326 October 31 2010 at 19:06:59|
Full Name: James Brett
Home Town?: Bristol
Message Text: Hello to everyone in the MNA. I am a hopeful but as yet unpublished thriller writer. I am hoping ti find someone who has detailed knowledge of the whaling industry, ideally someone who actually worked at sea on a factory ship or support vessel. I would be most intereste to hesr from anyone with useful knowledge, and will happily give much more detailed information to any respondees. Thankyou for your help. James Brett
327 October 31 2010 at 16:54:46
Full Name: Keith Greenway
Home Town?: Barry
The Paddle Steamer “Barry”
A vessel built for and named after the Town of Barry has been found.
The PS Barry was built in 1907 for the Barry Railway Company at the world-famous shipyard of John Brown on Clydebank, who built the great liners Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2. This fine looking steamer sailed between Barry, Minehead and Weston in the Summer and Barry to Burnham on Sea in the Winter. She also sailed to Ilfracombe and Mumbles.
On the withdrawal of the Barry Company from the steamer operations in 1910, Barry was acquired by Bristol Channel Passenger Boats Ltd and was absorbed into the Campbell empire in 1911 after two seasons. When sold to P & A Campbell to become part of the White Funnel Fleet, Barry was re-named Waverley.
She was requisitioned for military service during World War 1 and was based in Greece. She was used as a transport and store carrier, carrying troops at the Gallipoli landings. She was almost lost there when a mine twice struck her paddle wheels but fortunately did not damage her. She was the last ship to leave Sulva Bay after the evacuation and later served at Salonika. In 1917 she was renamed Barryfield and after further service in the Mediterranean she was decommissioned and was reconditioned by the Ailsa yard in Troon in 1920.
In 1926 she was again renamed Waverley by Campbells and was transferred to the Brighton Station on the South Coast where she stayed except for a short break between 1934 and 1935 when she went back to the Bristol Channel. She continued to give pleasure to countless thousands of passengers until 1939.
Then she returned to serve her country again in World War II as a minesweeper base at North Shields. She was renamed once again and became HMS Snaefell. She took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk and the rescue of her grounded stablemate Glen Gower.
Sadly she was sunk after being bombed whilst on minesweeping duties off Sunderland on July 5th 1941.
Captain Joe Earl was asked to compose a poem - dedicated to Barry - both the PS and the Town. This poem was framed and presented to the Town and Mayor to commemorate her centenary had she survived conflict.
DEEP beneath the waves she has lain lost for 69 years, her carcass gathering rust long after she braved the bombs of Dunkirk.
But today the remarkable story of HMS Snaefell can finally be told after a group of divers located her, off the North East coast.
The paddle steamer, which saw service as a minesweeper in both the First and Second World Wars, was bombed and sank in 1941, and all trace was lost.
Built as PS Barry in 1907 for the Barry Railway Company, the ship spent the first few years of her life as a pleasure steamer.
But by 1914 she was being used for war service transporting German prisoners before being used in the Mediterranean and carrying troops for the ill-fated Gallipoli landings.
After further service in the Mediterranean she was decommissioned and was reconditioned in 1920
In 1926 she was renamed the Waverley but by the Second World War she was called up to serve her country again and became HMS Snaefell based in North Shields. Before being sunk in the raid on July 5, HMS Snaefell served at Dunkirk and was one of the last to leave with her precious cargo of 981 soldiers.
In her tragic final sailing off the coast of Sunderland three were killed and nine wounded.
“It really is a really big bit of history. They must have been such really brave sailors,”
Barry should remember her own.
Read More http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2010/10/01/divers-discover-long-lost-wreck-hms-snaefell-72703-27379859/#ixzz13qaR0uxn and http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/01/wreck-dunkirk-north-sea-sunderland
328 October 31 2010 at 16:51:14
Full Name: Steve Skidmore
Home Town?: Forres
Message Text: I am trying to trace Andrew R Watkins who became an officer in 1977 and came from Aldridge in West Midlands - does anyone know him or his whereabouts?
329 October 26 2010 at 11:02:26
Full Name: GEOFFREY SELBY
Home Town?: MANCHESTER, LANCS.
Message Text: As an ex Radio Officer between 1964 thro 1985, much of that time spent aboard the Cunard liners, such as the "Old" "Queen Elizabeth"
With the accessibility and success of the "Web", in reuniting old shipmates and associates, I am now, hoping that I can now meet up again with some of those mates of all those years ago.
I have many photo,s and of course can still recall names and would be absolutely "Over the moon" for contact with any of these names, or indeed others, who,s name may not be included. So please, if you are out there chaps....then do please contact me.
So here,s hoping chaps......!!!
330 October 25 2010 at 14:56:47
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: Congratulations to those from the MNA who are to receive the Merchant Navy Medal 2010
T.M. BRANT, National Secretary, Merchant Navy Association, for services to the welfare of retired merchant seafarers and to the Merchant Seafarers’ Veterans Badge.
CAPT. J.M.R. SAIL, National Chairman, Merchant Navy Association, for services to merchant shipping and to the welfare of retired merchant seafarers.
