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News Date 23rd Dec 2013
Last News this Year....|
Snippets from Christmas Cards.....
Bobby Fullagar... (Ex Nav Cadet - Master)
Bobby is Still sailing both he and wife Elsie, have passed their
News Date 22nd Dec 2013
Just remembering the many friends, acquaintances over they years brought back a happy memory of 'Polly Morton' after
John Clements story of 'Polly' and his wife's ashes. Connie and I was on a long weekend away near Bournemouth in 2006 -
when Polly's address was nearby, I gave him a call, he was so glad to see us, I had only sailed with him very briefly.... about 4
hours later we left with a mirage of the history of his extremely interesting sea-going life.
He was well into his 80's and serious health issues - the locals moved their cars off the road when he went to his local Tesco and Betting Shop at 11:00am each day, he regularly knocked off dozens of Wing Mirrors from nearby parked cars....it got so bad, that his Insurance company wouldn't insure him anymore?..... sadly he died a few years ago....stories? Ed knew how to tell them?
News Date 17th Dec 2013
Mores Sad News.....|
Heard that Dave Vincent who sailed as 2nd Mate on :-
'London Harmony' Nov. 1961 to June 1962
'London Valour' Sept. 1962 to March 1963
'London Prestige' July 1963 to Jan. 1964
'Overseas Adventurer' June 1964 to Nov. 1964
'London Spirit' Dec. 1964 to May 1965
Died on 12th October from Hodgkins Lymphoma Sadly another one who has crossed the bar.
News Date 16th Dec 2013
New Message board is alive up & running|
Okay - there has been a lot of thought and work put into this message board - sorry but with the amount of 'spam & virus' around,
simple websites like ours are very easy picking for those idiots who think this is a game. So now once you are registered and
create your own password - away you can go....
If you think there needs
to be further headlines/topics then please let me know....
News Date 13th Dec 2013
Sad News - Tom Eden (Ex Catering Officer)|
Heard today the Tom Eden had passed away, no other details at this time.
Tom must have been in his 80's, I sailed with him around 1984 on the 'Overseas Argonaut' he had his wife 'Sheila' with him, we were loading a cargo in the 'Bonny River/Nigeria' just before Christmas. Just after leaving the coast and entering the Atlantic, she suffered what appeared to be a 'Stroke' - the LOF Office was closed and communications was poor to say the least.... we couldn't turn back towards Dakar...so Ed Kemp the Master decided we would go full belt towards the Caribbean...
I was in contact with the American Coast Guard Station at San Juan/NMR (This was after the time that the Americans had invaded Grenada - 1983) and it was extremely sensitive for the Americans to Fly over other Caribbean Islands? - but they did....even then in an emergency, they re-fuelled a massif helicopter twice to come around 600 miles out in the Atlantic, put Para-medics onboard who quickly decided 'Sheila' was in a very poor way. Within about 40 mins with the helicopter cruising around and big fixed wing aircraft high above - they decided to take Tommy and Sheila off.....We were informed the next day that Sheila had unfortunately died in the Military Hospital. That was the last time we heard from Tom. Unless you have had contact with him..... please let me know..... (R.G.).... Contact Me
News Date 13th Dec 2013
'A Nice! - Story by John Clement.....|
While Catering Officer on the 'London Resolution' (1976). I had quickly developed a good relationship with the Chief Engineer,
Ed Morton (known as Polly). When I joined the ship we had just had a crew change and one of my jobs was to allocate the new Stewards to various officers, starting with the Captain's Steward. Naturally I wanted the best ones possible for the senior officers so, when it came to the Chief I decided on the ideal man for him and duly appointed him.
All went well for a while but one evening when I was in the Chief's cabin having a drink with him I asked him how his Steward was performing. Ed Morton smiled and then told me the story…
Apparently the Steward was tidying up his accommodation early one morning when we were at sea, came upon a container which had quite a lot of cigarette ash in it and dumped the contents over the side before cleaning the container and replacing it neatly in the Chief's cabin.
