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News Date Dec 2007

2007 is now coming to a close It is almost time to archive this page and move to a News 2008 page I hope will be as successful as this years. I have only managed to collect two obsolete mobile phones for the BISS for them to recycle. (One was mine anyway and thanks to Don Dunlop for the other) If you have an old mobile phone that you wish to off-load for a charity please send it to me. Used stamps are sent of to the RNLI, who in turn send them to Dartmoor Prison, the Cons then sift and sort through the stamps, package them and they are then sold onto collectors and shops, the RNLI gets all the proceeds.
contact me for further details.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year.
(R.G.)
 

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December 2007 will be the official 10 year anniversary since LOF was fully amalgamated/sold to Frontline® (The sale went through in the October) they own the LOF title and who knows whether it will ever remerge, although we know it would never be the same. 2007 has been a very successful year for the LOF News, with well over 150 News items on the latest news page, some 20+ lost and new LOF personnel 'found' and of course not forgetting the very successful August Leicester Reunion. There are no plans at present to hold any further reunions in the near future, but I am not ruling out another one in a few years time.
Thank you to all of the sponsors who make this website financially sound, to those who keep in touch regularly and for just visiting or passing by the website. We are close to approaching our 100,000 hit which I think will take place in January 08 and for a small company and website I think this is a exceptional achievement.
I wish everyone a very merry Christmas, a prosperous and hopefully healthy New Year.
With regards, Roy

News Date Dec 2007

 Alistair Roaf. (Ex 3rd/Off - 2nd/Off) After LOF Alistair went back to his old company BP, he took an MBA and quickly climbed the promotion ladder becoming Master in his early 30's. He has recently resigned from BP and begins as a Marine Consultant for Brookes Bell in Liverpool. Michelle still enjoys her Art Therapy and son Hamilton started school in September.
Bob Fullagar. (Nav Cadet - Master) Bob is back at sea on the 'New Alliance', luckily he is on a different run and spent an unusual 36 days at sea Mexican Gulf to Far East, instead of his usual 42 hours at sea. Both sons are gainfully employed and Elsie plans to carry on working as senior community physiotherapist for another couple of years.

News Date Dec 2007

Credit to the Merchant Navy Association.... Top This for a Speeding Ticket. Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident while checking for speeding motorists on the A1 Great North Road. One of the officers used a hand-held radar device to check the  speed of a vehicle approaching over the crest of a hill, and was surprised when the speed was recorded at over 300 mph. Their radar suddenly stopped working and the officers were not able to reset it. Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact latched on to a NATO Tornado fighter jet which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over the Border district, approaching from the North Sea. Back at police headquarters the chief constable fired off a stiff complaint to the RAF Liaison office. Back came the reply in true laconic RAF style: 'Thank you for your message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Tornado had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked onto, your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it.  Furthermore, an air-to-ground missile aboard the fully-armed aircraft had also automatically locked onto your equipment. Fortunately the pilot flying the Tornado recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded  to the missile systems alert status, and was able to override the automated defence system before the missile was launched and your hostile radar installation was destroyed. Good Day... Eugenie Noonan

News Date Dec 2007

Edward Kemp.. At last have now connected with the world! My better half, Flora, decided that surfing is more beneficial than prolonged visits to the "local ". A very belated thanks to both you and Paul for making the 2007 Reunion most enjoyable . It was great to see so many survivors from the LOF days. I was very sorry to learn of the passing of Capt. John Clark. If my memory is correct, I recall being an apprentice he being Third Mate on the tanker "Duchess of Athens" some 50 odd years ago. Merry Christmas (E.K.)

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Nostalgia - History...My group of " Old Salts "have recently been discussing some ships equipment which we had in  "Olden Days"  and this one came up  I wonder if you remember it  This is what ours in L.O.F.  looked like (it was a bright yellow in colour) You had to crank the handles at sufficient speed to keep the red light showing as I remember it. (This was a Salvitta Lifeboat Transmitter/Receiver) Ambrose Jones. (I have on 2 occasions had the misfortunes to thrown a dustbin lifeboat Transmitter/Receiver into a swimming pool - needless to say that on both occasions it sank like a brick - R.G.)

Notice the Radio Officers have uniforms, cap and "50's Senior Service" haircuts (done by anyone who had a half decent pair of scissors) In my days at LOF we paid 6 beers to the Indian Crew for a decent chop, the mean ones
bought their own shears and gave themselves a Number One. In recent times on Cruise Ships, we had the Steiner® Girls working in a fantastic kitted out 'spa', the Young Engineers normally went for a cut and blow that put them back around $20. The rest of us made do with the Carpenters (Philippino) Workshop - $10 no blow and with a cold beer thrown in. Nearly every Steiner® Girl ended up marrying one of the Engineers or occasionally a Deck Officer, I am pleased to say that most of them are still together. (R.G.)
 

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Ambrose Jones.. I have just been speaking to John Moss (Ex Rad/Off) It was a heart attack which John had 25+ years ago He had a stroke 15 years ago, the second 4 years ago and the most recent was this year he wanted to let you know that he had remembered the first radio equipment he worked with was a " McKay Radio and that the Emergency Receiver was wait for it  a Cats Whisker. Fortunately having been brought up on a farm I remember what that is because I had  one in a beautiful wooden box containing a glass dome in the dome was a "graphite" looking crystal in a holder also there was a thin wire on a swivel arrangement which you could move to touch different parts of the crystal so that  you could hear the program on the earphones.  When I was first given the set I had to take a wire aerial through the window and up to the chimney and across the road to the hill I was whilst holding on to the aerial AND the chimney that I first encountered static electricity. Now that was a shocking experience  !!!!! I wonder how many of the younger generation would try and make their own Cats Whisker radio? and what would the Health and Safety people make of free climbing on the roof to deploy the aerial? I wonder how many of the Colwyn Bay Radio College members ever sailed with " Cats Whisker" Emergency Receivers?.... Best wishes. A.J.

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News from Far... Far Away....
Our old friend Ben Killeen (Ex Rad/Off) sends his regards from 'Gallows Hill'? 'I am slowing down a bit, I will be 85 in January and the Merchant Navy Pension Fund estimated I would live only 5 years into retirement?. It was a long wet summer and I only went fishing twice. Wife Madeleine is keeping well, she had a big operation for arthritis - she has got two stainless steel knee caps and the operation was a great success. My best regards to everyone. Ben.



Dick Cunningham
(Ex Rad/Off - EEO) I was sorry to hear of the death of John Clark, as I had sailed with him quite a lot, we were over in Ireland a lot since the death of Mary's mother a short while ago. Best wishes to all Dick & Mary



Bryan Watkins.
(Ex 3rd/Off - Master) Bryan has just gone back to sea on the 'Leo Star' Kim is working at Modbury school, their girls Katy is in the sixth form studying Maths, Art, Biology and Psychology. Lorna is in year 10 and doing her GCSE's.

John Trotter. (Ex Rad/Off)
Good to hear that Captain Cornish is still on the go. I remember, anchored in the Gulf, sitting in the radio room for hours on Christmas Day, waiting for Portishead and making phone calls - he brought me a bottle of gin! Probably the one and only time I ever got any appreciation for what I did, mind you there wasn't much of it left by the time I got out of the shack! He may not remember that as it was only 33 years ago! Please pass seasons greetings on to him. I must have told you I was looking forward to retirement - I sure am, unfortunately it's about 5 years away. The upside of that is that the years are passing quicker and quicker, so I won't be wishing my life away for too long. I'd just like to thank you for all the work you've put in with the Website and the Reunions, bringing the LOF family together. John T

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Wayne Furlong...I must be the most jammest person I know, I went to London with my best friend in 1974 to keep him company he was told by Mike Cuff to do a pre maritime one year class he couldn't wait he joined the Navy, I signed up for it, a year later I didn't even think about LOF I got a call from Mr Cuff he said I be will sending you to London come for a interview I was gob smacked I never thought I would get in. Did 2 years at Riversdale Liverpool joined 'London Fusilier' 21/7/77 till 20/3/78 did the tramp trip of a life time London-Cardiff-Sweden-Suez-China-Australian-China-Korea-Long Beach Ca I paid off went to go visit my parents in San Jose Ca and a week later went to Sacramento to visit me mates , I haven't thought of these guys but they all left a mark on my life, 2nd Eng Dick Ethell what can say I was on his watch I was making my nut and bolt men on brass bases as a hobby, when in Aussie I fell in love with a young girl from the local Hospital in Port Kembla outside Sydney and kind of forgot to come back to the ship and was awoke in the morn with Dick charging in the bedroom of this girls friend home I crapped my self he was busting his gut laughing ,with Davies Pope and Nicholls my Eng mates it was fun all the time and I have the pictures to prove it 3rd Eng Davies and me in Sweden a couple of beers to much like monkeys going up the thick mooring line swinging upside down. I shared the cadet room with Pope Nav Cadet nice guy .It was a ship of fun. The memory of that year at sea was a real character builder, I have so many story's. Moss was the Chief Eng and O. Conner Capt. When I returned to the London Confidence for the 2nd time in 1981 my one wish was I wouldn't have 2nd Eng Bill Black on board who's catch phrase was" black by name and black by nature" he was the most un friendly of any body I met at sea the most demoralizing un-mentor you ever met you never knew where you stood with him he hated college cadets with a passion the three juniors were asked who wants to stay with new owners and scrap such a elegant ship I got the task of staying on board with two Pakistani oilers and prep it for high speed beaching what a adventure the Chief Eng was my cabin with scores of chickens and anything metal turning to rust (our Indian crew made our Eng room fit to eat off the Eng bulkheads it was so clean) well give 100% humidity everything was rusty, it was a time of Martial law here in Pakistan I was arrested for having Pigs (frozen in walk in) and booze on board we spend all day smashing hundreds and hundreds of booze bottles. I purloined so much stuff off of the old girl I got a chest of stuff everything from the original Sulzer workshop manual piping book a massive chest of booty. My last cruise was on the Grain run from Argentina to Odessa when Falklands war broke out we on the way to Odessa when war broke out and we went ashore to the seaman's mission for a run ashore there is five of us sitting supping beers when over the speakers in the restaurant bar announced the General Bergannio Destroyer was sunk with hundreds and hundreds lost we looked up to see 10 of the biggest Argentina merchant navy crew come over and say are you the British off the 'London Earl' and the most funniest thing happened the Chief Eng A May pulled out his Malay passport ,next a Irish passport was pulled out from some one, I pulled my Canadian passport out and they apologized for bothering them, that night the 2nd mate put a white sheet up which said UNITED KINGDOM 1, ARGENTINA 0 well the Argentinean ship early in the morn and opened their oily water bilges as they slunk out before dark we were invaded by Russian police who took bilge samples we were found not guilty and the Russian navy went to arrest the Capt and crew of Argentina ship happy days.
In June 1982 made redundant I spent 5 years in Tabuk Saudi Arabia, 5 years as Director in charge of various hospitals in California, then on to Fort Lauderdale Florida for dream job on super yachts I even joined a yacht in Aussie and remembered my old girlfriend from Port Kembla from 1977 on the London Fusilier days so 20 years later, I called her dads home he remembered me as he was the same guy who had come to the port to look for his daughter. I can remember being in the officers mess with Davies, Nichols, Pope and Dick when a Australian dock worker who rushed in asking has anyone seen a young slip of a girl on board named Ann, I went blank but sputtered who's asking he said oh mate not me but maybe a rather large guy waiting at the bottom of the gangplank this was the most frightful time I ever had I with a lot of prodding from the guys i slunk down the gangway and this mountain of a guy just said you be Wayne I said i he said make sure you have her home for dinner tonight and turned and walked away,...back to 1997 he told me she has 5 kids and gained 80 pounds that's one big heffer he said her husband wouldn't like me calling her...how peoples life are laid out and paths people choose or ignore them. 
In 1999 in went into partnership to purchase a ferry to travel between 5 Caribbean islands hurricane Floyd had other ideas, 2002 got into Real estate best thing I ever did (except LOF) Look up my name on www.google.com or www.yahoo.com which will better explain this period in my life, oh did I mention I was on a 120' $17,000,000.00 yacht which sunk in 10 minutes forcing me to live in a life raft for 15 days till a salvage ship came from Singapore to Komodo islands in Indonesia well that's another story.
I just read my Buddy Chief May has passed on what a real gentlemen. Nice Website regards...Wayne

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More snippets...Charles Cornish. (Ex Apprentice - Master) Still working for Exxon-Mobile out in Nigeria 28 on/28 off. Charles is at home for this Christmas and expects to be going back in the Exxon Office in the near future.
Jon Moss. (Ex Rad/Off) went to sea in 1943 and is 82 years young... is just getting over a 3rd Stroke, John sounds weak, but is in good spirits.....
Adrian (The Ex Harley Man) Latham. Is on standby over the Christmas Holidays, covering the Birmingham and North Midlands area, Adrian has given bike and women up for the time being, he is a service engineer for a pump and compressor company.
Norman Neill. (Ex Elect/Off) is spending Christmas in Northern Ireland, he and Valerie are out to Agadir in Morocco in February in preparation for another imminent grandchild.

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Andy Dow...Just a little note to inform you that since l will be 60yrs old on the 27th Dec, Janice my wife has finally convinced me to retire. The only problem is that l do not have much time to practice my golf swing and take on Ray Appleyard before my wife and l head out to Cullen Bay in Darwin, N.T. Australia. to spend our retirement. She has made a wonderful job of the house since l have been working on a project in Aswan Egypt. I hope you have another reunion when l will make it my utmost priority to attend. Kind wishes to everyone who remembers me. (A.D.)

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News snippets..... Happy Birthday.. Charlie Stuart. (Ex Rad/Off) Charlie has reached a dizzy 58 and is on wind-down at his job with Aberdeen Council, he is not e-connected, his son Callum sailed with LOF as apprentice, and is in-between jobs at present. Wife Carol still suffers with arthritis.
Len Sherriff. (Ex EEO) Is back in the UK, he and Kaye spend most of the decent weather on their boat in Holland.
Ron Mortimer. (Ex Master) keeping well and under the feet of wife Rita.
Dave Lawrence. (Ex Rad/Off-EEO) Still working on the ferries out of Dover.
Jeff Campbell. (Ex 2nd/Off - Ch/Off) He and Janet have decided to retire from the hospitality business and plan to live in Cleveleys.
Paul Cartwright. (Ex Cat/Off) He and Gwen have put their mobile home in hibernation and will be at home for Christmas. Paul is keeping well and still having medical check ups and tests.
Brian Ashby. (Ex 4th/Eng - 2nd/Eng) Brian is still having tests carried out after some issues earlier this year, the doctors can not seem to find out what is causing him issues.
Peter White. (Ex EEO) Peter has suffered poor eyesight and has been declared 'blind' he lives in St. Austell.
Adrian Cook. (Ex Eng/Cad - 4th Eng) Good to have met up with Adrian in South Shields having not seen him for 20+ years, he has a new partner - Wendy and he still survives at 'Corus/British Steel'. Adrian is a Union Official and is also counting down the years to retirement?
Jean Kirkham. Is keeping well in Brittany France.
John Peters. (Ex Nav/App - Master) John is still livestock farming in Devon and a part time channel/north sea pilot, wife Julia has recovered from her hip operation is back riding again.
Ambrose Jones. (Ex Dec App - Ch/Off) Keeping well and helps a great deal in finding 'new' people amongst our LOF Associates - well done Ambrose.
Jeremy Attwater. (3rd/Off - Master) Jeremy is now part time with HM Hydrographic Office and is slowing down towards retirement.
Bob Stinchcombe. (Ex 2nd Eng - Ch/Eng) Still ongoing issues from the after effects of his knee operation - and not yet active on the golf course only the 19th?
Irene Gillie. Keeping ok.
Dougie Brown. (Ex 3rd/Eng) He and Joyce have been out for a family get-together in Palm Springs.
Dave Vincent. with wife Nancy are wintering in sunny Australia.

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Nostalgia & History.... In 1939, when Britain was again at war, the UK Club was more international than it had been in 1919. Its underlying character was changing. The membership was still predominantly British, about 55 per cent by numbers of ships, but there was a strong US presence, 12 per cent, and Greek, nearly 10 per cent. One of the directors, Basil Mavroleon, elected in 1938, was Greek-born but sat as a representative of Tower Steamship Company. At the trials of the Elias G. Kulukundis in 1938 the family gathering includes Basil Mavroleon (front row, third from the left), the first Greek to be elected a director of the UK Club. Miles Kulukundis?s uncle, Manuel E. Kulukundis (front row, tenth from the left), is pictured in the group. Others include George E. Kulukundis (back row, third from the left), Nicholas B. Rethymnis (front row, seventh from the left), John Kulukundis (right of the group) and A.G. Pappadakis (fourth from the right of the group, facing camera). (P&I/Lloyds R.G.)
The 'Atlanticos' in a watercolour painted by Manuel E. Kulukundis, uncle of Miles Kulukundis.
The 'Atlanticos' was the first post war (I) acquisition in 1922 by Rethymnis & Kulukundis (R&K's)

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London Explorer.

Keith McCart. (Ex Deck Apprentice) I decided to finish my deck apprenticeship half way through the four years, after a general cargo ship I found the tankers and bulk carriers not so exciting. However I have great memories and look back with immense fondness at my time with LOF. Think if they had kept me on general cargo ships I would have stuck it out, blessing in disguise really as the demise of the British Merchant Fleet was just round the corner and I would probably have ended up jobless. As it was I then had a very successful Police Career (now retired) which was also very enjoyable and gave me some exciting work abroad too. Well now I live in Thailand. Best wishes. (K.M.)
(A young Keith McCart - London Banker New York in snow 1966)

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M.v. Welsh Endeavour...Nearly Completed (See below Nov & June this year)
Just returned from visiting dad and his ?shipyard??..Progress has been amazing lately ? may have something to do with him just having had delivered his next project: HMS Victorious (aircraft carrier) at 1:128 scale (also 7 feet long!!!). All complete now bar some detailing/weathering and then the sailing trials (if we can find a vehicle large enough to transport it to the pond!!!!). He has thoroughly enjoyed this project and the research that went with it. Best regards Carl Tunnicliffe.

    

                                  

      

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Pete Collins. (Ex Deck Apprentice - Ch/Off) Here is a photo of the 'London Resolution' sent in by Mike Hooks (Ex R/O) crest, it was taken in around 1964-5, Pete Collins informs that L-R is Steve Hogley, Deck/App, the Cassab and himself. From what I remember Lothian Clark was Master, Peter Ellwood was C/O (One of the first LOF apprentices, left as Master to teach at South Shields College, where is he now?) The 3/0 was Tommy (Tony?) Tucker I think. (P.C.)
 

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Don Dunlop. (Ex Eng-Cadet - 2nd/Eng) Don has been working for ABS in the Middle east for the past 4 years. He is now back in the UK and is now a Lloyds Surveyor in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the NE UK. (R.G.
 

