476 February 13 2010 at 11:21:23|
Full Name: bill welch
Home Town?: stevenage
Message Text: My wifes great grandfather was Captain Robert Austin he commanded ss Archimides in 1892, he died of yellow fever whilst at sea, after leaving the Brazilian coast and was buried at sea, the only information we have is from a report from the New York Times of the ships arrival in New York dated May 15 1892, if anyone has any more information it would be greatly appreciated. I myself was a merchant seaman, ex vindi boy and served from 1954-1960 regards to all Bill Welch
477 February 10 2010 at 11:47:29
Full Name: Nigel Chamberlain
Home Town?: Penrith
Message Text: I am trying to gather information to use in my eulogy to my father who died on Saturday 6th February 2010. I believe he signed up underage in Liverpool for the Blue Star line. He was a 17 year old seaman on the Sydney Star when it was torpedoed by a German E-boat off Malta on 24th July 1941. I understand from his stories that she was hit in the coal bunker area when elsewhere she was full of troops and amunition. A skeleton crew managed to sail her into the harbour under constant barage where she was undergoing repairs in dry dock until 18th August 1941. The Germany effort to blockade the island was intense and people lived in hardship and shelterd in caves during the bombing raids. I have been told that the Sydney Star made for Buones Aires where she underwent extensive repairs. Apparently my father enjoyed his time in Argentina.
478 February 09 2010 at 13:34:58
Full Name: David Wiltshire
Home Town?: leamington spa
Message Text: Dear M.N.A.
I have recently joined the M.N.A. and lookforward to recieving your quarterly publication which is very well pressented and informative.
I am a serving able seaman and wondered if it wound be possible to include some articules on current modern British ships and crews? We are still out there getting older but still turning too!
Thanks and keep up the great work.
479 February 08 2010 at 13:08:15
Full Name: John Anderson
Home Town?: Dundee
Message Text: Apprentice PSNC 1963-1967
6 Trips on "Flamenco"
1 trip "George Peacock"
3 trips "Pacific Reliance"
Shaw Saville 1968-1974
Offshore Marine 1974-1976.
"Happiness is a full cargo of onions and mellons from Valperiso"
480 February 05 2010 at 19:04:26
Full Name: Jeffrey Robinson (Robbie)
Home Town?: Halkyn
Message Text: Hello There,
I am a Historian and Researcher. Whilst putting together research of Ceylon I have come across photographs of the air sea rescue operations by RAF of the SAN ERNESTO in 1943, several pictures.
481 February 01 2010 at 16:03:31
Full Name: mr edward whyte
Home Town?: southampton
Message Text: my discharge book number is R709202
482 February 01 2010 at 10:31:41
Full Name: Barbara Craggs
Home Town?: Hayling Island
Message Text: Looking for anyone who remembers my Dad William Wilson chief chef who was lost at sea 1957-58 . He was on the Dartmoor i think and before that the Glenmoor . His favourite ship was the Baltavia and i spent my childhood having the run of the ship and many happy memories . He was lost off the Bay of Biscay just disappeared i guess strange things happen at sea .
483 January 30 2010 at 21:42:56
Full Name: Jean Pye
Home Town?: South Shields
Message Text: Still looking for any relatives of survivors of MV Larchbank sunk in 1943. My dad Harry Hopper was 3rd engineer. Keep up the good work MNA.
484 January 25 2010 at 19:53:56
Full Name: ronald george patterson
Home Town?: arbroath
Message Text: I was in the merchant navy for approx 7 years from 1953-1960 serving on newzealand shipping co RANGITOTO, RANGITATA, WHANGAROA,home trade CEA FULHAM III,S.S. CORMIST.S.S. CARA> M.V. KINGGENNIE M.V. DUNDEE M.V. BRITISH BIRCH. MV ARUNDEL M.V. BRITISH EARL.M.V. AGILITY M.V. AUSTILITY M.V. RACE FISHER M.V. EMPIRE STAR and lastly in april 1961 M.V. CALIFORNIA STAR WOULD WELCOME ANY MESSAGE FROM ANY BODY WHO HAS INFO RE CREW.
485 January 25 2010 at 10:55:14
Full Name: Derek Arrmer
Home Town?: Barrow-in-Furness
Message Text: I am trying to locate a copy of the movie "Accross Great Waters" which was produced by a film crew on board the Shaw Savill liner "Southern Cross" during her maiden Voyage approx. 1953.
486 January 24 2010 at 15:20:17
Full Name: Irene Andrews
Home Town?: Chichester
Message Text: My late great Uncle, Thomas Wilkinson, VC sailed on the Alcinous (in 1918); Hyson (in 1918); Laomedon (in 1919); Alcinous (in 1920); Archilles (in 1920); Teiresias (in 1921) and on the Mentor. I have found all these ships on your site. Thankyou! Thomas then went out to work in the Far East for the China Navigation Co (now Jardines) and was Captain of the Li Wo when she was requisitioned by the RN. In a well documented battle at sea, Thomas went down with his ship in the Java Straits on 14 February 1942. He was posthumously awarded the VC in 1946. His medal is at the Imperial War Museum.
Excellent site, Thank you again.
