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Warmington 16th October 2017
you who attended the Reunion Luncheon at the Novotel last May will
recall that I made an appeal for someone to come forward and take over
the organisation of this annual event from Nell and I. We have been the
organisers for the last eleven years and we feel that it is time. I am
pleased to announce that retired Chief Engineer Officer, David Jewkes
and his partner, Helen, have agreed to take it on. For those who do not
know him, David spent his whole career at sea with P&O, P&O Princess and
Carnival and retired in 2013.
We have now completed our
handover and therefore in early November David will be the one
circulating the details of next year’s Reunion Luncheon which is due to
take place in Southampton on the 4th May. In the meantime, if
you need to contact him, his telephone number is 01902 700338, and the
email address that he has set up for the Reunion
the time being, I will continue to be the originator of the “P&O News”
messages that are sent out from time to time, and which usually advise
when one of our number has ‘crossed the bar’.
10th May 2017
"Peter Crane has informed me that Captain Derek Hansing is now 86 and is
living in a Care Home in Hindhead, Surrey, where he rarely has visitors
because his son lives and works in Japan. If you know Derek Hansing and
you live in the vicinity, could I ask you to give consideration to
The address is: Langham Court, Huntingdon House Drive, Hindhead, Surrey,
GU25 6BG. Telephone number: 01428 606143.
Peter recommends that you telephone beforehand.
Finally, my thanks to all those who sent messages to say how much they
enjoyed the Reunion Luncheon last Friday.
E-mail me for a list of those attending:-
On an exposed hill in Dover’s St. Mary’s Cemetery, a once forgotten memorial
commemorates the final resting place of 22 Lascars lost when P&O’s Maloja
struck a mine off Dover pier, 100 years ago.
Forgotten that is until Miss Leah Baker, contacted P&O Heritage, who
commissioned the refurbishment of this important monument.
You could do
no better than get yourself a copy of Des Cox's wonderful DVD.
It opens with rare footage of
Chusan, then Orcades, Himalaya, Oronsay, Orsova, Arcadia, Oriana and
is in hospital having suffered a stroke.
Now in UK, Tony
is safely in the hands of Hillingdon Hospital, where his condition, which
includes paralysis of his right side, is receiving excellent medical care in
what is likely to be a lengthy phase of rehabilitation. He has speech
therapy at the hospital and with plenty of encouragement and work, could
progress with his writing and speech. He has good mobility in his left arm
On leaving the
training ship Worcester, Tony joined P&O group, obtaining his Master’s
certificate in 1972 and later joining Overseas Containers Limited (OCL) as a
cargo superintendent. After a stint with the North Sea operations of Ocean
Inchcape (OIL) he acted as a marine consultant in Papua New Guinea, Saudi
Arabia and Nigeria. In recent years he has been stationed in Lagos, Nigeria
where, until his illness, he was a marine superintendent.
morale and the recovery process might easily benefit from knowing former
shipmates are thinking of him.
hospital, west of London near Heathrow, has visiting hours of 1400-2000.
Former P&O officer Mike Brace, who has been among
visitors, adds: “If he can be added to a Christmas card list or receive
letters from friends and colleagues, this will go a long way to assisting
Hartwell, Alderbourne Rehabilitation
01895 279661), Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Rd, Uxbridge UB8 3NN.
Note: Tony's formal title is: Sir Francis Anthony
Charles Peter Hartwell, 6th Baronet, of Dale Hall, Essex.
"I’ve just returned from a most enjoyable
cruise aboard the very handsome 'Aegean Odyssey', operated by Voyages to
Antiquity. As an ex-seafarer from the so-called ‘Golden Age of Ocean Travel’
I have never really been too keen to go on one of the modern-day cruise
ships with all their crowds and endless entertaining, including ‘rock
climbing, ice rinks, shopping malls
and you name it,
but this trip was arranged by our own Maritime Memories people, who are also
ex seafarers and know just what us old shipmates really enjoy aboard going
This is the third cruise I’ve done with Maritime
first one being when they arranged to take nearly 200 of us (including
Arctic Convoy Veterans) on a voyage back to Murmansk, which was absolutely
amazing. On that voyage they managed to involve armed forces from Norway,
Russia and the UK, who all helped to work together to commemorate those WW2
convoys and to finally get the importance of the roles they played to our
government, and to play a major part in ensuring those veterans were awarded
a very special medal for their services." Jim Evans.
information on next year’s Maritime Memories cruises then just give Des and
Ulla a call: 00
44 (0) 1273 585391 or email them
Farewell to 'The Love Boat'......