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Peter (F.F.) Smith. Served my time in a small boatyard in Buckie.  I then did a trip with Benline before joining LOF in 1970. Sailed on 'Citizen' as junior, Master S.A. Dickson, then did trips as 4/E on 'Finnamore Valley', Master E. Hansen,  Confidence, Masters Lemmy Jeret & J. Cooper, and finally again on 'Citizen', Master J. Wallace, before coming ashore to get married.  Met some great blokes, but the memories are fading a bit now. I never went back deep sea; spent the last 30 odd years in maintenance and production in North Sea oil, mainly with B.P. Retired earlier this year, and loving it. Regards, Peter (F. F. Smith)

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The Merchant Navy Association Wreath
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The LOF Wreath.

 

A funny thing happened?..... the other day...Firstly I must thank everyone who contributed to the wreath of Captain John Clark, I will in due course place an article on the Obituary page with credit to those friends. Also thanks to Ron & Audrey Todd, who gave me B&B for the night so that I didn't have too far to travel on Tuesday the 4th December. Ron has made a couple of prototype LOF Flag Tiles, more at another time. I arrived in the village of Hook near Goole nice and early, and found Capt Rod Tarbuck, who had also just arrived, this being about 09:15. We found the church and asked some locals if this was the 'only' church - yes was the answer. 09:45 came and there was still no one around, I went next door to the vicarage, no one in?. By 10:00 Tarbie and myself were getting somewhat worried and I was apologising like mad, as I thought I had the wrong date/time/place. My Mobile phone had gone from fully charged to nil in about 3 seconds and no mobile computing for us old seadogs. 10:15 came and we thought we would 'abandon' the wreath for some other lost soul. 10:30 came and we were in the process of finding the nearest Pub to drown our sorrows. A black limo arrived and after a brief conversation, we had been rescued....by the undertaker, Martin Clark had sent him to take us to the real location some 4 miles away.....in Goole itself. The family/vicar held up the service so that we would be present. All ended well, and I passed on all our condolences to the family from everyone who had contacted me to do so. Tarbie and myself felt glad and yet humbled to have made the funeral - my thanks to all the Clark family for making us welcome. RIP - Captain John Clark. (We were in the place that was originally given to us)

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Mike Hooks. (Ex Rad/Off) I served (briefly) with LOF as Radio Officer from 1962 until 1965. 'Overseas Courier', 'London Pride I' & 'London Resolution'. Happiest period of my time at sea. Browsing my photo albums prompted me to see if LOF website existed. Left LOF in 1965 when swallowed the anchor and became a Shore Radio Technician with the London office of the Belgian radio company (SAIT) who handled LOF radio accounts. Now semi retired but still occasionally carrying out service work on the occasional ship. Best wishes Mike

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John Clark Senior (Ex Ch/Off - Master) John Clark passed away last weekend after losing his fight with prostate cancer, leaving his devoted wife Norma, three Children, and seven Grandchildren. John will be buried at the church where he and Norma were married a little over fifty years ago just outside Goole on Tuesday 4th December. John and Norma retired to Spain over twenty years ago and although Norma is still living there, she is now reconsidering her future plans but will be available at the following address until shortly after the funeral; 24 West Mill Rise, Walkington, Beverley, East Yorkshire.
Regards John Clark (aka Martin Clark)

It is my intention to attend the funeral of John Clark on the Tuesday 4th December, I will also arrange as usual for a suitable wreath on behalf of our LOF Colleagues, any donations will be gratefully accepted and if anyone wishes to attend the funeral with me, Martin would welcome this, please if you plan to attend, let me know, and we shall have a rough idea of the number of us attending - thank you. Roy Gerstner. contact me
 

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Peter Devenport. (Ex Ch/Off) Further to Peters posting on the messageboard, he is still very much gainfully employed. The mooring masters job in Liverpool was given up because had a fabulous offer in Equatorial Guinea to be a pilot in Malabo but then I got a better offer to be a ship inspector for several oil companies. The hardest part is the travel as some months I can have over a dozen flights. I also teach and train for a British Flag company and that I really do enjoy. Other things I do include writing ISM manuals and auditing. In all I lead a very busy life and as my own boss I can say yes or no Trouble with me though is I rarely say no and that gets me into to trouble with Judi. They have a house in France, but still like to return to home base near Rochdale. (R.G.)

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M.v. Welsh Endeavour. Here is some updated photographs of the model project - which has been an ongoing for a number of patient years. I am very grateful to Carl Tunnicliffe, his father a retired Police Officer took on a project to build a 7 foot scaled model of the WOF vessel 'Welsh Endeavour'. (See previous article on this page June 2007 below) All ships rails fitted and painted, Superstructure completed, Cargo derricks completed and being rigged, All hatches completed. He is just now rigging the derricks and adding the fine detail. The next job is to take her to the pond for ballasting (approx. 50lb of lead!!!) and sailing trials. This will probably occur in the next two weeks. I am sure that we wish Mr. Tunnicliffe Senior a successful launching of this super model.

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Cedar Hill Can anyone put some history to an event that took place in 1957? There was reported a 'mutiny' onboard this vessel when she was in Straits of Formosa. contact me
 

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Rad/Off, Capt D. Muir,
& Norman Evans.

Ambrose Jones. (Ex Apprentice - Ch/Off). Sends the following. Norman Evens.
On the 10th May 1952, (when I was only 23 days into my first voyage as an apprentice) the 'London Pride I' was at sea moorings in 18 fathoms some 2 miles off Sidon, in the Lebanon, preparing to load a cargo of crude. Captain D. M. Muir decided that we should have an " Emergency Abandon Ship" drill, where we had to jump into the sea without life jackets even for those like myself (who was a non swimmer). As soon as I was in the sea, the heavily built Greek Engineer Theodore Iltsopolis decided to depth charge me, but in his  "horse play" he winded me and pulled me down deep, so that I got into difficulties. When Norman Evans saw what was happening, he jumped in and got me to the companionway platform, then back on to the main-deck before diving in again, where he took Theodore Iltsopolis down deep, and long, before bringing him back coughing and spluttering to the companionway,
and he also gave Theo. Iltsopolis a verbal warning as to his future behaviour. Theo. Iltsopolis never gave me any problems for the remainder of the voyage.
Now what of Norman Evans himself?
 
Norman Evans  went to Smith's Nautical School in Cardiff and served his apprenticeship as a pilot before he went to sea to obtain his Master's Certificate to enable him to become a qualified pilot. During his apprenticeship, one of his duties was to raise steam on the pilot cutters! Norman worked for a number of companies before he sailed with LOF, including Beltinge (Constants of Cardiff) and a vessel named 'Jersey Spray' came into the history somewhere. After LOF, he sailed with Buries Markes on various vessels (including La Cordilera) until 1957, eventually sailing as Chief Officer. He was repatriated from Germany immediately his son David (aka Dai) was born on October 1st, 1957, and didn't go back deep sea. Over further years his family grew, having three children - two boys and a girl He very nearly emigrated to New Zealand (a port called Karori, near Wellington on North Island) to set up a stevedoring business, but decided against it at the last moment and stayed in the UK to become a Bristol Channel Pilot with The Bristol Channel Pilotage and Steam Cutter Company Ltd in 1957. The Barry Pilot Station had two cutters ? the "Quest" and the "Rupert Philips". Falling trade and tonnage through Barry caused him to resign from Barry Pilots, and he left Barry in 1969 to work as a Shift Harbour Master on Kharg Island where he stayed until well into the Islamic Revolution in 1979.  He  was one of the last four expatriate pilots on the island and formally closed down the port as he left for the airport; he was flown to Athens for debrief before flying home - his family hadn't seen or heard from him for over a year He spent about a year at home before he started work as Advisor to  he Assistant Director General of The Islamic Port of Jeddah in 1980 and stayed there until 1982 whereupon he moved to Marsa Al Brega as Senior Pilot/Harbour Master until October 1990. He formally retired after leaving Brega and moved to a cottage in Spain with his wife, but he worked in Marine Consultancy on an occasional basis whenever he saw a job that interested him. Norman Evans died on 22nd November 1993, having led an incredibly full and active life even now in meeting people in our industry it is surprising how many people know of Norman Evans. Norman's ashes were scattered on the Bristol Channel by the local 'sky pilot' from the Barry Lifeboat (for which his family is eternally grateful to the RNLI for allowing him this honour); his family are all amazed at the number of people in the town and in the port who still remembered and admired him. His son David (aka Dai) became a Marine Engineer, now working in Kazakhstan (starting his training with Buries Markes - his father's last seagoing employer) and admits that there were occasional (and good natured) oil-and-water arguments between them. I am indebted to Dai and his Mother for the above information. (A.J.)

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David Meare. (Ex Rad/Off) Now Senior development Engineer with EchoStar, sends the   following. Back in the spring of 1993 we took a few days off work during term time so that places would be quiet. We nipped over to Llandudno and as it was a really nice day we went up the Great Orme in a cable car and gave our little lad, then aged four, a great day out. However he wasn't satisfied and wanted  to get down to some work with his bucket and spade. So after a drive round the headland we came to a section of walled coast road that looked as though it had a beach on the other side. I stopped and climbed up some steps and instead of rolling sands there was a boating lake. I couldn't believe my eyes. There at the far end of the lake was an LOF ship and standing near me was a bloke fiddling with a radio control transmitter. So I introduced myself as an ex LOF man and we talked for a while as my little son became even more irritated at not having some sand to dig. The guy said he'd no connection with LOF or the sea but had just thought the
 Craftsman would be a nice ship to build a
 model of. He said he'd been constrained to get the aft section a bit out of proportion, but he'd been as true as he could. Apparently he'd won prizes for the model at shows and on one occasion was introduced to a former employee who'd sailed as Master on the larger model. I seem to remember the name being Peter Wright and vaguely remember that name from LOF. Best wishes Dave (Capt Peter Wright see March 2007 News below)

News Date Nov 2007

Website outage.... Lycos the web provider inform me that there will be an outage on the 27th November from approximately 0000z to 0800z, lets hope we are back again....

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Back to business.... We enjoyed a fantastic vacation to Thailand on the Island of Koh Samui and in the North at Chiang Mai. Andy Sinclair has sent the following pictures,                                 








These are 1:1200 scaled models supplied  by 'Wirrel Miniature Ships' they can be found at a link on www.onboardbooks.co.uk on the pictures sent by Andy, he has placed a 20p coin to give an idea of the size, he says that the pictures do not show the ships off at their best, and that they do have a lot of detail. The total cost was £54:00 for the pair, all details and good nautical books from the above website.
Whilst at the LOF Reunion Dave Vincent introduced us to a John Apps, who makes painted tiles mounted on a frame  as per the one I purchased of the 'London Enterprise II', they cost £32:50 which includes post and packaging. Contact Mr. John Apps 53, The Vale, Brentwood, Essex UK CM14 4UP The size of the actual tile is approx 18 x 7.5 cm

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N.J. The latter days.
'London Enterprise III'
 

Noris Jackson. (Jnr/Eng - Managing Director) A Happy 75th Birthday to NJ. (29th?)  It all started off around August 1953 on Basil Mavroleon (BM's) yacht 'The Radiant' built around 1926 (or there-abouts). Leaving the vessel in December 1953 for a minor operation and was transferred to LOF/Counties the same month. Unfortunately the 'Merchant Navy Establishment (NME) would not allow me to go to sea until 6 weeks after the operation. However the HMG (Her Majesty Government) did not have the same regulations and sent my 'call up' papers for National Service. I contacted Counties and received a letter the next day telling me to 'ignore' HMG and to go to Liverpool  and join the 'Fir Hill'. The idea was that I would stay on the ship in the UK and when it sailed for  foreign climes I would then  transfer to another vessel etc, until I was  passed 'fit' by the Pool Doctor. I sailed with Geoff Baskerville on the 'Wembley Hill', also sailed on the 'Fry Hill' and 'Streatham Hill' before transferring to the LOF fleet. The rest is of course history, apart from how I got the job on BM's yacht  - but that is another story. Above picture N.J. 'London Valour' (N.J.)

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Happy Birthday..... Brian Nicholls ...... Happy 60+ Brian..... Still able to cock his leg over his motorbike?

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Tomie McGuigan  (Ex Nav Apprentice - 3rd/Off) My LOF connection started in June 1970 when Capt Cuff provided me with my first experience of flying. A Belfast - London round trip for the job interview. Ironically, when it came time to join the first ship, it was just prior to the main holiday in N Ireland, so all flights were booked out. That meant taking the overnight ferry and train to London, all of which took far longer than the interview round trip. The second and last time I ever saw 8 Balfour Place was a few days later when I picked up the ship's mail, before catching another train and ferry. Yes, it is true to say that my first two ships in LOF were ferries. (Good question for an LOF Reunion quiz.) First ship was the 'Independence', Capt Owen Connor. Joined in Le Havre, July 1970, as a Deck Cadet. Then came 'Resolution', 'Prestige', 'Harmony', 'Citizen', 'Fusilier' and finally the 'Cavalier' as 3rd Mate under Capt William Setter Jaeger. Discharged Nagoya Ko, August 1974. I was probably the last of the old apprentice/cadets, not one of the college-sea-college etc cadets. Post LOF, I headed for Canadian waters, which I had visited on both the 'Citizen' and 'Fusilier'. The prospect of yet another boring 4-6 week trip around the Cape of Good Hope (Suez was closed) was just too much, so I decided to stay within sight of land and get paid 33% more, minus air fare. Eventually I became assimilated and spent 20 yrs in the Canadian Coast Guard, mainly on Hovercraft. After 7 yrs without a pay rise (the Canadian government thought that an easy way to reduce the deficit was to freeze Civil Service salaries) I returned to my native land. Since very late last century, up to date, P&O European Ferries (Irish Sea) Ltd have been supplementing my income. Initially at sea, but when they replaced the deck/engine ratings with Spaniards and removed all the British & Irish personnel from another ship, it seemed like a good time to accept the offer of a job ashore. Since then the fleet has shrunk from 13 ships to 5 + 1 seasonal fast ferry. Using foreign officers has been shelved for the time being. Best regards Tomie McGuigan

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La Spezia.... was you there? I took the Valour to La Spezia and it was very close to Christmas, so we had no wish to hang around. Signed off on the 19th December 1966. The company wanted to send us all home by train. I said "No chance I'm flying, tell the agent to get me a plane ticket and LOF can bill me the difference. (D.M.)

'London Prestige
' under conversion at La Spezia in 1966 alongside new arrival  'London Valour'








'London Valour
' arrives alongside 'London Prestige' being Converted La Spezia Dec.1966

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News from Wales..... Bob & Margaret Stinchcombe both are keeping well, Bob's knee recovery after an operation some 14 months ago, is about as good as it is going to get, Margaret is keeping well, they are planning a holiday early next year. Mick & Gwyn Howells are holidaying in India, Mick taking it easy now he is in retirement. Di Walker, is still under medication, for his shortness of breath, Rita is keeping well. (R.G.)

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Clifden Festival Celebrates
100th Anniversary of Marconi Connection.

On October 17, 1907, a defining event in world communication occurred on a bog outside of Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland. The first commercial transatlantic message was transmitted from Guglielmo Marconi?s Station in Clifden to his North American complex in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. This message effectively launched the concept of  telecommunication accessibility for all. One hundred years later, the many achievements of this Irish-Italian genius will be honoured with a series of Marconi Centenary commemorative events from October 12th -17th 2007 in Clifden coordinated by the Clifden Chamber of Commerce. Marconi?s daughter, Princess Elettra, with her son, Prince Guglielmo, will preside over the festivities. Although this event has passed please visit www.clifden.ie for more facts/information and history. Clifden is in Galway Eire. (R.G.)

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Hylton Burdon. (R.I.P.) (Ex Ch/Eng) Cullercoats Lifeboat NE England. The Hylton Burdon, an Atlantic 85, is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's most technologically advanced inshore boats. Further to the previous short article earlier this year, whilst in Newcastle - South Shields recently I tried to visit the lifeboat station, alas, the weather was not favourable and a steep set of steps made me think it unwise. However, we have Roland Sisterson who lives not far away and I am hoping he can supply me with a more detailed story of how this 'legacy' from Ch/Eng Hylton Burdon came about. You can visit the Cullercoats lifeboat station website with pictures/history etc by Clicking Here I was asked at the LOF Reunion by a Senior Office Staff member 'where' Hylton Burdon' got all this money from' where upon someone who overheard the question 'said' the same place as yourself 'La Spezia?'. (For the uninformed LOF converted a number of Tankers into Bulk Carriers during the 60's at La Spezia shipyard.) Was you there? (R.G.)

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Gordon Emmerson
October 2007

Gordon Emmerson ...... Happy 89th Gordon..... (22nd October 2007) Excuse me for being a bit early, I am busy for a few days, Gordon will be 89 next week, he served his time with John Lynn & Co of Sunderland from 1934 to 1938. In May 1938 he went to sea with 'J. Chambers' of Liverpool, his first ship being the 'Munster Castle' , he was on this ship in March 1942 when it was torpedoed. Gordon was promoted to 2nd/Eng in 1945. He joined LOF on the 28th March 1952 and sailed as 2nd/Eng until taking a slightly early retirement in October 1979, his last ship being the 'London Baron'. Sadly Gordon lost his wife Francis nearly 2 years ago. He is today (17th) flying off from Newcastle International Airport to Egypt, to join a Nile Cruise for 2 weeks. I am sure that we all wish Gordon a very happy birthday. (Thanks to Malcolm Cuthbert who obtained Gordons early photos. (R.G.)
  
 

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Gerry Skinner in 1978

Gerald Skinner. I joined the 'London Earl' in Rotterdam, Holland on 24 November 1978 and paid  off in Bilbao, Spain some 26,124 nautical miles and seven months later, John Munday was the Master I have many happy memories of that trip.  An incredible mix of personalities but what a team it taught me a lot about getting on with other people.  It was a training ground for people skills that I have found to be most valuable. I accomplished the grand total of 5 voyages with LOF as a Nav Cadet/4th Officer. After gaining my 2nd mate Class 3 qualification I was made redundant early in 1983. In April 1983 I joined Ready Mixed Concrete and sailed in the capacity of 2nd Mate dredging for marine aggregates in the English Channel and North Sea running into near continental and southern UK Ports.  The job was very interesting but the winter weather in the North Sea was often appalling and decided after 12 months I'd had enough and in 1985 left the UK to travel the world. Ending up in Australia in 1987 I'd always been interested in things environmental and having made the realisation that the only way I was going to go anywhere was to further educate myself I enrolled for a science degree course at the University of Canberra in 1988. I studied ecology and natural resources majoring in Land Science and Environmental Management graduating during 1991. Despite some parts of the course being a bit tough I persevered and achieved the goal. During this time in 1989 we had the first of our three daughters we named Annieka. Our second daughter, Deoni followed in 1992 and Yasmyn in 1996 I landed a job with the West Australian Department of Agriculture working as a Technical Hydrologist with their Catchment Hydrology Team.  I was based in the beautiful coastal town of Esperance on the South Coast of WA In the past 9 years I have been based in Albany working with GIS in the Natural Resource Management arena in catchment and farm planning for land conservation and salinity mitigation, surface water management, floodplain mapping and more recently in water allocation planning as Western Australia and indeed the whole of Australia is facing some pretty serious water shortage issues I hope the next 29 will be as varied and interesting.  Presently looking at ways of bringing forward the retirement date so we have plenty of time to go travelling and exploring this vast continent. Please pass my best wishes on to the following, Bob PatmoreBob & Margaret Stinchcombe, Jeremy Attwater, Mick Howells, Roger Berryman, Gordon Lazarus, Alec Priestly, John Ireland, Jonathan Plunkett and Phil Thompson. (G.S.)

