76 May 01 2012 at 19:39:01|
Full Name: David thaxter
Home Town?: King's Lynn
Message Text: Anyone served mv port Wimbledon
77 April 28 2012 at 07:39:50
Full Name: Dave (Chas) Taylor
Home Town?: Manchester UK
Message Text: NZSC/P&O Cargo: R/O - 1970 to 1980
78 April 26 2012 at 12:20:11
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: Although the British Government is still debating the award of an Arctic Convoy Medal, the Russian Government have once again put our government to shame. Three Commemorative Medals have already been issued to veterans since 1995, but now they intend to bestow an official award established by decree No.442 of the President of the Russian Federation on the 2nd March 1944.
I have received a letter from the Embassy of the Russian Federation on behalf a of an Arctic Convoy veteran I helped receive the three previous medal. The letter states the Russian authourities are preparing a consultation with our Government to constitute the award of "The Medal of Ushakov", which is to bestowed upon "Navy servicemen for braveness & courage during the defence of the borders and interests of the Russian Fedaration on sea"
79 April 23 2012 at 22:50:09
Full Name: Lori Davis
Home Town?: Canada
Message Text: Just a short visit,my father Kenneth Wingvist was a Merchant Seafarer in England .
80 April 22 2012 at 22:36:24
Full Name: Neil Hurst
Home Town?: Now Canberra ex Bradford Yorks
Message Text: Served my time with Trent Maritime Co of London on mv "Duke of Athens" from 1954 to 1958. With my Second Mate's Certificate I joined Port Line; gained my Master's Certificate in 1962. At this time the writing was on the wall with the advent of containers so I took the opportunity to emigrate to Australia with my family in 1965. Joined the Australian Army and retired as a Lt Col in 1986. Since then have practiced self sufficiency on a small property near Canberra though after the recent drought have finally retired. If anybody remembers the Duke of Athens would really love to haer from them.
81 April 22 2012 at 19:46:19
Full Name: steve avery
Home Town?: hasting
Message Text: to terry wilcox ex portline i was ships baker on port chalmers 1978 u may have been on board
82 April 21 2012 at 17:08:34
Full Name: Ian Robson
Home Town?: Lacaster
Message Text: Is there anyone who served on LSTs during 1963-66 I served on board the Frederick Clover, Empire Grebe and the Empire Guillemot
83 April 18 2012 at 09:21:02
Full Name: Tony van Eijk
Home Town?: Vlaardingen, Netherlands
I am working on a study regarding the 24 ships that were equipped with a Wilton-Fijenoord-Doxford engine.
I am therefore searching for former crew members of:
Crowborough Beacon and Ivinghoe Beacon with a WF-Doxford 60LB4LS, in service in 1954, to note down their memories and save photo's of theose ships and her crew taken on board or in port for the future.
Tony van Eijk, retired service-engineer WF.
84 April 12 2012 at 20:07:16
Full Name: Ann Milton-Tee
Home Town?: Gisborne, New Zealand
Message Text: Atthis museum on the other side of the world is the bridge and captain's cabin of the Star of Canada,which came to grief off our shores in 1912,during our antipodean winter. No. 129,627, she was a steel, twin-screw steamer of 7,280 tons gross and 4,623 tons net register, built at Belfast in October, 1909, by Messrs. Workman, Clark and Company. Her dimensions were: length 470.3 ft., beam 58.4 ft., depth 31.6 ft. Her engines were of 749 h.p, nominal. She was owned by the Star Line Ltd.
Not long after the stranding she was salvaged by a local jeweller, brought ashore and converted into rather an unique residence here in town. She then came to our museum grounds in 1986 and was restored back to a maritime exhibit. You may care to see aspects of her in our website www.tairawhitimuseum.org.nz
The museum will celebrate the centenary of the stranding in June/July and the purpose of this email is that I am urgently trying to establish what her original fittings might have been and/or in her sister ships - the jeweller enhanced his purchase in a multitude of ways, mostly rather opulent. I have been communicating with Greenwich and with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum since last year but they have not been able to help. Can you recommend any enthusiasts’ blog/s and/or anyone else I could try?
