876 November 29 2008 at 10:00:07|
Full Name: Terry Scott-Thomas
Home Town?: Poole
Message Text: Greetings one and all and a very Merry Xmas, and a Happy and healthy 2009 to you all. How long will it be before the greedy shipowners will stop the wages of the crew of any ship taken by pirates until the ransom is paid or the ships released by the RN.
877 November 28 2008 at 10:13:55
Full Name: Norman Date
Home Town?: Bristol UK
Message Text: News today (Fri) of yet another merchant ship taken by “pirates” this time in the Gulf of Aden. Have we forgotten the lessons so hard learned that ships in convoy are much easier to protect also given that the Royal Navy has shrunk so much in recent years. All merchant ships must be protected irrespective of flag. Talk about the old adage: “those who ignore history are bound to repeat it”.
878 November 26 2008 at 16:33:46
Full Name: Geoff Sandford
Home Town?: Wigan
Message Text: Great site and it has prompted me to join the MNA for I hope a long membership
879 November 25 2008 at 20:46:14
Full Name: Theodore (Ted) Cunningham
Home Town?: Anna Maria Florida (Liverpool)
Message Text: I was in the M.N. from 1950 thru 1957 sailing out of the pool and other ports. First ship the "Gothic" SSL on the Royal Tour which was cancelled due to the King dying. Stayed on the Gothic for several trips then many other ships.
Would like to hear from a Mike F Perks who was a shipmate for many trips. Any one else who may know me pleae contact tedc
880 November 25 2008 at 00:28:04
Full Name: Peter Rogers
Home Town?: Marbella, Spain
Message Text: A very interesting and professional site, I will be joining the MNA within the next few weeks. I only wish I had discovered you earlier !!!
I served in Deck department from Deck boy fresh out of the NSTS at Gravesend in 68 and finally left the Sea as a Boatswain in 84. A time that I considered to be the Golden times of a dying breed. It was a great life but sadly not the same these days. Darn container ships !!!!
881 November 24 2008 at 13:37:48
Full Name: Andrew Meldrum
Home Town?: Melbourne
Message Text: I am an ex MN Navigator (1957-1970).Served with Clan Line and Caltex then with WW Shipping, the latter under the Liberian Flag. Disappointed with the comments regarding the Sirius Star that indicated the RN should not be involved in anti piracy operations in this case due to port of registry, ownership and lack of a substantial Saudi Arabian Navy. Perhaps we should think of the crew, and give them a fair go irrespective of our political view of the matter.
882 November 23 2008 at 01:50:15
Full Name: Robert Fry/Belcher
Home Town?: Newport S.Wales/ Crewe,Cheshire.
Message Text: Hello everyone, great site, brings back many good memories.Sailed as engineer with New Zealand Shipping Co. and then Sir William Reardon-Smiths between 1961 & 1967. Would love to hear from any old shipmates.
883 November 22 2008 at 00:15:17
Full Name: Jack Munro
Message Text: Searching for ex sparks and college mates from Leith and also from Hamble
884 November 21 2008 at 11:38:14
Full Name: Arthur J.Harvey
Home Town?: beverley,east yorkshire
Message Text: HAVE READ WITH INTEREST THE VARIOUS COMMENTS RE PIRACY OF THE STAR SIRIUS AND THE VARIOUS CALLS FOR ACTION FROM THE RN; MAYBE WE SHOULD STOP AND THINK THAT THE RN IS FINANCED BY THE BRITISH TAX PAYER AND RIGHLY SHOULD PROTECT WHERE POSSIBLE SHIPS FLYING THE RED ENSIGN, HOWEVER, THIS LATEST HIGH JACK WAS ON A SHIP FLYING THE FLAG OF CONVENIENCE
USING CHEAP CREWING LABOUR, INSURANCE, ETC...THE OWNERS OF THIS VESSEL BELONG TO A WEALTHY NATION BUT WITH A VERY LIMITED NAVY, IT SHOULD BE THEIR PROBLEM TO PROTECT SHIPS FLYING THEIR FLAG.SUCH A SIZE SHIP, THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF THE USA AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AQND WITH ONLY A CREW OF 25 PERSONS THIS IS QUESTIONABLE PLUS THERE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A LACK OF ANTI PRIACY EQUIPMENT WHICH THE COMPANY COULD AFFORD. I DO NOT CONDONE PRIACY IN ANY FORM BUT SHIP OWNERS MUST TAKE AND PAY FOR THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.
LETS NOT FORGET THAT DUE TO THE FLAG OF CONVENIENCE THERE ISONLY JUST OVER SIX HUNDRED SHIPS FLYING THE RED ENSIGN MOST OF WHICH ARE FERRY BOATS.