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Annwen Lewis ...... Happy 40th Annwen..... Is the wife of Nigel Lewis (Ex Eng Cad - Ch/Eng) Annwen sailed with Nigel for a number of years prior to having their two boys aged 10 & 9 Nigel was like many, made redundant twice from LOF. He did a few runs with the 'Cuff' Scrap Boys - taking large tankers out to the far east for scrapping. After the 2nd redundancy, Nigel joined Stenna in Holyhead/Anglesey as 2nd/Eng. He has been Ch/Eng for a number of years now on the fast seacat ferries. They live close by near Holyhead. (R.G.)

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The October Most Wanted List. Do you have any knowledge of the where-abouts of the following Ex LOF Personnel ?? Steve Benstead (Ex Nav/Off) Ted Shirt (Ex Radio/Off) Steve Hyams (Ex Nav/Off) Glen Samuels (Ex E&EO) or Dave Hindle (Ex Eng/Off)  Please  contact me if you have any information  - many thanks in advance. (R.G.)

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Ron Todd. (Ex Jnr/Eng - 3rd/Eng) Ron served his time with 'Holmes Shipbuilders' of Hull (Tom March was an apprentice of Ron) from 1951 to 1958. He then spent 2 years National Service on Landing Craft. In 1960 Ron joined the 'London Victory I' and sailed mainly on tankers until 1969. After LOF a variety of companies including Denholms, Steve Clarkes, Rowbottom Tankers, a 'Wharton - Coaster for 7 years, then Everards for 5 years, Ron remained Coastal/Mediterranean/North Sea/Black Sea until he retired in October 1995 after 35 years at sea. He has been married to Audrey for some 30+ years and they live with a view of the Humber River. (R.G.)

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Alf Rutherford. (Ex Elect/Off) Served his time with 'Sunderland-Fords' - Engineering works 1948 to 1955. Alf went to sea originally with Common Bros, in 1956. He joined LOF in 1960 and sailed on the 'Overseas Courier', 'London Confidence', 'London Harmony' and finally on the 'Overseas Adventurer'. He left in 1964 to join what was to become 'Pyrex' Glass Co. starting as a Melting Technician and working his way up to become 'Personnel Manager'. Alf is 73 years young and has been married for 42 years - they still live in Sunderland. (R.G.)

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M2S - South Shields -  Reunion Charity Cheque Presentation.
A personal thank you to all who supported Connie and myself for this event.

On the 7th October 2007 at the Mill Dam Missions to Seafarers - Dudley Fry, John Aspin, Ron Todd, Roland Sisterson, (Diane Erskine- M2S), Ken Baxter, Alf Rutherford, Gordon Emmerson, Jack Knowles, Adrian Cook, Roy Gerstner, Ken Shaw, Jim Stronach, Dick Cunningham, Malcolm Cuthbert, Don Dunlop and all the accompanying ladies. We were all getting a bit worried when we arrived around 1pm to find the Mission pad-locked and a notice saying open at 7pm. We took refuge in the Pub across the street and fortunately Diane Erskine arrived with the keys. It was very good to see some shipmates who could not make the Reunions, Adrian Cook, Dick Cunningham, Jack Knowles and a new find Alf Rutherford (Ex Elect/Off). This now completes all the donations for the Charities nominated. Once more thank you to everyone who made the original prize donations, the generous support at the Leicester Reunion and for those above who made last Sunday a good meet up once more.
(Better quality pictures are on the 2007 Reunion Photos page) (R.G.)

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Brian Ashby. (Ex 4th/Eng - 2nd/Eng) I am pleased to hear from Brian that he is feeling better, after lots of tests and exploratory probes, the surgeons can not find anything serious amiss, he still has a heavy cough, but feels progress has been made. He and Gill have been over to the UK for a wedding and next week for a funeral of an aunt. Progress and renovations continue on the large house they have in  St. Mars sur Colmont. Brian & Gill keep a retired greyhound. (R.G.)

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David Dimock. (Nav/Cadet - 3rd/Off) I joined LOF in 1984 aged 18 I was mightily impressed by the offices near Park Lane, and had 3 weeks induction at TS Worcester at Greenhithe. Joined the 'London Bombardier' with Steve Melton on the 23rd November 1974 - the Master was Bill Brown of whom my clearest memory is later in the trip. We were alongside in Madagascar, and the ladies of negotiable virtue had swarmed on board and I remember him, in the string vest which he wore all the time trying to chase them off the ship. The Mate was Dave Prosser who was excellent and taught me a great deal and who sang London music hall songs in a very fine voice. My two greatest mates on board were Alan Lybert the third mate from Liverpool and Al McMeekin from Northern Ireland who were instrumental in making sure I got a real education and that I sampled all the delights that foreign ports could provide in those days. Next sailed on the 'Explorer' with Capt Nelson. Then with Ron Mortimer whose main interest if I remember correctly was plumbing. It was the only time I've seen the Captain up to his arms in shit literally as well as figuratively. In July 76 after a period at college I joined the 'London Enterprise' in Stilis Bay Greece where we took her out of lay-up with Screaming Bill Jaeger (R.I.P) later as Master. I then sailed on the 'Victore'. This was followed by trips on the Enterprise as 4th Mate, and the Argonaut as 3rd mate. In 1980 I got married to Debbie (we're still together 27 years on) and she came away with me first on the 'Viscount' then on the 'Enterprise'. The 'Viscount' trip was enlivened by again sailing with Screaming Bill. In 1982 whilst at college was made redundant. I soon got a job out in Abu Dhabi as an oil cargo inspector and we lived out there until 1990 when redundancy again hit me. Then joined the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency as second mate, then mate and during this time got my Masters ticket, but deciding it was unlikely that I would get a masters job with SFPA (dead mans shoes) I resigned. Did a year doing one off jobs on supply boats in the North Sea before going as mate with UECC car carriers in 1998. I stayed there for until 2002 but as again a skippers job looked unlikely I took voluntary redundancy. The next three years I worked ashore for the Cheshire Constabulary but decided it was too much like hard work so I am now back at sea as Skipper on Standby boats out in the North Sea. My son has grown and is now 24 and a trainee solicitor so I'm hoping he'll keep me in my old age. (D.D.)

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Rod Tarbuck 1966

Rodman Tarbuck. (Ex Counties Apprentice/Master) Happy Birthday Tarbie.... Born in Philadelphia USA. Joined Counties Ship Management in 1947, joined his first ship the 'Crowborough Hill' in Birkenhead, transferred over to LOF in 1953. Promoted through to Master and remained until 1994, although retired in 1992, he acted as mentor to several Chief Officers who were at the time being promoted to Master. Many will remember the good parties Captain T and Jeannie gave for the crew and officers. He and Jeannie still live on the Wirrel peninsular near Liverpool. Jeanie is waiting for a hip replacement - they are both excited that they are due to become Grandparents in the near future. Rod Tarbuck will be 77 this week. Capt T, is a relation (distant) to 'Jimmy Tarbuck' the entertainer (R.G.)

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Trevor Swatton. (Ex Nav/Cadet - 2nd/Off) Happy Birthday Trevor..... Served his Cadetship with LOF, began in 1969, South Shields Marine College, first ship joined the 'London Prestige' in La Spetzia - Bill Brown was the Master. Trevor survived all the way through to 1997, his last ship being the 'London Pride III' with Andrew Gillie as Master. Trevor secured a position with the 'Royal Fleet Auxiliary' (RFA) after being made redundant from LOF and has been with them ever since. He has been married to Rita for 32 happy years and has two sons Philip - 29 and Carl - 26. Trevor's contract are 4 months on and 3 months off - he doesn't get a great deal of sea-time in with the RFA. Trevor and Rita still live Blaydon Upon Tyne NE England. Trevor will be 55 this week. (R.G.)

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Happy Birthday... John Dunsmore. (Ex 3rd/Off) John will be 82 this week, he went to sea in 1942 and the story of his first trip at sea can be read in the 'War Stories' section on the sidebar. John has attended both LOF Reunions and other than his war injuries and medication for his age related issues, seems in pretty good shape. Married for 29 years to Lillian, they live in Liverpool, they have no children. John is an avid model railway enthusiast. He walks to his local shops and enjoys his daily newspaper. (R.G.)

   

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Roy Gerstner. (Ex R/O) I am pleased to say that after some more drilling of holes in my walls - which my wife Connie strongly disagrees with, the mounting of the 'London Grenadiers' is in place, near my Radio Room Clocks. Some 6 months after an operation on my ankle, I am still unfortunately limping about, with swelling and still pain, so not a lot of progress and it looks very likely that my seagoing days are about to end as I have difficulty with stairs and ladders, I am looking forward to meeting up with the Northeast - LOF Boys and Girls on the 7th October for the Mission to Seafarers Cheque presentation. BISS Receipt Parkinsons Receipt (R.G.)

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Jack (John) Knowles. (Ex Elect/Off - E&EO) Jack served his time with Northeast Marine an Engineering Company in Sunderland. He first went to sea with BP in 1957 and joined LOF on the 'Overseas Courier' in 1960. Jack was one of the first group to train and qualify as E&EO (Electrical & Electronic Officer), he was attached to the VLCC 'London Pride II' for a number of years. His last ship was the 'London Glory II' in 1985 on being made redundant. Jack went back with BP from 1986 to 1996, when he was invited back to LOF, this for a short period before the Company was amalgamated/sold in 1997. His last ship on this occasion was the 'London Pride III'. Jack is 73 years young, been married to Alice for 47 years, they have a son and daughter + 4 grand-children. They still live in Sunderland. (R.G.)

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Success - Found - Tim Dace. (Ex 3rd/Off - Ch/Off) Tim originally went to the Sea Training Ship - Worcester, he joined Eagle Oil as an apprentice in 1962, however he completed his time with LOF. He joined his first ship the 'London Victory I' in 1963 - Andy McNab was the Ch/Off. Tim sailed on most types of vessels throughout his time with LOF, including a number of trips on the VLCC 'London Pride II', his last ship was in 1985 on  the 'London Enterprise II' and was then made redundant with the majority in that year. Wife Pauline ran a cattery in Somerset, and Tim set up his own haulage business, which he ran successfully for a number of years, before selling it off. They now are semi-retired and have lived in Penrhiwllan Llandysul - South Wales for some 20 years . Tim is 62 years young. (R.G.)

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Peter Richardson. (Ex Rad/Off) Originally sailed with Marconi on the' Uganda' before she became a school cruise ship. Sailed with LOF on the 'Victory', 'Courier' and 'Statesman' then joined P&O sailing on the 'Arcadia', 'Ardtaraig' and 'Oronsay'. Tried the RFA on the 'Pearleaf'' (The most unhappy ship I was ever on). Studied at UWIST and still sailed for a while with P&O Cruises. Graduated with a B.Sc Hons in Maritime Studies (Control Systems) around 1977. Has worked for Mobil Oil and Marathon initially as Telecoms Engineer and promotion  to Manager of IT. In 2000 switched over to US Steel and sent to Slovakia as VP for IT. Retired in 2005, but has been working part-time as Manager of a small Web and Internet company in Stonehaven. He lives nearby. (R.G.)

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Willie Calder. (Ex 4th/Eng - 2nd/Eng) Willie served his time at the 'Dounreay Power Station' near Caithness in Northern Scotland. He joined LOF in 1974 on the 'Overseas Adventurer' and remained until his last ship in 1985 'London Viscount' He now works for 'Andrew Banks' - Pentland Ferries as Ch/Eng they operate a daily ferry service between Gills Bay in Caithness, Scotland about 3 miles West of John o' Groats, and St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay in Orkney. This route, known as The Short Sea Crossing, is generally considered to be the quickest route across the Pentland Firth, taking about 1 hour. The MV Pentalina B operates in the summer months. The MV Claymore operates in the winter months. Both are due for replacement by a new catamaran ferry, at present under construction, for the summer season 2008. Willie still lives nearby the Dunreay Power Station. (R.G.)

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The September Most Wanted List. Do you have any knowledge of the where-abouts of the following Ex LOF Personnel ?? John Blamaires (Ex 2nd/Off) was last with the RFA, had moved from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - Where ?. Tim Dace - (Found See Above) Lance Dargue E&EO, James Dowling Eng/Off, Steve Benstead Nav/Off
Please to contact me if you have any information  - many thanks in advance. (R.G.)

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Congratulations.... Arthur Finney. (Ex Cat/Off) Who celebrates his 66th birthday this week. Bob & Margaret Stinchcombe. (Ex Ch/Eng) They celebrate their 52nd Wedding Anniversary this week.

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Phil Thompson. (Nav/Off) Phil begins a course of Chemotherapy in the near future, I am sure we all wish him well, and it was good to see him and Hilary at this Leicester Reunion. (R.G.)

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John Thake (Ex Nav/Off) I was with LOF as a deck officer from 1960 - 1968. I then worked for British Dredging, Thames Water Sludge Vessels and finally the last 18 years as a  pilot on the Thames retiring last week. I have just looked at the LOF website and really enjoyed seeing familiar faces - including my own. I have several photos, particularly of the London Independence and London Statesman between 1965 and 1967 when my wife Barbara sailed with me. It hardly seems possible  that 40 years have passed but we have some very good memories of the years deep sea. We are sorry to have missed the reunions and remember Roddy and Jeannie Tarbuck, Ron Mortimer, Roland Sisterson, Paddy Finlay, Cedric Paterson, Cedric Coates, John Jose, John and Marjorie Moss and others. Thank you for an interesting website (John and Barbara Thake)

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Another Pinch of Salt. I am pleased to have received a copy of a book called 'Another Pinch of Salt' by Mr. John Russell of Northampton UK. The A5 sized book contains some 130+ pages of true tales of the sea by various Ex Seafarers, in this particular book many by Ex Radio Officers. David Meare has made a significant contribution from his days in LOF and other companies that he sailed with, other Ex LOF Officers contributing are John Trotter and Ron Stringer. John Russell studied at the Norwood Technical College and went to sea in 1956 with Marconi Marine, after a few trips he joined New Zealand Shipping as a direct employed R/O. John came ashore in 1963 and studied to be a Handicraft Teacher at Shoreditch training college. He taught in Northampton, as a  vocation until retirement. Now 70 years young he has written and complied other books including the original 'A Pinch of Salt'. Copies of Johns' recent compilation can be obtained from him direct - he prints and binds them himself for £8:00 (UK p&p inc). His address is :21 Landcross Drive, Abington Vale, Northampton NN3 3LR if you wish to e-mail him please obtain his e-mail address by contact me  A nice Birthday or Christmas present for some light humoured reading. (R.G.)

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The London Advocate Bell. Dave and Karen Kent have supplied the following photos, Dave was very pleased that Anna-Marie Williams donated her 'star' prize to him at the Leicester Reunion. The 'Advocate' was his first ship in LOF, he also met Annie-Marie many years ago when she visited her father (Captain Morgan) on a ship in the UK. Dave sailed with Captain Morgan on a number of occasions. The 'Bell' has a new home in Hunstanton on the East Coast of the UK. (DK) (Better quality pictures are on the 2007 Reunion Photos page)

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British International Sailors Society (BISS) (08th Sept). We were privileged to welcome Mr. Ken Martin and his family on a cool and cloudy afternoon (not what the forecast had promised), along with Capt Robert Kitchener, Captain Dave & Karen Kent and a few of my neighbours for the 2007 LOF Reunion Charity cheque presentation. This is the 2nd presentation (see below Friends of the Sea) and is the climax of the generosity given by the donors and attendees of this Reunion. We were duly thanked by Ken and a glass of wine and beer to commemorate the event took place. My thanks to Robert, Dave and Karen for their support. (R.G.) (Better quality pictures are on the 2007 Reunion Photos page)

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2007 Reunion Photos... Updated on 08th Sept. The are now 100+ Thumb nails (Photos Gallery - Reunion 2007) There are a few more to process and I am awaiting one more set from an associate. (R.G.)

News Date Sept 2007

Friends of the Sea - Keith & Barbara Cederholm. (06th Sept). Here are two photo's taken earlier this evening at our quarterly dinner. Myself and Barbara are seen with our chairman, Capt Colin Lee OBE. KStJ. JP. DL. Needless to say that the committee were extremely grateful and Colin will write personally to you in due course. In case you are wondering where the extra £10 came from, John Dunsmore gave me a cheque for £10 in lieu of transport to the Reunion. Friends of the Sea is a registered charity and provides help and assistance to young people wanting to pursue a career in  Seafaring. (Keith Cederholm) (Better quality pictures are on the 2007 Reunion Photos page)

News Date Sept 2007

Ronnie Alexander
Roy Gerstner
Gwyn Howells.


 
Last of the First Charity Photos....
    
PC & Fiona Scouller.               PC & Joan Bates.            PC & Gwen Cartwright
 

News Date Sept 2007

The Missions to Seafarers, Mill Dam South Shields. (Third Charity Cheque)
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Family of LOF,
You are invited to attend,
On Sunday 07th October 2007 a presentation cheque (£400:00) part of the proceeds of the 2007 LOF Reunion Charity Raffle. 

The presentation will be held at 2pm at:
The Flying Angel Cellar Club
53 Mill Dam
South Shields
NE33 1EF
Tyne & Wear 

This cheque is to The Missions to Seafarers (we knew it at Seamen) for their invaluable work in providing help and support to all seafarers. I am very pleased to be able to support this organisation with the very generous donations made in support of the Charity Raffle held at Leicester on the 18th August 2007. If you can support us at this event, and of course be in the ?picture? I would be grateful if you could respond to me either by e-mail or write to me indicating your planned attendance, this will give us an idea of how many plan to join us ? thank you. Malcolm Cuthbert can also be contacted for information. (R.G.)

News Date Sept 2007

Chaplain - Ken Martin.
(Thanks Ambrose Jones)


The second of the LOF Charity Raffle cheques will be presented to the BISS Chaplain Mr. Ken Martin from the Felixstowe Seafarers Centre. He and his wife will be guests here at my small house in Whittlesey on the 8th September. I am also pleased that Captain Robert Kitchener and Captain David Kent will be supporting me in this presentation. Weather permitting an outdoor photograph of the event will be posted on this site shortly afterwards. Please visit www.biss.org.uk

News Date August 2007



Don Dunlop & PC
More Charity Photos...   
 