Thank you, Ann Milton-Tee
Collections Manager, Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, NZ
85 April 12 2012 at 13:02:02
Full Name: Tom Roberts
Email: jeanandtomroberts @hotmail.co.uk
Home Town?: Ellesmere Port
Message Text: I have for many years trying to trace Peter Newlands B.E.M.,We were ordinary seamen on the Tilapa, Peter was called up to the old mans cabin when we were in Jamaica and told he had been awarded the B.E.M.He and another chap who was also awarded the Queens good conduct medal posthumously,had attempted to save a man from the oil covered dock in Flaaringdon Holland. that I believe that this was February 1955.The last I heard of Peter was later that year when on the Hyria I saw in the Shell News Letter a picture of him being presented with the medal by a big wig from Shell.Peter must be one of the youngest persons to have been awarded such an honour. I know its a long time ago and as they say a long shot .but I would be gratefull if any one out there can help me.Good luck to all.Tom Roberts
86 April 10 2012 at 22:09:49
Full Name: Irene Sambrook
Home Town?: London
Message Text: I am trying to find out about the unform a ww1 merchant seaman fireman would have qorn on the HMS Laurentic 25 Jan 1917.
can you help please.
all i seem to find is american ones.
87 April 07 2012 at 20:08:46
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: After our four year campaign to find the burial place of Reginald Earnshaw and prove he was the youngest serving service casualty of WWII, his local parish is set to honour Reggie's memory as well as the memory of over 500 boys aged 16 and under who died in service of the Merchant Navy in WWII. The Scottish Episcopal (Anglican) church: St. David of Scotland in Edinburgh opened in 1941 conducted it's first funeral , being that of Reginald killed on the SS North Devon 6th July 1941, age 14 years 152 days. 70 year later so moved was his local parish church and parishioners, to his story and the deaths of so many other young boys lost at sea, a memorial stained glass window was commissioned and installed in the church in 2011. On the 7th May 2012 a memorial service will take place at the church to unveil the window inscribed with a picture depicting Reggie and the words:
"To the glory of God and in loving memory of Reginald Earnshaw who died aged 14 the youngest known service casualty of the second world war. Sacred to the memory of over 500 boys of the Merchant Navy aged 16 and under who died in the service of their country during world war two."
The BBC who are at present filming a ten part documentary called "How We Won the War" contacted me by email and phone and want to use this story and build into a bigger picture depicting the role of the Merchant Navy in WWII as a small part of the series and have asked me to take part in the filming. Although the time frame to cover the Merchant Navy consists of just seven minutes in the documentary, hopefully it wall go onto highlight and educate those still unaware of the sacrifice endured by so many of the "Forgotten Fourth Service.
88 April 07 2012 at 15:02:30
Full Name: Alex Gerlis
Home Town?: Grimsby
Message Text: I am looking for people who served on the ss Finland during WW2, or indeed anyone who sailed on the OG/HG convoys to/from Liverpool to Spain & Portugal around 1942. I am a writer & journalist, currently researching a book on a British sailor who was recruited by the Germans to spy on these convoys (and was executed at Wandsworth in Nov 42). Many thanks. Alex Gerlis
89 April 07 2012 at 14:52:28
Full Name: Alex Gerlis
Home Town?: Grimsby
Message Text: I am a writer and journalist, currently researching a book on a British seaman who was recruited as a German spy in Lisbon in May 1942. His name was Duncan Scott-Ford and he was arrested after arriving in Liverpool in August 1942. He was executed at Wandsworth in November 42. His ship was the ss Finland and the spying he carried out for the Germans was to provide details on the HG & OG convoys. I am very keen to make contact with anyone who served on the ss Finland during ww2 and/or who was on any of the convoys to/from Liverpool to Spain & Portugal in that period. Many thanks, Alex Gerlis
90 April 05 2012 at 23:55:14
Full Name: James Taylor
Home Town?: Frankston Victoria Australia
Message Text: As secretary of, The Merchant Navy War Service League Australia Inc.
