226 October 18 2011 at 18:00:12|
Full Name: Mike Olive
Home Town?: BASINGSTOKE
Message Text: My brother Dudley Reuben OLIVE,died on 5th Oct and his fumeral is at 3.30pm on 20th Oct, at the North Bournemouth Cemetery, Strouden Avenue, BH8 9HX.
He was in the Merchant Navy from 1944 to 1947, when he was discharged with T.B. Would it be possible for a Merchant Navy Representative to be present PLEASE? (01256)417468
227 October 15 2011 at 20:32:08
Full Name: Michael Wootton
Home Town?: Tamworth
Message Text: Great AGM today, we never got to thank our National Committee for their excellent work during the year. Keep up the good work guys and galls.
It is with regret that Tamworth Branch inform you that s/m Tom Pim crossed the bar on the 4th October last, Tom lived in Badsey near Evesham and was rarely seen at Branch but was kept informed of all our endeavours. Toms wife passed away ealier this year and I dont think he recovered from the shock of her demise. I believe Tom was an orphan who was schooled in nautical ways, vis signalling and seamanship, eventually he became a steward and served on the Russian Convoys, Tom was injured when his ship was torpedoed and spent time in a Russian Hospital . After the war I believe Tom became a Purser. Tamworth Branch will take our Standard to his funeral at Prestbury near Cheltenham next monday.
228 October 15 2011 at 15:34:49
Full Name: Thomas Martin
Home Town?: Windsor CT.USA
Message Text: Was engineer with T&J Brocklebank,Chandris (S.S. Novor Isobel) CP , Ellerman Papayanni line.Retired fom MN in 1964.worked shore till 1968 emigrated to USA 1968.
229 October 12 2011 at 07:20:53
Full Name: Tim Brant - National Secretary MNA
Message Text: Our thanks go to everyone who supported the succesful objection to the Licence Application to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to erect a temporary structure in Trinity Square Gardens, very close to the Merchant Navy Memorials, for corporate entertainment during the pre-Christmas period.
The following statement appeared on the website of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, dated 10 October 2011:
Statement on Trinity Square Gardens
Commenting on the Trinity Square Gardens proposals, Mayor Lutfur Rahman said, "Staging events in the Gardens was an idea put forward by Trinity House who have been working with the Council and the proposed event organisers - so I am surprised by comments made this weekend. The Council do not wish to cause any offence to any of the parties involved. As it no longer has the support of Trinity House and the maritime community I have put a stop this event."
Ward Councillor for Whitechapel and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Shahed Ali, added, "These gardens are an important part of the borough's heritage and I am extremely glad the Mayor has used his executive powers to stop this event taking place."
October 10, 2011
230 October 11 2011 at 07:16:45
Full Name: David Evans
Home Town?: Falmouth
Message Text: I have just read that city "fat cats" are going to use the area of our MN memorial at Tower Hill for their Christmas "bash" complete with fairy lights and rivers of champagne. Surely we have to oppose this obnoxious show of wealth in an area dedicated to people who gave all for very little ! If this is true our MNA should get on the media and highlight our objections to it taking place. How insensitive !! !!
231 October 10 2011 at 15:49:35
Full Name: Kevin Langley
Home Town?: Oxford
Message Text: I love your website. One small point - MV Laguna (PSNC)did not have an entirely "uneventful career" as you state. She was torpedoed and damaged off Haiti on 17 August 1942 by U-658. Convoy PG6. The Laguna was towed to Guantanamo, was repaired at Galveston and returned to service in November 1942. The first officer, George Rice, was my uncle.
232 October 09 2011 at 20:45:40
Full Name: Susan Benton
Home Town?: Iowa City, Iowa USA
Message Text: I'm looking for information about Captain D.L.C. Evans, captain of the Phemius when it was caught in a hurricane in 1932. Would like personal info.-did he have a family,what did crew members think of himm where and when did he die, etc. Also info. of other ships on which he was Master. Am working on possible children's non-fiction book.
233 October 09 2011 at 15:07:22
Full Name: James Russell Malcolm
Home Town?: East Kilbride, Scotland
Message Text: I am a British merchant mariner that lives in Kingston Ontario Canada and I am looking for names of any Merchant Mariners that live in this area. I served in the 2nd WW aboard City of Calcutta, Captourane,City of Exeter, City of Paris and briefly on a standby ship the Grodeno. I am now 92 years old and looking to connect with old commrades.
234 October 09 2011 at 07:53:10
Full Name: David Evans
Home Town?: Falmouth
Message Text: I was disturbed to read in the Falmouth Packet that work to recover bullion is commencing on the wreck of the SS Gairsoppa torpedoed off Freetown in 1941 by U101.Surely she should be a war grave?
235 October 03 2011 at 04:46:50
Full Name: christine elizabeth mayer
Home Town?: liverpool
Message Text: my uncle, Colin Fletcher Beattie was torpedoed by u boat 96 in the s.s. Oropesa 16 Jan 1940,would be grateful for any info.
Christine mayer(nee Beattie)
236 October 02 2011 at 06:57:02
Full Name: William Peters
Home Town?: Birkenhead
Message Text: I'm trying for some information on the late 'John Lynus' a Liverpool ships stoker. I require some information for a book that I'm writing on Liverpool characters.
I would be grateful for any information.