                           


PC & Jonathan Plunkett                               PC & Dave Murch

        
PC & Bob Ford                                             PC & Marie-Louise Napier                  
            

News Date August 2007

Brian Ashby. (Ex 2nd/Eng) Brian informs me that he has recently had some tests carried out, but results are still inconclusive, therefore he needs to go back into Hospital next week and will undergo some exploratory surgical investigation - lets hope all goes well. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007


PC & Jean Cuthbert.




PC & Clive Hurst.
More Charity Raffle Photos....
      
PC & Arthur Finney.                           PC & Clive Munn.          PC & Willie Calder,

                       

PC & Sharja Tarbuck.                             PC & John L David.
News Date August 2007


20 'Prizes' Donated - Thanks


 PC & David Reid
'Sestrel Clock &
Barometer-1970's'
Charity Raffle Photos.... 18th August 2007 @ Leicester UK 
            
 
PC & Anne-Marie Williams.                                    PC & Margaret Dagnall
'The London Advocate Bell' 1964                           'The London Grenadiers' 1972


          
PC & Ronnie Alexander.                         PC &  Marie Nicholls.
'Mothers Ruin' - Gordons Gin.                'Ships Chronometer'

Thanks to Malcolm Cuthbert for taking these pictures.

News Date August 2007



Malcolm Cuthbert.
Mick Howells.
John Howarth.
Margaret Stinchcombe.
Roy Gerstner.
Gordon Emmerson.




Connie Gerstner.

More Reunion Photos.... If you have any photographs taken at the Reunion, please send then to me, once I have the bulk I will create a new folder with better quality images than these shown here. Many thanks....(R.G.)
                        
 
Ron Todd. & Andy Anderson.                                    Ladaune Ashley (USA) &
                                                                                      Derek Shoebridge.

          

Gordon Lazarus & Dave Creighton              George & Margaret Pringle.

Due to the weather deteriorating the Group picture which was planned outside could not happen.

News Date August 2007

Another 3 Wise Men.
Steve Goodlad.
Bob Stinchcombe.
Bob Bruce.

Reunion News... Paul & Gwen Cartwright It was my privilege to present to  Paul & Gwen a small token of appreciation for their steadfast work in helping me to organise not one but two very successful LOF Reunions. Gwen is the financial brains behind the scenes and Paul is her able partner. I managed to obtain a 1960's (Sestrel) Heavy Chrome wind-up clock, fully serviced by Mr. Richards of Stilton near Peterborough (Clock-makers Father & Son) and mounted on a base of solid oak, supplied and made courtesy of Cliff Watson Head Pattern Maker at Hanson Brick. I am sure we wish Paul well in his progress of getting over a Heart attack a few years ago and a minor panic only a few weeks ago. Many thanks again. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007


One Chief & One Indian?
Gwyn & Mick Howells.

Michael Cuff. (Ex 3rd/Off - Master & Personnel Superintendent) I am pleased to congratulate Mike on his forthcoming 80th Birthday next week. I know from a great many people that Mike Cuff did a lot of 'favours' when he was in personnel, it was quite common for wives to phone up - with some hard luck down and out story, LOF/Mike Cuff often advanced money to these wives, without their husbands knowing about it. On more than one occasion, when mortgages were in default LOF loaned Officers the money to get them out of a sticky situation. There were not many companys that would do that for you. In fact one company in particular (SAF Marine) would not talk to wives at all, a friend on mine, who's husband had been away for 8 months rang up and she could not get past the switchboard? Click Here to see the Birthday Card which I am sending on behalf of us all. (R.G.)



Two Wise Men.

Noris Jackson.
John Ireland.
 

Reunion News... The LOF Reunions of 2004 and 2007 have resulted in 216 attending the 2004 Reunion and 173 attending the 2007 Reunion. Some 300 Ex individual Officers, wives and family have attended. Travelling from as far a field as Australia, Canada, USA, France and all four corners of the UK. The feedback received has been truly amazing. I am aware that other shipping companies of the era have similar following and loyalties, but I and numerous others have not had the same nostalgic euphoria that has been experienced at these two events. Over the next few weeks/months I will post photographs and stories as I receive them, please be patient. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007


One Indian & Two Chiefs?
Gordon Emmerson.
Val Jones.
Sheila Eckermann.

Reunion News... Pictured below L-R Valerie Jones, Sheila Eckermann, Len Eckermann & Ambrose Jones, meet up for the first time since they all sailed together on the 'London Majesty' 45 years ago. Ambrose also met up and renewed his friendship with Gordon Emmerson, whom he also had sailed with, when he (Ambrose) was a first trip apprentice in 1952, that was 55 years ago. Ambrose states that 'Gordon' hasn't changed a great deal? Ambrose Jones is 72 years young as is Len Eckermann, the wives look much younger?

News Date August 2007

Five Wise Men.
Len Eckermann.
Rod Tarbuck.
Bob Fullagar.
Noris Jackson.
Arthur Finney.

LOF Reunion Charity News. A total of £1,200:00 has been raised from the 'Raffle' + David Murch found a £10:00 on the floor + left over proceeds from the organising fund. The first cheque for £400:00 is being send today to Keith Cederholm (On behalf of  Friends of the Sea - Click Here.) In due course the other two charities will be given their cheques. It is hoped that on 7th October we shall be in the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne area, and Malcolm Cuthbert will I am sure be getting a few of the lads together for a meet up. I am hoping to make a presentation to the Mission to Seafarers @ The Flying Angel Club Mill Bank on that date, but plans are in the early stages at present and I will confirm as we get closer. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

Mick Ward (Ex Ch/Eng) Mick has requested that if anyone - accidentally picked up his prized LOF Blazer Badge which he has had for 31 years, from the Memorabilia Stand, to return it via myself and we would both be grateful. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

Three Wiser Ex R/O's
Dudley Fry R/O 1950's/60's & 70's
Bob Bruce R/O 1960's/70's & 80's
Roy Gerstner R/O 1970's/80's
& 90's

Thank You Once More.... Sorry its getting like the 'Oscars' On Sunday I was very grateful to Arthur Finney who presented me with his 'winning' Magnum Bottle of LOF 2007 Champagne, he doesn't  drink a great deal and wife Mary not at all -  so he knows that I'll put it to good use at some stage to the contents. 


 

I am also indebted to Ken Dagnall who won one of the 'star' prizes - The 'London Grenadiers' print - he also donated it back to me, as he had not sailed on the Grenadier and I had, so many thanks again to both Arthur and Ken. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

On behalf of us all, I would like to thank all those who made
donations of prizes for the
Charity Raffle, to those of
course who bought many
tickets and congratulations
to all the winners. (More later)
My personal thanks and
appreciation goes to a good
friend of LOF -
Andy Sinclair
' who supplied
us with 3 exceptional framed water colour paintings of LOF Ships.


Three Wise Men.
Len Eckermann.
Gordon Emmerson.
Ambrose Jones.

LOF Reunion @ Leicester. Many thanks goes out to everyone who made this Reunion a very happy event, there will be more postings over the next week or two, but this is a brief update. I lost count of the actual numbers that attended, but it was well over 170+. The Charity Raffle raised £1172, and there might be a bit more to come yet, at the 'raffle' we had some 20 prizes, those Charities that will benefit will be:- The Mission to Seafarers', The British & International Sailors Society and The Friends of the Sea. I would appreciate any photographs of the event, they are best in 'JPEG' format and if you have 10 or more, it would best to put them on a disc and send them to me by post, I will process them for web purposes. The 'event' started early on Friday afternoon and just carried through Saturday into the small hours of Sunday morning, it is my belief that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The 'London Advocate' Bell was won by Anne-Marie Williams (Captain E. Morgans' daughter), on much reflection I understand she has passed 'The Bell' onto Dave Kent (Ex LOF Ch/Off) for 'safe keeping' he sailed with Capt Morgan on many occasions and also sailed on the Advocate (more about this later on). As you can imagine my head is awash with questions, requests and donations. I apologise if I have not given credit here. If you asked me something specific, please e-mail me and I will do my best to answer. I would like to mention and give credit to our LOF widows who attended, it was a very brave gesture of them all. I can not thank everyone individually for their support, so it is posted here - Thank you. Finally for now, since I know he is not internet connected or owns a computer, I was extremely touched by the emotion I received from Mike Cuff our Ex personnel superintendent. As everyone is asking about another Reunion, I am afraid it is really down to our long suffering wives? Connie and Gwen as to whether they will give up their husbands for another planned Reunion - let the dust and memories settle on this for a while. Many thanks again on behalf of Paul & Gwen Cartwright (still not computerised). Connie & Roy Gerstner. (More postings as I get feedback, photographs and of course time?)

News Date August 2007

Premier Travel Inn Leicester. Still has a few rooms available for late comers. If you need to cancel for what-ever reason, you can do so up until 1pm on the date of your booking without any penalties. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

Get Steady.... Friends are travelling from far and wide, Len and Sheila Eckermann are travelling all the way from Swanbourne South-western suburbs of Perth Western Australia, Alec Norrie and Alex McElwee from Ontario, Canada. Jean Kirkham and Mike McDonnell from France. Derek Shoebridge from Liverpool Texas USA. All four countries from the UK are well represented. Don Dunlop recently in Qatar, has returned to the UK and is provisionally planning to attend. Brian Ashby, it is with deep regret we will not be at the Reunion, I have improved, but feel it will be too much at the moment. Please give my regards to all. I will keep you informed of my progress in due course. Jill & Brian. Jeff Campbell was 60 years young last weekend, he and Janet also send their best wishes, it is a busy time for them to leave their holiday flats in Blackpool. Janet has recently been diagnosed with a hole in her heart, she is undergoing tests. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007
 

Get Ready ..... The senior citizen attending this coming 2007 Reunion will be Gordon Emmerson who is 88 years young. A number of other octogenarians are attending, Jim Stronach, Mike Cuff and John Dunsmore, if you have not been included please let me know and I'll update the list?. There are some 78 friends who are attending this Reunion who did not attend the 2004 event. There are at present 108 guys and 78 girls attending. (17/08/07) (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

Chris Bailey. (Ex Nav/Cadet - Master) Chris joined LOF in 1972 and remained until 1997 when the company was sold. He secured a Masters position with Shell Tankers and has been with them since early 1998. He unfortunately is unable to attend the LOF Reunion as he is about to Re-join one of Shells large Gas Carriers this weekend. His wife Kate still sails with him frequently, they still enjoy their caravanning and live in Suffolk, their daughter was married recently. Chris is 54 years young. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

Barbara March. With son David, will be joining us in Leicester this coming Saturday. I am sure that we all appreciate Barbara's recent loss of husband Tommy.

News Date August 2007

SSAFA (See Below) I am very pleased to report that planning has now been approved for this project. A concerted effort on behalf of the Merchant Navy personnel, active and retired helped to bring this about - many thanks.... (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

SSAFA - Trevor Philpott is asking for support Hi Everyone,
I would be grateful if you would please sign up to the petition link below and then forward it to all your contacts: - This is to support a small SSAFA run family accommodation unit next to the Military Hospital at Headley Court.  Headley Court provides rehabilitation to our service personnel. SSAFA wish to buy (and put in disabled access) a large house in the village of Ashtead to allow a maximum of 6 family members to be accommodated close to their injured loved ones to help overcome the trauma caused by injuries sustained during current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
The residents of Ashtead have issued a torrent of frankly disgusting and spurious letters of objection to this plan (such as hygiene and noise pollution).  Not in my back yard!! They are currently in danger of getting SSAFA's plan rejected. People are desperately needed to sign this petition, and if time permits, to write letters of support to Mole Valley council. It only takes 5 mins to sign up and could make a massive difference to those families that have to endure the anxiety and trauma of supporting their relatives through the long process of physical rehabilitation and PTSD. Please pass to all your contacts.  Thank you. As ever, Trevor
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Headley/

News Date August 2007

LOF Reunion. Our many thanks to Irene Gillie who has yet again come up trumps, by making not one but two LOF Pennants and what a good job she has made of them - Thanks Irene. Whilst talking about Flags, at the last Reunion 3 of my 'Red Ensigns' were 'liberated' by persons unknown?, now there were other people at the hotel so I am not apportioning any 'blame'. I have managed to replace these 'Ensigns' and I would respectfully ask our own 'associates' not to 'liberate' them from me - they are used for other purposes, i.e. funerals, and lent to other organisations. Thank You
I am very grateful to Christine Tallintire (Whose father was Catering Officer Arthur Sproxton who sadly passed away in 1983) who has donated another very good prize for the Charity Raffle -  A weeks accommodation in Cala D'or Majorca. Thank you Christine. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

David Ede. (Ex Nav Apprentice - Ch/Off) Dave served his apprentiship with LOF from 1956 and rose through the ranks to Ch/Off by 1970, he was the first 'LOF' apprentice to gain an Extra Masters Certificate. He left in 1970 and went to Court Line and became Master. In 1976 to Fred Olsen spending 3 fantastic years as Master of the Passenger/Cruise Ship 'Blenheim' He went onto work for Stenna on new building of DP vessels and also did time in the Falklands during the conflict of 1982. By 1983 with 3 young sons at home he decided to leave the sea and took up shoreside employment, working for BUE, the company was eventually bought out by the Americans in 2000 and Dave took up retirement. they live in Aberdeen and he is 68 years young. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

Merchant Navy Day. On September 02nd there will be a service held at Tower Hill London it is organised by the Merchant Navy Association www.mna.org.uk/ see their website for details of this and other events. (R.G.)

News Date August 2007

Andy Dow. Thought you would like this little story about what happened on my first trip to sea. l joined the Overseas Discoverer at Rastanura up the Gulf in early November 1971?. Don Thomas was C/E, Big Les Wynn was 2nd/Eng, John Taylor was extra 2nd. When l was on watch with John Taylor my birthday was fast approaching so John had told Les Wynn about it. Big Les summoned me and said "1st trip juniors usually get a watch off since it is their birthday, so you better go and ask the Chief if you can have it off". Being so gullible l did so. Can you imagine the look l received from Don Thomas? He said that since l was on the 4-8 watch and since it was my birthday l can take off two. That is the 8-12 and the 12-4!!!!!!!.  Seemingly everyone had a part in this because as l returned to the smoke room they were all singing happy birthday. Best bunch of lads l have ever met in my life. l think many of the lads will remember this episode, and might bring back some great memories of Big Les. Regards Andy Dow.

News Date July 2007

Paul & Gwen Cartwright. Congratulations on their 20 years of 'Happy' married life. Paul is much better after his recent 'turn' and appears to be 'firing' on all cylinders. Irene Gillie. was due to go into hospital for operations on her hand for arthritis issues, but at the last moment suffered some irregular heart beat, so it has been postponed. Irene is managing reasonably well on her own, she has very kindly made a 'LOF' pennant for the Reunion. She is unsure whether she will attend at present. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Andy Sinclair. (Ex 3rd/Off) Andy informs me that he has completed 2 (Two) paintings of LOF Ships 'London Citizen' and 'London Independence' for the Charity Raffle @ the LOF Reunion. Anyone whose has seen Andys work knows he is a very well accomplished amateur painter. His work of two painting for the 2004 Charity Raffle was very well received. Many thanks Andy for this very generous contribution. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Apologies.... Brian Ashby, Unfortunately he and Gill will not be able to make the Reunion, Brian has come out of hospital and will require further tests, these coincide with the Reunion date. Best wishes Brian. Miles Kulukundis, will also not be able to join us this time. Hope it is a great success. Please give my best wishes to all who  attend. I am sure it will be a big success. With kindest regards, Miles

News Date July 2007

Barbara and David March. I would like to say a big thank you for your kind words about Alec (Tom) on the LOF website, also thank you for the beautiful floral tribute that was brought by you from his former colleagues at LOF and the donation of £160:00 for the 'York branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society which I have forwarded to the society. Our sincere thanks to you all. Barbara and David March.

News Date July 2007

Charity Raffle Prizes

Original Ship Bell -
London  Advocate 1964

Original Print
London Grenadiers 1973

Original 1970's Sestrel
Clock & Barometer.

2007 Magnum bottle
LOF Reunion Champagne.

2007 Magnum bottle
LOF Reunion Champagne.

One Week B&B in Brittany
(acc, b&b only)

Painting x 2 of LOF Ships.
London Citizen &
London Independence.

Various other prizes.

LOF Reunion. As can be seen from the Attendee List the number of friends is now at 169, there are still a few people in the line to commit depending on their circumstances nearer to the date, there maybe one or two drop out. This is a very credible number and Paul and I wish to thank everyone for their support. I am also pleased to report the 'The Bell' - London Advocate, now has  a 'clapper/clanger' maybe not quite up to some of our Ex Engineers standards - but remember I was only a lowly ex R/O, I have also made a bracket for it and am quite sure it will more than benefit some ones Garden Wall, the neighbours will really appreciate the 'Ring' I'm sure. I have been asked by a number of people if it could be auctioned instead of raffled. I would like to stick with the original concept that everyone who buys a raffle ticket has an equal opportunity of winning any of the prizes in aid of the Charity Raffle - simple solution buy more tickets - more chance of winning. What time does the event start ? - well that's anyone guess - since quite a large number are arriving on Friday 17th August, I dare say all will more or less begin then. We plan to set up the main event room from 1pm on the Saturday 18th August, there will be tables to lay out any memorabilia/photos etc that you wish to bring. A small room will have a TV/DVD playing 'Tankers Galore' - the first LOF ships to be built. There is a coffee shop and I have asked for the bar to remain open until 2am. If you have any questions please contact me  (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Brian Ashby. (Ex 2nd/Eng) Brian is back in hospital, undergoing tests and a blood transfusion. I met up with Brian & Gill in June and he was recovering from  pneumonia at that time. I have spoken with him in hospital this morning (France) and he said that he felt much better - we all wish Brian a speedy recovery. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Thomas William March. (aka Tommy or Alec) (Aged 66) passed away suddenly on the 11th July 2007. The funeral was held in York 18th July 2007 A number of LOF Personnel attended. Please see full details Obituary Section

News Date July 2007

Tom Bailey. (3rd/Eng - 2nd/Eng) Tom originally went to sea with 'Runcimans' (Moor Line) for 5 years, joining LOF in 1964 on the 'London Harmony' running on the Black Sea to Cuba run via Ceuta, latterly the 2nd/Eng was Roly Sisterson. Then joined the 'Overseas Courier' Dick Ethell was a Jnr/Eng. Finally did 13 months on the 'London Statesman' Len Sherriff was Elect/Off and Rod Tarbuck was Ch/Off. Left because trip lengths were too long with children at home. Joined Kuwait Shipping Co and ended up as Ch/Eng, transferred to Kuwait for 9 years and became Technical Manager. Joined Denholms based in Houston in 1990 and ended as Fleet Manager. Came home to the UK in 1994  and set up as independent surveyor, until retiring a couple of years ago. I always kept track of LOF through my brother-in-Law Gordon Tough (sadly no longer with us) it really was a very modern thinking outfit and staff treated well. I remember many USCG and Oil Major Surveyors commenting and setting standards on lines of LOF vessels, a compliment indeed. Regards Tom Bailey.

