901 August 09 2008 at 16:56:24|
Full Name: Joe Earl
Home Town?: Portishead
Message Text: Hi Lads - If you read and enjoyed my last book "THE MEN WHO MISSED THE TIDE` I have another one out now called `I AM A WESTERN OCEAN MARINER` mostly Seamen`s verse - please contact me in the first instance at the above e- mail address - thanks - Joe Earl
902 August 09 2008 at 13:27:44
Full Name: Tony Allen
Home Town?: Liverpool
Message Text: HELLO JUST NOTE TO ASK IF ANYONE WHO SAILED WITH BLUE FUNNEL 55/58 REMEMBERS ME, I PLAYED GUITAR AND ALWAYS HAD A BAND, BEST ONE WAS ON THE PYRRUS WITH RONNIE BAKER ARTHUR GRAHAM BRIAN YATES WHERE ARE YOU NOW? TONY ALLEN CATERING
903 August 08 2008 at 20:42:14
Full Name: glenn middlemiss
Home Town?: stakeford
Message Text: sailed on british curlew, simonburn, silversand, stonepool, trecarne, 1971 to 1974, looking for les wood from hailsham sussex off the trecarne, or any of the lads who can remember me, thanks.
904 August 08 2008 at 16:09:01
Full Name: Amanda Smith
Home Town?: Southend
Message Text: I am trying to track down the service record for a chap called George Shillibeer. He was born in August 1797 and died in August 1866. He was a midshipman when he left but the date of his leaving the service is unknown. Is there anyone here that can assist me? I have hit a brick wall and need a rather large ball to knock it down!
905 August 08 2008 at 10:15:18
Full Name: helen mcilveen
Home Town?: newtownards
Message Text: I AM LOOKING FOR INFORMATION FOR MY FATHER ROBERT GUNNING,WHO SERVED ON THESE BOATS,ROYAL SCOTSMAN 1952, M.V. BEACHY 1958,RHEXENOR,LIVERPOOL,1957,ALSS MY GRANDFATHER WILLIAM GUNNING WHO SERVED ON THE ULSTER MONARCH 1940S, MY FATHER WOULDLOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO SERVED ON THERE THE EMAIL TO GET IN TOUCH IS seaview146@btinternet
906 August 03 2008 at 19:38:36
Full Name: Pat Poland
Home Town?: liverpool
Message Text: Joined the Merchant Navy in 1973-1990 when i left. The last 11 years of my life have been spent at Mersey Ferries. The merch as we called it in Liverpool was the best years of my life. Anyone looking for old foto's try, www.photoship.co.uk and www.shipsnostalgia.com for foto's or shipmates.
907 August 02 2008 at 19:38:19
Full Name: Roger william Tilley
Home Town?: newport
Message Text: any body out there that ive sailed with
908 August 01 2008 at 15:30:59
Full Name: David J. Barrett
Home Town?: Liverpool
Message Text: At Sea until late sixties. Apprentice to H. Hogarth in 1955 then sailed with Ellerman Lines and Shaw Savill. Worked for A E Smith Coggins and then Mersey Docks and Harbour Company. Now living in Rochester, Kent. Would like to hear from old shipmates
909 July 31 2008 at 12:35:38
Full Name: jean collins
Home Town?: North Yorkshire
Message Text: I have just enjoyed browsing the Guest book and would like to add my Husbands name to it.
My husband Kenneth Collins died on 21-09-2005.
Before I met him he was in the Merchant Navy for 6 years and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the World and I enjoyed hearing about his many trips.
He sailed on Domion Monarch in 1951, New Australia in 1952, Waiwera, Wendover 1953 and finally the Queensbury from 1954 - March 1956 his last trip and then we met and were married 1957. Would love to hear from anyone out there who knew my husband,known as "Sparky". Will keep looking out when I am browsing for any news. Have a nice day. Thank you again. Best wishes to all of you. Jean.
910 July 30 2008 at 22:25:07
Full Name: john Bowering
Home Town?: Somerset
Message Text: Sailed as an engineer on Royal Mail Lines / PSCN Loch Loyal Essequibo.
CP Ships Port Hawksbury
Anansa Maritime MV Opuso
Any old ship mates out the?
