1001 July 08 2008 at 13:03:54|
Full Name: Mohammad Mohsin Zaidi
Home Town?: Karachi
Message Text: I am looking for Capt. W.F. Jeffrey ex Managing Director of Acomarit Maritimes s.a. Hong Kong.
If anyone knows about his whereabouts, please let me know.
1002 July 06 2008 at 16:40:58
Full Name: robert batchelor
Home Town?: wellingborough
Message Text: hope to see everyone in london mn day
1003 July 03 2008 at 12:53:51
Full Name: Robert Hughes
Home Town?: Lechlade, Glos.
Message Text: Like to hear from anyone on the Royal Mail Lines ship "Pampas" which struck a mine in the English channel in the 50/60's - my brother John was the Purser, best wishes to all.
Bob Hughes ex R/O RMS.Highland Monarch and many others.
1004 July 03 2008 at 08:20:20
Full Name: Glyn Lloyd Evans
Home Town?: ex Birkenhead. Now Draycott Glos.
Message Text: I am researching the life & works of Kenneth D Shoesmith 1890-1939 ex HMS Conway 1906-1908 then Royal Mail Steam Packet to Chief Officer "Atlantis". Slung hook 1919 as full time marine artist of posters and ships postcards. Six murals on "Queen Mary" 1936. I would appreciate any information, material, postcards, calenders etc by this great artist. Thanks
1005 June 28 2008 at 18:40:17
Full Name: Jim Boyd
Home Town?: London
Message Text: I am researching "The Red Funnel Line of Singapore". Is there anyone out there that can give me any information about it?
Thanks in advance...
1006 June 26 2008 at 14:39:02
Full Name: Charles James Norval Young
Home Town?: Verwood, Dorset. BH31 6JN
Message Text: Joined Athel Line Ltd as an apprentice in December 1944. Gained my Master's Certificate in July 1954. Retired as Chief Officer and joined UAC in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1954. Transferred to Takoradi in 1956 and returned eventually to U.K in January 1962. Worked for Huntings as General Manager Forwarding Division until December 1069. Formed my own Company known as Young Freight Services in January 1970. Retired after selling the company and bought a large motor cruiser and Named it "Athelregent2 and did extensive cruising. Any shipmates I sailed with or met in my travels would be most welcome to hear from. Now retired
1007 June 24 2008 at 18:54:54
Full Name: verdun lowe
Home Town?: doncaster.formally Gravesend
Message Text: Just returned to Red Duster after
a long absence can't wait to look around again
1008 June 24 2008 at 18:49:39
Full Name: Joe Earl
Home Town?: Portishead
Message Text: THE CALL OF THE SEA
There is salt in the blood of some old folk
It is the call of the free
`Tis a trait of our island nation
For seamen to naturally be
Maintaining our lifelines or fighting
To stem the foe from our coast
It’s all about freedom of movement
That we remember the most.
We sailed out East through the Suez
To the far off Indian shore
Or steamed off West with cargoes
For docks like Baltimore
North in Arctic weather
Through the snow and the ice
Or Southern climes with palm trees
And musky smell of the spice.
We kept a watch from the fo`c`s`le
An eye on the rise of the moon
Or a daylight trick at the helm
`Till eight bells struck at noon
Sights we took with a sextant
Then pencilled a fix on the chart
Or mothered the engines all constant
Attending to every hot part.
We heard the banshee screaming
Of storms sent over the deep
All the crew seafaring
Attending the vessels keep
Living the life of a rover
Sometimes beckons to me
I reckon its salt in the veins
And the call of the sea.
1009 June 22 2008 at 00:36:14
Full Name: alan jones
Home Town?: portsmouth
Message Text: i was wondering if anyone knew a john barratt or barrett he was in the service back in 1961,i worked with him in a holiday camp in hayling island,i think he lived in folkestone or felixstowe,he must be about 67 years old now,me and another old friend would love to meet up with him again,if you read this john or if anyone knows a john barrett that was in the merchant navy in the early sixties please contact me.
1010 June 21 2008 at 04:00:06
Full Name: Joan Hicks
Home Town?: New Zealand
Message Text: Hi all,
Not having much luck trying to find an ancestor of mine, so thought I'd throw a line in here.
I'm looking for any info. on Edgar Cumming, Master Mariner of South Shields, who died 1918. He was born in London, 1868, emigrated to NZ,1874, returned to Sth Shields and married in 1898. That's all I've come up with, so can someone help or steer me in the right direction, please...Thanks, Joan.