487 January 16 2010 at 02:11:29
Full Name: Keith Ford
Home Town?: Adelaide South Australia
Message Text: To one and all a Happy New Year,
I've recently found out my real fathers name, Albert Leonard Guttridge, from papers I've received from my recently deceased mothers estate. On their divorve papers it states "ships mate" He was born in West Ham 1914, found he died in Keeling Norfolk in 1985. I have no idea when he joined or left the merchant navy or what ships he served on. I have been advised that unless I can locate the name of a ship he served on tracing him is just about impossible. If there is anybody who knew him or a ship he served on, I'd be thankful for any information. Best regards to you all. Keith in S.Oz
488 January 13 2010 at 21:23:28
Full Name: neilsparks
Home Town?: seaton devon
Message Text: good evening and keep up the good work neil sparks 1979/1982 p&o cunard benline fyffes best wishes
489 January 12 2010 at 14:14:08
Full Name: Charles Charlton White
Home Town?: Phnom Penh at present
Message Text: I am Charlie White, ex 6th Engr. Malay, 5th Engr. Port Huon, 4th Engr Laganbank, 3rd Engr Irisbank, 2nd Engr Northbank, 3rd Engr City of Melbourne, 2nd Engr Bermuda Trader, 3rd Engr. Malekula, 2nd Engr. Testbank, 3rd and 2nd Engr Kuala Lumpur, 3rd and 2nd Engr, Tientsin, 5th Engr Hemiplecta etc. i was at sea from August 1958 till 1967. I still miss the life though I don't think I would want to sail under modern conditions. Bank Line was my favourite company
490 January 11 2010 at 14:59:39
Full Name: Peter Biggs
Home Town?: Richmond
Message Text: I have an oil painting of the SS Philoctetes and HMS Tiger in the Straits of Malacca BY W.J.K. Swales Dated 21/08/63 do you Know the Artist? Was he your ship mate? could he be your dad or husband? please email me if you can help Thank you Peter
491 January 11 2010 at 09:34:16
Full Name: frank andrew archibald
Home Town?: napier nz
Message Text: A great site,with the most interesting pages on sailing ships and the historyof them..
492 January 11 2010 at 08:18:03
Full Name: Sean Longden
Home Town?: Thornton Heath
Message Text: Boys of the Merchant Navy in World War 2
I have been commissioned by Constable & Robinson books to write a history of children and teenagers growing up during world war 2. The aim of the book is to show the positive role under-18s played in the war effort. Therefore I wish to include the stories of 'Boys' who served in the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy between 1939-1945. If you would like to be interviewed as part of this project, and to tell your memories of a 'boys' life at sea in wartime, please contact me.
15 Carew Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 7RF
0208 239 9277
493 January 10 2010 at 17:14:10
Full Name: thomas A effeny
Home Town?: southampton
Message Text: Have just seen the report of ORESTES shelled by 3 jap subs what nonsence I was Midshipman onboard there was 1 sub and although we did drop 2 depth charges the sub was miles away at the time, what saved us was our speed who writes this nonsence.I left BF 1954 when I was mate of the MARON.
494 January 09 2010 at 19:48:24
Full Name: ALAN E LYNCH
Home Town?: SOUTHAMPTON
Message Text: DISCHARGE BOOK NO R568499 LOOKING FOR GEOGE HULL EX JOHN STREET SOTON
495 January 07 2010 at 05:07:09
Full Name: AMBROSE OJUYENUM
Home Town?: Lagos , Nigeria
Message Text: I am a foreign going Master Mariner surfing the net for the worldwide heritage of the Merchant Navy with the hope of getting a better organized Merchant Navy forum back home.
Commendable efforts to get this website alive, a million thanks to the creators.
496 January 03 2010 at 22:31:26
Full Name: Charles Keeton
Home Town?: Hartlepool
Message Text: I was a seagoing Engineer with Ellerman Lines during 1969 - 1972.
I subsequently sailed with Oregon Steamship Company, Stag Line,
Houlder Brothers, Denholm Ship Management and Denholm Maclays.
I would be very interested to contact any old shipmates,
497 January 03 2010 at 16:46:50
Full Name: Barry Douglas
Home Town?: York
Message Text: Looking for information re the ship ARAB. It was off Trevose head, Cornwall in April 1861. My great grandfather was Robert Douglas age 20 onboard as crew. Not sure if it was steam or sail, its tonnage etc etc.
498 January 03 2010 at 04:59:00
Full Name: Charles Keeton
Home Town?: Hartlepool
Message Text: Dear Sir,
I am interested in tracing old shipmates.
I sailed with Ellerman City Liners between 1969- 1972 before moving on to sail with Stag Line, Oregon steamship Company, Houlder Brothers,
Denholm Ship Management and Denholm Maclays.
499 January 03 2010 at 01:43:15
Full Name: Arthur Wilkinson
Home Town?: Auckland, New Zealand
Message Text: My father, also called Arthur, served in the Merchant Navy from 1930 to 1950. I am currently researching the ships he served with fromn his continuous certificate of discharge book and think that this site will fill in some gaps for me.
500 December 29 2009 at 20:20:34
Full Name: Henry Perry
Email: henry. perry@ ntlworld.com
Home Town?: Great Yarmouth
Message Text: Another ship hijacked. Years ago when ships were threatened by pirates they used to turn the fire hoses on them. These days with with ships with surplus electric power and the availiabilty of high capacity pumps why don't owners fit maybe 20 or more permanent nozzles around the stern and other vulnerable points and after dark which appears to time when most attemps are made, leave them on all the time. Japanese whale catchers seem to find the method very usefull
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