B. BARRY, National Standard Bearer, Merchant Navy Association, for services to enhancing the profile of merchant shipping and merchant seafarers.
331 October 21 2010 at 08:39:38
Full Name: frank andrew archibald
Home Town?: napier nz
Message Text: In MN FROM 10-55 to 5-66 and enjoyed every day good or bad..Great lads,,great ships,,great times....Paid to travel the world before it went "pearshape" Todays young folk will never know how good it was!!!
332 October 20 2010 at 14:11:22
Full Name: anthony donovan
Home Town?: mildenhall
Message Text: served in m.n.1950-60.trying to get
picure or photo of s.s.ramillies a
cargo ship sailed out of london 1952 and docked manchester late 1952.i served on 32 other ships and this is the only one i can not
get details of.
333 October 16 2010 at 15:51:32
Full Name: Ken Sibbitt
Home Town?: Wilmslow, Cheshire
Message Text: Sailed as RO (IMR), RMS Media (Cunard) & MV Oregis (Houlder Bros), 1959 - 1961. Any ex-shipmates out there?
334 October 13 2010 at 16:37:32
Full Name: Lilian Haynes
Home Town?: Ireland
Message Text: Does anyone have information on HMS Ganges, and also Eldon and Frank Bedford who served on her in WW11?
335 October 12 2010 at 15:23:04
Full Name: ANDREW ARMSTRONG
Home Town?: MERSEYSIDE
Message Text: MY LATE FATHER WAS IN THE MN
HE JOINED AS A RADIO OFFICER
HE TRAINED A MARCONI JHONDALTON ST
HE WAS MAINLY ON NORWEGAN TANKERS
EG.HALFRED, HE WAS IN THE BATTEL
OF THE ATLANTIC HE WOULD ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE NAVEY IT WAS IS LOVE
HE EVEN MADE SHIPS IN BOTTLES
SADLY HE PASSED AWAY IN 2004 WE HAD IS COFFI N DRAPED IN THE RED DUSTER WE GOT THAT FROM A PLACE OVER THE WIRRAL AND IT TURNED OUT TO ONCE BE IS OLD SHIPING COMPANY
336 October 11 2010 at 07:48:41
Full Name: Ken Berry
Home Town?: Tawa Wellington New Zealand
Message Text: Hi Again,
Was just checking my email again and the Chap in America before me mentioned the Orsova.She was the one with the Black Welsh hat atop her Funnel I think.I was 7th on the NZSCo M/V
Hauraki 1953 or 54,could have been the Orsova's maiden voyage.Adelaide and she is coming in to berth at the Outer Harbour Adelaide. The were 4 or 5 of us off the Hauraki watching her coming in and we were standing on the wharf.She was about 200 yards away from the wharf and our 2nd says. "I think we better move guys
she's got to much way on a she's going to hit where we are standing." And she did. We weren't sure but the helmsssman but a bit of starboard rudder on and then started to correct it to Port.We could hear the Engine Room telegreph and the Bridge telegraph
going like a Fire Engine all the time. She hit the wharf almost square on but had got some of her way off,but the earth still shook.
She had a lovely dent in her new bow and it was almost perfectly symetrical. Had forgotten about that little incident and soon as I read the previous guests email to mine I recalled the incident.Marvellous thing the brain.Now I sometimes can't quite recall where i parked the car.For you younger guys they are called senior moments Best Regards Ken Berry
337 October 10 2010 at 08:30:15
Full Name: Kenneth Edward Berry
Home Town?: Tawa, Wellington, New Zealand
Message Text: Hi All,
Can anyone help me regards a book i believe written by Eric Newby.He was one of seven survivors
off the S.S.Sagamore torpedoed by the U-49 3rd March 1917.Rescued by the S.S.Deucalion 12th March 1917.They were landed at Capetown late March. 5 of the 7 survivors had to Have their feet amputated immediately on being landed.My
maternal Grandad was Thomas Edward Lunt 3rd Engineer.My Mum always said he arrived home still with his feet. But she would only have been 5. I know he was operated on several times from April 1920 up to March 1923. By which time he had both legs amputated up to his knees.Long story but he nevver coped and just prior to WW2 my mums brothers and sisters all moved in with us Hornsey Road Anfield Liverpool. he had become a chronic alcoholic as my Nan his wife died tragically in 1935. Can't find out where he was operated on .The information I got was from veterans help and thats all they had.Dates of his Operations. Any help would be appreciated.I did get to know him quite a bit,but it is a long story and goes into 1949-50-June 51.Thank You for reading my request Best Regards Ken Berry
338 October 09 2010 at 23:59:04
Full Name: Chandra Jothy [Joe]
Home Town?: Sydney, Australia
Message Text: I was an engineer with Blue Funnel Line from 1960-69.Studied in South Shields Marine College. Later joined MISC [Malaysia] as engineer superintendent.
