701 May 24 2009 at 12:40:44|
Full Name: George Alan Heague
Home Town?: Liverpool
Message Text: I left a message some time ago to state I was trying to contact a person but I slipped up and spelt it wrowng so I will correct it now I am trying to reach a Neil Clifton who I sailed with he was seconed eng and I was Chief Refige eng on Elders&Fyffes the ss tenadores.
702 May 23 2009 at 13:11:43
Full Name: Mike Walker
Message Text: Does anyone know how I can discover passenger lists FROM South Africa to the UK for the period between 1810 and 1834?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
703 May 22 2009 at 00:50:45
Full Name: Audrey stenhouse
Home Town?: Newcastle upon Tyne
Message Text: Info on Peter David Stenhouse
704 May 21 2009 at 17:19:27
Full Name: Jane Martin
Message Text: Can someone point me to details regarding Radio Officer Training during the Second World War. By 1941 my father Herbert Buglass Lowrie was a Radio Officer or training to be a Radio Officer but strangely gives an address c/o Airwaves Ltd, No 1 Observer School Wigtown. This is an RAF Station. Does anybody know where I can find a list of people who qualified in the UK for a Maritime Postmaster General's Certificate (which qualified you to be a Radio Officer) between 1937 and 1942. Does anybody have any idea what Airwaves Ltd was doing in Wigtown during the war as I cannot find any reference to them. I understand that there were a lot of army and Navy personnel around Wigtown during the war but do not understand what a Merchant Navy man was doing there unless training to be a Radio Officer or training others
705 May 21 2009 at 14:29:47
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: Looking through Lloyd's War Losses Vol. I regarding the Tanker Ohio O.N. 168296. from Operation Pedestal. Lloyd's states one crew and one gunner killed during the operation to relieve Malta. Found the gunner through the Deaths at Sea Register and is confirmed as:
BROWN, Gunner, PETER, 1823820, 7/4 Maritime Regt., Royal Artillery. 13 August 1942. Age 38. Son of Ellen Brown, of St. Helens, Lancashire
Nothing on any crew member registered within the CWGC, until I found an entry in the December 1942 Register for Ohio and a Steward named Raymond Banner from Methil who is recorded as dying on the 26th September 1942 at Malta from Peritonitis. I'm going to see if I can find where he is buried, Seems terrible that someone who survived what he went through and to die anyway and be completely forgotten is unjust.
There are 11 Merchant Seamen buried on Malta on the Capuccini Naval Cemetery. Two are recorded as official war dead while the other nine are recorded as "non war dead" though their graves are looked after by the Commission. Why has Raymond Banner been forgotten.
Official War Grave Status
BUSHELL, Third Engineer Officer, WILLIAM, R.F.A. Celerol. Merchant Navy. 20th July 1944. Age 47. (served as WILCOCK,). Son of William Bushell, and of Margret Elizabeth Bushell (nee Wilcock); husband of Mary Ellen Bushell, of Rishton, Lancashire. (Recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register August 1944. p.4. Cause of death. Drowning, Asphyxia)
PHILLIPS, Able Seaman, JAMES HANDEL, M.V. Dunedin Star (London). Merchant Navy. 28th September 1941. (Recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register February 1942. p.12. Cause of death. Enemy Action. Shock. Compound fracture of right Tibia & Fibula) Dunedin Star had been sailing in convoy in "Operation Halberd"
"Non War Dead" graves looked after by the CWGC.