911 July 29 2008 at 21:06:52
Full Name: WilliamMurdoch
Home Town?: Findhorn
Message Text: I would like to hear from others who were on the Port Albany in the late sixties
912 July 29 2008 at 20:27:17
Full Name: Donald William Gillies
Home Town?: Stornoway
Message Text: Sailed DHU/EDH on Rothesay castle 18 june 1964 till 5 aug 1965,Would like to get in touch with anyone who may remember, also Capetown castle 25 mar 1966 till 13 june 1966. I may have photos.
913 July 27 2008 at 20:33:58
Full Name: Cyril W. Taylor
Home Town?: Warren, NJ. USA
Message Text: Served with Furness With back in the 50's - looking to find two old friends Vince Jackson "Fort Townshend" Mike Graham "Cingales Prince" I think one of them came from Sevenoaks.
Great site, glad I found it.
914 July 27 2008 at 19:09:43
Full Name: Cyril W. Taylor
Home Town?: Warren, NJ. USA
Message Text: Looking for information on a vessel RMT RAVENTAZON, possibly sunk Oct.th 1918, also some ships from the 1800's - Minnesota, Nebraska, European, North American, Scotland - would appreciate any help at all.
915 July 25 2008 at 23:04:13
Full Name: K GREENWAY
Home Town?: Barrry Dock
Although I applaud the work of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission
and all bodies and individuals that attempt to remember, There is a failing that is not widely known. There are many names at Tower Hill, listed on plaques by ships name and crew. These are in both WWI and WW2 sections and there is also a Falklands Memorial.
Nothing wrong with that, it is sad to see the names of all the lost
Merchant Seamen that perished to save us all. The sad fact is that
there are thousand of names and when we say "LEST WE FORGET" We are led to believe that this means all. Tower Hill would have to be enlarged immensley if this were to be the case.
The CWGC etc Remembers and cares for the memorials and graves etc, (if by chance there is / was a grave above the waves) However, unlike the armed forces whom are remembered / commemorated etc the Merchant Navy has to meet strict criteria to be included.
An airman that died in a car crash would be commemorated, an RN sailor on home leave perhaps the same, a soldier in similar circumstances. But, a Merchant Seaman, had to perish in or due to a war time act, or been invOlved in a wartime activity and died from the result etc of
There are many, very many, not commemorated at Tower Hill or by the CWGC etc. It may not be a failing of the organisations, whom I am certain would like to remember all and not just some. But, that change In Government policy would have to be sought.
We shall remember them "LEST WE FORGET" should mean all of them. Over 33,000 seamen lost their lives in WW2. Men whose wages were stopped the moment a torpedo struck their ship. Men who still vividly remember the Horrors of watching their shipmates drown or horrible burned to death when ships carrying high octane blew up in a fiery ball. Men who survived and returned home only to sign on and ship out yet again to face the enemy with guts and determination to make their contribution
to the war effort.
No matter what enemy action they faced, medals won etc, to die in port etc, would not fit the criteria and the brave young men of the forgotten service, remain forgotten. Some survived the first World War and survived much action, survived attacks in the second World War and experiences etc may have led to an early loss of life. But, without a direct hit from an Heinkel or a U.boat torpedo etc, well simply they do
not fit the criteria.
Even today bereaved families struggle to gain commemoration for loved ones, frankly those that do not meet the criteria, stand little chance of such commemoration. If by chance you can prove the case, there is
now a delay in adjudication. An official presides over RN,RAF and Army claims to commemoration,although apparently there is no official to decide on the fate of an MN claim. I would love to stand corrected on this and someone tell me that it is not so. But, I fear you will find
that as a Nation, WE DO NOT REMEMBER ALL THAT SERVED and that is a National disgrace .
"Let those who come after see to it that his name be not forgotten".
Her Name Was Tregenna is a site created as a tribute to Captain Care of Barry and the men of one particular ship, though it now carries additional material.
916 July 22 2008 at 08:47:24
Full Name: Michel Thouin
Home Town?: Paris
Message Text: I'm looking for informations about MS Sansu who leaved Freetown on 31 december 1942 with convoy coded FTT6 to Trinidad.
Or, a Free French Pilot, Pierre Pouyade, who was on board, said to be landed at Norfolk, Virginia.
Somebody could help me, please?
917 July 20 2008 at 13:38:31
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: William Ferguson query.