1011 June 20 2008 at 19:42:13
Full Name: alan heard
Home Town?: glasgow
Message Text: looking for any info from gardner shipping old tub coaster st kerigtan i sailed with her 1969
1012 June 20 2008 at 09:08:50
Full Name: Terence Williams
Home Town?: Born Swansea Wales, resides Melbourne Australia
Message Text: I reallY LIKE, ENTERING INTO MY 81ST YEAR, THIS SITE, BUT WOULD LIKE SOME COnSIDERATION TO MAKING THE M.N. Badge available for all of us who didn't serve during the War years. Terence Williams ( R 538301 )
1013 June 18 2008 at 08:07:42
Full Name: Andrew Fairey
Home Town?: Kettering
Message Text: Hi all,
I hope you can help me - I am looking for photographs of the Glenartney from WW1, sunk 18/3/1915 near the Sovereign Lighthouse.
I have contacted Lloyds / National Maritime Museum and Glasgow archives but to no avail.
Do you have any suggestions, any help is greatly appreciated.
1014 June 16 2008 at 06:21:42
Full Name: meshil
Home Town?: India
Message Text: Hi,
Gus's forty years as an ocean sailor had done an good job and we really enjoyed by reading this book.
1015 June 11 2008 at 14:33:46
Full Name: arthur john harvey
Home Town?: beverley,east yorkshire
Message Text: Wednesday 11 June 2008
Picked up your email which interested me as I went to sea in 1941 being born in 1925; served on troopships,tankers and a liberty ship which I collected new from the west coast of the USA.In 1997 went to Baltimore to crew the John Brown one of the two liberty ships still afloat and steaming, the web site is 'Liberty Ship Project'. After the war remained in the MN and eventually passed my masters certificate having come up through from deck.Retired from the sea in 1978 and commenced a new career in shipping containers and when aged 67 started my own company and am still working nearly full time.In 1980 had four by passes.Will be 83 in September 2008.
Hope this cheers you.
1016 June 11 2008 at 05:44:02
Full Name: robertshearing
Home Town?: gerringong n,s,w, australia
Message Text: I WAS BORN IN CAMBERWELL LONDON I 1924. I WENT TO SEA IN 1941 AND LEFT IN 1949, PAYING OFF IN SYDNEY N.S.W, I AM NOW 83 YEARS OLD , STILL LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL. I SPEND MANY AN HOUR GOING THROUGH ALL THE INFO YOUR SITE SUPLIES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. BOB SHEARING
1017 June 10 2008 at 18:58:12
Full Name: Richard Muller
Home Town?: Berkhamsted, Herts.
Message Text: Michael (“Mike”) Muller, died 2nd June 2008.
Mike Muller joined the Worcester in the Summer term of 1952 from Sutton High School for Boys to undertake pre-sea training.
Whilst a cadet he appears to have excelled at swimming, representing the College in both the Swimming and Water Polo teams during 1952-3. In his last term he held the rank of Cadet Captain, responsible for the tier and working works; the tier boat was their means of accessing the shore, being crewed by four oarsmen and a cox.
He left in the Easter term of 1954 to serve his apprenticeship with T and J. Brocklebank Ltd., the oldest merchant shipping company, where he served as a Navigating Officer.
Following this he joined the Bolton Group and was involved in all aspects of ship management including shipbroking and marine insurance.
Following appointment as a Director of Bolton Steam Shipping he was instrumental in forming Bolton Maritime Management a joint company with Carnival Cruise Lines to manage vessels of Boltons and Nosira Shipping Ltd.
During this time he was involved with various GCBS Committees including joint Chairman of the M.N Disciplinary Board and Deputy Chairman of the M.N Training Board.
In 1981 Carnival bought out the Bolton interests and Muller was appointed Managing Director of all the U.K. interests of Carnival.
In 1987 it was decided to sell the Cargo Ship Companies as Carnivals interests in cruising had considerably increased. Muller was appointed as Managing Director-Europe for Carnival Cruise Lines at this time.
A past Chairman of the North of England P & I Association he became a Director of the Standard P&I Club. He is a past member of the General Council of Lloyd’s Register and was a Director of the Passenger Shipping Association.
Mike was a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
1018 June 10 2008 at 13:03:58
Full Name: Trevor Coupland
Home Town?: formely from Grimsby
Message Text: reading through the letters its great to see so many people with many memories good or bad hard times as well as fond memories myself i can still remember stepping aboard my first ship in feb 1982 the strathesk and a short while later sailing with a company called ajax marine now for the past few years been an active member of the M.V.S it keeps my memories alive and well
1019 June 10 2008 at 11:51:03
Full Name: Fred Andrews
Email: R266198 @aol.com
Home Town?: CORSHAM
Message Text: Re Dunbar Castle enquiry. Before I went to sea, I worked with the son of Norman Leslie Bacon, one of the casualties. It was 68 years ago, and I can't remember my colleague's first name - but I do recall his Nickname,not surprisingly, "Streaky"
STILL AROUND STREAKY ?
