576 December 24 2009 at 00:12:02|
Full Name: Norman Howell MBE
Home Town?: Birmingham UK
Message Text: To all seafarers everywhere,past and present I wish you a Happy Christmas,a healthy and prosperous 2010
577 December 22 2009 at 22:29:57
Full Name: Lisa Dawn Wilding
Home Town?: Basingstoke
Message Text: My grandfather, Richard Charles Gumbrell was in the Merchant service during WW2. I was wondering if there is anyone out there who knew or served with him. I grew up aware of his existence, but never knew him since my grandparents divorced when my dad was four. It would be wonderful if there was somebody who would share a memory of him with me.
Merry Christmas to one and all, and thank you.
578 December 22 2009 at 15:50:23
Full Name: Brian W.Elford
Home Town?: Ilford
Message Text: To the Committee and all members of the MNA past and presant. A Merry Christmas, and A Healthy New Year.
579 December 19 2009 at 14:44:40
Full Name: Nigel Linwood
Home Town?: Hereford
Message Text: I have been doing the family tree and since my dear mother passed away i have come across a lot of information which she had hoarded away.Three items which i have are Cup and Saucer plus avery nice spoon with the name S.S.Anchises engraved in the bowl.She was onboard returning from Australia on 13 April 1924 with her parents and brother and sister.I wonder if there are anymore items of interest out there.
580 December 19 2009 at 14:18:29
Full Name: Tim Brant, National Secretary, MNA
Message Text: With best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
Executive Committee, MNA
581 December 19 2009 at 06:36:54
Full Name: Ern Barrett
Home Town?: Adelaide South Australia
Message Text: The Merchant Navy Association of South Australia wishes all MNA Members and serving and ex MN personnel a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy and Prosperous 2010
Ern Barrett, President MNA of South Australia
582 December 18 2009 at 17:29:33
Full Name: Bill Taylor
Home Town?: wickford
Message Text: Wishing all MNA members and serving MN crews a Great Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
583 December 17 2009 at 21:00:13
Full Name: Michael Fleming
Home Town?: Bristol
Message Text: The Bristol branch of the Merchant Navy Association would like to wish a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to ALL Seafarers past and present. Also to all persons connected with the sea. Especially as 2010 has been designated "The Year Of The Seafarer" by the United Nations.
Michael Fleming - Vice Chairman
584 December 15 2009 at 22:22:42
Full Name: Robert Hope
Home Town?: Nanjing - China
Message Text: I am a Chief Engineer who suffered from the new Certificate system getting battered from various Companies over the past 20 years. I get hired to solve major marine failures the last one been Cemex where ship was blacklisted. I managed to get the ship back to form with result I am out of work again. Very nice to come here and sign the book
585 December 13 2009 at 20:58:48
Full Name: michael wootton
Home Town?: Tamworth
Message Text: A Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to all our Shipmates, see you all in the New Year. Best wishes from all at the Tamworth Branch
586 December 10 2009 at 21:46:23
Full Name: Alan McIlroy
Home Town?: Dublin
Message Text: Looking for any info on the following ships my father, John McIlroy served on as 3rd petty officer in the mid 40's.
1. ss Fort Glenlyon
2. ss Temple Arch
587 December 09 2009 at 18:32:49
Full Name: Brian Smith
Home Town?: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Message Text: I am building a model of HMRT TURMOIL. If anyone can put any light on the subject I would be pleased to hear from them.
My uncle was crew on her in the late 40's early 50's.Re Flying Enterprise.
588 November 27 2009 at 12:26:25
Full Name: Malcolm Smith
Home Town?: Wilmslow
Message Text: I had the dubious pleasure of spending 12 weeks on Bibby Line Troopship Empire Pride in 1951 and 1952. I am interested in movements and fate of that ship and would like to exchange information on her.
589 November 24 2009 at 23:20:18
Full Name: sue clarke
Home Town?: liverpool
Message Text: Does anyone remember FRED KIRBY? Born 1911, he was on the Queen Mary in the mid 1930's possibly working as a purser or steward. He may have been on the Caronia and eventually the Ocean Monarch sailing from New York to Bermuda. Also was japanese P.O.W. He is my grandfather and we never knew what happened to him.