Cargo ship Castlehill, 690grt, (James Kelly & Co.) had been sailing from Cork to Newport in ballast. On the 2nd March 1941 10 miles East by South of Mine Head the ship was attacked and sunk by German aircraft killing 9 crew and 1 DEMS gunner.
Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 24.
BLACK, Second Engineer Officer, CHARLES KNOX HENRY, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 42. Son of John and Mary Jane Black, of Glenarm, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland; husband of Mary Black, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
BOYD, Master, WILLIAM, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 56. Husband of Margaret Boyd, of Portmuck, Island-Magee, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
BRUEN, Lamp Trimmer, MARTIN, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 40. Son of Redmond and Margaret Bruen.
FEE, Fireman, ALEXANDER, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fee, of Killyleagh, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
FERGUSON, Able Seaman, WILLIAM, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 19. Son of James and Martha Ferguson, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
HOULIHAN, Cook, FRANK, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 55.
McCORMICK, Mate, GEORGE, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 26. Son of George and Isabella McCormick, of Killyleagh, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
McLOUGHLIN, Fireman, ROBERT, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 19. Son of George and Elizabeth McLoughlin, of Glenarm, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
WALLACE, Chief Engineer Officer, BELL, S.S. Castlehill (Belfast). Merchant Navy. 2nd March 1941. Age 45. Husband of Margaret Wallace, of Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
DEMS Gunner Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 48
SINCLAIR, Able Seaman, JOHN BROWN, D/JX 218639. H.M.S. President III. Royal Navy. lost in S.S. Castlehill. 2nd March 1941.
If you can send me Mr. Ferguson's date of birth, I can check to see if his medal file still exists at The National Archives at Kew.
918 July 19 2008 at 21:07:45
Full Name: mal coleman
Home Town?: Wallsend on tyne
Message Text: please post photos of souters /hain-norse/dalgliesh
919 July 18 2008 at 20:00:48
Full Name: Ronnie Stuart
Home Town?: Kirkcaldy
Message Text: Hi there, Would anyone out there remember being shipmates with my dad, Alastair Stuart. He died in Oct 1996 and I remember there being a good turn out at his funeral from some of the old boys he served with. He was on many ships from 1936 till he retired in 1983. He finished up on the British Rail cross channel ferries. I still have his discharge books too. Interesting to see how many different lines he was with.
Informative site may I say
920 July 18 2008 at 02:34:53
Full Name: Zion, C.N Wong
Home Town?: Hong Kong
Message Text: Ex M.N.O._Sparks! profession bygone forever! But still nostalgic of the good old days! (am now research associate in U.)
921 July 17 2008 at 23:53:21
Full Name: Hilda Jackson
Home Town?: Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Message Text: Looking for any information regarding my uncle who was killed in WW11 while on duty in the British Merchant Marine, off the coast of Southern Ireland. His name was William Ferguson. He was 19 years old and the family resided in Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. His parents were James and Martha Ferguson. I don't think there was a medal awarded. I have all his letters to family.
922 July 16 2008 at 21:17:25
Full Name: Noreen Sowden
Home Town?: Redcar Teesside
Message Text: jUST ENJOYED READING THROUGH ALL INTERESTING MESSAGE'S STILL SEARCHING FOR OLD SHIPMATES FROM THE 60'S SYLVANIA,CARINTHIA,BRAZIL STAR,TRANSVAAL CASTLE.WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYOF MY OLD FREIND'S.
923 July 16 2008 at 16:38:15
Full Name: allan underwood
Home Town?: newport wales
Message Text: looking for anyone who rembers me from rms andes and the p&o ocades
924 July 16 2008 at 15:16:14
Full Name: Ian M Malcolm
Home Town?: St Andrews
Message Text: I have recorded my seafaring days (1943-51) with Alfred Holt & Co. (Blue Funnel Line and the Glen Line) into audio books. Anyone interested please visit www.ianmmalcolm.co.uk
925 July 14 2008 at 07:19:56
Full Name: Glyn Lewis
Home Town?: Genoa Italy
Message Text: I served as Radio Officer with British & Commonwealth from 1972 to 1981. I served on several cargo ships including Kinnaird Castle (Lobito anchorage 7 months!), King Charles, Causeway and two years on Edinburgh Castle. Would love to get in touch with any old friends who are still out there. Got married and came to Italy to work as Prfoject Manager/Enginer for an International Railway Signalling Company
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