426 June 02 2010 at 23:34:35|
Full Name: elizabeth o'connell
Home Town?: gosport,hants.
Message Text: A very interesting Guestbook. Thank you,it's very much Appreciated.My late father,Thomas William O'Connell,was a DEMS Gunner,in 1939-1945,all i know is that he was on The Tatila Lines, Ships,Fort Jasper,Fort Latour, sailing to N.Africa and The Empire Line,Ship named,Grace. If anyone has any information,Photos,or remembers Him ? It Would Be Very Much Appreciated and i Would Cover Any Cost. He also Visited Wallaroo,Australia,on The S.S.Sam Jack,in 1944.I Have Deep Respect For All Those Who Risked Their Lives,to Keep Vital Food Supplies [etc] going Because They Had To Battle With THE SEA AND THE ELEMENTS AS WELL !
427 June 02 2010 at 00:41:49
Full Name: Peter Hutchings
Home Town?: Auckland NZ
Message Text: I was at Vindicatrix June July August 1946. First Ship Dunnotter Castle (Trooping) Port Line, Port Lyttelton,British Tanker Co British Unity. Would appreciate any info on Alan Smith originaly from Salford. Left ship in Melbourne 1948-49?. Married Betty in Wellington. May have settled in Australia.
428 June 01 2010 at 15:26:02
Full Name: Michael Burt
Home Town?: Plymouth Devon
Message Text: A really good site. I spent a number of years as 5/4th Engineer with Reardon Smith. My happiest ship with a really great bunch of Engineers and mates was MV Maria Elise ex Cardiff City, we were on charter to the Mexican State Merchant Marine. A lovely Doxford Engine 67PT4 with Bellis and Morcom generators.
429 May 27 2010 at 19:19:32
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: Loss of the Maritima
Cargo ship Maritima, 5,801grt, ( Neil & Pandelis Ltd) had loaded a general cargo including explosives in New York for Glasgow and sailed to Sydney, Cape Breton to join up with the 42 ship Liverpool bound Convoy SC-107 which sailed on the 24th October 1942. On the 30th October, the Convoy is sighted by U-552 and a patrol line is set up. The first successful attack takes place on the 2nd November when 9 ships are sunk and another 3 damaged including the Maritima which is torpedoed by U-552, 500 miles North-East of St John’s, Newfoundland, sinking in four minutes in position 52’ 20 45’ 40W. The Captain, 28 crew and 3 DEMS gunners were lost. 22 crew and 5 gunners were rescued by the Canadian Corvette Arvida (K.113) and landed in Londonderry. In all fifteen ships were lost and four more damaged by the 4th November from Convoy SC-107.
430 May 27 2010 at 15:20:10
Full Name: A G L Welz
Home Town?: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Message Text: I sailed for several years with Safmarine and the Maersk Line UK, and now work as a maritime lawyer at a firm based in Milburn House - I found the history of Milburn Line on the website to be fascinating, and gives new meaning to this old building I work in!
431 May 25 2010 at 11:56:36
Full Name: janet edwards
Home Town?: exeter
Message Text: I have enjoyed browsing through your site. I have been researching a member of my family, my uncle who was lost, at 18 years old in the sinking of SS Maritima in 1942. Your site has been very useful to me. Thank you.
432 May 22 2010 at 03:58:28
Full Name: Patrick Joseph Walsh
Home Town?: West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland
Message Text: On deck 1971-1975
433 May 18 2010 at 20:06:23
Full Name: Gwenda Cliff
Home Town?: Stike sub Hamdon Somerset
Message Text: My Great Great Great Grandfather was John Dupleix and I have been told he was a Captain on one of the Glen Line Steamships. Any information would be really greatly appreciated - obviously this is 19th century history, but would really like to know why so many of the members of the family are in to boats..and sailing..big time!!!!