News Date July 2007

Stuart Proctor. (Ex 2nd/Off - Ch/Off) Stuart came into LOF in the 90's expansion period and was made redundant in 1997. He became a Medway and Thames Pilot. Stuart and Karen have now moved to Darwin Australia where he has become Assistant Harbour Master/Pilot. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Martin Littlewood. (Ex Apprentice - Master) Apologies I can not make the LOF Reunion, still trundling around the Atlantic on a Saudi Tanker 'Suhail Star' - LOOP to  Suez. I wish everyone a very good day/night. Ahh Ah the 'Advocate's Bell - I see,  well hope it is well polished for the Charity Raffle - on my first trip in 1970 I spent enough elbow grease on it. Regards Martin.

News Date July 2007

Happy Birthday... Godfrey Nash. (Ex Jnr/Eng - 3rd/Eng) He now is shore-based and works locally near Abergavenny as a multi-tasker either engineering or the building trade Godfrey will be 58 this week.!.
 Happy Birthday... Meurig Caffery. (Mogsy) (Ex 2nd/Off) Mogsy owns a small boat repair/ship chandlery business in Milford Haven. He will be 59 this week.
Happy Birthday... Dave Vincent. (Ex 3rd/Off - 2nd/Off) Sailed with LOF1961 - 65 and eventually became Master with European Car Carriers, retiring when he was 61. Now spends 6 months wintering in Australia and back for the UK Summers?. Dave will be 69 this week. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Tom Brown. (Jnr/Eng) Have just discovered your website on LOF. I joined as a Junior Engineer on the 'Overseas Explorer' at Vlissingen Holland in 1966. Sailed on various vessels until I went to Canada .......... on the great lake ships for 25 yrs. Now here in Florida on luxury yachts. My son is a Yacht Captain too, so we are all doing well. Had some great memories of my LOF days and enjoy your site. keep it up. Tom  (Scotty ) Brown Ft Lauderdale Florida

News Date July 2007

Nick McPhee. (Jnr/Eng - 4th/Eng) Nick joined LOF on the 'Finnamore Valley' in 1969 and took redundancy in 1979. He rejoined in 1984 and was again made redundant in 1986. Lucky Nick got as position as maintenance engineer at Tennents Brewery in Glasgow and has been there for 21 years, have just retired at the age of 59 last Friday ?. Nick and Marilyn have been married for 33 years, they had 2 sons, one died in a tragic car accident 2 years ago. They live near Hamilton Scotland. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Roland Sisterson. (Ex Jnr/Eng - Ch/Eng) Roland serve his time at Smith Docks from 1953 - 58, he joined the 'London Prestige' as Jnr/Eng in Dec 1958 and rose to Chief Engineer, he was made redundant in 1979. Joining Stephenson-Clarkes Shipping of Newcastle, I met Roland after LOF days again in 1986 when Stevie C's chartered a ship to the MOD for NATO exercises, we went as far as Gibraltar - but the weather was horrendous and turned around and came back. Roland remained with Stevie C's for 21 years, (11 years on the Storrington ) the same number of years as with LOF, until 2000 when a weak heart caused him to retire. He suffered a stroke some 5 years ago, but has recovered reasonably well, having to re-sit his driving test and passed - driving an automatic, he also has his model tug 'smitt rotterdam' which he built in 1978, it has new engines! and keeps abreast with computers and digital photography. Roland is 70 in a few weeks time, married to Ann, they had 2 children and have lived in North Shields for the last 47 years. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

George Coghill. (Ex Jnr/Eng - 3rd/Eng) George served his apprentiship at Ramsey Ladders/Machinery in Forfar Scotland. He joined the 'London Independence' in 1966, he left for personal reasons in 1972, rejoining the 'Overseas Argonaut' in 1974, then made redundant in 1985. George then spent time in the North Sea. He rejoined LOF for the 3rd time in 1995 and remained until the 'London Splendour II' was sold in 1997. Working for Viking Marine until he retired in 2002. Married to Joan, they have a son and daughter. George is 69 years young and still lives in Forfar and is involved with the local community council. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Trevor Gatley. (Ex Eng/Cadet - 3rd/Eng) Joined LOF in January 1978 and left in September 1989 to join P & O Cruises, where he is Ch/Eng today. Trevor and Heather live near the New Forest and have 2 children. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Aung May. (R.I.P. Ex Jnr/Eng - Ch/Eng) Several people have asked the where-abouts of Aung. Unfortunately he has passed on. He came originally from Rangoon Burmah, studied engineering in Newcastle & South Shields. Joined LOF in 1964 and was made redundant in 1985. He then worked for a couple of foreign flag companies, eventually joining Maersk. He was taken ill in 1992 and was flown home from Houston around June, he died at the age of 58 on the 16th August. (My friends at the British International Sailors Society - BISS took care of Aung whilst he was in hospital in Houston) (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

The LOF Reunion Charity Raffle Update. I am, very pleased to report that 'The Bell' - 'London Advocate' posted from Australia 7 weeks ago by Brian Taylor has arrived safely, I am presently making a clapper/clanger for it as it was missing, undoubtedly after the clapper was lost, our foreign seagoing friends used what appears to have been a chipping hammer on it to make it 'ring' - see the base of the bell. I am leaving this as it is. I will also manufacture a bracket to hang the bell.

                      
As previously mentioned a donation of the 'sponsors' to the 'London Grenadier' print offered by Mr. Peter Brown, who liberated it from the 'First Jay' around 1985 has also arrived safely at my home. On the obverse side Peter has put a bit of history along with 2 photos. These items along with the others previously mentioned I am sure will generate some interest in the Charity Raffle on the night of 18th August. I have been asked if tickets are available for those who due to circumstances are unable to attend. I am sorry but due to gaming regulations this is a 'closed draw' and only tickets sold on the evening at the event will be eligible for the draw. I suggest that if you are unable to attend and would like to support this Charity Draw, to get someone who is attending the Reunion to purchase tickets on your behalf. (R.G.)

News Date July 2007

Success & Found at last..... Steve Foulis. (Nav/Cad - 2nd/Off) First I'd heard of the web site - you've done a grand job...had a quick look yesterday and it brought back more than a few memories! It Is a shame about August - we have already booked our main holiday from 8-23 August - all accommodation & fares booked/paid for - so as much as I'd love to have attended I am sorry to say we'll have to take a rain check this time - judging by the attendance lists its popular & will be repeated another 3 years..? I was with LOF 1974 to 1985 starting off as a Nav Cadet  and made redundant as 2/O just before going for my Master's ticket. Married in 1983 and first child on the way the redundancy and general merchant shipping decline put me off returning to sea so I stayed ashore and set up a flat conversion company and did that for a while until the property crash - just got out in time and then took over a friends commercial catering engineer's business - supposedly for a couple of years while he sailed around the world - he never came back & I've been doing that for the last 20 years - more recently starting another couple of businesses importing catering equipment from Europe and setting up the English arm of an Italian manufacturer's business for them. Have a son who's just finished Uni and a daughter of 15 going on 21!! Still married to Annette (how she puts up with me I suppose no one will ever know!!) and she teaches where we live in Broadstairs. We've recently bought a place by the sea in S France and hope to spend more & more of our lives there as time moves on. I'm 50  this year so feel the need to slow down a bit - working for myself I always seem to be "in the office"!! Cheers for now Steve.

News Date June 2007

John Blamaires

The June Most Wanted List. Do you have any knowledge of the where-abouts of the following Ex LOF Personnel ?? John Blamaires (Ex 2nd/Off) was last with the RFA, had moved from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - Where ?. Alan Lybert. (Ex 3rd/Off) Gordon McPhail. (Ex 4th/Eng). Please to contact me if you have any information  - many thanks in advance. (R.G.)

News Date June 2007

Captain John L David.

John L. David. (Ex Nav/Cadet - 2nd/Off) John L. made Master after leaving LOF, he is now involved with Marine Professionals who provide independent, specialist support services to the marine industry from the heart of London?s shipping and marine insurance hub. We offer no-nonsense, effective and professional assistance. John has located a 'Most Wanted' - Steve Foulis, who is living and working in Broadstairs-on-Sea He still uses rude words (a lot). He runs his own Catering supply company and will unfortunately be unable to join the gang at Leicester. John L is bringing himself along with 2 other LOF  miscreants Tyrone Elleker and John Mackennzie (Nephew of Big Mac), we look forward to seeing them all again. Thanks John.

News Date June 2007

Gordon Emmerson. (Ex 2nd/Eng) See the profile of Gordon in News Date May below. This picture taken recently when Malcolm Cuthbert visited Gordon to catch up with some news. Gordon is 88 years young and is still very alert, he will be travelling to the Reunion along with Malcolm and Jean. Whilst on his travels (back on his bicycle - Malcolm), he also called in to see Dick & Mary Cunningham, Mary's mother in Eire is not too well and they are not sure as yet whether they will be able to attend. Malcolm also called in on Pete Staddon. (M.C.)

News Date June 2007

Robert Kitchener. (Ex Ch/Off) Bob retired as Master sometime ago, took up part time employment at home and on reaching 65 fully retired, he is very active with the Merchant Navy Association (MNA) Bowls, and as a churchwarden. Bob is actively campaigning and involved with the 'Global Warming Issues' that affect us all, especially locally. My hope is to play a part, with a defensible coastline, a tidal power generation, restore water table levels in the Fenlands and promote more marine activities.' Bob & Carol live in Lincolnshire. (R.G.)

News Date June 2007

Mike McDonnell. (Ex 2nd/Off) Joined LOF 1974 and sailed on Citizen & Pioneer left in 1975. Mike is Master of the Saga Voyager (Not Saga Passenger Vessel) they carry mainly wood products from Canada. They live in Greenwich and have a holiday house in St Raphael/France. Mike has contact with one of our Most Wanted - Terry Edwards - I am awaiting details. Also sailing with 'Saga' as Master is Kevin Ferris. Mike is hoping to attend the Reunion. (R.G.)

News Date June 2007

A.R.M. (Tony) White. (Training Officer) Tony served his apprentiship with B&C, sailed on various vessels and lectured at a college before joining LOF on the 12th February 1973, working under Mike Cuff and Mr. Mackenzie. His remit was to manage and recruit cadets and to arrange and research courses for Officers. He shared an office with Barry Drew. Tony reluctantly left after 2 short years. 'I always felt it was a great firm to work for, and there was an atmosphere and comradely spirit in the Head Office, which as a seafarer entering the portals of Balfour Place for the first time was something special.' Tony eventually 'missed' the sea and spent the last 21 years surveying and charting the Thames River particularly the outer estuary into the North Sea. 'I apologise to 2nd Mates for being the Chart Correction Generator'. Retiring in 2001, unfortunately due to another event will be unable to attend this 2007 LOF Reunion. May I wish everyone attending a very enjoyable and successful day. Best wishes Tony White.

News Date June 2007

Gordon Gurman. (Ex 3rd/Off - Ch/Off) Gordon joined LOF in 1960 and sailed until 1966, when he took up shore employment as a Freight Rep for a Ferry Company. He was appointed a full time official with the MNAOA (Now Nautilus) in 1973. Retirement came in 1994 and he currently has 3 part-time jobs so is keeping active. Gordon lives in London. (R.G.)

News Date June 2007

Adrian Latham.

Alec Priestley.

Happy Birthday... Adrian Latham. (Ex Eng Cadet - 3rd/Eng). Adrian will be 51 this week, he is still working hard as a compressor/pump service engineer, his area covers from near Preston where he lives up to Glasgow, east to Hull and south as far as Birmingham. He gave up his beloved Harley Davidson some time back and now drives a Suzuki Jeep instead. Adrian remains single and still enjoys his fishing. Many thanks to Bob Bruce (Ex E&EO) for this picture of a 'very young' looking Adrian. (R.G.)
Happy Birthday... Alec Priestley. (Ex Jnr/Eng - 3rd/Eng) who will be 72 this week, still grafting away at part-time working, Alec spends some of his leisure time with his Caravan.
Happy Birthday... Alistair Roaf. (Ex 3rd/Off - 2nd/Off) Alistair is Master - sometimes Office based with what's left of BP Tankers, he will be 37 this week and lives in Nuneaton. (R.G.)

News Date June 2007

Jack Kirkham (R.I.P.)

Apologies for delayed News.....My doctor and accountant say I needed more holidays, so we've been away - again, recuperating after my operation - this time to the South of France and Andorra. On our return journey we were very welcomed by Jean Kirkham, wife of Jack who sadly passed away some 2 years ago. Jack and Jean originally bought a property in France in 1996, they did that one up and were in the process of looking to buy another property at the time of Jacks untimely death. Jean is very well settled in Brittany, where she has established a close group of friends. At 70+ she has done remarkably well with her 'French' style bungalow and nice garden - with Chickens included.
Whilst there Jean took us to the cemetery where Jack was put to rest. A beautiful headstone has been made in local granite, and Jean visits quite regularly. Jean has very generously made a donation towards the forthcoming LOF Charity Raffle - A weeks stay with her for 2 people Bed, Breakfast and Dinner included, just get yourself there. Thanks Jean.


 

Moving northwards, we enjoyed the hospitality of Brian & Gill Ashby, Brian not on top form, after suffering from a severe infection a few weeks ago, which then resulted in pneumonia and a stay in hospital for some 2 weeks, he is hopefully on the road to a full recovery. His latest project at the 'Ashby ponderosa' is the laying of a driveway - he has already done many thousand bricks/blocks and I think he still has another 20,000+ to go. We look forward to seeing a well and fit Brian along with Gill in a few weeks time in Leicester.
Paul Cartwright. Whilst away, I am sorry to report that Paul suffered a heart attack, whilst enjoying a day out, it has been some 8 years since Paul suffered from his original 'attack'. I spoke with him today (25th), and he sounded OK - so hopefully only a minor tremor.....again I am sure we all wish Paul a speedy return back to fitness. (R.G.)

News Date June 2007 Last Advertisement in the Ships Telegraph - Nautilus June 2007

News Date June 2007

Cedric Paterson. (Ex Elect/Off) Apologies from myself and Mercia we are unable to attend this reunion - we really enjoyed the 2004 get-together. I enclose a picture that appeared in our local newspaper last week - a model of the Falmouth Dry-docks in the 50's, although not clear there is a LOF ship there. Time passes and I realised today that it is 50 years since I dry-docked on the 'London Victory', one or two names to conjure with Capt Ron Williams, Ch/Off Len Hillman, 2nd/Off Dave Prince, 3rd/Off Huw Boyd Ch/Stwd George Towell. Apprentices Brian Robson and Bill Bagnall. Ch/Eng Ron Pidsley, 2nd/Eng John Jackson, 3rd/Eng's Gerry Lee, & Peter Tindall, 4th Eng Ken Simpson J/Eng's Frank Siddell & Ginger Harvey. Falmouth Dry-dock will always bring back happy memories of LOF. I saw Jimmy Hughes (Ex Ch/Eng also lives in Flushing) the other day and wished to be remembered by all and tell them I am still around!. I also saw Dennis Laity (lives in Flushing) who sailed with John Corkhill & Brian Taylor. Best wishes to all. Cedric Paterson.

News Date June 2007
 

Reunion update.... With 10 weeks to go..... the Premier Travel Inn Leicester have some 40 rooms left available for the 17th/18th August, if you require to make a booking, call Sarah Green (Conference Organiser) on 0116 263 9212 (R.G.)

News Date June 2007

Eric Drinkwater. (Eng/Off) It was with great pleasure I came across LOF news it brought back lots of excellent memories. I joined in 1968 and left in 1973 the LOF News starts at 1A I appear on the Victore as 4th Eng I do have some pictures some not so good but some are in good condition. I now live in Australia and have been here for over thirty years and run a very successful business. If I had known about the reunion I would have made the every effort to come. But for me its a little short notice to organise, hopefully there will be another one which  I can organise well in advance to come. Will you please pass on my regards to ex LOF personnel. (E.D.)

News Date June 2007

John Rafter. (Ex Counties Rad/Off) Like many others no doubt, I came across your excellent site while browsing thru Ian Coombe's wonderful MNnostalgia dot com - what a goldmine !. Am not an ex-LOF'er but did have the pleasure of sailing (as a Marconi Sahib) with Counties Ship Management back in the 1960's. Signed-on the SS Cedar Hill/GSPV at the Brunswick Dock Liverpool in April of 1965 and signed-off at the breakers yard Japan in September of 1966. The contract in those days, you may recall Roy, was for a period of 2 years, so at 17 months I got away rather lightly !!. There were bad days on board I am sure but I have totally forgotten them and recall only the fun and good-times we 9 Europeans and 60+ East Pakistanis enjoyed as we chugged across the oceans of the world at a stately ten knot pace - on a good day. Conditions on board were austere by any measure. The Cedar Hill was an ex-Fort boat, built at Montreal in 1942, and any changes that took place during the intervening years were decidedly not for the better. But Counties was a good employer and the SS Cedar Hill was a good ship, plenty to eat and drink and, at age 23 with not a care in the world, who could ask for more than that !!!!. I recall my time on the Cedar Hill as one of high adventure for she was, quite literally, a "Fawlty Towers" of the maritime world. Anything which could go wrong usually did, engine breakdowns were a dime a dozen and having no radar on board, and the deck officers enjoying only a token familiarity with the art of navigation, we were often lost. As the saying goes, "one could write a book". Best regards.... John Rafter Naples Fl USA.

News Date June 2007

More Time Signals !!!... From a LOF correspondent down-under, Thanks for the info about Rugby. I always listened to time signals from GBR on 16 kc/s - could be virtually be heard world wide. I think I read that the low frequency could be picked up by submarines under water and the transmitter was also used for RN communications. I just looked it up and the finished the time signal in 1986. I remember being on an Oldendorff ship at anchor in the Mississippi during a 6 week dock strike at New Orleans. The Old Man, a right tyrant, sprung me watching cartoons on TV one morning and, unable to think of anything else, he said: "Have you received a time signal yet?" I replied: "Why, are you going to take a sight?" He stomped off with smoke coming out of his ears - Funker 1, Kapitaen 0 (J.T.)

News Date June 2007

M.v. Welsh Endeavour. I am very grateful to Carl Tunnicliffe, his father a retired Police Officer took on a project some 3 years ago, to build a 7 foot scaled model of the WOF vessel M.v. Welsh Endeavour, here are a few photos of the project so far.
 

         
Regards. Carl Tunnicliffe.

