601 July 20 2009 at 16:49:55|
Full Name: Alexander Macdonald
Home Town?: Edinburgh Scotland
Message Text: Hello to all,I am new to computers got this one as a Xmas presant from my grandchildren.I am 68years old,and was in the merchant navy1956-1970.Manely sailed with the Ben-line,just found this site and hoping to find old aswell as new friends,hope to post again soon All the best A Macdonald.
602 July 18 2009 at 16:55:38
Full Name: Geoff Dixon
Home Town?: Kings Lynn
Message Text: Attenden sea school in Plymouth 1961.Went to sea with Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. up to 1965. Joined Trident Tankers as 3rd mate and stayed until Masters in 1971.One winter on pilot launches at Nab Station then with Red Funnel Southampton to I.O.W. ferries for 4 years. Drilling Rigs and Construction Barges with Blandford Shipping then to Nigeria with Ocean Inchcape at the Bonny Terminal leaving as Site Manager in 1985. Worked for a while on oilfield supply in Ecuador and Brazil before owning two shops in Sandown and Shanklin. Been in Kings Lynn since 1997 running a Post Office.
Anyone from Port Line know of John M Dobbin. Would have joined in 1962 from Plymouth,lived in Darlington Co Durham. Any info appreciated.
603 July 18 2009 at 15:43:29
Full Name: D ennis Rosier
Home Town?: bradford
Message Text: Hi,Just found this great siteand was wodering whether any of the men who wereon the Ocean Voyager whe she was bombed and exploded in T ripoli harbour in March 1943, THAT WAS ONE OF THE HAPPYEST SHPS IN WHICH IEVER SAILED REGARDLESS OF THE `CIRCUMSTANCFS,LIVING ON GOATSMEAT AND YAMS.SAILING UP AND DOWN THE NORTH AFRICAN COAST WITH WAR SUPPLIES FOR THE 8TH ARMY.BUT THE WHOLE CROWD WERE FROM LIVERPOOL.SAILORS AND FIREMEN PLUS THE FINEST CHEIF MATE I EVER KNEW THAT WAS GEORGE PRESTON STRONACH,GEORGE CROSS,WITH WHOSE FAMILY I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT.CO ULD ANY OF THE OTHRES STILL BE AROUND OR ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS THEM.A BIT UNLIKELY I KNOW AS I WAS ONE OF THE YOUNGEST ABOAED AND I AINT NO CHICKEN NOW I JUST MIGHT BE THE ONLY SURVIVOR.CHEERS. DENNIS.
604 July 18 2009 at 15:24:30
Full Name: bill calvert
Email: bill firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Town?: sunderland
Message Text: started at gravesend.t.s.sailed on m.v.thirlby.romanby.thirlby[tanker]ropners s.s.co.mv sanpatricio.eagle oil co[changed co to shelltankers at sea]and many more last ship mv haustrum shell tankers.was in catering.anyone want a yarn get in touch.cheers and thanks.
605 July 17 2009 at 21:26:56
Full Name: Brian Horner
Home Town?: Teesside
Message Text: Hi I would welcome help in finding further information on SS Harpalyce a 5000tonne Cargoship built June 1940 sunk 25/08/1940 58.52N/6.34W (off Anglesey)My mothers brother just 17 was a cadet deck officer,this was his second ship and fatal sinking.
606 July 16 2009 at 11:14:38
Full Name: Maria Fusco
Home Town?: Belfast
Message Text: Hello, I am in the process of researching a novel at the moment. My mother remembers being bitten by a small monkey in Belfast around 1940, she has told me that it was brought home by her neighbour, a merchant seaman, as a pet for his sister. I am trying to work out what type of monkey it was likely to have been, and where it might have came from (plus anything else that might be of use.) Many thanks!
607 July 14 2009 at 14:40:48
Full Name: Elizabeth Jones
Home Town?: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Message Text: Hi there
Trying to find out which ships my grandfather served on during WW2 and hopefully track down his service records.
His name was Rhys Thomas Jones and was from Newcastle (dob 2 June 1895)and was Chief Engineer for the British Tankers. Was married to Phillis and they had three children.
Worked for Anglo-Iranian Oil Company for a while and regularly took tankers from the Middle East to Asia. Took ill with malaria (as far as I know) while on one of these journeys and managed to steer the boat to Bombay where he was taken to Pune but later died.
I have tried the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, to no avail as he wasnt killed in action and I dont even know when he died!
Anyone help me out or point me in the right direction?
608 July 13 2009 at 07:49:39
Full Name: Patrick john Sullivan
Home Town?: Cardiff South Wales
Message Text: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Kenya Castle,British Baron, Engineer,Workman,Thallepus 3 years on that one,Wavebaron, Athelking Regent Hawk,Edenfield,Denby Grange and many more Dis book no R590317 still alive and well
609 July 11 2009 at 14:06:03
Full Name: Cdre Brian Ferguson Keith
Home Town?: Ellon, Aberdeenhire
Message Text: Looking to contact old shipmates from City Line and from Ocean Tramping (HK)
610 July 07 2009 at 18:56:34
Full Name: john bottomley
Home Town?: peacehaven east sussex
Message Text: I am trying to trace a John
( Johnny, Harry ) Harris
Originally from the IOW who was on deck on the Pretoria Castle about
We both had a tattoo in Capetown
( in district Six ) and his became badly infected
I believe his mother had a BB on the IOW
My Discharge book no is R 629788
( Ex Vindi )
I would be much obliged if anyone knows where he is
611 July 02 2009 at 21:01:20
Full Name: alan j gaffney
Home Town?: brentwood
Message Text: Hi again. about 3 weeks ago i asked if anybody could remember sailing with me. I havant heard anything yet.