It will be recalled
that in late 2014, I circulated the news that Spirit of London/Sun Princess
was still operating 42 years after she was built and sailing under the name
Ocean Dream. Under Chinese ownership, she was operating 3 day cruises from
Laem Chabang in Thailand.
This information had
been passed to me by Julian Hustwitt, ex Assistant Purser, who now lives in
Julian has now been
in contact with me again, and I have also since heard from others that,
sadly, the ship sank at her moorings on Saturday 27 February.
It seems that when I
originally wrote, her Chinese owners had probably already been declared
insolvent. Consequently they had abandoned the ship some months before and
left her, unmanned, without even a watchman, anchored about 2km off Laem
Chabang. Last week, she started to take in water, rolled over and now lies
partially submerged (see photo attached).
It is reported that
the Thai authorities have so far been unsuccessful in their efforts to
contact the owners re her removal.
The following was received on
12th February 2016:-
I am Kenneth (Ken) Snoding and I
served as a Bellboy on the SS Strathaird in 1959/60 at the
age of 17, completing four round trips to Sydney from
During one of the trips I met and fell in love with a
beautiful young lady, about my age, who was emigrating with
her parents. At that time I was a steward in the lounge
serving coffees etc. When working I often sang Frank Sinatra
songs, and I noticed a beautiful young lady standing against
the ship's rail listening to me. We got talking and
eventually dated when we docked at Sydney. I met her parents
and I remember walking hand in hand with her across Sydney
We planned on meeting again on my next trip, but I got
myself into trouble with the Australian police by drinking
under age and causing a disturbance. I was sentenced to ten
days in Sydney prison, of which I served 4 days. I assume
that P&O got me released early as the ship was sailing.
Therefore, I never got to meet the lovely young lady again.
I Since married and have had four lovely children with my
Just after the birth of my third child I received a letter
from one of the girl's friends in Australia saying that the
girl had been pining all those lost years and would not go
out of the house and socialise, hoping one day I would
return to her.
I was involved in family life and, alas, never replied to
Being an honest guy I have always had a feeling of guilt.
And now that circumstances have changed in recent months (I
have lost both my wife and daughter through illness) I have
found that my guilt of letting her down is now more
Sadly, over the years, my memory of her name has gone.
But the memories of our short relationship linger on.
So I think it would be honourable of me to try to contact
this lady and explain the circumstances of that time in our
I am hoping that by publishing this on your website it would
jog someone's memory and perhaps they could contact me on email@example.com.
I am going on a cruise later in October this year, with my
two sisters, from Singapore to Sydney. It would be lovely to
maybe meet for a coffee so that I could make amends.
Kind Regards and Best Wishes,
Ken Snoding (Northampton, England)
The true story of a
19 year-old California surfer who stows away on two passenger liners and
circumnavigates the world in 79 days. Tag along as he learns the lessons of
shipboard survival and how to circumvent Immigration, Customs, and port
security officials. Join the stowaway as he poses as a passenger during the
day...and sleeps in shipboard restrooms at night! Travel with him on SS
Iberia from Hawaii to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the Suez Canal,
Egypt, Spain, Portugal, and the ship's final destination, England. Discover,
as he does, that there's only one dangerous way to finally get ashore
undetected. Join him throughout Britain as he searches desperately to find a
way back to the States without having a passport or even a driver's license.
And come aboard once again as he stows away on SS Canberra to cross the
Atlantic and finally reach home. Twelve action-packed chapters and an
epilogue provide a first-hand account of a truly remarkable coming-of-age
Heritage's excellent ships fact sheets are full of useful information and cover
over 2,000 ships over 100 tons (grt).
Many ships names
were used more than once! To distinguish between ships we have included the date
that each ship entered service.
P&O acquired over
40 different shipping lines worldwide and many of these had several different
company names. Select a shipping line from their excellent drop down list.
ships' logs and
ships' movements with
If you can't
find the ship you are looking for it may not be a P&O ship. Use their
links to help you find
other resources .
Their date slider
uses the P&O service dates for each ship. Choose a wider date range if you don't
know when the ship was in P&O service.
You can buy prints
or photographs in their secure online shop.
They have over
12,000 photographs, which they are gradually adding to their site.
Let me know if you want to sell
anything P&O related - provenance required!
David Austin would like to
make contact with Judy Corkhill who was a telephonist on board Chusan
Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have now moved to a
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Preserve us from
the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy; that we may be a
safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lord, King George, and his
Dominions, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful
occasions; that the inhabitants of our Island may in peace and quietness serve
thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the
land, with the fruits of our labours, and with a thankful remembrance of thy
mercies to praise and glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. From the Book of Common Prayer - forms of prayer to be used
1914-15 Star; The British War Medal, 1914-1920; The Victory Medal, 1914-19. AKA:
"Pip, Squeak and Wilfred".