590 November 14 2009 at 19:20:06
Full Name: Elizabeth killick
Home Town?: dartford, kent, england
Message Text: i am the grandaugter of Frank Henry Killick july 1923 - july 2004 from the darftord area. my father (his son) has been searching for information about grandad and what happened to him during the war years. if anybody knew him, or has any stories i and my family would love to hear from you thank you
591 November 13 2009 at 12:37:05
Full Name: Roddy J Macdonald,
Home Town?: Stornoway,Isle of Lewis.
Message Text: The organisations attending the Rememberance Service arranged by Royal British Legion &TA's assembled @ premises ready for march to the newly refurbished Martin's Memorial church.Present were Mr Alistair Allan MSP,Jen (Jenny) Stocks,TD,QVRM,Royal Logistic Corp,Chris Bailey,Royal Australian Navy,ATC under the direction of Peter Avis,Merchant Navy Association commanded by Captain Duncan Gordon & National Treasurer Willie MacFarlane,Army Cadets under S/M Kevin o'Hara,TA's with PSI C/Sgt Kevin O'Hara,other Kevin's dad,Fire Service under John Campbell,Coastguards with Angus Glen,Red Cross with 4 Glam Ladies,Angela,Donna,Mary,&Volna RAFA,led by Roddy Moffat,&Royal British Lewis Branch led by Hovis.With Standard Bearers @ready,young piper Daniel Maciver we were called to attention by the "soft voice"of PSI C/Sgt O'Hara,we started the march from Legion up James St, left wheel up Keith St,another left wheel down Francis St & were called to a halt by lanntair concourse,dissmissed we made our way into the church,we were joined there by Boys Brigade led by Colin & Mrs Macmillan,whose Platoon won Scottish Champion fund raising,fantastic sum over £12,000,Well Done,there was also agroup of Girl Guides,smartly dressed.The first singing praise Rev Tom O'Neill acceped the Standards for blessing,which,took us to 11am & two minutes silence. the next part of service was taken by RT/Hon Rev Moderator Church of Scotland,sorry i can't remember his name,that was the first time i saw or met a Moderator)his wife was a beauty).The closing hymn underway,Mr Macneill handed the Standards to their Bearers.The parade to South Beach St took them down the Narrows to the Crown Hotel &along to Bus Station,where they went on yo a bus,cars and on to the War Memorial to lay the different wreaths. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.Later we were joined by everyone in the Legion one of a few Sundays it opens Patti&Mags doing the bar-tendering while Murdo &Donnie did their "Host Caring".special thanks to Davie Scofield Coach Manager with Councilwho always takes the wheel of the coach on such occasions & joins us for an Orange Juice,Firemen called to dampen things down,pleased to say it was their Tonsils this time.The day couldn't be a sucess wihout the presence of s tornoway Division of the Northern Constabulary,who put their lives in n danger by stopping SY traffic on a sunday,an hour later they risk their lives with added fears, churches coming out same time pub-goers heading for watering holes,we admire your courage and thank the Guys &Gals for their hard work,infact am getting in touch with Big Chief to add some extra "Coppers"to your wage packets.Didn't mean to offend anyone,if its jail i'll take Porterfeild as my brother has bought a hotelnext door
592 November 10 2009 at 13:09:22
Full Name: Jeff Glasser R. 808042
Home Town?: Glastonbury, Somerset
Message Text: Ex Vindi' Oct-Dec. 1964. (Catering)
Port Alfred. I lived in Suffolk in those days.
Looking for Keith Riley and Peter Coulson.
593 November 08 2009 at 14:17:27
Full Name: Liz McGregor
Message Text: My hobby is family research and am currently researching the career of Wilkie McGregor 1868-22/11/1940 As Chief Engineer of SS Pikepool he now rests at sea off the Smalls Light
594 November 07 2009 at 19:12:35
Full Name: Don Bull
Home Town?: Southport Merseyside
Message Text: Peter Baker from Loose Road Maidstone Kent,Junior Engineer with me on the SS Potosi where the hell are you buddy ?