434 May 14 2010 at 13:40:08
Full Name: Sandra Marvin
Home Town?: Herne Bay, Kent
Message Text: I have a discharge book belonging to my maternal gradfather HENRY JAMES BEAN. I have been looking on the Union Castle line information and was delighted to find the SS DURHAM CASTLE which he sailed on from 7th October 1910 until 8th Septer 1913. He sailed on the AVONDALE CASTLE from 4th October 1901 until 14th April 1908. In 1898 he sailed on the MONTANA until 6th September 1899. Can you please tell me which shipping line the Montana was?
435 May 12 2010 at 04:38:00
Full Name: Ron Hamilton
Home Town?: Tokoroa, NZ, formerly Liverpool
Message Text: I sailed from 1947-1957 0n deck from Liverpool , Hoping to hear if any of my old ship mates are still 'swinging the lamp' (we didn't have television in those day ! Last 3yrs with PSNC , halcyon days ! ) Ron
436 May 09 2010 at 19:27:21
Full Name: john Hughes
Home Town?: Newport Gwent
Message Text: Hello shipmates'My Discharge book no R661709 First trip "Cardiff Queen" paddle steamer P&A Campbell white funnel fleet then deep sea for many years many companys out of Avon mouth.
437 May 04 2010 at 13:02:30
Full Name: Johnny Kieran
Home Town?: Laindon
Message Text: book no.767855 anyone out there sailed on the bad ship City of Ely to the far east,about aug/nov 62.
I know some of us lived though it.
438 May 02 2010 at 18:36:43
Full Name: kevin Harrington
Home Town?: Toronto
Message Text: Hope to find why red ensign was called red duster - definition to appear in article for Canadian Flag Association journal Flagnaut
439 April 29 2010 at 15:28:46
Full Name: Peter Carmody
Home Town?: Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: Ref message from George Griffiths of Perth, Oz.
Was at the Vindicatrix 52/53 looking for anyone from thet period.
I don't remember names so well now, I was at the Vindi around that time, but I was 18 in '53 and got my EDH in Falmouth on my 18th birthday (7th April). My first trip after leaving the Vindi was on the British Prudence. I joined her in Antwerp and sailed for Mina and then on to Singapore - Polo Sambo and on from there. So I must have been at the Vindi in 52.
Do you remember Capt Dougan and John Wayne? and the Vindi song?
How did you finish up in Oz?
I'd like to hear from you,
440 April 28 2010 at 09:33:52
Full Name: Karen Gregor
Home Town?: Worcester
BBC Radio 4 is making a programme, presented by Peter Snow, about 'The Yellow Fleet' - the ships which were trapped in the Suez Canal for 8 years following the 1967 six day war. Four of the ships were British: MS Agapenor; MS Melampus; MS Scottish Star and MS Port Invercargili. We'd very much like to find people who were on those ships at the time of the closure of the Suez canal so we can record their memories for the programme. Please contact the producer, Karen Gregor, email@example.com or 0121 567 6739. We're recording the programme throughout May and June, for broadcast on Radio 4 in November. Many thanks, Karen.
441 April 26 2010 at 22:49:51
Full Name: Edward Ebden
Home Town?: Abergavenny,Monmouthshire,Wales
Message Text: I am researching Captain John McWhir,(1853-1895),an Ulsterman from Ballyhalbert,County Down,Ireland,master of the iron barques Highland Forest and Highland Home.Both originally owned by Messrs Crane Colvil of Glasgow,later by James R.Cuthbertson also of Glasgow
after about 1888.Joseph Conrad,the author, sailed as First Mate on the Highland Forest under McWhir's command in 1887 from Amsterdam to the Far East.
John McWhir was lost,with his wife and son,and 17 crew,on the Highland Home,when the steel hawser snapped in a SW Force 12 storm in late 1895,when it was being towed from Fleetwood to London by the new steam tug The Warrior.The wreck site is at Freshwater Bay,near St Anne's Head,Milford Haven,Pembrokeshire.
The Highland Forest was lost off Freemantle,Australia in 1901.