To my horror the Chief then told me that the container was in fact an urn containing his late wife's ashes - he had been taking this urn to sea ever since her funeral, but had never had the guts to actually sprinkle his wife's ashes over the sea, as she had requested...
The Steward had done it for him!
(Ed Morton had a good laugh about this in the end though!)
News Date 13th Dec 2013
A Merry Christmas to All our LOF Friends and Colleagues.|
We have lost a few good friends again this
year - some I managed to visit and was very humbled in their friendship
to Connie and myself.
R & C - P&O Arcadia 2013
My Dad & Me 2012
News Date 13th Dec 2013
There will be a new message-board very shortly, we are still experimenting, this one may need registration as maybe some of you know, Websites/Web editors get a vast amount of spam and junk mail coming through - irrespective of filters etc....wait a little longer ...
News has been scarce up unit the Christmas cards arrive, even then not much 'New' news to speak....
Charlie Stuart - Who will be 64 today....haven't heard from Charlie for a long-long time.
When I worked for the DTI, we had a job up near Peterhead - where Charlie lives, I happened to
have a 'spare' bottle of 'Four Bells Rum' which I took up to him as it was one of his favourite
News Date 16th Nov 2013
Issues with Message Board....|
Yes I am aware of the problem, which is at the web server end and we are
working on it.....
News Date 01st Nov 2013
Re Chat on message board... I have spoken this morning to John Ireland (he is 74 and 2 knee replacements) and unfortunately
John Merrington has gone off his Radar.. and lost touch when he left LOF...maybe someone else knows where John M is?
News Date 01st Nov 2013
My thanks to Martin Higham who posted on the message board a couple days ago...
Here are some photos he sent....
News Date 29th Oct 2013
Anyone know Trevor Higginson ?|
I am the widow of the above and am seeking information about my husband's service with LOF from 1968 to 1973.
He was a second engineer, I believe, and at the time was married to Maureen and has 2 children Gwenyth and Adrian.
Trevor was born in Plymouth in 1945.
Trevor sadly passed away on 13 December 2013 after many years of poor health but he loved talking about his years at sea.
He used to relate the tales of mischief he used to get up to with his pal Tommy, who had ginger hair and came from the Newcastle
Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I try to gather an archive for his children. Trev married 4 times.
I was his 4th and final wife. But over time his paperwork and photos were lost due to numerous house moves.
News Date 09th Oct 2013
Looking for a Relative ? Dudley Pearce (1958?)|
I found your website whilst looking for anything I could find on the LOF Oil tanker “The London Resolution”. It was most interesting.
A relative of mine visited Australia in 1958, docking in Melbourne, Victoria. I think he was the Captain, but could be wrong. His name was Dudley and I think the surname was Pearce. He was from Scotland I think. We called him Uncle Dudley.
I am trying to track him down or members of his family.
Can you suggest where I might find a list of sailors on the ship, or where I could go to find more info.
So Guys anyone got info on this Gent.....
Anyone know 'where' the records went from the General Council of British Shipping in Cardiff - they were 'donated somewhere' a few
years ago - again info appreciated....Contact Me
News Date 03rd Oct 2013
I started service with LOF in December 1964 when I joined the London Harmony at Thames Haven. Having encountered and seen through the mutiny of the Chinese crew I carried on for another nine happy months with an Indian crew. During this time we visited ports in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf and Europe.
In November 1965 I joined the London Banker in Houston Texas where we took on rice as a gift to the Vietnamese people and discharged it to North and South Viet Nam. After that we dry docked in Japan, loaded a ship full of various goods (as seen on the stowage plan) and took them back to Canada and cities in the Great Lakes. I flew home from Chicago. This was also a nine month trip.
Lastly, I joined the Overseas Adventurer in Bombay sometime in mid 1966 (checking dates) went to Singapore, and continued our return trip to Europe via many ports around the East and West African coastline. Again this was a nine month trip dis-embarking in Denmark in 1967.
