651 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
652 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.
653 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
654 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.
655 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)
656 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
657 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.
658 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
659 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.
660 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.
661 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
email@example.com. Thanks Jane
662 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
663 July 28 2009 at 10:51:50
Full Name: allan john sangster
Home Town?: aberdeen
Message Text: hi anyone who remembers Vindi from DEc 1961 until March 1962 deck crew, or anyone who sailed with me on Union Castle line, Athlone Castle, Ben Line or Gulf OIl
664 July 28 2009 at 09:58:09
Full Name: JOHN NICHOLSON BA OXON
Home Town?: Tenterden Kent
Message Text: Seeking information of the WW2 service of the EMPIRE DUCHESS.
Last known as the HABIB MARIKA and was lost during TYPOON EMMA 3/11/1967.
I sailed on this ship 1955 down below she was then called the KING JAMES.
665 July 27 2009 at 12:43:35
Full Name: Jack Green
Home Town?: Lowestoft
Message Text: Stumbled across this fine website during a search and rescue mission for information regarding my Grandfather who was a POW in WW1. Like Arnie said "I will Return!"
Capt. Jack Green
666 July 26 2009 at 03:15:23
Full Name: lee purple
Home Town?: perth ausralia
Message Text: Hello
My father Albert Victor Purple was a young man during the WW2 & sailed on the Russian convoys, as my father died in 1954 at a very young age I have very little knowledge of his war service, therefore can anyone advise me on how I can trace his war service or does anyone remember him?.
667 July 24 2009 at 20:25:47
Full Name: jimmy mcdermott
Home Town?: preston
Message Text: hi joined liverpool 1970 sailed with bibby line blue funnell shell tankers, anyone remember o,brian at the pool an billy liar.
668 July 24 2009 at 04:57:07
Full Name: Dennis A Webster
Home Town?: Auckland NZ
Message Text: Wonderful site interesting to all ex seaman. I was at sea (on deck) with NZSC from 1949 to 1957.
669 July 23 2009 at 11:17:22
Full Name: Derek Roy Francis ( Del )
Home Town?: Southport
Message Text: R815362. Vindi Boy 23/11/64 - 19/02/65. First ship 'Sydney Star'as peggy. Sailed mainly with Blue Star/Port Line. Last ship was the 'Southland Star' which had just been converted to a container vessel 05/01/78 - 09/05/78
'Beechmore'. Anatolian'. 'Port Nicholson'. 'Paraguay Star'.
'Hornby Grange'. 'Adelaide Star'.
'Imperial Star'. 'Melbourne Star'.
'Hertford'. 'Auckland Star'.
'Southland Star'. 'Wellington Star'
'Canberra Star'. 'Port St.Lawrence'
'Port Adelaide'. 'Port Burnie'.
'Australia Star'. 'Brasil Star'.
'New Zealand Star'.'Port Chalmers'.
'Fremantle Star'. 'California Star'
Anyone got any memories of these ships. I would love to swap yarns.
670 July 22 2009 at 14:52:57
Full Name: Rosemary Breschuk-Chiu
Home Town?: Newmarket
Message Text: Fifty-nine years ago this month (July 2009), my best friend's father, 27-year-old John Ronald "Ronnie" Dixon of East Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, left his wife and only son John Jr. (who was 4 at the time), and reportedly boarded a passenger ship for South Africa, never to be heard from again. It is unknown at this writing whether he is still alive, or not. Out of sheer curiosity, I began an online search for John Jr.'s father, and within 90 minutes was able to discover he indeed went to Cape Town, SA, aboard the Edinburgh Castle III, on June 22 1950, departing from Southampton. The only other rumour or fact I know about J R Dixon is that he was last known to reside in Durban. I would be MOST grateful to hear from ANYONE who could answer:
1. Did you travel with or meet John Ronald "Ronnie" Dixon during the 22-day journey from Southampton to Cape Town, South Africa?
2. Was Mr. Dixon travelling with any other companion, male or female?
3. Where did Mr. Dixon reside upon landing in Cape Town. Durban, or?
4. It is noted on the ship's passenger log that Mr. Dixon resided at 9 Regent Place, Edinburgh, UK, prior to leaving for South Africa, and his occupation is listed as "grocer". Can anyone confirm or confute these facts?
5. Is Mr. Dixon alive or dead? I have been unable to find any obituaries or death notices in South African publications to indicate he has passed on. He would be 86 years old at this writing, and is decended from a relatively long-lived family, so there is a possibility he is still alive.
6. Where does Mr. Dixon live now, assuming he is still alive?
Thank you in advance, for any information you can provide.
Rosemary Breschuk-Chiu, Newmarket, Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org
671 July 20 2009 at 18:06:11
Full Name: George Platt
Home Town?: Birkenhead, Cheshire (now reside in California)
Message Text: Served in MN 1944-1947 with Larrinaga Steamship Company, Liverpool
Ships: Cadet on Fort Walsh and Ocean Courier. 3rd Mate on Telesfora De Larrinaga
672 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.
673 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.
674 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.
675 July 18 2009 at 15:24:30
Full Name: bill calvert
Email: bill email@example.com
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.
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