I am also researching the other two sister ships The Highland Chief,lost off Boulogne,France,on its maiden run to Australia as well as the Highland Glen,which later became The Nuuanu,and was captained in the American merchant marine by Walter Lyman Josselyn of Duxbury,Mass. (1841-1913) between 1896 and 1912.She lasted until the late 1920's or so in the Philippines. [See the book Down Easter Captain by his grandson Captain W.J.Moore]
All four barques were built by Messrs Ramage & Ferguson,of Leith,Scotland,in the 1880's.
442 April 22 2010 at 12:08:03
Full Name: Peter Carmody
Home Town?: Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: I was an EDH on the RFA Barfoss in Port Side during the Suez Crisis in 1956. We were all sent home on the 21st December '56 when the UN tookover operations. We shipped out on the HMS Anzio and after five days of force 10 gales we arrived in Malta, shaken but not deterred. From there we flew back home in a military plane to Blackbush. During operations in Portside, we were constantly under sniper fire from the shore as they did not want us clearing the canal. The Royal Marine petrols kept a constant vigil, keeping us safe, and the HMS Devon was our Depot ship which kept us supplied with beer and movies etc. The comradeship was amazing, I'd like to hear from anyone else who was there.
Pete Carmody DOB 07 Apr 1935: discharge book: R584135
Now that we are recognised as one of the forces, does that qualify me for a gong?
443 April 18 2010 at 02:14:07
Full Name: franshelle carla johnston
Home Town?: auckland nz
Message Text: does anybody know or had known, alxander cameron mcgregor ( cammy) he was a radio officer and i think it was the Chakdina ????? i am searching for him as he is my birth father and i dont have alot to go on...... he was from cambusskenneth scotland, i was born 1976 so it would be round then he was in nz. thanx any help would be appreciated
444 April 17 2010 at 18:41:28
Full Name: The Loftsman
Home Town?: Leith
Message Text: Hi all,
Great site and hope that i can get some help from you all, i am doing a blog on the history of all the ships built in the leith yard of Henry Robb and would welcome any stories or photo's of the ships built in the yard, the blog can be found at http://leithbuiltships.blogspot.com
and i have got to the year 1937/38 round about Ship No 240 with another 295 to go.
445 April 16 2010 at 14:07:59
Full Name: Anthony J.Ireland
Home Town?: Southampton
Message Text: School of Navigation,Warsash. Pre-sea cadet 1960, 2nd Mates,
1st Mates and Masters.
British & Commonwealth Shipping Co.,
Cadet/ Deck Officer. 1960 - 1970.
446 April 13 2010 at 22:32:36
Full Name: Andrew Britain
Home Town?: Edinburgh
Message Text: I`m looking for a few good sailors stories that can be used for a planned TV (comedy) series.
447 April 06 2010 at 12:27:50
Full Name: Arthur John Harvey WW11 VET
Home Town?: Beveely,Yorkshire
Message Text: Would like to contact the MNA is Perth.
448 April 05 2010 at 14:20:35
Full Name: Peter Mulvany
Home Town?: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Message Text: The british cemetery corporation in Buenos Aires have now listed the on their website which includes some photos. Off interest is the wreatths from the RNA & MN in Birkenhead and from shipmates in the RNPS at Lowestoft.link at:
449 April 05 2010 at 10:04:29
Full Name: Mandy Lunn
Home Town?: Nottingham, United Kingdom
Message Text: My Uncle Frank Victor White served in the Merchant Navy on various ships and I am trying to do some research for him. He served on the Georgic - White Star Liner, The SS Stadion Two - Norwegian, Carryabar - Tanker and Lord or Cape Howe - Target Towing. If anyone can help would be greatly appreciated.
450 April 04 2010 at 23:58:35
Full Name: Christopher P. Biggar
Home Town?: Limington, Maine, USA
Message Text: My dad Robert Biggar from Liverpool was on many ships during his time in the Merchant Navy between 1939 and 1952. He was on the Dorset that was sunk during Operation Pedestal in WWII. He is 86 and has lived in Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA since 1952.
Anyone remember serving with him?
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