1020 June 10 2008 at 09:16:58
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: Paul Syretts request on medals.
If the man named below is the person in question then his medal file is available from The National Archives at Kew in BT395/1. This file will detail his full entitlement and whether the medals were issued.
John Thomas Syrett,R277920. DOB 1st January 1926.
The medal file can be downloaded to your computer or a cost of £3.50 and the details below is how to interpret the actual medal file.
A cross (×) drawn through a symbol indicates the issue of that medal; a circle (O) drawn through a symbol indicates that only the ribbon for that medal has been issued. If a cross and a circle have been used then both a medal and a ribbon have been issued. An R sometimes appears and signifies that an application for that medal was reviewed and refused. For those trying to discover whether a medal was issued, or was an unclaimed entitlement, then the RSS should be contacted, before undertaking lengthy searches at TNA, as they have the most up-to-date records.
The medals awarded are indicated by:
FR:France and Germany Star
1021 June 10 2008 at 00:19:12
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: Dunbar Castle query.
Passenger cargo ship Dunbar Castle, 10,002grt (Union-Castle Mail SS Co.) had loaded a general cargo including salt herring and gin as well as a number of passengers bound for Beira, Portuguese East Africa and joined up with the outward bound 10 ship Convoy OA-69, departing Southend on the 9th January 1940. The same day just over 7 miles North-East of Ramsgate the Dunbar Castle detonated a magnetic mine and sank rapidly within 30 minutes in position 51' 23N 01' 34E with the loss of 7 crew. The minesweeper HMS Calvi picked up the 73 survivors from two lifeboats , including 4 women, 2 of whom were nuns, a number of children and the surviving crew. Captain Causton was seriously injured in the explosion and passed away in one of the lifeboats, and another crewmember was in such a severe state of shock that he refused to leave the lifeboat and also died. The crew from HMS Calvi handed out tots of rum until a coastal motor barge arrived on the scene and took off the survivors and landed them at Ramsgate.
Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial Panel 36.
BALDWIN, Assistant Cook, WILLIAM, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940.
DAVIS, Assistant Steward, RONALD ALBERT, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940. Age 35. Son of Arthur Lewis Davis and Elizabeth Davis; husband of Dora Davis.
FRASER, Assistant Storekeeper, ANGUS, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940. Age 33. Husband of Janet Fraser, of Glasgow.
KAY, Assistant Baker, RICHARD, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940. Age 28. Son of Mary Kay, of Leith, Edinburgh.
LINNEY, Greaser, JOHN THOMAS, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940. Age 25.
STEWART, Watchman, WILLIAM JOHN, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940. Age 64.
YOUNG, Storekeeper, WILLIAM FREDERICK, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940. Age 34. Son of William and Louisa M. Young, of Selsdon, Surrey.
BACON, Storekeeper, NORMAN LESLIE, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940. Age 50. Son of Edward and Florence Bacon; husband of Dorothy Adelaide Bacon, of Dagenham. Buried Barking (Rippleside) Cemetery. Sec. C. Grave 166.
CAUSTON, Master, HENRY ATHERTON, M.V. Dunbar Castle (London). Merchant Navy. 9th January 1940. Age 60. Husband of Margaret Gertrude Causton, of Southampton. Buried Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery. Sec. K. 8. Grave 189.
1022 June 09 2008 at 20:02:07
Full Name: laraine Cox
Home Town?: aylesbury
Message Text: I have an ancester who sailed on the vessel nathanial s perkins in 1852 to the North Pacific and "elsewhere" Has anybody heard of this vessel/ His father Neil Mcwharrie was also a sailor living in greenock.
many thanks. Laraine Cox
1023 June 09 2008 at 11:25:05
Full Name: Robert Shipley
Message Text: I have for Sale a 3 Yard Red Ensign
of the Merchant Navy an old one
which I am looking for £80 including Postage and Packaging
but would consider a reasonable
E Mail email@example.com
1024 June 09 2008 at 08:21:00
Full Name: John Harold Thorne Booth
Home Town?: Nelson Bay NSW
Message Text: Went to sea 1936 deckboyin U.K. ships.Sailed in Australian tankers
from 1950, retired 1984
1025 June 07 2008 at 17:24:30
Full Name: Marina Ball
Home Town?: Hull
Message Text: Dad, John Samuel Swailes age 82 this year, would like to hear from any shipmates. Sailed on Appledore, Fort Grant,Deaselake,Eerie and Carillion, Empires Melody, Prospero, Gage and Consistance, Peter M, Omega, Grosbian and many more 1943 - 1948 mainly out of Hull. In contact with seamans mission on King George Dock. Grateful for any info. DAUGHTER
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