I retired two years ago at the age of 64.
News Date 03rd Oct 2013
There really hasn't been a lot of contact over the last couple of months..... I am very busy with my Councillor work on major 'planning' issues with have in our small town. I am back and forth to hospital almost weekly, and at the doctors pretty regularly as well.
My mobility is getting poor, and the consultant has told me that if he carries out an operation on my leg/ankle, there is a 40% chance of my loosing my leg? - plus we are still trying to clear up my late fathers affairs, plus major renovations going on in our little bungalow?
News Date 09th August 2013
Besides being away recently, my fathers affairs to sort and my own regular visit to the doctors or hospital, I have 'missed; some of our
good friends 'anniversaries.....
Tom March Passed away 11/08/2007
Jean Kirkham Memorial @ her funeral
News Date 30th July 2013
News from Australia via Rita Walker|
Gi’day as they say in Oz
Bob ‘Black Bart’ Turner was my Junior on The London Explorer when I was 4th Engineer way back in 1973.
The trip ended for me when I burned my feet and legs in Bombay and was sent off to a Bombay hospital. The experience
is something I should write a book about, I still have the nightmares!
I hadn’t seen Bob for 40 years. He just rung me from Melbourne a couple of weeks ago saying he was coming to Perth so
we got together for a chat and a couple of beers. It was great seeing him again.
When I rolled up to meet him I was looking for a guy with lots of hair and a big bushy beard, not the case! I think we have both
changed a little bit over the years.
Bob must have sent the tale back to his old local paper in Barrow in Furnace. Anyway see the link below for the story and a couple of photos.
Bob Turner, now living in Melbourne, was reading through a website for the now defunct shipping company he worked for
in the 1970s. He came across the name of an engineer he worked with on the SS London Explorer.
The last time he saw Scotsman Campbell Dobie was
while berthed in Bombay. A nasty accident saw
Campbell badly scald
They then lost
contact until Bob’s exploration of the web site
for former employers, London and Overseas
Bob had already
made arrangements to attend the wedding of
fellow Barrovian and Vickers Rugby Union Club
A Check of the
Perth phone book produced a number and Mr Dobie
received a surprise when asked if he was the
Mr Turner moved
to Australia in 1976 and is now enjoying
retirement as is Mr Dobie – who continued his
career as a
News Date 02nd July 2013
A trip to Ireland.....|
After 3 recent deaths, friends and family including my 88 year old Dad, I needed to pay our respects to a good friend of ours Maurice Gamble, although not a LOF employee, I have known Maurice and Wendy for over 30 years, Maurice and I sailed together on Cruise ships.. Maurice died of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) a not very pleasant way to go at only 60 years old.
Whilst in Northern Ireland I caught up with Ex Elect/Off Norman Neil,
Norman is keeping very well and keeps fit by walking his (2) dogs.
Unfortunately wife Valerie is in a nursing home..... many thanks Norman
for the visit....
(l) Norman N.... 70 years Young.... (r) R.G. 61 years Young.
No longer fishing but enjoys an afternoon 'Scotch and water'
News Date 01st June 2013 Thanks
to Bernie Gill....|
Jean's funeral service was well attended with aprox 40 persons present. The closing piece of music was the same as chosen at the
end of Jack's funeral, for continuity.
Jean's ashes will be taken to France where, following a small ceremony, they will be scattered at the same location as Jack's.
ps....I have sent a cheque to Mr K
Battersby on behalf of LOF News.... (R.G.)
News Date 29th May 2013
Jean Kirkham RIP|
I don't think I will be able to attend as my own father passed away on Saturday and am tied up with his affairs.
I will make a donation to Bolton Hospice on behalf of LOF News from our fund for these events.....
Family flowers only. Donations 'in lieu' to:-
Bolton Hospice, Queens Park Street, Off Chorley New Road, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 4QT
However donations can be sent via Jean's brother and sister-in-law ( Keith and Freda) as:-
Mr & Mrs K. Battersby, 461 Bolton Road, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3BJ.
