HELLO AND WELCOME TO MY WEB SITE
OF SHIPS FROM LONG AGO
This website is dedicated to all who are
interested in ships and the sea, including ship builders, port workers,
ship managers and of course all seamen, and those seamen who sailed the ships in
the days when ships really were ships, and Great Britain had a Merchant Fleet
that we could all be proud of.
I was a crew member on board all of the ships,
that are listed and underlined below during the 1940s. It is now many years
since I have left the sea, and all these ships have long since gone, some due to
the savagery of the sea, there were strandings, fires, one scuttled at sea, while others
have finished up in a ship breakers yard.
One or two unforgettable incidents are also
mentioned, such as the destroyer H.M.S WIZARD, (held together with two railway
lines), the tragedy of the submarine TRUCULENT, sinking after a collision in the
Thames approaches. Then there was the tragedy of the SAMTAMPA and the Mumbles
Lifeboat "EDWARD, PRINCE OF WALES", Also who can forget the epic of the FLYING
ENTERPRISE in January 1951.
Over 300 ships are mentioned on this site).
CLICK FOR LIST
For all those who
remember the dark days of war, (and for those too young), I make no excuse for
including my Favourites "THE RAFT"
for this months mystery photo. Answer, if you can.
Can you remember (or forget) the stench of
a crushed bug/s in the individual metal cups supporting your bunk, or of
cockroaches, at least 3 inch's long. Or on a more lighter note, being peggy, and washing up in a zinc bucket after a meal,
then emptying the
dirty dish water over the side, and hearing the tinkle of a knife or fork as it was
lost for ever. "TINKLE, TINKLE LITTLE SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK WILL FOLLOW SOON"
and they certainly did. Remember the storms that smashed the crockery,
leaving you to drink your tea out of a jam jar, (if you were lucky enough to
find one). Can you remember a salt water shower, with salt water soap, or even
having to bath in a bucket next to the ships boilers.
IF YOU CAN REMEMBER ANY OF THESE,
Any information, no matter how small, or trivial
it may seem, could be helpful in verifying facts in other information received.
I hope that you enjoy this site, but please
contact me with any ideas and suggestions that you think will
improve this site.