AH KWONG, Sailor, Merchant Navy. 12th December 1946. (Can not trace without knowing ships name)
CUMMINGS, Able Seaman, R, SS 'Rallus'. Merchant Navy. 20th January 1943. (Recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register August 1943. p.10. Cause of death. Acute TB & Broncho Pneumonia)
DINIZ, Chief Steward, MAURIUS, S.S. "Derwent Dale.". Merchant Navy. 28th January 1944. (Recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register March 1944 p.2. Cause of death. Pulmonary TB)
DIXON, Ordinary Seaman, ALEXANDER, SS 'Empire'. Merchant Navy. 22nd February 1944. (Not recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register)
KENNEDY, Fireman, P, S.S. "Brittany Coast.". Merchant Navy. 18th July 1944. (Recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register August 1944 p.4. Cause of death. Drowning)
LYNCH, Engineer Officer, JAMES, Merchant Navy. 1st March 1942. (Can not trace without knowing ships name)
McDOWELL, Cook, WILLIAM, S.S. "Avon Coast.". Merchant Navy. 24th December 1943. (Recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register February 1944 p.16. Cause of death. Drowning, Asphyxia)
SLEIGHT, Chief Steward, FRANK, RFA Blue Ranger. Merchant Navy. 5th May 1947. (Recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register May 1947. p.3. Cause of death. Asphyxia by hanging)
SUMNER, Quartermaster, NELSON, City of Canterbury. Merchant Navy. 7th November 1943. (Recorded in the Deaths at Sea Register December 1943. p.2. Cause of death. Pneunoccal Meningitis)
706 May 21 2009 at 11:43:42
Full Name: Debbie Prescott
Home Town?: Huyton
Message Text: Looking for any information or anyone who knew Robert Prescott (died on the Liverpool Bridge in 1976). I know he sailed on the following ships in the early 70s:
MV Pacific Bridge
My family would love to hear from anyone who knew him. Thanks, Deb
707 May 20 2009 at 15:23:05
Full Name: Tony Freeman
Home Town?: Lago di Garda, Italy
Message Text: My great great uncles served in the Merchant Navy well in the 1920's. Early on in his career he was on the SS Ulstermore travelling between Baltimore, USA and Liverpool and landed in the UK on the 29 January 1909. Along with numerous other seamen, he was classified in the Incoming Passenger List as "......distressed seamen..."
Can anyone explain what this means?
708 May 20 2009 at 12:56:34
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on_Tees
Message Text: RE Pensilva Query:
Cargo ship Pensilva, 4,258grt, (Chellew Navigation Co. Ltd) had been sailing in the 32 ship Convoy HG-7 on voyage from Durban to Dunkirk via Gibraltar & Rouen with a cargo of maize. On the 19th November 1939 the ship was intercepted and sunk by U-49 North-West of Cape Oretegal and sank in position 46' 51N 11' 36W without loss of life. The Captain and crew were rescued by the Destroyer HMS Echo and transferred to the Destroyer HMS Wanderer before being landed at Plymouth.
Her last Log Book & Crew Agreements are held at Kew under the ships Official No. 143999 in BT 381/173. By accessing the link below and clicking on the "request this" link you can follow instruction on how to order a copy. Please make sure you ask for her last Crew Agreements before lost. If he was onboard he will be listed on these agreements. It would also detail his previous ship.
709 May 19 2009 at 11:41:58
Full Name: Jane Martin
Message Text: Bit of a long shot this. My father joined the MN in July 1936 as a Galley Boy on SS Pensilva. The Pensilva was sunk early in the war I think off the coast of Spain. I do not know if he was still a crew member then. He was discharged from the MN on the grounds of ill-health in 1943. I believe by then he was a Radio Officer. His name Herbert Buglass Lowrie. Any information about crew members when the boat sunk or anyone who may have sailed with my father (now deceased) welcome.
710 May 18 2009 at 22:15:01
Full Name: stephen a r sharrod
Home Town?: Heywood
Message Text: Great reading trying to reply to a old shipmate Dave Assi Beaumont from early 70s in Trinder Anderson (hungry goose line) Keep up the good work Till another Tide. SS
711 May 18 2009 at 15:52:50
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: The war time movements and convoys of the Empire Duchess can be found at the following link.
712 May 18 2009 at 11:40:59
Full Name: tom roberts
Home Town?: ellesmereport
Message Text: To Tim BRANT I have finaly recieved an answer from the R.M.T. National Sec,apart from my own personal request, it reads as follows :The two unions merged in 1990 in the first instance any old age grant would only be paid st retirement age,under the previous rules, rule 14 clause13 I draw your sttention to the following(members must register their claim to be placed on the roya under this rule within 6 months before attaining the qualifying age and/or qualifying period of membership, either to the registered office direct or through the local branch secratry. Claims submitted outside the period specified in this clause however,may in exceptional circumstances be accepted by decision of the executive council)May I slso draw your attention to rule 14, clause 15 which reads (The old age grant shall be wound up from the 31st 12 1981, and any monies remaining therin shall be transferred to the general funds of the union. H e goes on to say ,All monies transferred into the general fund and are being used for other benefits available to members, including any new applications for old age and funeral grants.I feel that all this is above my head but one thing I am sure is that the poor old seafarer has been screwed again, if anyone ouy there has the knowledge to pursue this further best of luck and by the way are there any members out there ever recieved any benefits, the pensions officer of the R.M.T. says they have, well I personaly have never heard of them.It seems not all the rip of merchants are not all in Parlement.Tom Roberts ex Inde
713 May 17 2009 at 19:26:04
Full Name: Rodney D.R. Mills
Home Town?: Southen-on-Sea/South Carolina.