News Date 01st May 2013
Jean unfortunately is back in hospital after having had a fall.
Today is the anniversary of the passing away of Jack Kirkham in 2005
News Date 28th April 2013 Good to meet up
with Mr & Mrs S.....|
Really good to meet up with Bob &
Margaret Stinchcombe, whilst we were holidaying in the Swansea area.
News Date 16th April 2013
A nice picture of the
'Overseas Courier' from Tony Tucker - The 'Courier' was acquired in 1960
and sold in 1969
News Date 16th April 2013
News Date 15th April 2013
David (Di) Walker (2nd Eng|
It is with great sadness and regret to inform the death of Dave Walker.
News Date 12th April 2013
Greetings from Harrogate.....|
Many thanks to Roger and Lindsay, for a very pleasant few hours
catch up, whilst we were having a weekend break in the Harrogate
area last week....
Lindsay and Roger are keeping well and are looking forward to
News Date 05th April 2013
I am sorry but I have had no further news of Jean Kirkham, I have been waiting for her family to inform me of a mobile phone that they were supposed to be buying for her.
Both myself and Carl Parkin are unable to attend Tony Bragg's funeral due to previous appointments and Carl is due back with Stenna on the morning of the funeral. Tony was not and as far as I am away never married. He has a sister who has not been very well.
We remember old friends and shipmates,
John Dunsmore who sadly past away in April 2010
We remember the tragic loss of the 'London Valour' on the 9th April
We celebrate birthdays for Dave Lawrence and for our good friend no longer with us Tom March who would have been 72
I am hoping to visit South Wales at the end of April, and will be in touch with our LOF friends in a week or so.....
News Date 20th March 2013
Tony Bragg (Ex 3rd Eng)|
Thanks to Carl Parkin for informing us on the passing away of Tony, I have no further information at present, Tony had just recently
'Retired' as Harbour Master of Brightlingsea in Essex.....
News Date 20th March 2013
From Eric Hill.....|
I wish to inform you that I am organising with the Commune of Genoa ( Town Hall) and the Navy a commemoration of the London Valour in our church where the bell is in custody and used for the services.
You are all invited to participate and I would appreciate if you could pass the word around to all those who came to Genoa in 2010 and any others who may be interested.
The service will be on 9th April in the Church of the Holy Ghost in Distacco di Piazza Marsala at 10.30am.
I trust that you and your families are well.
My best regards,
British Consulate Genoa
Piazza G. Verdi, 6/A - 16121 Genoa
Tel.: +39 010 574 00 71
Fax: +39 010 530 40 96
News Date 17th March 2013
Contact and LOF News...|
The e-mail address associated with the website has been well and truly 'hacked' considering it has been in the public domain for 10 years, I am surprised it has lasted as long.....
A new link address will be created shortly....
News Date 24th February 2013
Passing on of Trevor Foster (Ex Counties)|
Full Name : Trevor James Foster
He lived in Brighton for the last years of his life, but he moved around a lot after leaving the sea as he worked for
Super Heater and then the Central Electricity Generating Board constructing power stations.
He was 83 years old when he died.
Dad sailed on the following Counties ships:
Name of Ship Engagement Final Discharge Rating
S.S. King James 16.09.50 14.08.52 5th. and 4th. Engineer
M.S. King Alfred 20.11.52 05.06.53 3rd. Engineer
S.S. King Edgar 06.07.53 04.02.54 2nd. Engineer
M.V. King Alexander 24.04.54 24.11.54 2nd. Engineer
M.V. King Malcolm 06.12.54 20.05.55 2nd. Engineer
S.S. Akti Hill 02.05.55 14.11.55 2nd. Engineer
S.S. Tulse Hill 05.03.56 10.03.58 Chief Engineer
News Date 22nd February 2013
Request National Maritime Museum.|
Librarian and Researchers are asking for information about either - 'Overseas Pioneer' or 'Overseas Explorer'
in regards to an accident during the period 1980 to 1986 which took place in Livorno Italy.
of these ships were sold scrapped by the period mentioned - so think
maybe their dates are erroneous...
