576 August 28 2009 at 14:43:08|
Full Name: Fran Robinson
Home Town?: Yorkshire
Message Text: Looking for people who worked with Victor Aquilina. He was an oiler on various ships.
He was on Orion during 1962. His discharge book is difficult to read but it looks like July 1962 to November 1962.
He was on Orcades from 11.6.65 to Sept 65
Orsova from 28.3.63 to August 63 and from 30 Sept 1963 to a date that isn't readable from his discharge book. He was on Orsova again in 1964 from an unreadable date to 16th August 1964.
British Guardsman from 24 Feb 1964 to 30th April 1964 and again from an unreadable date in his discharge book to 14th June 1964
Oronsay from 1.9.64 to 5.1.65 and another voyage after this in 1965 but the dates are unreadable from his discharge book.
I wonder if you remember him or were on any of the ships at the same time as him? I can send a photo from his discharge book if you think it will help.
If you remember him please e-mail me at : email@example.com
577 August 27 2009 at 05:30:30
Full Name: Ian McDowall Bloomfield
Home Town?: Traralgon Victoria Australia
Message Text: Handy Site for researching late father John Oliver Bloomfield R279683
578 August 26 2009 at 14:12:07
Full Name: MartinAyling
Home Town?: Loughborough
Message Text: MNA is an interesting site, I was on BP tankers in the early seventies, Vine, Justice and shaky Diplomat. Would anyone agree to attending Leeds court on 2nd Sept to explain about Discharge Books?
It is for a contested Will case. Expenses and hourly rate paid!
579 August 24 2009 at 11:56:19
Full Name: David Joseph Williams
Home Town?: Llanelli South Wales
Message Text: Hi There.
Are there any ex seamen out there
from the Llanelli area?
580 August 23 2009 at 11:28:27
Full Name: Daniel Ale
Message Text: Dear Sir or Madam,
MNA has a great website. It is great such an information board is available on the internet.
If anyone at your institution is interested in maritime artworks you can visit a new maritime art website:
581 August 20 2009 at 18:50:09
Full Name: Jason Smith
Home Town?: Sheffield
Message Text: Hi
Were trying to trace a Tom Robinson who worked in the sunderland are in the Merchant Navy around 1965.
If anyone has any details we would be most grateful.
582 August 13 2009 at 15:19:34
Full Name: Lesley Hitchcock for Kenneth Hitchcock
Home Town?: Cranbourne Nth Victoria Australia
Message Text: P&O LINERS. I am looking for colleagues who worked for P&O ships between May 1973-April 1974. I was a deckhand and later an oiler in the engine room of the ORIANA. If you worked in the boiler room/engine rooms of the ORIANA (as greasers, stokers or engineers) or were employed as part of the land based operations between these dates please contact me on the email address above asap. I would be so pleased to hear from you. Kenneth Hitchcock.
583 August 11 2009 at 21:57:00
Full Name: Morton P Grant
Email: dunlop65 @verizon.net
Home Town?: Nassau Bay Houston Texas 77058 USA
Message Text: Born Edinburgh Scotland . Apprenticeship Brown Bros. Marine Engrs. Rosebank Ironworks Edinburgh. Sailed with Clan Line (1953-1962) left senr 2nd Engr. (1st Cl Stm& deisel). Joined Monsanto Chemicals UK1963 Engineerng Dept. transferred to Monsanto Chemicals USA 1979(Mechanical Technology Dept), retired 1998 now living in Nassau Bay Texas .
584 August 10 2009 at 20:47:20
Full Name: Gregory Alexander Steene
Home Town?: Epsom
Message Text: Hi I am 59 now. I served for 2 years over 40 years ago. I can hardly believe its been that long my experiences are still so vivid in my mind.
My first vessel was the "MV Somers Isle" bound out of Liverpool for Bermuda, North America, the Bahamas and the West Indies.
I remember watching Prince Charles inaugaration as Prince of Wales on Television from the Seamans Mission in a beautiful colonial style building with verandas and rocking chairs in Hamilton Bermuda.
585 August 10 2009 at 19:21:06
Full Name: malcolm coleman
Home Town?: Wallsend
Message Text: this site brings bsck good memories pf 7 years in the navy
586 August 09 2009 at 13:06:05
Full Name: anndrew Hucker
Home Town?: Townsville Aust
Message Text: Great info site I am looking for info about a 1.5 meter steam powered model my wifes granddad built in the 1960s it was the port Townsville . He built this in south Aust long before the family had anything to do with Townsville so we ask the question to why he would build this ? his name has Charls Manning.any info would help thanks.
587 August 05 2009 at 18:11:46
Full Name: john flint
Home Town?: was birmingham now evesham
Message Text: vindi boy 1957 kenya castle mv medic
588 August 04 2009 at 11:19:03
Full Name: David Gallagher
Home Town?: Manchester
Message Text: Hi to any sea dog that attended J Class from Feb 15th 1971 at the National sea training school Gravesend Kent, or any one that served on the Esso Northumbria
of the same year.
