MERCHANT SHIPS OF LONG AGO

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).

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M.V ADVISER M.V ARBROATH S.S ARNEWOOD  
M.V BEACHY S.S CARNDUFF S.S EMPIRE ISLANDER
S.S EMPIRE TUDOR M.V FIRMITY S.S FORT LA BAYE
S.S GLENCULLEN S.S GRACEHILL M.V KILKENNY
M.V ROXTON S.S SAMLISTAR S.S SCOTTISH HEATHER

S.S TOURMALINE

S.S WILD ROSE

S.S WITHROW PARK       

 

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" & "THE MERCANTILE MARINE".

H.M SUBMARINE TRUCULENT      M.V  FERMONT FLYING ENTERPRISE
S.S SAMTAMPA      H.M.S WIZARD GRAVESEND SEA SCHOOL
THE MERCANTILE MARINE      THE RAFT

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            Click 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,

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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. 

 

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