News Date 06th February 2013
Firstly my apology for the guys in Manchester, my visit this weekend
was a very short notice event.
Myself and Connie made a visit to Jean Kirkham, who as you are
aware is not too well....she is at present in a Nursing home in Bolton.
She was so pleased to see us and we spend a couple of hours with
her, her Grand-daughter Gemma was also there and we covered
a lot of LOF memories.
I am not sure how long Jean will be at this particular Nursing home,
and had the impression she may well be on the move.
If you would like to send Jean a card the address at present is:
Meadow Bank House
News Date 27th January 2013
Back in time....How to join a ship.....Bring your own Bed !!!!!|
This joining letter sent to me by Tony Tucker whose father-in-law was the late Capt
Maxwell MacKenzie who was joining a Counties ship in December 1937.....
In reply to your letter of yesterday
we would advise you that it our practice not to
supply bedding to the Officers and Engineers of the
steamer, but to pay them a fixed allowance in respect
of amount under N.N.B Rules. It will be therefore
necessary for you to take your own bedding across to
Amsterdam. We have already advised you to this
effect, but by a mistake we were addressing letters
to Norman instead of Maxwell MacKenzie.
You must join the ship in Amsterdam not
Editors note..... I have been to Dunnet
By Thurso many years ago on a Motorcycle tour, towards the Orkney
Islands. In 1937 transport
News Date 20th January 2013
My thanks to Christine (Sproxston) who
tracked down Gordon for me, several people have been asking about him.
Gordon I am happy to say is very well and
is now 94 years young.....he goes out most days either on the bus
or metro into
News Date 18th January 2013
Last year 81 year old Gordon... Ex Catering Officer carried out a sponsored sky-dive.....
Standing at the
open door of a plane. 81 year old Gordon Lazarus
The former Royal
and Merchant Navy catering Officer has had a
News Date 18th January 2013
Greeting from Down Under....
News Date 05th January 2013
Bens big day is coming......
News Date 05th January 2013 David Meare - Ex R/Off
Here we are another year and one that seemed so impossibly distant when I was just a lad in LOF.
I had my 69th birthday at the beginning of December and decided that it was time to call it a day and stop working for a living. I had never intended to carry on so long but each year they'd asked me to stay on and as I was happy enough working there and had a pretty free hand in what I did, it wasn't a huge decision to make.
The winters of the past few years had made the 70 mile trip over the moors to work each day, just a bit wearing so I decided to call it quits this year before the snow and ice came. I must say that being driven out of bed much later in the mornings by the cat yowling for his breakfast, is more acceptable that an alarm clock set for 5:30am .
News Date 04th January 2013
Happy Birthday Jean K....|
Wishing Jean a Very Happy Birthday for the 3rd January, I have spoken with her on a few
occasions in the last few months. Jean is undergoing various tests for Cancer... nothing yet
conclusive. She is now back in the UK and residing with her brother.
The house in Brittany is mothballed and the car has long been sold.
Jean very much would like to keep in contact with old friends and shipmates.
If you would like to contact her I can pass on the phone number. She doesn't check her
e-mail very often.
Jean travelled with her Chief Engineer husband 'Jack' for a number of years.
It was always their dream to reside in France and live the 'good life' which for a number of
years they managed.
Jack was still able to follow one of his 'hobbies' horse racing and the odd bet or two.....
I was very pleased to visit Jean after Jacks passing on, whilst we were on holiday in France a
few years ago..... a lovely peaceful place.
Wishing Jean the very best for the future.....
During January we remember shipmates who
are no longer with us....
Celebrating Birthdays this month....
Date 01st January 2013 A Happy New
I was a simple
employee of the company and had no part in its management.
Wishing everyone around the globe a Happy New and Peaceful Year ahead.
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