The P&O Company
lost 85 ships in the 1914-1918 War, the majority of them cargo ships going about
their lawful occasions.....
Each ship has a
story to tell; every man and woman a tale of fortitude and courage in adversity.
You may have relatives who served - if so I would love to hear about them for
inclusion in a section dedicated to this great endeavour.
I believe there is a story that P &O asked permission of the Admiralty for
their deck officers to be allowed to wear swords. The response was that they
could if the sword were worn in the middle and was made of wood. This of course
may well be apocryphal!
However, after a certain amount of
research into my P&O archives, I discover that such swords did exist, and were
worn - not as dress swords - but as razor sharp fighting swords.
A Victorian P&O line officer's sword, of naval officer's pattern, slightly curved fullered blade 29" by Maynard, Harris & Grice, 126 Leadenhall St, London (the
style of the firm 1869-78) etched with rising sun over fouled anchor within
tightly scrolled panels, regulation brass hilt incorporating rising sun over
fouled anchor, turn down inner section, lion's head pommel, wirebound sharkskin
grip, brass mounted leather scabbard.
And here's a
Victorian P&O sword belt buckle, which is part of the National Maritime Museum's
The NMM has a small
collection of P&O artefacts, but would appreciate any examples of gold braid,
badges of rank, etc
have an excellent range of greetings
cards and posters featuring P & O, including cards
romancing the early days of the Cruise Ships, Voyages of Pleasure, Mermaids, Far
Away destinations, Feluccas on the Nile, Maritime Transportation, etc.
More Orient Line ships
Any photos, memories
etc greatly appreciated!
Please click the link above to view
the work in progress.
- my all-time favourite ship....
e-mailed me to say purchased this painting of the Chusan from a market
in Singapore over 10 years ago .. It is signed by Edward Beckett ..
This fine painting, oil on canvas,
also by Edward Beckett, formerly graced the "mahogany corrider" at Vickers
Shipbuilders at Barrow-in-Furness. 'Ted' Beckett was the principal artist used
by the shipyard from the late 1940s until his retirement in the early 1980s. He
provided impressions of projected and implemented ship designs as a means of
promoting the Yard and selling potential orders.
I was delighted to hear from Chusan's
former Staff Captain Joe Chapman, and Lilias, now residing in Cornwall.
Posted 9th January 2016.
I visited former Third Engineer
Officer Edward (Ted) Pooley today, who lives near Shaftesbury. He wishes to be
remembered to all those who sailed with him aboard such ships as Socotra,
Somali, Soudan, Cannanore and Arcadia pre-1961. Posted 20th
My grateful thanks to Diana
Borcherds (nee French), for some super photos! Serving first with the Orient
Line as a WAP, then as a Social Hostess, she amassed a superb collection of
photographs, taken all over the world - many of which will be featured in due
Strathmore as you've
(probably!) never seen her before...
The P&O liner
Strathmore, on the tranquil waters of a new Zealand lake...
Underway again in all
This beautiful model was made by
Dick Hopper - who has also built Union Castle's Pretoria Castle and Shaw
Savill's Northern Star to the same 1/96th scale.
Presumably, the Union
Castle and the Shaw Savill, as overtaking vessels under the
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at
Sea, will keep
clear of the P&O? It looks as if Strathmore is already going full
astern on both engines!
Radio Officer Don
Chapman has sent me some great photos of Chusan and Strathaird and I will
shortly be starting a Radio Officer's web page - so please do let me have
any (printable!) reminiscences and photos for this important archive.
Dip into decades of P&O's
history from paddle steamers to passenger liners and ports. Experience over
175 years of life at sea and ashore with P&O, in this wonderful P&O Heritage
Posted on 7th
The P&O Medical Society was started in 1997 with
members made up of doctors and nurses who were or are employed by
P&O/Carnival, plus associates who are nominated by members and have had a
close connection to the medics. We have a reunion every year in various
parts of the UK plus a quarterly newsletter. This year, 2013, our venue
was St Petroc's Bistro and Hotel in Padstow, one of Rick Stein's
establishments, which proved a very enjoyable and cheery occasion. Next
year we shall be returning to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club on Saturday
22 March for luncheon, with an hour's reception beforehand at our
treasurer's home in Southampton. Anyone interested in joining please
contact Cyndy Sandum, Honorary Secretary, by email
4th October 2013
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