|Leonard Jaggard||able seaman||1944 to 1945|
|Stanley Algar||master||1945 to 1946||my father, Captain Stanley Algar was master on this vessel.|
|William B. Macp...||assistant steward||1949 to 1950|
|Doug Cornish||able seaman||1949 to 1950||Able seaman and watch|
|Murray Nelson||3rd engineer||1949|
|09/24/2010 - 11:28||Stanley Algar||
My father, Stanley Algar, was master of the Miralda in 1945-46. My book, GOODBYE OLD CHAP, A LIFE AT SEA IN PEACE AND WAR, (ISBN 978-1-907219-04-7)recounts his life story and is based in in part on his diaries, written in a POW camp and hidden from the Germans. My royalties are being given to the Red Cross, without whose food parcels he and many other prisoners might have starved.
As noted above, the Miralda was a Merchant Aircraft Carrier and Shell offered passages to ex service men and women, returning to Jamaica or Trinidad and also company employees going to Curacao or Venezuela. He wrote "it was pleasant to see couples, sometimes pushing a pram, strolling on the flight deck and it was difficult to realise that the vessel was a tanker. Quoits, deck hockey and even dances, to the music from the radio, were organised."