301 May 20 2011 at 19:47:36|
Full Name: Rodney Mills
Home Town?: South Carolina, U.S.A.
Message Text: I was recently in Wasington D.C. and visited the W.W.II, memorial. On the original memorial was the gratitude of the U.S. Nation to it's military. Army, Army Air Force, Navy, Navy Air Force, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Nice to see the M.N. included for a change.
302 May 13 2011 at 09:58:53
Full Name: Ivan Edward Blunt
Home Town?: Macclesfield C|heshire
Message Text: Chief Radio officer 1943 to 1947 mainly on foreign registered ships
303 May 01 2011 at 16:49:30
Full Name: Patricia Maltby (nee Taylor)
Home Town?: Exeter
Message Text: Very sad at the death of Captain Patrick St. Quentin Beadon. It is certainly the end of an era for me. He was my Captain on the Pendennis Castle where I met my husband Tony Maltby.
304 April 26 2011 at 19:05:29
Full Name: William Hoey
Home Town?: Larne, N. Ireland
Message Text: Hi to all seafarers on the sea and ashore
305 April 26 2011 at 10:03:32
Full Name: Harry Mann
Home Town?: Adelaide,South Australia
Message Text: Anyone have knowledge of any seaman who was reported missing from vessel docked at an eastern Australian port,in November/December 1948.Possible name Keane/Keene or similar.
306 April 25 2011 at 09:35:00
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: MN Casualties WWII
I have been documenting these casualties for a number of years and have the following figures for British & Commonwealth casualties serving on Merchant ships. The cut off date for commemoration of war dead was 31st December 1947.
Tower Hill Memorial 23,753
Buried Ashore 2,594
Halifax Memorial. Point Pleasant Park. 1,554
Bombay/Chittagong Memorial 6,048.
Hong Kong War Memorial 1,400.
Liverpool Naval Memorial 1,400 (Merchant Seamen who served on RN vessels under the T124T & T124X Agreements)
Australian War Memorial 359.
Royal Navy DEMS 3,000.
DEMS Maritime Regt. 1,222.
DEMS from other Army Regt's 50.
Naval Staff 699.
Not recorded by the CWGC. 5,361.
307 April 21 2011 at 01:00:25
Full Name: James Taylor
Home Town?: Frankston Australia ex Blackpool
Message Text: Ahoy,
I am a member of the Blue Funnel Ass: Indefatigable OBA, Penisula Ship Society Hasting Australia, Tall Ships Australia, Seascope Maritime Ass: Melbourne, and National Secretary of, Merchant Navy War Service League Australia Inc: The opening page by Dave Malyneux is a wonderful tribute to those who served during WW11. I would like to draw members attention to a misleading fact, the numbers of Merchant Seamen killed in WW11. My mother was in charge of the MN section of the Ministry of War Pensions at Norbreck,(now the MOD)After the war she informed me of the hidden numbers of those lost. Winston Churchill in 1941 instructed the War Cabinet that releases of ship sinkings and loss of life be suspended as the information was demoralising the people; see his Second World War, Hansard reports.
The numbers my mother Trudy Taylor gave me were 62,000 men and women, with all our Allied nationals and their ships,
James Taylor, (JavaJim).
308 April 17 2011 at 17:54:44
Full Name: Ian Hawks
Home Town?: Hadleigh Essex
Message Text: Watching the London Marathon on TV this morning, was pleased to see the camera pan up to the Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill, well done that cameraman.
309 April 13 2011 at 11:22:56
Full Name: Colin Victor David Smith
Home Town?: Canada and UK
Message Text: I am researching the accidental deaths of a Chief Officer and Bosun on the Silver Line chemical tanker SilverFalcon on 12th April, 1975 at Stader, in the River Elbe. The C/O, Jim Drummond, was a fellow cadet for two years.
Apparently they were down a cofferdam with 4 feet of water(?) in it, and were somehow drowned. Does anyone know anything about tjis tragic accident?
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
310 April 12 2011 at 15:25:53
Full Name: MARTIN IRISH
Home Town?: Cardiff
Message Text: Just looking to see if anybody knows Capt Edward Irish of Cardiff.
1913-1973. Charles hills / Bibby line.Clarks container line.
Halifax City then Dart ships, DART Atlantic.
311 April 11 2011 at 15:34:32
Full Name: Tony Thompson
Home Town?: Southampton UK
Message Text: I'm helping a friend who is trying to find her birth father, ANTONY (Tony) WILLIAM IAN THOMPSON, but knows very little about him.
She does know that he worked for Cosag Marine and was Captain on the MV Bembridge in 1974 - 1975, and at that time he was aged 31, putting his date of birth at about 1943.
If there is the slightest chance of any positive feedback, we would be extremely grateful.
312 April 11 2011 at 04:27:21
Full Name: Mark Roobertson
Home Town?: kirkcaldy
Message Text: would like to hear from anyone that possibly knew my father Peter Taylor Robertson (deceased June 1991.
He had worked his way up to first officer by the time of his death deep sea in bombay
313 April 05 2011 at 20:05:16
Full Name: kerry Foules (nee Doyle)
Home Town?: Birkenhead
Message Text: My father mr Anthony Doyle (Tony) joined with the blue funnel in the 60s, he was on the ajax, achilies, perculous and others. He was from Birkenhead i who like to see if anybody remembered him...