Message Text: Ex GSS boy 53-54. Catering. Sailed on Port Jackson & Townsville, Good Hope Castle, La Cumbre, Warwick, Dynnottar & Athlone Castle. Three courses at Union-Castle Catering School. Emigrated to Canada then to U.S.A. Calif. & New York. Retired and living in South Carolina. Best wishes shipmates. Rodney Mills M.N.A. mem# 3716
714 May 14 2009 at 14:49:41
Full Name: Hugh Harding
Home Town?: Bristol
Message Text: I was at sea from 1961-1967 including time at vindi and many diffrent companys.can anyone help me with a photo of a ship called the Peterlee i believe she Ashmeads of Bristol 1950's thanks
715 May 12 2009 at 23:47:24
Full Name: Anthony Johansen
Home Town?: Bristol, then Ottawa
Message Text: Looking for anyone who sailed with me on the Liberty 'Samwinged' 1946-1947
716 May 12 2009 at 13:49:22
Full Name: Lyn Lewis
Home Town?: Liverpool
Message Text: Anthony(Tony)Farley, Royal Marine & Merchant Seaman died 10/05/09 peacefully aged 88 years old.
Funeral on Monday, 18/05/09 at 11.45am at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church, Great George's Road, Waterloo Liverpool, L22. Followed by cremation at Thornton Garden of Rest at 1pm. Afterwards at the Royal Hotel, Marine Terrace, Waterloo.
717 May 12 2009 at 10:58:05
Full Name: Frederick Frank Ravenscroft
Home Town?: Folkestone
Message Text: Join the MN in 1957/8 after training at the Old Gravesend sea school in catering. Stayed till 1969/70 as chief cook with Shell.
Went on to become a training instructor at the new school for the next 5 years.
718 May 12 2009 at 06:55:56
Full Name: sudhanshu chauhan
Home Town?: lucknow
Message Text: mechant navy is my dream and i want to fulfil my this dream.........many people have many myths about merchant navy and say bad about it but they dont know that what merchant navy means to me.........
719 May 10 2009 at 04:29:42
Full Name: Alan S May
Home Town?: born a Mancunian
Message Text: 1st ship "Pacific shipper" 1940 I want a photo please! To Murmansk on Fort Boise Got a photo! Last Ship Langleegale Ex Empire Gale 1946.
Not many of us old geezers left.
Living Vancouver Island.
Member Canadian Merchant Navy Association. Any Questions???
720 May 08 2009 at 14:30:36
Full Name: geoffrey roberts
Home Town?: bournemouth
Message Text: Hi,
I'm trying to contact friends who were on the MV Minchbank back in 1965.
My nickname was "fab" and I was the 5th engineer.
721 May 07 2009 at 11:44:59
Full Name: Bob Green
Home Town?: Milton Keynes
Message Text: Would like to catch up with Bank Line Apprentices from the early 60s.
Mick Spencer ( Bingley Yorks )
John Willington Dunphy ( Wolverhampton)
Stan 'Nosher' Gilbert ( Scarborough)
Chris Perkins ( Zomerzet)
722 May 01 2009 at 15:29:12
Full Name: george alan heague
Home Town?: liverpool
Message Text: trying to contact a neil cliton who I sailed with around 1960/62 with elders&fyffes line he was second engneer and I was chief refridge eng.
723 April 29 2009 at 22:37:01
Full Name: Bill Langham
Home Town?: Worthing, Sussex, now Bethany, Canada
Message Text: Third time lucky....my e-mail address is:-
Sorry for the error.
724 April 28 2009 at 09:41:20
Full Name: Diane Murton (Nee Mitchell)
Home Town?: Plymouth
Message Text: Does anyone know where I can find
archives for Elders & Fyffes for
1922 my late father(Capt ET Mitchell) who died on RFA Eddybeach
1956 started his career with them
and would love to know the names of the ship(s) he was on for my family research project.
725 April 27 2009 at 08:16:05
Full Name: John Nicholson
Home Town?: tenterden. kent
Message Text: Seeking information on the wartime career of SS EMPIRE DUCHESS from 1943 TO 1945. I sailed on her as the KING JAMES June 1955 to December 1955 as a Fireman.
Best Wishes to all
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