News Date June 2007

Time Signal to Housing Estate.... As reported previously the site on which Portishead Radio once stood is being turned into a housing development, and now Rugby Radio the time signal station in the UK operating on 60 KHz, (or was it 16 Khz) closed it doors on April 30, 2007. The once-mighty station which has a rich history going back to 1910 has succumbed to modern technology.  For over six years now, Rugby?s short wave antennas, which once handled vast amounts overseas traffic, have fallen into disuse. Three of the twelve antennas are still standing. The traffic once handled by the station has now been rerouted to satellite and trans-oceanic cable. In its last years, the station became a time signal station only. Once the site is cleared of the radio infrastructure, it will be used for a proposed housing development. On April 30, Rugby switched off its signal at midnight and the new transmitter at Anthorn in Cumbria should have taken over immediately. Unfortunately something went wrong and many radio synchronized clocks in the southern part of England malfunctioned. One user reported that it took two days before hearing the new signal. The new transmitter is of much lower power and doesn?t have the same coverage as Rugby. One of the original BBC Radio 4 (Light Programme) Transmitters was also at Rugby, I once had the privilege of seeing the old transmitter, it had valves some 6 foot tall which were water cooled. When during WWII if the power was ramped up it was not unusual to pick up signals as far as Newfoundland on most evenings during winter months. (This was before my time!) (R.G.)

News Date June 2007

Michael Cuff. (Ex 2nd/Off - Personnel Manager) Congratulations to Mike and June who will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the 6th June. They will be returning to the Church where they were married and to the hotel in Blackpool where the wedding reception was held. Mike joined LOF as 2nd Officer from Manchester Liners in 1952 and became Master in 1960. In 1969 he became Personnel Manager. After redundancy he employed ex LOF personnel taking VLCC's to scrap mainly to Taiwan. Mike told me a story recently that when he was Master he walked into the Radio Room, where Ben Killeen was typing a letter to his wife, upon asking Ben why he had 'carbon paper' - Ben replied one letter was for his wife and one for his mother - long before days of computers and word processors !!!! . Mike is keeping well approaching 80 they live in Cheltenham Glos and he is still driving. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

Peter Napier. (Eng App - 2nd/Eng) Peter graduated BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dundee and then joined the Merchant Navy as an Engineering Cadet, joining LOF in 1973 sailed initially on the 'Shackleford'. Whilst studying for his Chiefs Ticket he was made redundant in 1983 He served mainly on VLCCs and became Chief Engineer in 1983 on offshore support vessels in the North Sea and Brazil. He joined Global Maritime in 1987 acting as a technical consultant, eventually specialising in DP vessels and the development and practice of failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA). He has carried out suitability surveys, sea trials, safety assessments and FMEAs on most of the DP vessels and on many other vessels world-wide and has also carried out hazard identification, technical audits, preparation of operational and technical manuals, failure investigations etc. He spent a year on secondment to HSE assisting in the assessment of safety cases for rigs and floating storage units. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers. Peter was a founding Director of Poseidon Maritime Ltd in 1994. They employ 23 staff, check their website at www.poseidonuk.com Married to Marie, they live in the Aberdeen area, Peter is 57 years young and is looking forward to winding down over the next couple of years. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

The LOF Reunion Charity Raffle Update.
In addition to the items listed below, the following is to be added. A matching Clock & Barometer made by the British Company 'Sestrel' circa 1970's mounted on solid oak supplied by Hanson Brick. Donated by Roy Gerstner.

News Date May 2007

Happy Birthday... Nigel Lewis (Ex Eng Cadet - Ch/Eng) Nigel, like a few of us was made redundant from LOF 'twice', he became Ch/Eng in the early 90's and remained until 1997. He then obtained a position with 'Stenna' on the high speed ferry out of his home port of Holyhead Anglesey in North Wales. Married to Annwen they have two sons. Nigel will be 43 this week.

Happy Birthday... Mick Howells (Ex Jnr/Eng - Ch/Eng) Mick is enjoying his retirement, after some 38 years at sea. Served his time with Elliot Lathes of Taffs Wells, he joined LOF in November 1968 and sailed with the company for 29 years and was one of the last to leave, in 1998. He joined Klyne Tugs in 2000, serving on the UK Coast Guard Standby Tugs as Chief Engineer. Mick was presented with a commemorative watch from the management of Klyne Shipping on his retirement. Married to Gwyn for 34 years, his hobbies are DIY and his E type Jaguar (V12), Mick will be 60 this week.

Happy Birthday... Mick Ward (Ex Jnr/Eng - Ch/Eng) Mick has been working in the North Sea since being made redundant from LOF in 1997. He and Justine have 3 children Kaitlin (5yrs) son Jake (2yrs) and son Mark (18yrs) they live in the Pilling area near Blackpool. Mick will be 48 this week and has no plans to retire in the near future.

 

News Date May 2007

Gordon Emmerson. (2nd Eng) Thanks to Ambrose Jones and Brian Taylor, I believe that Gordon is 'The Senior LOF Citizen'.... Born in Sunderland in 1919. On leaving school did his apprentiship at John Lynn's (Steering Gear Equipment and Winches) In 1938 Gordon went to sea with 'Chambers' of Liverpool and sailed with them throughout the 2nd world war, in 1948 he joined 'Prince Line' until mid-1952 when he joined LOF. He sailed continuously for 27 years until 1979 when aged 60 he was offered early retirement package which he took. He and Nancy retired in the Sunderland area, until her passing away some 18 months ago. Gordon is 88 years old and has only recently given up driving. He is hoping to attend this 2007 LOF Reunion and thanks to Malcolm & Jean Cuthbert - he will hopefully accompany them to the event. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

Reunion update.... A collective callsign e-mail has been sent today, the number of attendees has been modified as a few people are now probably unable to attend for personal reasons, namely Ben Killeen, Brian & Sheila Taylor. If you have not yet committed and are planning to attend we would appreciate your contact sooner than later, as this helps us with predicting the final number for the Venue, many thanks. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

More of May's Most Wanted.... Success & Found See Above Looking to find Gordon  Emmerson, Please to contact me if you have any information  - many thanks in advance. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

Happy Birthday... Bryan Watkins (Ex 3rd/Off - Master) Will be 53 this week, he is currently sailing as Master onboard the 'Leo Star' a Saudi Vessel owned by Vela, he has sailed with them since his LOF days, married to Kim, they have two teenage daughters, Bryan is passing Brixham picking up his 'birthday cake' via the Pilot! - he hopes to be home by the end of July.

Happy Birthday... Barry Moore (Ex Elect/Off - E&EO) Will be 66 this week, remarried and has a young son, he spends a lot of his time out in the Philippines where his wife originates from. When not travelling they live near Bournemouth.


 

Happy Birthday... Paul Cartwright. (Ex Cat/Off) PC will be 61 this week and has more or less fully recovered from his heart condition, he plays a mean game of golf twice a week and more if Gwen would let him do so. They are off to celebrate in Gibraltar for 5 days.
 

News Date May 2007

Martin Clark. (Ex Nav/Cadet - Ch/Off joined LOF 20/09/1982) The ?Most Wanted? was brought to my attention via a non LOF colleague who obviously has some kind of interest. Let me first say what an excellent site you have put together and how great to see so many excellent contributions. After leaving LOF I gained a position as Humber Pilot where I remained until their demise early in 2002. I then worked aboard the FPSO Ikdam off Tunisia for Lundin Petroleum as Marine Superintendent for 18 months and was offered the position of Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) which I declined as I had already secured a position as Contract Manager for Briggs Marine Contractors Operating the Immingham Oil Terminal on the Humber. I accepted an internal promotion within Briggs in January 2006 to manage a 15 year Ministry of Defence Contract which we are optimistic will be awarded during June with service commencement later this year. I relocated to Scotland in January 2006 with wife Cheryl, Son Josh (15), and Daughter Alex (5) where we still miss our closest friends and the England we all take for granted, but we are also enjoying making new friends and exploring the highlands and Islands. I still ride a Honda Fireblade, play a poor game of golf, and support Leeds United from afar, but my greatest passion remains my family. Mum & Dad (John & Norma) still enjoying life on the Costa?s. Regards Martin Clark (John Clark Senior was Ch/Off & Master with LOF for 25+ years )

News Date May 2007

May's Most Wanted List. Do you have any knowledge of the where-abouts of the following Ex LOF Personnel ?? Martin Clark (Nav/Off), was working for Humber Pilots up until 2 years ago... Found See Above.... Ted Shirt (Radio/Off). Andy Bate (E&EO) - Liverpool area. Terry Edwards (3rd/Off) - possibly Kent area! Found See July 2007. Peter Fewster (Nav/Off - Father-In-Law was Bosun in the ill fated Gaul Tragedy), Tim Dace (Nav/Off) Found See Above Brian Rogers (Ch/Off), Norman George (2nd/Eng),  Hans Sheepstra (Elect/Off). Please to contact me if you have any information  - many thanks in advance. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

Mick Rogers. (Elect/Off) Served his apprentiship with British Rail in Derby, then worked as a maintenance electrician in a foundry. Mick joined LOF in 1973 his first ship being the 'London Confidence' he remained with LOF until 1983 and came ashore as he wanted to be with his wife and young children. Mick is still employed ashore and works for Wyko Electrical Repairs, he has been married for 26 years and has a son and daughter. He is 56 and lives in South Shields UK. (Tom March.)

News Date May 2007

Dick Ethell. (Ex Jnr/Eng - 2nd Eng) Dick did his apprentiship with George Clark  of  Sunderland and went to sea in 1961 with Burmah Oil, he joined LOF in 1963 and remained until 1983. He then sailed with a number of different companies until the early 90's. He has sailed as Ch/Eng on stand-by/rescue vessels for North Star (same as Alan Nicholls) in the North Sea. He works 1 month on/1 month off. Married to Linda they have 2 sons aged 34 and 32. Dick is 67 and has no plans to retire!. They live in Co Durham. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

Number Plate For Sale. Maybe not quite as good as the ex company number plate, which Mr. Noris Jackson now owns and is on his Range Rover - LOF1. This plate was for sale on eBay© and the final price was £1015:00 - did anyone of our LOF associates buy it ? - if so own up.
(May 13th)

News Date May 2007

The LOF Reunion Charity Raffle.
I am very pleased and extremely grateful for some 'stunning' prizes to be raffled at this 2007 LOF Reunion. A very generous donation by Ex Chairman & M.D. of LOF Mr. Miles Kulukundis, who has donated 2 Magnum bottles of unique labelled '2007 LOF Reunion' Champagne.

Mr. Peter Brown sent an e-mail to me recently.
I was the last English Master of the "First Jay", ex- "London Grenadier". Before leaving the ship to be sold to foreigners in Port Kelang, Malaya in 1986 I took the print from the Master's cabin. It was displayed in my pub, and then in a flat I owned. It is a superb print and I no longer have a home for it. I saw your ad in the "Telegraph" about your reunion and it occurred to me that someone at your meeting might like it. It is fairly heavy and measures 72x62cm. (I have arranged to collect this print from Peter and this will also be a prize in the raffle. Many thanks Peter. (R.G.)
Brian Taylor, Ex LOF Ch/Eng and Lloyds Surveyor is donating this very collectable original ships bell from the 'London Advocate' (1964). It is at present en-route via Australian Post to the UK, and hopefully it will arrive safely. As can be seen, it is a bit weather worn, having been open to the elements on the f'castle head. The 'clapper' is missing, but should it arrive in time for the Reunion, I hope to be able to make a 'clapper' for it. Should the Bell not arrive by the time of the Reunion - well here's a photo - and I'll give the winner an I.O.U. !!!!. Andrew Sinclair I am hoping will be painting another 'special' of a LOF Ship. There will be other prizes as well. This is a closed raffle, and is only open to those who attend and buy  Raffle tickets on the day. All proceeds will go to nominated Maritime/Seafaring charities if you would like to donate a prize or nominate a Charity, please
contact me  Good Luck on the day. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

Nick Ravenhill. (Charting & Insurance) I joined LOF Circa 1973 and left Circa 1980/81 I started off as a clerk in the Engineers Department, alongside Peter Rickards, Bill McGuire, Noris Jackson and Mr McKenzie. After some time I joined the Management Department alongside Mark Kinnaird, Fred Tregaskes and Ken Stuart. As part of my training I joined the MV London Confidence for 2 months, at that time she was time chartered to Amerada Hess, loading Fuel oil from St Croix and discharging US East Coast. I also attended the launch of the MV London Baron (B26). All in all I have very fond memories of my time with LOF and my friendship also with Mark. I am now the Cost Control Manager with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and have been with them for 22 years. The 'Spooky' thing about all this is that when I made contact with Ambrose Jones, I found out that I worked with his son Neil here in the same office. It transpires that I joined the same company as Neil in the same year, and worked for the same company as his father. Sure is a small world. Another link was that Nicks father, Roy Ravenhill was the chauffeur for Mr. Basil Mavroleon. (R.G.)

News Date May 2007

Mark Kinnaird. (Ex Chartering Manager LOF) Mark was an apprentice and Deck Officer with BP Tankers. He joined LOF in 1965 and worked in the Office for the Chartering/Management department, becoming manager after Ken Stewart died. Mark updated and expanded the History of LOF from the original version done by Stanley Sedgwick. Mark remained with the company until 1998 seeing the transition to Frontline®. He and Silvia live in Buckinghamshire and are kept busy with their 5 grand-daughters. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Roy Gerstner. (Ex LOF R/Off - Disney Cruise Line Senior Support Engineer & LOF News Web Editor) Many thanks to all our friends for their messages after my recent operation. I am pleased to say that I am on a slow recovery road and 'happy' to be 'walking' on two legs again - although not very fast at present. Connie and I have just spent a few days in Whitby Yorkshire for some R & R, whilst there we were very pleased and lucky to meet up for some generous hospitality from our LOF friends. Barbara March, myself, Tom March and my wife Connie. Tom is looking well and reasonably well and 'fit'.
 

A journey along the coast to Bridlington, we met up with Lynne and a  very young and 'sprightly' 70++ year old Dudley Fry. Lynne was an ex Portishead Radio Officer and now works for the UK Coast Guard Agency, they have a teenage daughter. Dudley spends much of his time at the Harbour Heritage Museum. (See below for link)

With good sunny weather a journey through the North Yorkshire Moors. A welcome cup of tea and cakes with John Aspin and wife Kathleen. John was an Engineer with LOF during the 60's and then spent many years in Africa as an Engineering Manager. He is at present putting together his own history for his family and future generations.

On leaving Whitby my wife was in need of some Shopping relaxation, so we spent a couple of days in Manchester on our journey home. Here we were lucky enough to enjoy the hospitality of Margaret and George Pringle, Margaret is looking well after her stroke. George was a Catering Officer with LOF from 1969 - 1979. His last employer was BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels Ltd).

With limited time, I apologise if we did not get the opportunity to meet up with many other LOF friends in the area, I hope we shall do so in August. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Jean Kirkham. Jean has just returned to Bretagne in France, having visiting her daughter and attending her marriage in Australia for 6 weeks. The temperature was far too hot for Jean, between 36c and 40c everyone stays inside. Jean has booked her flight to come and join us at the LOF Reunion and she is looking forward to seeing and meeting up with old friends once more. Jean sailed with husband Jack Kirkham (Ex 3rd Eng - Ch/Eng), for a number of years until they retired to France around 1996. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007
End of an era?

Portishead Radio/GKA Now destined to become a housing estate, with most if not all that was once a part of the UK's Maritime History - gone for-ever, see some of that story at The Portishead Radio website www.gka.btinternet.co.uk The R/O was observed standing up punching away at a typewriter. When he had finished someone asked him why he was typing standing up "I was receiving a message for Her Majesty The Queen" he solemnly replied. This an a few more 'stories' hopefully will bring a smile on your face. Coming shortly on the LOF Trivia Page will be the last ever Morse code message send by Portishead. Thanks to Steve Dobson Ex LOF R/O (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Mick Ward. (Ex Eng/Cad - Ch/Eng) I have signed up for the Reunion on Aug 18th. Also with me will be Justine, my daughter Kaitlin (5yrs) and son Jake (2yrs). My other son Mark (18yrs) has far more important agendas at his age....and I think is relishing the thought of having the house to himself!!!! And so he will not be accompanying us! We are all looking forward to meeting everyone again. ps Remember this pretty little lady? (See attached picture). Her travelling days are now over and she is comfortably retired in Pilling! (This is a Japanese Doll Company called 'Yoshitoku' and its Dolls called 'Taiko According to their web site this 'Yoshitoku Taiko' has 300 years of history Once in this site you can see the same Kanj i letters on the left for you to check. It is common practice to have a doll on board as a lucky charm for a safe trip. 'SUEHIRO' means a shape that grows wider and wider like a fan. This shape is considered good luck symbolizing prosperity in the future.) These 'Dolls' were placed onboard the London Victory & London Spirit 1982.  Best wishes Mike Ward (M.W.)