339 October 09 2010 at 20:22:47
Full Name: Dave Cullen
Home Town?: West Los Angeles, California USA
Message Text: Signed on to the board of Trade in June, 1960. Joined the Orsova same year. I am now 67 years old, but was employed on P & O and the finally left Princess Cruises in the year 1981. 4 years on the Queen Elizabeth II and 4 months on the Mary. Lived in Aussie for a year and 4 months on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland. Had a stint on the Island & Pacific and a year on Holland America lines after I left Australia and a German Lloyd passenger/ cargo. Have located a few old colleagues like me who worked a Stateroom Stewards. Have an interest in a company that sells historical maps wholesale and retail throughout the world. The website is called Maps of the Past, Inc.at situated in Indiana. We hope to sell the company sometime this year. My memory is not so good, so forgive my lapses.
340 October 08 2010 at 12:41:51
Full Name: Jay Sivell
Home Town?: London
Message Text: Any old Anglo-Saxon Petroleum/Shell men out there?
Am trying to chart my grandfather's career. Captain Hubert Sivell. Joined Donax 1919 - lost with all hands aboard Chama to Udo Heilmann (U97) in the Atlantic 1941
work in progress - http://monkbarns.wordpress.com/
341 October 07 2010 at 17:42:13
Full Name: Ian Dickinson
Home Town?: Horwich, Bolton
Message Text: Hi Everyone. Joined Trident Tankers which became P&O B.S.D in 1971. Engineer Cadet at South Shields until 74 then sailed around the world until 1980. Any one remember me, I was drunk most of the time.
342 October 03 2010 at 18:07:09
Full Name: Arthur Lockyear
Home Town?: Durham City
Message Text: A warm and fraternal invitation is extended to all serving and former Merchant Seamen to be a part of the Sunderland Remembrance Parade (perhaps the biggest outside of London) on Sunday 14th November, 2010. We are very keen to pay our proper respects to those who kept the UK supplied during the worst of the war in the Atlantic, the men of the Russian convoys, and all who served under the Red Ensign.
343 October 03 2010 at 12:15:00
Full Name: Phil Connor
Home Town?: Dublin, Ireland
Message Text: I left a message earlier last month and just wanted to have one last try. I have been searching for a Raymond Luthman who was in the MN in the 1960's. He lived in the Knowsley area, as did his parents. I have since found out that he may have moved in later years to Scotland and then possibly emigrated to Canada or the US. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Phil Connor (email@example.com)
344 October 02 2010 at 11:49:20
Full Name: shirley dean
Home Town?: co fermanagh nt ireland
Message Text: my dad served with the merchant navy from falmouth around 1955 to 1960
his name was George Burgess he sadly passed away on 7th of January 2010,i think he was on BPships would be grateful if anyone would have any memories of serving with my dad as he talked very highly of his time with the merchant navy many thanks
345 October 02 2010 at 08:27:53
Full Name: John raymond Thompson
Home Town?: Gateshead
Message Text: God bless the people I trained with at gravesend and sailed with worked with and worked for ? Occaisonally people who helped when on shore leave thank you and the memories yes the memorie
346 September 30 2010 at 13:03:16
Full Name: john dobson
Home Town?: southport merseyside
Message Text: hello to all ex palm liners,i sailed on numerous palm boats 1978 to 86,also hello to all at riversdale college 1976/78and79/80,happy days would love to hear off anyone who remembers me cheers.5
347 September 27 2010 at 02:05:40
Full Name: Patrick Rodrigo
Home Town?: 1 main st. Mataura Gore NZ
Message Text: I would like to contact any personnel
who sailed on the Port Nicholson between 1974 and 1977,I was an engineer on board during this time.
348 September 22 2010 at 18:23:49
Full Name: alexander Peace
Home Town?: derby
Message Text: As an 18 year old on our last family holiday in 1937 my dad got us ferried acros Falmouth Roads to the Cutty Sark and a tour of the ship.
I must have shewn my book knowledge as they gave me a belaying pin from the rail as a memento when I left.
The pin has gone but I walked the deck when it was afloat.
349 September 21 2010 at 04:52:43
Full Name: Dale Gough
Home Town?: Ipswich Qld Aust
Message Text: Can someone reading this please direct me to a site for a crew list for the SS Euripides from Liverpool to Australia in 1929 which had as passengers my relatives (Wheelaghan's) mother Georgina age 34, sons Alexander 9 Thomas 12, and Dau Georgina age 11. The father of the family is not mentioned. He was a chief ships steward at the time and want to know if he was on the Euripides with his family on the trip.
Love the old pictures and histories, I love to read of the days of old (well at least 1800 onward) and what conditions were endured, just goes to show what backbone these sea farers had going onto the fickle and unpredictable oceans in ships with little or no technology, and what desperation or trust in their God the passengers had to board these ships in the first place to get to a new land for a better life.
I have just read a book called "Doctors at Sea" it is about the doctors on the emigrant ships to Australia, and what they had to do, and what illnesses they encountered, and the cures that were used. I think the sick or injured passenger or crew had to be desperate to actually get treatment then too.
350 September 21 2010 at 01:52:52
Full Name: charles louis barron
Home Town?: dunedin new zealand
Message Text: i am a mn ex seaman 1940 to1 1947 i sailed in the duchess of bedford and the gloucester castle sunk in july 1942 taken pow i am interestedto find out if they are anybody still alive lou barron
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