague's database as I have done for my biography. Good Luck. Will gladly oblige with any info I have. Had many years during and after the war in the M.N. Dis. Book R262245 Eric Fisher
270 February 14 2011 at 09:56:40
Full Name: Knut Weinrich
Home Town?: Hamburg, Germany
Message Text: Dear Sir or Madam,
I am a German filmmaker working on a TV-documentary on war crimes committed by the German Navy in WWII, a documentary for the public broadcaster NDR (www.ndr.de). On kind of war crime the German Navy was involved in was obviously the attacking of ships of the Merchant Navy not escorted in a convoy.
I am looking for veterans who served on ships which were attacked.
271 February 13 2011 at 09:04:53
Full Name: Robert Harland
Home Town?: Bacolod City, Philippines
Message Text: I came across your excellent website quite by accident today. It brought back many memories.
In the mid 60s when I was a student in Southampton, I had a summer-long break so decided to join the Merchant Navy as a steward.
I had previously worked my summer holidays with Red Funnel Isle of Wight ferries.
I was duly hired and joined Cunard's Franconia as a tourist class steward.
Alas I was not very good. Old hands had a betting ring to see how many trays I would drop.
Needless to say I did not have the makings of a career merchant seaman, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. To this say still dine out on my many experiences.
272 February 13 2011 at 00:14:19
Full Name: Richard Quartermaine
Email: zaz581@live .com
Home Town?: Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia
Message Text: I was delighted to find images of the SS Beltana. My father sailed on her prior to the 1st World War I have a photo of him in a group of shipmates whilst aboard.
In 1924 my father crewed on her sister ship the SS Benalla where he met my mother and they both immigrated to Australia.
I was in the MN from January 1947 to March 1953 with Port Line, Shaw Saville, Burns Philp, AUSN, Adelaide Steamship and Western Australia State shipping.
Cheers, Richard Quartermaine
273 February 09 2011 at 22:00:39
Full Name: Phil Connor
Home Town?: Dublin, Ireland
Message Text: I left a few messages in Sept/Oct regarding a search for a Ray Luttman, who I was trying to trace for a friend of mine. I am very happy to say, thanks to the gracious help from Tim and Pat, that they have been reunited after almost 50 years. Thanks also to the kind members who e-mailed me directly and offered advice.
In grateful appreciation,
274 February 09 2011 at 13:55:56
Full Name: Frazer Irwin
Home Town?: Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Message Text: Hi, I'm making enquiries/looking for help for a young chap in Harare - Zimbabawe - who wishes to join a Merchant Navy. First as a 'cadet' but leading to further things. He's twenty and very keen to join a ship.
Whatever you can offer will be a great help.
For myself, the nearest I came to serving in any Navy was a week on TS Foudroyant in 1959 (now renamed HMS Trincomalee) an experience I have never forgotten. For good reasons I may add.
Great website btw.
275 February 07 2011 at 15:20:29
Full Name: greg maclean
Home Town?: leith,scotland.
Message Text: i was a vindi boy (deck) in 1964, i then 34 years deep-sea, am now on the pilot boats on the firth of forth, been off sick for the last few months and i`m expecting to be forced into early retirement soon, dreading not being a seaman anymore.
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