237 September 29 2011 at 09:36:56
Full Name: Kevin - R. Axt
Home Town?: Hamburg / Germany
Message Text: I may express my sincere respect for your splendid organisation! Whish, we had something like that here in Germany. We will stay in touch. Pleasent wind and following seas.
Carry on, mates!
Kevin R. Axt, ex chief mate
Founding Director of the
Altonaer Hafenarchiv ( A.H.A.)
238 September 27 2011 at 12:05:14
Full Name: George A Heague
Home Town?: Liverpool
Message Text: Any of you retired or serving MN members interested in forming a MNA Branch in the Liverpool Area,if so please contact me at above E-Mail address,thank you.
239 September 23 2011 at 10:54:27
Full Name: George Alan Heague
Home Town?: Liverpool
Message Text: As a X engineer of ten years standing now retired can't understand why a great port city like liverpool has no MNA branchs? I know thier is a retired seamans club branch but that is all I would be willing to help with the forming of a said Branch of the MNA in Liverpool but at 75 it needs younger people to start it off with help of us oldies
240 September 23 2011 at 10:14:13
Full Name: david beattie
Home Town?: south shields/now rosyth
Message Text: hi all .served with ellermans as electrical officer from 1970-79,any old shipmates out there.
241 September 22 2011 at 11:01:37
Full Name: Wendy Rattray
Home Town?: Glasgow
Message Text: I am looking for information on SV Spindrift built by Charles Connell & Co in 1867, and in particular that it sailed the the 1868 Tea Race.
242 September 22 2011 at 05:35:05
Full Name: Bill Wiffen
Home Town?: Perth
Message Text: Great pages to read and really worthwhile.
243 September 19 2011 at 21:25:12
Full Name: Ray Whent
Home Town?: Southampyn
Message Text: Hi I started ass Galley Boy in After Gravesend Sea School in 1945 sailed on BP Tanker Brish Tradition and sailed with Furness Houlder, Port Line, New Zealand Shipping Compny, United Baltic Corporation and Shell Tankers where I was Purser Catering Officer on Tagelus, Trochiscus, and Hadra until 1959 when I came a home and joined Allied Breweries Agent C.G',Hibbert as a Beer Rep to Ships at Lopnodn Docks and Tilbury but later transferred to Southampton as Shiop Srores Director,.
244 September 13 2011 at 17:34:40
Full Name: Billy McGee
Home Town?: Stockton-on-Tees
Message Text: RE: Waiotira query:
I would suggest you get hold of her last Crew Agreements held at Kew under her Official No. 166871 The file you require is held in file BT 381/1196 If using the digital service make sure ask for her last Crew Agreements before she was lost.
The MNA also offer a research service if you require help to obtain these files.
245 September 12 2011 at 17:52:08
Full Name: Cyril W. Taylor
Home Town?: Warren, New Jersey. USA
Message Text: Served with Pursers Dept.Furness Withy/Prince Line, on various ships- Fort Townshend-Queen of Bermuda- Ocean Monarch - Newfoundland - and Cingalese Prince. I am trying to get information on a RMT RAVENTAZON, that sank Oct.5. 1915. Also would like to hear from anyone who sailed on the Furness ships. or the Burutu Palm - Palm Line.
Regards to all. Cyril
246 September 08 2011 at 13:04:43
Full Name: bill rice
Home Town?: swanley
Message Text: i was a steward in orsova about 1968 like to hear from-bob boyd,nobby brown,johny geeves,dave munton,jimmy forrester,2nd steward-bernard-THE BEARD,alan palmer,tourist 2nd peter voigt,
247 September 06 2011 at 22:10:01
Full Name: Dr. DONALD NICHOLSON PARKES
Home Town?: Newcastle NSW Australia (ex Liverpool UK)
Message Text: Today (September 6 2011) I found that my grandfather James Nicholson was Quarter Master aboard HMHS Llandovery Castle, sunk by U 86 on June 27 1918. The reasons for not knowing this sooner are complex. I am now 74, did my National Service in the RN and have a wife whose father was Captain Percy Purkis (Alfred Holt Blue Funnel). On Sunday last (4 9 11) we attended the Merchant Navy Day Service in Liverpool's St Nicholas Church - unaware of the news we would receive today through the efforts of volunteers, tracing my grandfather's death - unrecorded - until found at the Tower Hill Memorial in London. I always thought my blood tasted really salty. I feel so humbled and so proud to have been associated with you all. Thank you for letting me speak a few words.
248 September 05 2011 at 19:51:02
Full Name: Sandra Joy Oyns-Wilson
Home Town?: Pontefract
Message Text: Am Looking for friends of my father Joseph Oyns-Wilson who was on the North Atlantic convoys during the 2nd world war.Any surviving relatives of his friends out there?
249 September 05 2011 at 10:40:13
Full Name: Mrs Valerie Watts
Home Town?: Gravesend, Kent UK
Message Text: I am trying to research my father Roy Ernest Harlen.
I know he went to sea in the 1930s, and I have a book recording all the ships he was on for the duration of the WW2, but I would like to get information of his travels before the war.
if antone can give any tips about where to look, it would be greatly appreciated.
250 September 04 2011 at 17:18:55
Full Name: Kenny MacRitchie
Home Town?: Stornoway
Message Text: I would like to get in touch with Brian Knill who sailed with me on the "Atlantic Guardian" in the early 90s Brian came from Coldstream in the Borders
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