News Date April 2007

Keith Cederholm. (Ex 2nd/Off - Ch/Off) Keith is very busy at the Sailing and Nautical School where he teaches Navigation up to 3,000 Tons, he is also involved at Trustee level  in a Charity 'Friends of the Sea'. I was discharged from the "Cardiothoracic Clinic" last week almost 5 years to the date from when I first became involved with them so to speak and am feeling OK. Barbara is still teaching, we look after our grandson Harry every Wednesday. Keith and Barbara are bringing John Dunsmore from Liverpool to the LOF Reunion. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Carmel Cachia. (Deck) Carmel sailed with Welsh Ore Carriers mainly on the 'Welsh Herald' March 1964, June and October 1966 with Capt. G. Tunnecliffe. Carmel is 66 years old, retired and lives in Malta. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

New Section - War Stories. Please go to the bottom of the sidebar for some wartime stories from our senior LOF contributors who share their times through the second world war. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

John Peters. (Ex Nav Apprentice - Master) A brief visit from John, who was stuck on a Korean Bulk Carrier in Immingham this Saturday afternoon we enjoyed a few beers and reminisce of old days. John has been a Channel & North Sea Pilot on a part-time basis, whilst still looking after farm husbandry and helping his farming brothers in Devon. He joined LOF in 1969, became Master in 1992 when the LOF resurgence took place, eventually taking command of the 'London Glory III'. Married to Julia who is a Doctor in Kingsbridge & Plymouth. John enjoys his gun dog and the occasional shoot, they have no children and John is 57 years young and plans to carry on with his Piloting for a few more years. This picture was taken today! (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Success & Found at last..... Dudley Fry. (Ex Rad/Off - E&EO) After training at The University of Southampton I went to sea with Siemens brothers from 1953 - 1957 when I then joined LOF (London Splendour) at Falmouth. The last ship with LOF was the London Pride in 1975 which I left in Rotterdam to take up employment with Shell Tankers who I stayed with until 1990. I've since done various jobs including work at Doncaster College and East Riding College from 1992 - 2000 when I finally retired from paid work. I now live in Bridlington with my second wife Lynne and have one teenage daughter. I am involved in the running of the Harbour Heritage Museum for a local charity and more information can be found on www.BSCPS.com . Dudley & Lynne are hoping to attend this 2007 LOF Reunion. www.merchantnavyofficers.com website for their help and notice board in helping to locate Dudley. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

William Cameron. (Ex Jnr/Eng - 4th/Eng) Served his apprenticeship in Marine Engineering with Ed Scouller in Aberdeen, joined LOF and the 'London Craftsman' in New York 1968. The Ch/Eng was a 'Jackson' from Hull or Goole and the 2nd/Eng was 'Aung May' (RIP from Burma), a very nice guy who had developed a 'Geordie' accent. William remembers LOF and the ships staff being very sympathetic when his father died at an early age and got him off in San Pedro to attend the funeral and deal with his affairs. He left LOF and joined a coastal company as he was getting married. Then joined the Fire Service and became Watch Commander, on retiring he did not want to sit around the Golf Course and took up a position Quality/Health & Safety Executive for a company involved in the oil industry. Unfortunately will not be able to attend the LOF Reunion due to having a holiday in Majorca already booked, he will be 60 next week and still lives in the Aberdeen area. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Roger Harrison. (3rd/Off - 2nd/Off) Roger served his apprentiship with Furness Withy from 1963 to 1966, then with Shaw Saville. A trip with Associated Humber Line. He joined LOF in 1971 and remained until his last voyage on the 'London Voyager' in 1982. Roger spent nearly 2 years on the Laid-up vessel in Greece during the 70's. He then joined J-Mar Marine and spent a lot of time in the Falklands. In 1992 he decided to buy a working mans club  - a regretful experience. In 2001 he got a job in a fish factory, until he suffered a minor stroke in 2003. Roger now works at ASDA, he is 60 years young, married to Lynn for 37 years and have a son at home aged 32. They live in the Hull area. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

LOF Reunion Update @ 8th April. There are now some 134 Ex LOF Family and friends committed to attend this 18th August Reunion. The Premier Travel Inn still has capacity for room bookings.
There is to be a planned Raffle in aid of seafaring charities, amongst the star prizes are 2 x Magnum bottles of LOF Reunion 2007 Champagne, an original painting of a LOF Ship by Andrew Sinclair and a Ships Clock & Barometer. If you would like to donate towards this charity raffle, please
contact me (Roy Gerstner)

News Date April 2007

Bill Manson. Sponsor Bill for the RNLI Total raised 08-04-07 £200:00 well done. See below for details...... (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Alan Nicholls. (Eng/Cadet - 3rd/Eng) Alan attended South Shields Nautical College in 1974, he sailed mainly on Tankers and was made redundant after leaving the 'London Glory' in 1985. He has been in the off-shore sector since, and sails as Ch/Eng on stand-by vessels for North Star in the North Sea. He works 1 month on/1 month off. Married to Marie, the have a daughter 21 years old. Alan is 49 and they live near Durham. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Mick Horne. (4th/Eng) Served his apprentiship at the Chatham Dockyards, joined Royal Mail for a year and then New Zealand Shipping Co. Mick came to LOF in 1970 as 4th/Eng on 'Discoverer', 'Harmony', 'Advocate', 'Fusilier' and finally 'Discoverer' again leaving in 1974 (His best shipping experience). He then joined  a Dredging Company, then onto Sheerness Docks on the maintenance team. After the Docks closed he worked for a Paper Mill, taking early retirement 3 years ago. Married to Pat in 1974 they have no children, Mick has a 27 foot sailing boat which is his main hobby and he is 63 years young. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

April Most Wanted List. Do you have any knowledge of the where-abouts of the following Ex LOF Personnel ?? Steve Foulis (Nav/Off), Found See July 2007  Peter Fewster (Nav/Off - Father-In-Law was Bosun in the ill fated Gaul Tragedy), Tim Dace (Nav/Off) Found See Above Brian Rogers (Ch/Off), Norman George (2nd/Eng), Ray Purvis (3rdEng), Hans Sheepstra (Elect/Off), Dudley Fry (R/O + E&EO went to Shell Tankers lived in Portugal - Found See Above 13-04-07) Only one lead on Ray Purvis, and as yet no response to my letter. February and March Most Wanted List - still No results or success - must try much harder !!!. Come on Girls and Guys someone must have some old details on the above, give me a clue, and I will follow it up. Please to contact me if you have any information  - many thanks in advance. (R.G.)

News Date April 2007

Ken Shawcross. (Counties Apprentice - 3rd/Off) Originally from Whitby, Ken signed up with Counties and at £6:00/month his first trip being the 'SS Mill Hill' joining at Mill Dam South Shields on 07th June 1947, they went off to China, Australia and NZ, the trip was 23 months and 27 days!, he then sailed on the 'Frinton', 'London Dealer', 'Denmark Hill', and finally on the 'Haverton Hill'. He left Counties/LOF for CT Bowrings, obtaining his Masters Certificate in Newcastle 1957 leaving the sea in 1960. Ken then worked for ICI. During 1963, he obtained his teaching certificates, and taught at a number of Nautical Schools/Colleges, in-between was Ch/Off on the 'STA Sir Winston Churchill'. Taking early retirement in 1985, he and his wife do a lot of touring in their campervan UK and Europe. Ken is on his 3rd hip replacement and is 77 years young. They live in Northumberland area. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Graham E Dickenson. (Jnr/Eng - 4th/Eng) Graham served his time with N.J. Jenkins Ltd in Retford, on completion he joined the Nottinghamshire Constabulary with the prospect of free housing etc. After 10 years he got the yearning to go to sea - joining LOF and the London Explorer' on the 15th November 1974 in Rouen with Peter Trevithick as 2nd/Eng - he being a bit mature for a first trip Jnr/Eng. Graham was the Jnr/Eng on watch with John Ireland on the 'London Pioneer' 12/4 watch on the 9th December 1975 (See article on sidebar) His last trip in LOF was on the 'London Enterprise' leaving in Skaramanga Greece 30th May 1978. Graham had a few months rest and then sailed with Kent Line until 1987, he then came ashore and worked for GEC under various guises, the final part with Flowserve a pump division where he overhauls and repairs pumps. Graham will be retiring next year, he is married and has one son, they live in the Newark area of the UK. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Archie Coulter. (Nav/Cad - 3rd Off) Archie attended Fleetwood Nautical College, he joined his first ship the 'London Craftsman' in 1969, leaving in 1973 he wanted to remain on cargo ships and joined Bank Line for 6 terrible years of virtual starvation. In 1979 he joined Havant Shipping and became Master in 1991. He now sails with Saga Wood carriers (Nothing connected with SAGA Cruises), and works 4 on 4 off. Married to June they have 3 children and live in Cheshire. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Ian V Hughes. (aka Ivy) (Nav/Cad - Ch/Off) Ian joined his first ship 'London Viscount' in 1979, Capt Scourfield was Master, he sailed until made redundant off the 'London Enterprise' in 1983. Ian sailed with a variety of companies until he rejoined LOF in 1994, he remained until the 97 close down. He then sailed with Mobil Oil and IMT as Superintendent. From 2004 Ian decided to go it alone and formed his own business company Coneygarmaritime, dealing in all types of shipping consultancy. Ian is 47 years young, married to Donna, they have a 12 year old son and live in the Bridport area of the UK, he still has his classic motorcycles. www.coneygarmaritime.com (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Peter Baker. (Supercargo Harrisons)
Wynchwood Hill        Poplar       26:08:1957
Wynchwood Hill        Liverpool  16:11:1957
'Sycamore Hill           Beira         26:05:1963
I sailed in these ships on the dates shown. I was Supercargo for Harrison Line on these trips, and would like to try to contact old shipmates, but after the passage of so many years the names have been forgotten. I can still see the faces but alas the names. BAKERP118@aol.com

News Date March 2007

Colwyn Bay Wireless College. Congratulations to Pete Baker and his friends for organising another successful Reunion. I was unable to attend as I am in plaster for some time yet. It is especially relevant that on this occasion a commemorative plaque has been placed where the college once stood until 1970. Full details and lots of other articles can be found at www.wirelesscollege.co.uk (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Dick Cunningham. (Rad/Off - E&EO) Dick transferred to LOF from Mavroleon Bros in 1971 and remained until the 97 closure, he had been E&EO for nearly 20 years. After LOF he sailed with Saudi Oil Tankers for 3 years, then retired. Dick and Mary are keeping well, although Mary's mother is in poor health, they make frequent trips to Dublin. They have 2 daughters 37 and 35. Dick is 66 and they live in Seaton Carew. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Ronnie Aird. (3rd/Eng - 2nd/Eng) Ron is hitting the big 40, congratulations.... He came to LOF in the early 90's and remained until the 97 closure. He was last know working in the offshore industry. Married to Marjorie, they have one daughter and live near Kirkcaldy - Happy Birthday. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Tony Bragg. (Ex 4th/Eng - 3rd/Eng) After finishing his apprentiship in Wivenhoe, Tony went to sea with Shell Tankers for 6 years, then joining LOF in 1964 his first ship being 'London Endurance'. He sailed with LOF for 21 years his last voyage being with Ted Cook (RIP) Ch/Eng, on the 'Overseas Argonaut' in 1985. Afterwards he spent rime with Tony Goldsmith taking tankers for scrap in the far east. He became Assistant Harbour Master at Brightingsea. Recently he has just come out of hospital after a hernia operation. Tony remains a single man and still has a small fishing boat. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Bob Fullagar. (Ex Nav/Cadet - Master) Bob is celebrating his 55th birthday today and is away at sea, he is Master with Hong Kong 'AMCL'/ C.Y.' Tung Group, He and Elsie enjoyed a very nice vacation in Jamaica during his last leave.

News Date March 2007

Bill Manson. I'm taking part in the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil on 22/04/2007 to raise money for RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution and would really welcome your support. Please take a moment to sponsor me. It's really easy - you can donate online by credit or debit card at the following address:
http://www.justgiving.com/Mbillmanson
Type or copy this address into your Browsers address line, If you try and access the page from here, it will not work correctly.......Total raised 08-04-07 £200:00 well done.
All donations are secure and sent electronically to RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  If you are a UK taxpayer, Justgiving will automatically reclaim 28% Gift Aid on your behalf, so your donation is worth even more.  Please join me in supporting RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution and a fabulous cause. Thanks and best wishes. Bill

News Date March 2007

Mike Kay. (Ex Rad/Off) Sailed with LOF late 79's/80's now living in Adelaide Australia and working looking after a Radio Station - awaiting further details. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

The March Most Wanted List. Do you have any knowledge of the where-abouts of the following Ex LOF Personnel ?????  Steve Foulis (Nav/Off), Found See July 2007. Peter Fewster (Nav/Off - Father-In-Law was Bosun in the ill fated Gaul Tragedy), Tim Dace (Nav/Off). Found See Above February's Most Wanted List - Nil success - must try harder !!!. Even if you are not in contact now, maybe they were on your Christmas Card list at sometime -
Please to
contact me if you have any information  - many thanks in advance. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Don Dunlop. (Eng/Cadet - 2nd/Eng) Don has worked as a Surveyor for the American Bureaux of Shipping - ABS for a number of years now, based in Liverpool until 4 years ago, when he moved with the family to Doha - Qatar UAE. Don has been the resident Senior Surveyor, but has now had enough sunshine and is coming back to be based in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area in the near future. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Eric Hill Jnr. Eric is the son of ex LOF Engineer Ian Hill (62 years young, works now for East Lothian Local Authority) and grandson of Eric Hill Snr. He was the Radio Officer on the 'London Valour' who was lost in the events of 9th April 1970. Eric Hill Snr, was an ex commando and ex metropolitan police officer, he had 3 children. Mike Cuff (Ex Master) sailed with Eric Hill Snr on two occasions. Eric Hill Jnr is hoping to attend this 2007 LOF Reunion and would be very welcome to find anyone who sailed with his grandfather. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Mike Annett. (Ex Nav Apprentice - Master) Mike is now in retirement and enjoying every minute, he and Rosemary are keeping well. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Roger Bancroft. (Ex Ch/Off) Roger has been a kept man for a number of years, whilst sending wife Lindsay out to work and keeping him in a manner to which he has become accustomed too!. Lindsay is retiring at the end of this month and will take over the household chores which Roger has been doing. I'm not sure if it is Roger who beats Ray Appleyard on the golf course or is it the other way around?. Roger still has contact with Cary Howe wife of ex LOF Ch/Eng Dougie Howe (RIP). (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Edward Scouller. (Jnr/Eng - 2nd/Eng) Ed joined LOF in 1970, his first ship being 'London Harmony', his last ship was the 'Shackleford' as 2nd/Eng in 1977. He then worked on the offshore market for a number of years, and now works for a Brazilian Oil Rig Owner, looking after sourcing and purchasing spare parts plus looking after the Expat Crew. Ed has recently met up with Peter Napier and Ally McLeod. He and wife Fiona live in Aberdeen. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Malcolm & Jean Cuthbert. After a couple of more minor operations to my shoulder, they had only gone and left part a swab inside so infection set in, I now seem to be in an reasonable condition what can be expected with numerous metal implants. I am now back biking again, just 15 to 20 mile stints so far but it's a start. Thought I'd be a bit apprehensive the first time out but I was surprisingly fine, made sure I had a good quality helmet on though. It's our 40th Anniversary this Sunday, not quite the 60th that Jim Stronach has just had but a milestone anyway, probably all that time away at sea that's kept Jean & I together, I always say the fist 2 years were the best though, spent 22 months at sea during that time, those were the good old days, saying that with tongue in cheek of course. Looking forward to seeing all the old faces and some new I hope in August. (M.C.)

News Date March 2007

Dave Lawrence. (Ex Rad/Off - EEO) Dave went to the Fleetwood Radio College from 1972 to 75, joining BP as a Cadet R/O. He sailed with BP until made redundant in 1978. He then joined LOF and sailed for many years on the 'London Spirit II', during his last two voyages he was promoted to E&EO. On being made redundant from LOF Dave has sailed with P&O Ferries out of Dover, for the past few years on the 'Pride of Calais'. Dave and his partner Joanne are off on a touring holiday to Spain. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

The London Pioneer 1975 Incident. A new historical article can be accessed on the left hand side bar, includes many photos and first hand accounts.

News Date March 2007

David Witherick. My time in LOF was ten years as follows; Joined the London Victory as a callow youth of 17 in November 1954, subsequently sailed on the Loyalty, Valour, Majesty, Glory, Independence and finally the Overseas Discoverer.  I left her in May '64 got my Master's in October of that year and joined British Rail, sailing between Heysham and Belfast.  In 1968 I transferred to Parkeston Quay.  Became a Trinity House Pilot for the Essex Rivers in 1972 and again transferred to the Boston and Spalding Pilotage Authority in 1975.  Retired in 1991 because of deafness and enjoyed a leisurely life golfing etc., until I was asked to become a deacon in my Church.  Ordained in 2001 and that's where I'm at this moment in time.  A bygone era!  All the best. (David Witherick)

News Date March 2007

Campbell Dobie. (Jnr/Eng - Ch/Eng) Campbell did his apprentiship in  Alloa central  Scotland with 'Hartlands', he left them just as they were being taken over by the 'Weir Group' and went to sea as a Jnr/Eng with Lamport & Holt in 1970, he sailed also with Blue Star Line and Booth Line. Joining LOF in 1972 on the recommendation of an ex LOF engineer Harry Johnston of Macduff. First ship London Resolution and steady promotion during the 70's to Ch/Eng. Campbell was Ch/Eng on the VLCC London Pride II from 1979 to 1982. His last ship was the Overseas Argonaut before emigrating to Australia, April 1983. He joined another ex LOF engineer Kenny Smallwood working in operations at Muja Power Station near Collie WA. He now is the Power Station Controller at Kwinana Power Station WA. Campbell and his first wife Sue are now divorced but remain friends and attend family get togethers with their children, Mathew is 25 and works also at the Kwinana Power Station as Maintenance Supervisor and Helen who is 24 and studying Business Management. He has a new partner Jenny who originated from the UK and her two grown up children. Campbell plans to do a couple of more years and then time to retire and 'put my feet up' (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Hylton Burdon. (Deceased) Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat station has become the first in the north of England to operate a new class of inshore lifeboat - the Atlantic 85. Cullercoats is the sixth lifeboat station in the UK to received an Atlantic 85. The lifeboat named 'Hylton Burdon' arrived recently and is expected to go into service within the next week following intensive training. The Atlantic 85 is the most technologically advanced inshore lifeboat in the RNLI fleet. It is the first inshore lifeboat to have radar, which means it can operate more effectively in reduced visibility. It is also faster and bigger than its predecessor, with room for a fourth crew member as well as more space for casualties. The Cullercoats Atlantic 85 was paid for by a legacy from the Wallsend man Hylton Burdon, who died in 2002. It cost around £125,000. Hylton Burton was a 2nd/Eng and Ch/Eng for LOF during the 1960's and 70's. For more information please see www.cullercoatslifeboat.co.uk (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Peter J. Wright. (Counties Apprentice - LOF Master) Joined his first Counties Ship SS Fort Capot in Swansea 11:08:47, became 3rd/Off, transferred over to LOF joining the 'London Splendour I' in Falmouth 12:12:53, sailed on most vessels and promoted to Master in 1963 on the 'London Prestige'. Last ship was the 'London Glory II', made redundant in 1985 when the 140's were sold. Peter then sailed for 3 years with Beta Maritime and in 1988 retired as his wife was in poor health. They have been married for almost 50 years, live in Cumbria and Peter still enjoys model aircraft building, their son lives in Gloucestershire and is married with 2 children. Peter is 77 years young.

News Date March 2007

Thor Wattleworth. (Ex Eng/Cad - Jnr/Eng) Thor joined LOF as an Engineer Cadet in 1980 studied at South Shields and first ship was the London Glory, last ship London Spirit. In 1983 on leaving he worked for/with Tony Goldsmith (Ex LOF Master) taking Tankers for scrap. Since then Thor has trained as an electrician and mechanical engineer, he is involved with property development and building. He lives with his partner and they have a daughter. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Irene Gillie. Irene is in hospital 23rd April to have an operation on her right hand, to reduce the pain brought on by arthritis, if successful she will have the other hand operated on the following year. She is keeping busy and still donates time towards helping run the local RNLI shop. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Tristan Hutton. (Ex Nav/Cad - 3rd/Off) Schooled in Nottingham, joined LOF 01st November 1990, remained until company amalgamated in 1997. Tristan worked on the Ferries for a while afterwards. Since 2001 has worked for Nottingham Council and has recently become a 'Street Protection Officer' he is 33 years old. (R.G.)

