My Father was 5th Engineer on the Northia during WW2. I understand she may have been included in both the Arctic, and North Atlantic convoys between the eastern seaboard of the United States and the Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel.He told me this but I am struggling to locate the evidence. I am currently attempting to apply for both the Arctic Star and Atlantic Star posthumously for him. If anyone has any information given to long time lapse I would be grateful.
I believe my uncle,William West, was tragically lost on the San Cirilo (my late father's twin brother). I would like to know if anyone knows of him.
Laatste schip van mijn vader, John Budding. Samen met mijn meevarende moeder Jeanny Budding kregen ze een fantastisch afscheid. Echt een party zoals mijn vader dat kon zeggen. (info door Joyce ter Brugge-Budding)
Jeanny Budding, echtgenote van John Budding, moest met grootste spoed van boord naar ziekenhuis om te bevallen van dochter Yvonne. Bijna geboren op de Krebsia.
Vanaf september 1956 tot en met augustus 1957 heb ik als l.l.- W.T.K. op de gastanker MANUELA gevaren tussen Curacao en Venezuela.
Ten tijde van een flensbreuk van de laadslang aan de laadsteiger te Palmarego was ik nog samen met de 2de W.T.K. in de Machine-kamer .
Wij samen hebben toen in een snelle reactie het schip =dood= gemaakt; alle branders direct uit en schakelbord spanningsloos gemaakt.
Deze 2de W.T.K. genaamd Heerens of Heerkens ??? , woonde destijds in Den Helder .
Graag zou ik alsnog weer eens met hem in contact willen komen.
Wie kent deze persoon of misschien leest hij zelf wel deze oproep , hoop ik .
Bij voorbaat mijn dank .
I am an Aussie was working on the wharfs in Durban Sth Africa trying to work my passage back when a workmate told me there as a tanker at the tanker wharf that was short of crew so I applied for a job on board, the skipper was a bit hesitant but as they were short on crew he signed me on, on the understanding that we would eventually end up in London.
That was great for me and I enjoyed every moment I spent on Amoria.
We went up the coast of Africa, out of Curacao around the West indies.
Out of Cardom Lakes Sth America and finally signed off in London.
I think I was on board 6 to 8 months and loved every minute, enjoyed the company of the crew and was put on the job of 5th engineer with the 2nd engineer.
They called me Aussie on board.
That was definitely a highlight of my life.
You may be interested in an early silent newsreel showing the PHASIANELLA berthing at Adelaide South Australia, which I have just uploaded to my YouTube channel.
The system won't permit a web address, so log onto YouTube and search for "Phasianella".
My father WILLIAM JAMES DAVIES WAS THE 2nd officer (engineer) on this Tanker, he lived in Cardiff South Wales and told me many things about his loyalty to his chinese engine crew.
During one trip, his fingure was severed by the machinery and the stopped the bleeding by winding cabwebs over the wound before dipping the wound in molton tar to stop the bleeding.
Prior to joining the merhant navy, he had been an officer in the Royal Navy,
I did two trips, 2nd trip was from 4 April 1963 to 28 January 1964. During the trip around the world President Kennedy was assassinated.
It was during 1950 that this ship had an accident in Helsinki Harbour. Even the Pilot in charge ordered the ships destination correctly,the ship had a collision against the pier. It was the ships engines that malfunctioned during the operation. I have the report from that time, my grandfather was the pilot in charge.
any interest in bidding on vintage artifacts from the launching of the "Donacilla" in 1966 may go online to bid begining december 12 2017 google clearing house estate sales & sign on for auction "the estate of Mrs. Maria Spaght"
This is a sad story! On researching family history I have found that my grandfather was working on the Pinna 2 (Official no. 112811) in July 1914 as an M. R. Steward. His death was recorded on 17th July 1914 as a suicide, off the south-east coast of Eire. His name was William Charles Ritchie, age 51yrs. Whether this took place because of the impending WW11 or because he couldn\'t cope with his job, I will never know. Has anyone any further information about the conditions or ship situation? What does M.R. stand for in his job title. The above information was reported in the Marine Register during the month of 1914.