376 December 12 2010 at 14:08:01|
Full Name: hugh robert morton
Home Town?: kirkwall
Message Text: hello, i just found this site and find it very interesting.previously sailed with ben line,trinder anderson and r.f.a,and several coastal companies.
377 December 11 2010 at 11:06:28
Full Name: Bill Taylor
Home Town?: Wickford Essex
Message Text: Wishing you all a great Christmas and a Happy New Year and may the MNA carry on for many more Christmas and New Years.
378 December 10 2010 at 20:18:57
Full Name: Michael Wootton
Home Town?: Tamworth
Message Text: Tamworth and District Branch wish to extend seasonal greetings to all of our shipmates near and far. We look forward to another year of comradeship under our hardworking National Committee,a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you all. Mike Wootton
379 December 09 2010 at 18:13:26
Full Name: Peter King
Home Town?: Mevagissey
Message Text: Searching for info. on mv Yantlet salvage tug reg. 147478 of 1916 for PLA. Can anyone help. You have a great site here. thanks. Peter
380 December 02 2010 at 18:52:51
Full Name: Stuart Henderson
Home Town?: Chassenon France
Message Text: In the MNA circular 101127 of 27 Nov Fred Good ex PO 836 squadron FAA asked about Empire MacKendrick a merchant aircraft carrier during WW2 and its sisters and if anyone had sailed on her/them. In 1956 I sailed on the La Cumbre of Buries Markes which had been built as the Empire McDermott. In the officers saloon was a painting/picture of the ship in her wartime role. I have a photo of the ship as La Cumbre, I was A/S and only did one three month trip,continent/Newport Mews with coal.
381 December 01 2010 at 17:00:46
Full Name: Peter Carmody
Home Town?: Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: REF: email@example.com Chippy on the Troopship HMS Devonshire in the 50's.
I was on the HMS Barfoss (boom defence vessel) in Port Side Harbour during the Suez crisis in 1956, and she was our depot ship. I went on board a few times for beer and movies, we might well have brushed shoulders, all the best mate,
382 December 01 2010 at 16:44:49
Full Name: Peter Carmody
Home Town?: Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: I have just received my MN vetrans badge, and would like to thank Tim Brant and his staff for all the effort spent in resaerching my service in order to get it. I shall certainly wear ir with pride whenever possible, and hope to be around to attend the Memorial services next year again,
All the best to those sailors I met in September also,
383 November 30 2010 at 22:30:14
Full Name: tom newstead
Home Town?: seaton sluice
Message Text: tommy the chippy fist ship port nicolson naper clan line mcdugal gran menair kinard castel lanca 07900654227strean elimans winsoer castel
384 November 28 2010 at 14:32:14
Full Name: Graham Humphreys
Home Town?: Yatton, Nth Somerset
Message Text: Anyone out there that sailed with the Bristol City Line better known as Charlie Hills submarines!
I was apprentice from 1966-70. Good to hear from you.
385 November 28 2010 at 12:06:06
Full Name: Ray (Jim) Walton
Home Town?: B irmingham
Message Text: T.S.Vindicatrix 1943fmsq
J.O.S. S.S. Evagoras 1943
E.D.H. M.V.Bug 1944
E.D.H. M.V. Chant 26 1945
E.D.H. M.V. Empire Mc Mahon 1945
E.D.H. M.V. Dolabella 1946
386 November 22 2010 at 16:11:08
Full Name: John Callon
Home Town?: Loch Lomond
Message Text: I was on the Devonshire from 1960 until she was sold to B.I. I was a Writer on her. After she finished with Bibbys I was transferred to to the Rangoon service.
387 November 21 2010 at 21:17:04
Full Name: Russell David Strother
Home Town?: moreton ch469qg
Message Text: hi I was at sea in the fiftys on troop ships oxfordshire and devonshire is there any of us left I was a chippy. thanks Russell
388 November 21 2010 at 20:18:13
Full Name: Michael Fleming
Home Town?: Bristol
Message Text: There is a thriving MN association in Bristol. Anyone living in the Bristol area including Somerset and would like to find out more about us or would like to become a member. Please get in touch.
389 November 15 2010 at 15:05:37
Full Name: Jeff Glasser
Home Town?: Glastonbury.
Message Text: Ex Vindi' Oct-Dec. 1964. (Catering)
Port Alfred. I lived in Suffolk in those days, now live in Somerset.
I left the M.N. in 1967.
Looking for Keith Riley and Peter Coulson.
390 November 10 2010 at 10:54:44
Full Name: frank walsh
Home Town?: bristol.uk
Message Text: went to sea between 1977~89,sailed on the port boats.rfa,albright,lots more ,would like to get in touch with any one who knows me remembers me anyone.especialy terry wassel(cook)from the cape boats and the port new plymouth.
391 November 06 2010 at 16:46:06
Full Name: William S. Hoey
Home Town?: Larne, Co. Antrim. N. Ireland
Message Text: I was in the Merchant Navy from 1966 to 1983. I started as Deck Boy and worked my way up to Petty Officer where I finished my career on Shell Tankers stores.
392 November 05 2010 at 13:53:26
Full Name: Peter Hery Bedford
Home Town?: Bridgwater
Message Text: Would like to hear from any crew members of the Baltic Star/Baltic Venture. 1971/72,or P&O Oronsay 1969/70
393 November 04 2010 at 21:02:04
Full Name: Catherine Davis
Home Town?: Wilmington North Carolina USA
Message Text: I am trying to find anyone who was on a ship with my father. Robert P McLean. He was from Barrhead Scotland He contracted smallpox in 1942 enroute from India to Australia. He was quarantined in Sydney I beleive and caught up with his ship in Melbourne. He was taken care of by 2 volunteer nurses (Develin & Smythe) not sure of the spelling. He received many cards and letters from people in Australia (some had sent him money) He was 21 years old. I am going to Australia in 2011 December and want to go to the Quarantine Station...
Thanks - Cathy
394 November 03 2010 at 21:18:11
Full Name: margaret ann kilby
Home Town?: norwich
Message Text: we have my fathers photo album of him on hms khedive part of 808 squadron as we intend selling this we wondered if any body would be interest the are also photo's of the surrender of singapore please contact me
395 November 02 2010 at 12:29:25
Full Name: Douglas H. Fidler
Home Town?: Stockton on Tees.
Message Text: Hello.
Sailed from 1965 until 1985 with various shipping companies including; Ellerman's ,Blue Star,British & Commonwealth, Booths , P.& O. lines and Fyffes.
In the capacity of Electrical Engineer. ("Lecky" to most people.)
I shall be delighted to hear from any ex."ship mate" friends.
396 November 01 2010 at 21:31:05
Full Name: Peter Mulvany
Home Town?: Dublin, Ireland
Message Text: Perhaps shipmates might like to know that 3 youtube videos are now on line showing the following.
Irish Heroes Return Bordeaux April 2010:
Irish Heroes Return Milag Nord Westertimke April 2010:
Irish Heroes Return Bremen Farge May 2010
All can be accessed via our website
397 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
398 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
399 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?
400 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......!!!
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