589 August 03 2009 at 21:06:39
Full Name: Alan Bland
Email: alan@bland 1630.fsnet.co.uk
Home Town?: North Shields
Message Text: My brother Arthur Bland(North Shields )sailed with Ben line from1955 to 1968 as Chief Engineer on various "Ben Line"ships,he is very ill at present with Altheimers and is in care .he still likes to( swing the lamp)about MN days.I was wondering if any members remember him ? also where i can obtain
a illustrated book of "Ben Line" Vessels,
I am ex MN "Ellerman" Lines(Lecky)
"City of Exeter"1955to1958.
"Royal Mail " "Highland Chieftain"
Alam Bland member no 2109
590 August 03 2009 at 08:32:19
Full Name: Ian James Rackow
Home Town?: DUNDEE
Message Text: The Fraternity of Masters and Seamen in Dundee, will be having their Annual Merchant Navy Day Service aboard Frigate Unicorn on Sunday 6th September at 3pm.
Ian J. Rackow, Boxmaster.
591 August 02 2009 at 23:34:24
Full Name: Lyn Loates
Home Town?: Auckland
Message Text: I'm wanting information about any merchant navy ship which might have sailed a route which included Calcutta to Australia or NZ around late 1940s. Any leads appreciated. - Lyn
592 August 02 2009 at 12:39:51
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: Charles L.D. query.
Cargo ship Charles L.D. 5,273grt (MOWT, Union Castle Mail SS Co. Ltd) loaded with a general cargo for Glasgow joined up with the 39 ship Liverpool bound Convoy HX-217 sailing from New York on the 27th November 1942. On the 9th December at 09.10 hours (CET) the ship is hit by a torpedo from U-553 South-East of Cape Farewell and sinks in position 59' 02N 30' 45W taking 36 crew with her. 12 crew were rescued by the Convoy Rescue Ship Perth and landed at the Clyde on the 13th December.
The ship had originally been operated by the Vichy French in 1940, but was seized by the New Zealand Navy on the 23rd March 1941 between Mauritius & Madagascar and handed over to the British Ministry of War Transport.
Her 1942 Log Book & Crew Agreements are held at The National Archives under the ship Official No. 135620 in file BT 381/1815 By pasting the link into your browser http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATID=8197782&CATLN=6&Highlight=%2C135620&accessmethod=0 and hitting the "request this" link you can order a copy by following the instructions given. Make sure you ask only for he last crew list before the ship was sunk as these Log Book & Crew Agreements run from January to December of any given year.
593 August 02 2009 at 12:04:51
Full Name: micheal obrien
Home Town?: manchester
Message Text: Just got to this site, and would like to find any one that remembres me. i was on the QE2 74&76 the windsor castle 74&76, manchester quest 75, manchester fronteir xmas 75-new year 76. british inventor 77, british pioneer 78, and the manchester concept 79.
mick (known at sea as madmick)
594 August 02 2009 at 11:58:18
Full Name: Antony Pink
Home Town?: Littlehampton
Message Text: Hi there, Just a corrective message for anyone trying to reply to any of my last 3 posts, the above email address is the Correct one! was having prolems with sticky keys, Thanks
595 August 01 2009 at 23:58:45
Full Name: graham foxton glover
Home Town?: market rasen
Message Text: good evening have just found your website, am ex MN R/O, from 1965 to 1980 mainly with Bibby Line.
596 August 01 2009 at 13:00:46
Full Name: Anthony Pnk
Home Town?: Littlehampton
Message Text: Hello there, I am seekig infirmation and especially photos of the nautical Training School at Portishead in the 1960s, Can anyone help?
Regards and many thanks Tony
597 August 01 2009 at 12:56:09
Full Name: anthony Pink
Home Town?: Littleampton
Message Text: Hello All, I am seeking informatino on my brother Peter Wallis who passed away in 1976 but served in the Merchant Navy and RFA. if anyone knew him or what vessels he sailed on I would love
to hear from them .
Regards to all Tony.
598 August 01 2009 at 12:49:44
Full Name: Anthony Pink
Home Town?: Littlehampton
Message Text: Hi there, I would like to draw on the considerable amount of experience and expertse on here and ask if anyone can give a definatve answer to the identity of three types of merchant navy cap badges? The first is the cap badge of the British Ocean weather Service , can anyone describe what it looked like? The second is a badge with a blue ensign defaced in the fly by a yellow anchor on its side (the Other Govenment Services ensign similar to the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service RMAS but without the 2 wavey lines underneath) does anyone know who wore this and when? Lastly the RMAS and Port Auxiliary Service does anyone know what their cap badge looked like or if they had one? this would settle a long standng, ongong argument! any information would be very greatfully recieved, pictures would be even better!
Regards to all Tony.
599 July 29 2009 at 19:04:44
Full Name: Jane Leask nee Mackinlay
Home Town?: Cape Town, South AFrica
Message Text: My father, Don Mackinlay was an Officer on the ship Charles LD, which was torpedoed 9/12/1942, and he survived. Does anyone have any more info about this event for me, or a crew list to which I can add his name? I may be contacted at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Jane
600 July 29 2009 at 10:57:46
Full Name: gerry wase
Home Town?: hunstanton
Message Text: wonderful memories p&o iberia 64/66 as brs and crew projectionist
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