885 November 19 2008 at 12:35:01
Full Name: Jim Humm
Home Town?: Brinkworth
Message Text: Do you have any records of a vessel trading in the 1850's under the name Isabella. She could have been Isabella Leith, or Isabella (Port of Registry Leith). Believed to have been trading between Holland and London.
886 November 18 2008 at 11:52:05
Full Name: tom roberts
Home Town?: ellesmereport
Message Text: I am trying to find out about an old Inde boy named Dickenson who was at the school same time as me we were both at the Sailors home waiting to be shipped out Mr Hobbs who used to fix us up put me on a Savages coaster as i think punishment for my poor showing at Aberdovey outward bound and Dickenson on an eagle oil tanker i later heard he had been killed when the boilers blew up.If anyone has information on this i would be grateful to here from them it was around april 1954,I was real upset at the time that i went coasting and he went to the Caribean but fate dealt us both different hands and Mr Hobbs by teaching me a lesson saved me who knows it might have been a different story had i shown more effort at Aberdovey in stead of treating it like a holiday camp which believe me after the Inde it was
887 November 16 2008 at 20:30:18
Full Name: Chris Patterson
Home Town?: Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Message Text: Nice website, am looking for details of past ships that my Grandfather sailed on. I have names from his discharge book dated from 1933 to 1949, based from Liverpool.
888 November 15 2008 at 08:35:27
Full Name: Kenneth Edward Berry
Home Town?: Tawa,Wellington,New Zealand
Message Text: Hi All, what a brilliant site.Blue Funnel Ships always looked neat to me,as a lad on my Paternal Grandads Tug the "Bramley Moore" on the Mersey before,during and after the War.I was lucky and he would take me with him and we towed in some pretty battered Liberty ships and others.My Maternal grandfather Thomas Edward Lunt Engineer on the S.S.Sagamore,World War one was one of seven survivors picked up by the
S.S.Deucalion on the 12th March
1917.Put ashore in Capetown S.A.the first 5 of them had to have their feet amputated due to Frostbite and Gangrene.They sent
him back to Liverpool but the damage had been done and he endedup with his lower legs being amputated an inch or two below his knees.What I am after is a good photo of the S.S.Deucalion if I can buy one so be it.I went for the New Zealand Shipping Co,Best Wishes yo one and All.Ken B
889 November 15 2008 at 04:04:23
Full Name: James Millson
Home Town?: Simcoe Ontario Canada
Message Text: Hello, I am doing some research on the Union Castle Company ship Armadale Castle. I know she was designated as an Armed Merchant Cruiser during World War 1 but I have some information showing she transported troops from canada to England in 1916 and 1917 as well. Specifically I have a photo of her taken in November 1916 inscribed "TS Armadale Castle" on the reverse. Can anyone verify that she did in fact transport Canadian Troops and also if troop manifests would have ever been kept showing the soldiers names aboard?
890 November 14 2008 at 09:42:03
Full Name: Jan Sellers
Home Town?: London
Message Text: What a wonderful website. Greetings to everyone. I'm researching my family history and have found a 1908 'Neptune's Certificate' celebrating the crossing of the Equator. My (probable) relative is Gunner G. A. Williams who crossed the Equator on 14th February 1908 aboard the S.S. Braemar Castle of the Union Castle Line, also referred to in the souvenir Certificate as HMT Braemar Castle, Transport no. 6; commander S. Henderson RNR. There was an Equatorial Court of Justice to celebrate the crossing into 'the Dominions of King Neptune' presided over by Commander Henderson, with C. E. Lord as Presiding Magistrate; A. G. Clouting, MD, as Clerk of Court; M. P. Hinds as Lord Chamberlain. Can anyone tell me more about these people, or the movements of the Braemar Castle and the troops it carried at the time - or suggest further sources of information? I'm a complete novice regarding naval matters! Thanks - Jan
891 November 13 2008 at 14:57:36
Full Name: David.Peppiatt
Home Town?: Northampton
Message Text: "Strathmore" 1950-53 any survivors?
892 November 12 2008 at 17:32:29
Full Name: Geoffrey Haskins
Home Town?: Poole
Message Text: I am researching the names on the Memoriam and Honours Boards of the former Cadet School Ship Conway (Mersey and North Wales). From time to time I would like to make contact with people who may be able to help in my quest for information.
For instance: does anyone have any knowledge of Captain John Thurston Ling of the SS Advisor which was torpedoed but subsequently saved off Durban in 1942. I have good details of the event, but would like to know morte about John Ling iff possible. He was trained in Conway.