314 April 02 2011 at 17:56:02
Full Name: Jorgen Lonn
Home Town?: Stockholm Sweden
Message Text: Hi Folks,
I want to swapping black/white and colour postcards and paper prints of tankers, general cargo ships, passenger liners etc.,.
In return I will send you older black/white negatives of tankers, general cargo ships etc.,. and colour prints of vessels from diffent nations.
Cheers and GB,
315 April 01 2011 at 14:59:27
Full Name: Peter Dunmore Redshaw
Home Town?: LOCHGILPHEAD
Message Text: Very interestng site! Found some information regarding Prince Line.
Reference Asiatic Prince, my uncle was senior 3rd Engineer on her on her fateful voyage in 1928.
316 March 29 2011 at 10:21:11
Full Name: John Callon
Home Town?: Gartocharn
Message Text: Try the Liverpool Maritime Nuseum in the Albert Dock, Probably the best in the country.
317 March 28 2011 at 14:40:23
Full Name: anthony donovan
Home Town?: mildenhall suffolk
Message Text: recently visited greenwich maritime museum, came away disappointed. not much about merchant service.does anyone know of museum dedicated to m. navy. regards tony
318 March 28 2011 at 08:05:46
Full Name: michael wootton
Home Town?: tamworth
Message Text: morning all, my mailbox as been closed down by virgin, will you please send any tamworth mail to the address above. best wishes mike
319 March 27 2011 at 17:42:33
Full Name: Doreen Wilkinson
Home Town?: Kingston Upon Hull
Message Text: My father served in the MN for many
years before, during and after WW11.
Last year I made enquiries to the Royal Mail if a commemorative stamp
had ever been produced to recognise
the bravery of these men.
To my amazement the answer was no,
but my suggestion would be put for-ward for 2012.
I received a letter this week saying my request has been turned down.
To say I am disgusted is an under
statement. My late father was torpedoed in Oct.1941 but luckily was picked up by an other vessel. 2012 would be the ideal year to issue a stamp as the Battle of the Atlantic was at its peak 70 years ago.
I collect stamps and have a have
some commemorating such rubbish as clowns, Harry Potter etc. etc.They are of no consequence to the survival of this country. The MN contribution during WWII should be given the respect it deserves, before many more of the paticipants
die. Please help me by giving this
e-mail some publicity.
320 March 23 2011 at 13:49:20
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: Query Captain Charles Hugh Jones.
There is no record of a Captain Charles Hugh Jones being held as a PoW throughout WWI in files held at The National Archives in MT9/1238 "List of Mercant Seamen and Fishermen detained as Prisoners of War in Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey,Board of Trade Printed List 31st May 1918" printed by the Board of Trade.
The probable reason for this is the fact the German ship which captured the Kyanga, the Auxiliary Cruiser Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grösse was herself sunk on the 26th August 1914 by the British light cruiser HMS Highflyer, ten days after the Kyanga was lost.
I would suggest a look in the Fourth Register Seaman's Service held at Southampton. This should contain his service record and detail the last ship he served on. Then by gaining a copy of the ships Log Book, you should be able to establish his last known address.
I also contacted one of my friends who has access to the Ancestry.co.uk site and he was unable to find anyone by this name born in 1870 at Bangor. The same goes for a broader search on deaths.
321 March 21 2011 at 16:49:47
Full Name: Gwyn Roberts
Home Town?: Dolgellau
Message Text: I am interested in Capt Charles Hugh JONES (Born Bangor - Gwynedd - 1870) who was Master aboard the NYANGA (Elder Dempster Line) when she was torpedoed in waters off Teneriffe in August, 1914. He was taken as a Prisner of War at this time - presumably until the end of the 1914-18 hostilities.
He captained the "Ilaro", "Ashanti" and "Teneriffe" in the years up until 1929-1936 when he is recorded as Master of the HERMOINE. That is the last mention of him at the age of 65/66 years - when he probably retired..
Capt JONES's wife, Jane, was a widow (93 Years) when she was buried in her native Caernarfon in 1961. The grave does not contain the remains of the subject Captain, only that of his wife, son and daughter-in-law.
I AM ANXIOUS TO TRACE THE DATE AND LOCATION OF THE CAPTAIN'S DEATH WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO WHERE HE IS BURIED. CAN ANYONE ASSIST? IS THERE ANYONE WHO KNEW HIM IN THE LATTER STAGES OF HIS CAREER? ARE THERE ANY RECORDS WHICH WOULD YIELD THIS INFORMATION OR HIS HOME ADDRESS AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT? ANSWERS WOULD AT LAST REVEAL WHAT HAS BEEN A MYSTERY TO THE FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS!!!!!!
322 March 16 2011 at 18:55:59
Full Name: Nigel Cook
Home Town?: York
Message Text: Seventy years ago today (March 16th 1941) my grandfather George Harrison's ship Sardinian Prince (he was Stoker 1st Class) was sunk by the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst. He was captured and spent the rest of the war as a POW in Marlag und Milag Nord.
323 March 14 2011 at 12:40:48
Full Name: reginald a.h. baxter
Home Town?: south west wales
Message Text: RFA Serbol. 15 year old cabin boy, now 83. Have lots of stories before its too late. Just been given a laptop computer.
324 March 13 2011 at 12:27:43
Full Name: Stuart Cooper
Home Town?: Rostrevor
Message Text: Lovely Site Guys
325 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.
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