I M.C.d the dedication of the Melbourne new memorial near the Polly Woodside in Orr dock at the Melbourne Maritime Precinct. Politicians, RSl President, minister for Veterans Affiars, Chaplin Jed Crispen from the Mission to Seafarers, (many of your members will have fond memories of this mission,)performed the service. large number of Australian and British veterans were present, famiies and friends. Banners of our WW11 allies were dispalyed around the anchor and pedestal behind the Red Duster on the main flag pole. The message on the pedestal is the same as Liverpool and the Ode. A hot windy day yet wreaths were laid by many. On February 5th 2012. Now ready for the next Merchant Navy Day,
91 April 01 2012 at 14:19:57
Full Name: Terry Willcox
Email: sinbadashore@hotmail .co.uk
Home Town?: Folkestone
Message Text: Hi All. I have been a member of the M.N.A. for a few years and not heard from many Port Line Catering crews. I started on the Port Pirie back in 1964 as Galley Boy, and finished up as Second Steward. I had some great times on the Port Boats and would like to hear from anyone that can remember me... "am I alone out here?"... Take care Terry.
92 March 26 2012 at 07:40:54
Full Name: James Slater
Home Town?: Rochdale
Message Text: I am secretary of the British India Steam Navigation Co Engineer Officers Association. If you were an engineer or electrical officer with BI and are not a member of the Association please contact me. Membership is free, reunions every September in Glasow.
93 March 22 2012 at 22:09:06
Full Name: James Anthony Stuart
Home Town?: Gosford N.S.W. Australia
Message Text: Dear Friends, You have finally put to rest my concerns regarding the inaccuracy of the reports regarding the SS Pyrrhus fire of Nov 1964. It was as your page states, on the West Side of the Huskisson, and not in the Gladstone Dock as most other publications claim. I was on my way to join her t the time!
Regards James A Stuart (R794875)
94 March 22 2012 at 18:54:05
Full Name: john ellis
Home Town?: penicuik/st.john's newfoundland
Message Text: thanks MNA i have reconnected with old shipmates Cairn line and salvesens.this is a great avenue to reaquaint old friends that pass in the night many thanks fg36
95 March 22 2012 at 12:21:02
Full Name: John pimblett
Home Town?: Liverpool
Message Text: Sailed with the bluestar line in the 76/83,anyone on the Brazilia star ,California star .Andalusia star ,starman America ,buenos aires star ,act7 act1 ulster star,starman anglia ,avelona star special message for guys on columbia star who joined me for my engagement at the liver buildings in 82 get in touch
96 March 17 2012 at 14:15:56
Full Name: Herbert Blagdon
Home Town?: Hull
Message Text: R300519 Merchant Seaman, from 1943- 1946 (Rescue Tugs)Merchant ships to 1985,Various ranks, various ships and companies.q
97 March 15 2012 at 19:52:02
Full Name: William Hoey
Home Town?: LARNE
Message Text: Hi, I am trying to locate a seaman called Alan Cox from Southampton. We both sailed on the Edinburgh Castle in the early 1970s
98 March 10 2012 at 09:52:42
Full Name: T.M.Scott-Thomas
Home Town?: Poole
Message Text: I have recently made contact with Alan Forbes Robertson. Alan was in Denholms from cadet to 2/O but does not have a PC. I sailed with him on the Clarkeden in 64. Anyone wishing to contact Alan and Janet please e-mail me.
99 March 10 2012 at 05:54:58
Full Name: john munro
Home Town?: white rock bc ex edinburgh scotland
Message Text: anyone been to leith nautical 1950 thru 1960.
100 March 09 2012 at 22:40:31
Full Name: philip godwin
Home Town?: tilbury
Message Text: I have my fathers discharge book,which shows the merchant ships that he was on from 1940-1946,he would not talk about the war and has long passed away ,I understand that he was torpedoed at least twice.would like to know details.philip godwin
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