893 November 12 2008 at 05:26:16
Full Name: John Galvin
Home Town?: Vancouver B.C. Canada
Message Text: EUMAEUS My uncle was lost on this ship when she went down off the coast of Africa. Are there any of his shipmates out there? His name was Jim Hadjiendrea. I would like to hear from you.
894 November 10 2008 at 14:40:01
Full Name: Arthur J.Harvey
Home Town?: beverley,east yorkshire
Message Text: -------------------------------------TIRPITZ MUSEUM-------------------------------------------
In August this year I visited the north of Norway on the cruise ship Discovery and the last port of call was Alta which enable me to visit the TIRPITZ museum.From there I went to a local cemetery at KAFJORD where there is a grave for eleven crew members of the X Craft submarines which attacked the TIRPITZ.For me it proved to be a very moving experience as I stood at that grave side I was aware that these seamen were naerly about my age and that they died in 1943,since then I have had another 65 years and this was when it came home to me how lucky I had been having had five years of sea time in the war and not getting my feet wet.The captain of the Discovery laid some flowers on behalf of the ship having been chief office of the Atlantic Conveyor when sunk in the Falklands.At the grave side was an elderly lady who planted a cross on the grave, I later learnt that she was the teen age sweet heart of one of the crew and she had never married in the 65 years.May I remark that the captain had a lot of respect for veteran seamen like myself, a complete difference from my experienc of Masters of the PO cruise ships.
Watching the service at the Albert Hall on saturday I along with many others was discussed with the BBC input for the MN however it is not unexpected.Having on many occassions worn my V badge since it was issued I have only been asked once what it stands for otherwise there has been no one has shown interest and I live in a MN city.Can anyone tell me how one obtains a ticket for the Albert Hall memorial service before I get to old or is it the same persons every year.
895 November 10 2008 at 13:42:19
Full Name: peter turner
Home Town?: DISS
Message Text: Any one out there Officers or Crew
that can remember me Peter TURNER
boilermaker served on many P&0 ships from the STRATHARD TO CANBERRA
896 November 10 2008 at 12:57:01
Full Name: KEITH GARRARD
Home Town?: FORDINGBRIDGE
Message Text: UPON LEAVING THE REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH LEGION ASKED ABOUT MY MNA TIE.OH, HE SAID WE TEND TO FORGET YOU.YES I SAID,OVER 30,000 IN WW2!
897 November 09 2008 at 09:52:38
Full Name: T.M.Scott-Thmas
Home Town?: Poole.
Message Text: I fully agree with the previous post. I watched carefully and again and again Huw pointed out all the services represented except the MN, despite the camera very briefly showing a mere two MN officers. However he did mention a Third Officer of the RFA. Itwould almost appear to be a conspiracy to ignore the MN. Could the MNA on behalf of all of us contact the BBC and point out the omission?
Regards to all.
898 November 09 2008 at 05:57:32
Full Name: Bruce Gibbs
Home Town?: Port macquarie, Australia
Message Text: I am Looking for a family relative about whom I have just found some details
Name: Hugh Patrick Graham
Was in Merchant Navy in WW2. Was in Melbourne, Australia on 21 Oct 1944 aboard the "PRIAM" ( Alfred Holt & Co) and also sailed
Suez to Liverpool arriving 21/10.1946 as Chief Officer on the SS'Samcleve'.
Any one sailed with him, knew him? Please send me an email to help complete some family history!
899 November 08 2008 at 08:56:25
Full Name: David Bowen Evans
Home Town?: Falmouth
Message Text: Whilst I applaud the BBC website Rememberance , when you try to add a memory guess what theatre of the struggle is omitted. You are correct there is a list of numerous organisations excluding the Merchant Navy ! Forgive me if I have missed the link on the BBC site but if I have not I feel our executive should point this out to the BBC.
900 November 08 2008 at 00:57:46
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: Re: William Evans killed 11/11/43.
It seems your Gt. uncle was a Royal Navy DEMS Gunner (Defence Equipped Merchant Ship) attached to a Merchant ship during the war. HMS President III would of been the shore side accountancy base he would of been attached to.
EVANS, Petty Officer, WILLIAM, D/JX 176045. H.M.S. President III. Royal Navy. 11th November 1943. Age 27. Commemorated Plymouth Naval Memorial Panel 78, Column 2.
By a series of elimination there were three Merchant ships lost on the 11th November 1943, which lost DEMS gunners. SS Indian Prince, SS Birchbank and the Belgium SS Carlier. Checking through documents I have I can account for the first two losses and can confirm he was not onboard these two ships. A further search via the net reveals he was lost on the Carlier and is named on these two sites http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCasAlpha1939-45Ea.htm and here http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/oskms/mem/57_2.htm
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