595 November 07 2009 at 18:20:57
Full Name: Tony Waugh
Home Town?: Woodbridge
Message Text: Looking for info on a feeder vessel the Ruth agents in London Glover Bros
traded Lisbon/lexioes/Oportor late 60,s early 70,s to 43 berth tilbury
596 November 03 2009 at 08:09:33
Full Name: peter anthony ainsworth hohnen RFD
Home Town?: bellingen, new South wales AUSTRALIA
Message Text: Greetings from Australia,
I have recently co-authored a book with Richard Guilliatt entitled THE WOLF, a history of the German naval raider of the First War, SMS WOLF.
We have strong interest from a documentary maker who has asked me a question that I cannot answer, but hoped one of your members might know. does anyone know whether there is, someone in the world a merchant steam driven ship that could be used as a Wolf substitute for film shooting sequences?
I should be grateful for any assistance. I am happy to send a complimntary copy of our book to your library. It was published inthe UK in June by Transworld.
Our website is raderwolf.com
597 October 29 2009 at 12:40:38
Full Name: Roddy John Macdonald,
Home Town?: Stornoway.
Message Text: Hello Shipmates,back on the Island of Lewis after attending the Merchant Navy Association A.G.M.For Willie Macfarlane,(National Treasurer)his good lady/wife Anne,& myself it started off on friday morning @8.30 with a flight from Stornoway to Glasgow that took 55 minutes,after about an hour or so we were on a connecting flight to Birmingham,a short trip by train to Wolverhampton and we were booking into our hotel @13.30.In the evening we were joined by John Serle,Tim &Barbara,Mr & Mrs Cockburns for a beautiful meal,few drinks & a good all round chat.After a late breakfast we all made our way to Springfield Sports Club where the meeting was held.
"Springfield Sports Club"was a fantastic venue,thank-you to the staff for their kind attention.
John as chairman what a speech,another long speech that i can remember,is when B.C.C.I.robbed our council of £24 million@a meeting i was @ i was none the wiser where our cash was, but with John we were all engrossed in everything he said.Willie as treasurer well done
C.I.B. Stornoway in charge of accounts for another year Congrat,also to all office bearers and helpers,all do a fantastic job,we need you,and we couldn't do without you.I was saying to Willie day before meeting how tidy he had everthing,indexed and filed,to his gobbed-smacked horror Anne replied "Aye but he doesn't know the House Insurance is due for renewal"!!!Willie same as a mechanic and his car!!!
Sunday we started our journey back to Stornoway,with a flight from Birmingham to Stornoway via Edinburgh,all went well 'til we got to SY we discovered Willie &Anne were
minus their luggage,am told next day that their suitcase turned up.Glad to say that they are both out of"intensive care"
Until next time
out Good Sailings
598 October 29 2009 at 11:30:21
Full Name: David Fox
Home Town?: Maidstone
Message Text: Hi,Was at GSS Feb57 catering class.First ship was British Tanker the British Rover to the Persian Gulf.I sailed mostly on Tankers and Bulk Carriers.The Tankers were Athellaird,Athelking.Athelbeach,Athelprincess,and Orlando. The Bulk Carriers were Crystal Bell,Crystal Jewel,Crystal Crown.Brings back happy memeries.
599 October 27 2009 at 13:14:10
Full Name: John Cargill Henderson
Home Town?: WICK CAITHNESS
Message Text: I HAVE JUST JOINED THE ASSOCIATION I SPENT AROUND 5 YRS AT SEA WITH BEN LINE AND SHAW SAVILLE.I WAS FOLLOWING ON FROM A COUPLE OF GENERATION'S OF SEAMEN MY GRANDFATHER BEING THE MOST FAMOUS HAVING BEEN AN A.B ON CARPATHIA AT THE TIME OF THE SINKING OF TITANIC HE HAD A VERY FULL LIFE BUT LOVED HIS TIME AT SEA.
600 October 22 2009 at 21:47:39
Full Name: elizabeth margaret rose sinclair
Home Town?: dundee
Message Text: my brother james william sinclair joined the merchant navy in 1957he left edinburgh docks on a ship called the dolphin he came to see me in 1958 i havent heard from him since he gave me the address of his new ship but i lost it he came into grimbsy port in 1968he was born in berryhill burray orkney in 1940hopeu can give me information about my long lost brother iwill be the happiestwomanin the world
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