News Date March 2007

Bob Pople. (Jnr/Eng - 3rd/Eng) Bob joined the 'Victore' in 1970 and remained until the B26's were sold - his last ship being 'London Viscount' in 1983. Bob was on the 'London Pioneer' in December 1975 when an engine room explosion was followed by a flash fire - see below John Ireland. Bob has retired and does some community work around Nuneaton, he is 58. (R.G.)
Whilst exchanging details about the London Pioneer with Bob, I happened to mention that in 1972 I was on a Bolton Ship called the 'Ribera' - he said I know about the 'Ribera'? - I mentioned that when we were in Kobe Japan discharging cargo, one day a Big 'Tiger Bay' A.B. had a disagreement with the cook over the quality of the food, a flight broke out and the Cook stabbed the A.B. with a meat knife. The A.B. was taken to the Kobe General Hospital. Later on, a few of us went to donate some blood and visit the A.B. - he was not in good shape. In a bed next to the A.B. was another Caucasian looking man. I asked the man what he was in for and he said he had some kidney problems and was off a ship called the London Banker. That man was Bob Pople, both he and I remember the chance meeting some 35 years ago - small world. (Unfortunately the A.B. died) (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Mrs Anne-Marie Williams. I am very pleased to have made contact with Anne-Marie, her father was Capt E.J. Morgan who sailed with LOF 1960's-1980. Anne-Marie sailed with her Mother and Father on 3 occasions and has some very happy memories of these voyages, Overseas Explorer, Overseas Discoverer and Overseas Ambassador. Several memories are still very clear. Being woken up at midnight to ring in the New Year (That would be 16 Bells!). Being woken up at 04:30 and taken up to the bridge to see an enormous pod of whales. The smell of Istanbul, the campfires of the nomads in the desert as we went through the Suez canal at night. My father spent a lot of time worrying that I might fall overboard (and thereby cause him a lot of paperwork!). Jim Morgan loved his parties, his last ship was the VLCC London Pride (II). He had to retire on ill health grounds which deteriorated over the next 13 years until his death in 1993 at the age of 69. Her mother is 82 and lives in Scotland. Anne-Marie lives in Southend-on-Sea. (A-M.W./Ambrose Jones & R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Michael Robarts. (4th/Off - 3rd/Off) Michael joined LOF in 1996 as 4th/Off on the new London Splendour, then as 3rd/Off on the Spirit and finally back on the Splendour before redundancy. He then joined Maersk until September 98 and P&O until 2004. He then became Ch/Off with Stenna Line on the Ferries. Michael has now become a pilot on the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Andrew Frost. (2nd/Off) Andy began as a Deck boy and then became an AB with Panocean Shipping, he studied and took Home Trade certificates, then moved to deep sea. He joined LOF in January 1996, his uncle being Tony Bragg. On being made redundant he sailed with Jardin Matheson. He sailed as Master with B.P. for a short while and has moved onto Maersk Line sailing as Master on Chemical carriers, 10 weeks on 10 weeks off. Andy informs me that a LOF Cadet Paul Mount is also sailing with Maersk as Ch/Off. Andy is 43, married to Anita they have a 5 year old daughter and live in Tollesbury Essex. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

The February Most Wanted List. Do you have any knowledge of the where-abouts of the following Ex LOF Personnel ?????  Brian Rogers (Ch/Off), Norman George (2nd/Eng), Ray Purvis (3rd/Eng), Hans Sheepstra (Elect/Off), Dudley Fry (R/O + E&EO). Found See Above
Please to contact me if you have any information  - many thanks in advance. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Charles Parfitt. (Ex 3rd/Off - Ch/Off) Charles served his apprentiship with Anglo - Iranian Oil (Later BP), then briefly with Bank Line and Athell Line. He joined LOF as 3rd/Off in 1954 on the 'London Pride (I)' the Masters being W H Williamson & G F Fox his final voyage was on the 'London Splendour' as Ch/Off in 1961 the Master being D F Ward. Then spent 5 years on the coast. Afterwards for  the next 30+ years as a London River Pilot, the final 13 or so years based at the oil complex at Thameshaven/Coryton/Canvey as the resident Berthing Pilot. Charles thinks one of his more famous jobs was piloting the 'Britannia' on her very last voyage before being decommissioned. Married to Jacqueline they have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Now spends his leisure playing Golf (16) decorating and DIY. They live near Rochester Kent. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Alex Priestley. (Jnr/Eng - 3rd/Eng) Brought up in the same village where Noris Jackson lives, Alex joined LOF in 1967, his first ship being the now infamous 'Kings Reach' he sailed on most types of vessels through to 1986 when made redundant. He then worked in the Civil Engineering sector. Never one to retire he works for many months of the year for the local council looking after senior citizens properties and gardens. Alex is 72 enjoys caravanning and supports hill climbing events, lives near Lincoln. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Dave McMeekin. (Ex Jnr/Eng - 4th/Eng) From Belfast Dave served his time with Mackies Engineering within the textile industry. He joined LOF in July 1973 and left as 4th/Eng in April 1982, joining the Social Services Dept and has remained there since leaving LOF. Dave is 54 and remains a single man. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

John Douglas. (Ex Eng/Cad - Ch/Eng) John began his apprentiship with LOF in 1970 and remained until the companys amalgamation in 1997 by which time he was Ch/Eng. He the sailed for a few years with Northern Marine, in 2002 he decided to move from Matlock to the Isle of Skye and retire. Married to Shirley for 25+ years they enjoy the tranquil lifestyle, John has a small fishing boat which he uses in the summer and still has his TVR sportscar and still enjoys diving, he is 52 years young. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Tony Denny. (Ex Jnr/Eng - 4th/Eng) Tony trained in instrumentation within the Boiler & Steam Industry, he sailed only briefly with LOF in 1963 - 64, he came ashore and started his own business, which he sold in 1987. He is 68 and still does some work within the instrumentation business. Married to Helen they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, they live in East Sussex. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

David Reid. (Nav/Cad - 2nd/Off) David joined his first ship the London Prestige in Houston November 1968 sailing with Capt Morgan and Ch/Off Bob Kitchener, he then sailed on the London Statesman, Overseas Adventurer, London Citizen,  Confidence, Craftsman, and Finnamore Meadow. He took his 2nd Mates at Plymouth. Final trip on the London Statesman. In February 1974 he left LOF and emigrated to Canada, where he sailed on a variety of ships in the Great lakes, he took his Masters Exams in Toronto. In 1976 he became Assistant Marine Supt with Upper Lakes Shipping. Cargo Supt for Troll Carriers and then Operations Manager. In 1981 he emigrated to the USA and had a number of management positions. 1988 started own company, DMI USA Ltd Ship chartering/operating. In 1997 opened New Port/Terminal Novolog North of Philadelphia as President/CEO handling imported steel. In 2005 invited by clients to take position as Supply Chain Director at Corus Teesside UK. David has a permanent home in Lancaster Pennsylvania, but is presently living an Great Ayton UK. He has 2 daughters and two grandchildren living in the USA and has remarried in 2005. He has no plans at present to retire.  David is hoping to join us at the LOF Reunion 2007. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Bob Stinchcombe. (2nd/Eng - Ch/Eng) Happy birthday to Bob who is 76 today 4th Feb. Still recovering slowly from his knee joint operation last year, he is making some progress and walks sometimes without the aid of a stick. He is being evaluated by the consultant in March. Still unable to 'play' any golf, he manages to 'putt' the ball around the house! (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

William Coulter. (Jnr/Eng - 3rd/Eng) Willy served his apprentiship with David Marshall Engineering (Belfast), he always wanted to go to sea and Mr. Barry Drew seemed happy to sign him up in 1969, first trip London Splendour in Philadelphia, John Wilson was Ch/Eng and Jerry Lee was 2nd/Eng. Last trip was the Overseas Argonaut Bill Dunn was Ch/Eng and Bob Blake was 2nd/Eng. He left in 1983 and became a Hospital Engineer in Belfast, stayed there until 2004, when he took early retirement after heart surgery - but health now ok. Willie and Margaret will have been married 25 years this July 07 and they have one daughter. Living life to the full in Newcastle Co. Down Northern Ireland. (R.G.)

News Date Feb 2007

Gerry Skinner. (Eng/Cad - Jnr/Eng) Gerry attended Fleetwood College in 1982 prior to his sea-time, he sailed with me on the London Earl in 82, was made redundant in 1985. He carried on travelling and wandering and ended up in Australia where he met his future wife and emigrated there in 1987. Gerry went to the University of Canberra and graduated with a Degree in Environmental Science, and has since specialised in hydrological & salinity research with the farming community in Western Australia. They live with their 3 daughters in Albany WA. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Mike Rowley. I am sorry to inform you that Mike Rowley passed away on 28th January in his home at Dannekirke New Zealand. The following is from Ambrose Jones who was a good friend of Mike.
In 1953 we were on the 'London Majesty' at the refinery in the lagoon at Willemstad Curacao. To us it was a brilliant port as it was so close to the town. We were allowed to use the "Shell "club a few hundred yards from  the oil jetty There we could buy iced Coca Colas with a twist of lemon there was background music from the juke box of  "Wheel of Fortune" sung  by Kay Star, and the "Old Rugged Cross" by Jo Shepherd. For an apprentice this was a REAL LUXURY. We were in the swimming pool and I had been given a black car inner tube as I was no swimmer. After a while everyone else except myself got out of the pool to go and replenish their drinks. That was the moment I fell out of the inner-tube and sank to the bottom of the pool.  When I thrashed to the surface all the crowd were walking away and had their backs towards me so they could not hear my shout for help as I went down for the second time I surfaced and they were even further away as I went down for the third  time, this time I used the last breath to shout HELP, and to me it was as if I could see the word going up to the surface in a bubble of air. From underwater I saw Mike Rowley turn on his heel and dive into the pool and drag me to the side and the rest of the crowd helped to get me on to the paving to start my recovery. Had Mike not heard and saved me in 1953, all the experience which I have had since the age of 18 to 71 (so far and still counting) would have been lost. Being still married after 46 years, having  3 children, 5 grand children. All the friends and people I have met during many varied jobs in a 45 year working life as well as the 8 years of being retired. A BIG THANK YOU MIKE - RIP (Ambrose Jones)

News Date Jan 2007

Dave Simpson. (Jnr/Eng - 3rd Eng) Dave served his time at 'Clelands - Wallsend' and joined LOF in 1971, he remained until 1985. Then sailed with a variety of companies including Steve Clarke's & Stenna. He then joined World Wide Shipping and was enticed back to LOF in 1996 only to find himself redundant again in 1997. He rejoined World Wide and has remained there since. Married to Brenda for 31 years, they have 2 children aged 28 & 24. Dave is 56, works 4 on 2 off and hopes to retire in 3 years time. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Gus Robinson. MBE (Ex Elect/Off - E&EO) There is a profile on Gus on the Official LOF News March 1981 (Page 33B). The company 'Gus Robinson Developments' has gone from strength to strength and now employs 150+ personnel. Gus began with North East Electricity Board and came to LOF in 1973, after further studies in Marine Electronics, he became the first E&EO (Electrical & Electronics Officer). He left in 1976 to set up his own business. A check on www.gusrobinson.com will provide with a wealth of success and information. Gus has attained a string of professional and academic qualifications, he was made MBE in 1998 for his services to the community in County Durham. The company is based in Hartlepool Teesside UK and provides  Electrical, Mechanical, Building, Joinery, and Refurbishments to industry. Boxing promotions and Developments in Spain. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Colin Ingram. (aka 'Cuddles') (Jnr/Eng - 3rd Eng) Colin did his apprentiship in Co. Durham, he joined LOF in 1972 and sailed until 1985 when made redundant. He then had 4 years working in the UK and then 4 years working in Saudi Arabia. From 1993 he has worked in the Falkland Islands and is in charge of Waste management and water treatment/pumps etc - including an Olympic size swimming pool!. Colin spends 6 months away with only 5 weeks at home, he is 59 and is hoping to retire at 62, he and Margaret have been married for over 30 years, they still live near Durham. Unfortunately Colins' rota will mean he will be unable to attend this years LOF Reunion. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Tony Goldsmith. (Ex 2nd/Off - Master) Tony started in 1947 did 2 years on a deep-sea tug becoming an A.B. Then managed to get his 2nd Mates ticket, he sailed with Court Line and joined LOF in 1957, his first ship being the 'London Splendour', he sailed on a variety of vessels including like a few others the 'Kings Reach' Counties last UK registered vessel. Made redundant in 1983 and then took up delivering VLCC's and other tankers for scrap in the far east for 4 years. He is 75 and still lives in Falmouth with his wife and their two  children aged 40 and 42. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Andrew Dow. (Jnr/Eng - 4th/Eng) Joined in the early 70's and left in 1976, (it was the worst thing I ever did!). Then joined Denholm Ship Management as 4th/Eng and went for his 'certificates' but promotion prospects were poor at that time. Andy went off with wife and twin daughters to South Africa, where he did boiler inspections, they left in 1984 and returned to the UK. He now has his own company 'Kingdom Combustion' in Fife Scotland and has great praise and thanks to Les Wynn, John Taylor, Norman George, and Ray Purvis., all of whom inspired him in his Engineering talents. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Tony Boucher. (Ex Nav/Cad - 2nd/Off) Joined Overseas Courier in February 1961, sailed on most types of vessels until made redundant in 1983. Had a couple of short term contractual posts one being with British Caledonian Airways. Tony moved to building and designing 'Heaters' for the past 20+ years. He suffered a minor heart attack a couple of years ago and has taken early retirement - he is 64. Married to Peggy, she travelled quite extensively with him throughout the 70's and 80's, Peggy has a son from a previous marriage he is 50. Tony and Peggy live near Gatwick Airport - Horley in Surrey. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Mike French. (Jnr/Eng - 4th Eng) Served his time at an Engineering Company in Withenhoe Essex, joined LOF at 21 in 1968. Sailed with Mavroleon Bros, LOF tankers and finally with his wife Val on the London Citizen. Mike came ashore to work in his fathers Marine Engineering business, and now has 4 locations employing 30+ personnel. Mike is 60, he and Val have two sons 31 and 28, both of whom work in the family business. He enjoys fishing whenever time allows. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

'The Tarbucks' Rod, Jeannie and Sharja, have just arrived back from their 25 day, Fred Olsen UK-Caribbean-UK cruise onboard the 'Boadicea' having had a good time throughout the Christmas and New Year period. Captain 'T' began his apprenticeship with Counties Ship Management in 1947, his first ship being the 'Crowborugh Hill'. Roger Clipsham (Ex LOF Master and superintendent) was also an apprentice with Counties. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

David Kent. (Ex 3rd/Off - Ch/Off) Dave served his apprenticeship with Common Bros from 1961 to 1965, he then joined LOF and sailed mainly within the Tanker Fleet, promoted to Ch/Off. He was made redundant in 1985. Moved to KOTC (Kuwait Oil Tanker Co) and became Master with them. Retiring in 2004 he and wife Karen have lived near the sea by the east coast town of Hunstanton since 1980, they have two grown up boys. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

MERCHANT NAVY RADIO OFFICERS WORLD WIDE EVENT
On the 14th and 15th of April 2007 ex MN Radio Officers will be active on HF bands to meet Amateur Radio operators.
Please go to www.radiomaritimeday.org for further details.

News Date Jan 2007

History of LOF 1 2 3 There is now a revised, re-edited, corrected and accurate version of the History of LOF, this has been some considerable task, but hopefully is more or less correct, although as time passes, someone might come up with some more material. I have been informed that there is a book about the History of Counties Ship Management - I was not aware of this publication - does anyone have a copy! (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Sheila Corner. Is keeping well as is son Simon, who is now 35 years old and works as a Youth Leader in Newbury. Sheila is the wife of Ian Corner who sadly passed away at the early age of 51 in 1996. Ian joined LOF in 1973 as Electrical Officer and became a popular Electrical & Electronics Officer. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Paul Lee. (Ex Eng/Cad - 4th/Eng) Paul is the son of Jerry Lee (Ex 2nd/Eng deceased 2002) left LOF in 1986, he sailed with Beta Maritime and Maersk, obtained his Ch/Eng certificate and has lately sailed with MOL as Ch/Eng. He lives in his fathers house and remains a single man, he is now 43 years young. Paul enjoys going to the Gym, cycling and has just become an e-bay fan. He is due back to sea in March. (He still loves his Ketchup - Heinz of course) (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Geoffrey Baskerville. (Apprenticed Counties Ship Management - See below) Geoff has left a brief history on the messageboard. He has retired to Australia. (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

Alan Shard. (Apprenticed Counties Ships Management - See below) Read Alan's account of his experience of the sinking of the Putney Hill  Click Here (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

History of Counties/LOF I have completed with assistance of Roy Fenton and Ships Monthly© magazine, the History of Counties Ship Management. This almost completes the whole historical era of Counties - LOF - Welsh Overseas Freighters. All History can be accessed from the Top Contents Bar. As far as I am aware we only have a few surviving friends ex Counties one being Captain Rodman Tarbuck, unless you know otherwise ? (R.G.)

News Date Jan 2007

John Ireland. (Jnr/Eng - 3rd/Eng) Born in Liverpool, John served his apprentiship at J Winter & Sons, a small ship repair company on Dock Road Liverpool. He went to sea with the Dutch company Van Ommeren under their British Flag. Joining LOF on the 1st May 1964 and sailed on all types of vessels including a 'stint' on the 'Kings Reach'. John was injured in the explosion on the London Pioneer in December 1975. The accident happened a couple of days out from San Francisco. He was airlifted off by the American Coastguard and taken to Honolulu. In hospital for 6 weeks and fortunately at that time they were starting a new method of skin grafts and pressure garments which ensured he did not end up badly scarred on his face and hands. He flew home to be met at Heathrow by Norrie Jackson who had arranged with my own doctor to send me to the burns unit at my own local hospital. Over the next year and a half he was in and out getting further skin grafts. The burns unit at Whiston Hospital would not be the first class facility that it is now because I had all the new pressure garments which they could not afford on the NHS and therefore they could use them and learn more about treating burns much earlier than they would have. John was used as a training module for the burns staff!! He returned to sea in July 77 on the London Confidence. Continued to sail with LOF until April 85 when he was informed by Noris Jackson that they had arranged for him to be retired from the Merchant Navy as his medical condition no longer satisfied the new medical scales. On leaving John got involved with local politics and that is how he met Pat. They were good friends for several years before they started ?courting? properly and married in November 1991. No children together, but he has inherited Pats two daughters from a previous marriage and 3 grandchildren!! They all love him to bits. He has been agent to 2 local MPs, current one being Shaun Woodward MP who is a Minister with the Department of Culture, Media and Sports. He has never aspired to be a politician. John & Pat live near St. Helens Merseyside. John is 67 and Pat a young 62, they enjoy holidaying in Spain twice a year, and hope maybe to move and retire there. John & Pat have left their contact e-mail details on the messageboard, and would be very happy to hear from anyone who sailed with him. (R.G.)
John was and is very grateful to Sue Weber, a wife onboard the London Pioneer, who as a trained nurse  carried out the initial trauma treatment prior to the U.S  paramedics arriving. Sadly Sue Weber is no longer alive.

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