612 June 22 2009 at 20:01:14
Full Name: Henry Perry
Home Town?: Great Yarmouth
Message Text: I will understand if you don't publish this letter but I don't know where else I can vent my feeling to like minded people I heard today that the powers that be intend to possibly reduce the army. I the are that short of cash why don't they scrap those large aircraft carriers. We would never have enough cash run them and not enough vessels to escort them. Who are we likely to go to war wiyh where we would ned all that power. I also under stand that by the time they are built the aircraft won't be ready. Thanks foe considering the letter I am sure there are a lot of shipmates who feel the same Best Wishes to all Henry Perry
613 June 18 2009 at 10:12:04
Full Name: David Newman
Home Town?: Johannesburg South Africa
Message Text: Wow, going to this website brought back many memories for me. Also to have the opportunity of seeing the PSNC web site has been overwheming.
Many many thanks.
614 June 18 2009 at 02:02:16
Full Name: Luis Urruticoechea
Home Town?: Santiago, Chile
Message Text: As a boy I sailed from Antofagasta,Chile, to Vigo Spain,and back in both the Reina del Pacifico and Reina del Mar, liners belonging to PSNC. Is there a marine modeler that could make a scale replica of these ships for me?
615 June 16 2009 at 10:09:46
Full Name: Bill Marshall
Home Town?: South Shields
Message Text: At Vindi in Feb.1961,catering,joined BP first then various other companys,I was at sea until 2003,finished up as Catering Officer for PNTL,now retired,I still have an interest in BP Tankers of the 1950s/60s,great site The Red Duster thanks for all the info.Bill
616 June 15 2009 at 19:00:30
Full Name: Leanne Quinn
Home Town?: Lowestoft
Message Text: I am trying to find out information about my partners father who was in the merchant navy, he served his time as a chief engineer. His name was David Gooch unfortunately he left and my partner has never seen him. we would love to know anything about him and if he is still alive.
we believe everards is whom he worked for. he also has a daughter in norway.
617 June 13 2009 at 09:43:49
Full Name: Alan Alexander
Home Town?: Cardiff
Message Text: Hi,I'am trying to find a photograph of the SS Llandilo for my father,John Alexander,who was a crew member,hit and sunk on 2/11/1942 by U-172.Many thanks,Alan
618 June 12 2009 at 13:44:11
Full Name: Terry Colley
Home Town?: Goole
Message Text: Fantastic site I enjoy reading and researching all aspects of the site.
619 June 11 2009 at 21:46:15
Full Name: David J Haxell
Home Town?: Carterton Oxon
Message Text: I enjoyed an interesting program on BBC2 tonight (11th June) about Thames shipwrecks, in particular the telling of the North Sea collier convoys. While a fitting,valued and deserved tribute was made to the Royal Navy Patrol Service, the fact that these colliers were crewed by Merchant Seamen seemed to escape the commentator, and little or no mention of these brave men was uttered, even when the story was about the collier Wentworth. Whilst being born in the fifties i still wish to acknowledge the heroism and bravery of the crews during wartime. This is an excellnt association of which I am proud to be a member.
620 June 09 2009 at 19:51:14
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.
621 June 07 2009 at 15:10:37
Full Name: Lewis Batch
Home Town?: Devizes, Wiltshire
Message Text: My Grandfather, served on a tug boat at Omaha Beach, s well as in other various campaigns. It would be much obliged if anyone had more infomation on merchant seamen serving at D-Day and more specificly Omaha Beach Thanks
622 June 07 2009 at 12:57:28
Full Name: Daniel Hagon
Home Town?: London
Message Text: (Thomas Hagon DSM) I am trying to find out more about my granddads service in the merchant navy 1940-46. He was a gunner & was chief petty officer when he left the service. Some ships he is known to have served on are – IDDLESLIEGH, WENTWORTH, GENERTON, THIRSO, CHEYBASA, SAMITE, DUCHESS OF RICHMAND, SAMLEVEN.
623 June 06 2009 at 18:54:59
Full Name: David Evans
Home Town?: Falmouth
Message Text: Was great to see Viv and Wings Barry at Arromanches.Later on Channel 4 news revealed why HM Queen wasnt , she was at The Derby !
624 May 30 2009 at 15:11:02
Full Name: kerry o reilly
Home Town?: va
Message Text: looking for a Thomas mc cloy or( mc loy) from belfast/ballymena NI from the 1940s-1950 who moved to Canada he was in the merchant navy thanks any info would be great
625 May 28 2009 at 14:38:12
Full Name: James Gray
Home Town?: London
Message Text: I am working on a BBC documentary series about 1940. We will be telling the story of Convoy CW9, codename 'Peewit', which was attacked by the Luftwaffe on the 8th August 1940.
I am hoping to trace any veterans of Convoy Peewit, and so if you might be able to help, please get in touch.
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