Selection of Comments from Site Visitors: 2019 

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24/12/2019 Benedict Hi, Not sure you'd be interested but thankyou for your site - and research. My father H Craggs on attached image, Captain in the Royal Artillery, landed at Salerno in September 1943 - this must have been the send-off meal - and looks special for the time and for the ship. Best wishes, Chris Craggs
20/11/2019 Tower Hill I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE SITE. IT IS TOTALLY AWESOME!! (UNFORTUNATELY MY SIGHT IS IMPAIRED, HENCE THE CAPS). I TOOK A SCREEN SHOT OF PANEL 10 – ARTHUR F CORWIN CRAIG, WALTER SON I TOOK A SCREEN SHOT OF PANEL 27 – CINGALESE PRINCE CRAIG, WILLIAM FATHER I FOUND MY OWN GRAND FATHER JUST RECENTLY BURIED AT FOGO, NFLD. YOU’VE DONE A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU AND KINDEST REGARDS. DIANE.
31/10/2019 Lucida of London Hello, Brian! My goodness - all that information, amazing! You have it all at your fingertips. Thank you so much. I have written a book called A Tribute to the Women of Gourdon, a fishing village in North East Scotland where I grew up, in facilitating the fishing industry over many years. It is on the village Museum website - the Maggie Law Maritime Museum. However, it is my booklet about the men of the village who served, and died or survived in WW1 that led me to your website. I wrote it as part of Museum's Commemoration of the end of the War in 2018. I am now extending it and the website manager is very helpful, for example providing a lovely front cover. I had done it in some haste and am glad to be improving it. I might send it to you as an attachment once completed? Meantime thank you very much for sharing your wealth information on the type of ship the Lucida was. It is most generous and most helpful. I will incorporate it in an Appendix and acknowledge the source, of course. I was planning a short Appendix which can now be fuller and more comprehensive thanks to you. The Gourdon man who lost his life was John Stewart, a sort of in-law type relative. Much appreciated. Celia
28/10/2019 Pacific Shipper Hi Brian, I was surprised and delighted to find your web site today and particularly so to find my Dad’s ship, the Pacific Shipper, on which he served during WW2. I have quite a bundle of material relating to his service years which, if it is of any interest, I’d be pleased to share. There are log books, note books, photos of ship and crew. Please do let me know if this is of any interest to you. Meanwhile, here’s a photo of the crew, probably taken in 1944. Cheers, Peter Rodger
16/09/2019 Athenia Brian, I'm sitting trawling the internet as usual looking for stuff to buy relating to the Athenia and came across your site. My maternal grandad was a cook onboard at the time of the sinking. When the story broke of the watch being looked after by the cook and then the wreck was found I was contacted by my local press for a story. I also contacted Riverside museum to arrange to visit Emily Malcolmson who looks after their exhibit. It would be great to now go see them at the Riverside as my grandad is in the photo of all the cooks. My grandad did survive to be handed at Galway. But he passed away shortly after due to his injuries. My nanny was never given a war widows pension..left with 6 kiddies. Very sad indeed. You have a great site. Regards, Carolann Cameron.
20/08/2019 WW2 Rangoon Brian, I like your website. I read with interest Richard Crow’s recollections of pre-war Rangoon. My grandfather James McDonald was based in Rangoon at this time and I believe left shortly before the Japanese invasion. I was told he was an engineer in the Port of Rangoon. He was born in Govan, Glasgow and I have a recollection that he had worked at one time for the Paddy Henderson Line. Regards, Alan McDonald
12/06/2019 Ship Identification Brian, It is sometime since we communicated and you and your friends identified the ship my father was on. I have a little more information and I thought you would like to have a small update, confirmation and thus closure on this little project. Last week I finally received my fathers original service records (not a transcribed version from the 90's) and can now confirm 100% that he was on the Tabinta when he returned from the far east. It seems the manifest and passenger records were destroyed in the 1970's but I did find the route and ports the Tabinta docked at by reviewing Dutch newspapers. He left Singapore on the 2 Dec 1947, travelled via the Suez Canal and arrived at Southampton on the 26 Dec 1947, therefore I can now also date the picture. Sadly, I lost my mother a month ago before I found the latter this week but she was very pleased to know which ship he was on, therefore and again, a big thank you from my Mum and myself, to one and all. Nige.
10/06/2019 Tuscan Star Hi Brian. It is fantastic to use the internet for such positive purposes. It would be a privilege to see my Grandfather's own words adding to the existing body of knowledge. I have attached the scanned documents - please do let me know if you have any difficulties accessing these. My father (John's eldest son) understands that his role was Engineer (possibly 2nd Engineer). The account was written circa 1970 - John wrote this for the Dorset and Bournemouth Constabulary magazine. Thank you once again for your interest. Kind regards, Jo
09/06/2019 Bonnington Court Hi Brian, My Dad was on the Bonnington Court - he always carried a photo of Wally - I suppose that must be William - in his wallet until he died aged 90 in 2007. In the picture, Wally is wearing a dirty vest, standing on deck of Bonnington, holding a filthy rag at arms length. Apparently, the bomb went down the funnel, straight into the Engine room. Wally had taken my Dad's watch and we'd often go to Blackheath memorial in London to pay our respects. I also have my Dad's log book which clearly states that the crew were discharged at Sea. My dad remained in the merchant navy all his life. He ended up working for General Steam - he was the ship yard manager in Deptford when it was finally closed down. He then joined P&O, worked as consultant engineer on MV Norland and was chief engineer on that vessel until he was made to retire at 60 - when he was at the height of his career and knowledge - he loved the sea! Thank you for documenting the vessel - very interesting. Sarah Bioletti
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