Roy Gerstner


Message from Bob Blake regarding the article you have just posted. Bob says he remembers Archie Coulter and Andy Dow. He joined the Overseas Discoverer on 26 February 1972, his first trip to sea, and both guys would have been on the ship. Bob is very much alive and kicking!! […]

Update Andy Dow & Archie Coulter + Bob Blake


Received this on Saturday 13th April.. Met up with Archie Coulter and his good lady today. We sailed together on the Overseas Discoverer back in 1971. We recognised each other straight away and had a really good chinwag. Most of the guys who were on that ship at that time […]

Good meet-up Archie Coulter & Andy Dow


It is regrettable that due to the message-board being attacked by spammers daily over a considerable time, I have to close this message-board down, as it has been very time consuming to keep the ‘spammers out’ and to ensure that those registered are not targeted by malware or viruses – […]

Message Board To Close Down



Friend and husband of Ray – Sheila Appleyard passed away on this day 2016 May she rest in piece. All departed friends and ship mates, Tom March, Jerry Lee and Sheila Appleyard.

In Memoriam


I know there is very ‘slow’ news here these days, however I must stress my passion for LOF, its history, personnel and management has inspired many of us to greater things in life. Another year passes by and it is unfortunate that most posts these days are about another ‘old […]

18 Years Of LOF News – Merry Christmas


Sculpture unveiled to commemorate the crew of the bulk carrier Derbyshire, whose loss ‒ after years of campaigning by the seafarers’ families ‒ left a legacy of improved safety standards throughout the industry… A permanent memorial to the 44 people who died when the UK-flagged bulk carrier Derbyshire sank in […]

Plaque for Derbyshire



Today 12th September a final farewell to TT – unfortunately I could not attend. My thanks to those who haver contacted me to support the LOF Anchor Wreath and shipmates who have previously sponsored this befitting memorial. This is a picture the florist sent me this morning…. The card reads […]

Final Farewell – Tony Tierney


Further to my posting on the 04th September. I can confirm that arrangements have been made to have a LOF Anchor Wreath/Tribute accompany Tony at his funeral on the 12th September. I do not have Tony’s sisters postal address only an e-mail and I have been in contact with her […]

Tony Tierney Update