ASSOCIATION OF OLD WORCESTERS
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM YOUR HONORARY SECRETARY/EDITOR
My wife, Carol, and I are extremely grateful to the members who were
kind enough to send us seasonal greetings at Christmas. Regrettably we are
unable to extend the same courtesy to all our members through the same
medium, but we wish you all a very happy 2010, especially those who are
suffering through ill health or other disabilities.
I would like to remind members that the quality and content of the
Association newsletter is very much dependant on you, the members; without
your contributions, articles of interest, news of members and sadly tributes to
those who have “Crossed the Bar” it would be a very much smaller publication,
so I look forward to receiving some interesting copy!
Finally I have to advise members that at the September Council
meeting I advised members present that due to my deteriorating health and the
work-load that falls upon me as your Secretary and Newsletter Editor that within
the next two to three years I shall have to retire as the Honorary Secretary,
probably before the 150th Anniversary celebrations. Before that event I shall
be looking for some assistance in carrying out my duties, especially with regard
to our newsletter, where I envisage the appointment of a deputy within the next
twelve months, with the intention that he would assume full editorial
responsibility with the January 2011 newsletter.
I am pleased to report that R (Bob) J.K. BALDWIN (1958), of 70.
Carlton Hill, HERNE BAY, Kent. CT6 8HR (Tel: 01227 374 236, e-mail:
email@example.com) has kindly offered to take over responsibility
for our shop goods and as from 01 February this year members wishing to
purchase any items, excluding Yacht Club stock, should contact Bob. Sale of
items at Association functions, as in the past, will continue with, it is hoped, a
local member holding a limited amount of stock and responsible to Bob.
So there it is, I have served the Association to the best of my ability
since taking over from the late C.J. WILLIS (1945) in 2002 and have thoroughly
enjoyed the task set by the then President, the late D.G. MATHEWS (1937) and
Chairman, M. A. HEDGER (1955), who accosted me at a West Country
luncheon and asked me to assist Chris for a short while during his illness!
Excluding the responsibilities carried by our Treasurer, C.J. STEERE
(1947) and Bob, it may prove necessary to appoint a number of volunteers to
assume the remaining responsibilities rather than leaving it to one person as in
the past. So if anyone feels inclined to give it a go and help our Association
into the future please would they contact myself.
G.K.C. Smith (1960)
Honorary Secretary and Editor
Merchant Navy Day Memorial Service Sunday, 06 September 2009
The Association is extremely grateful to the father and son duo, the
Captains T.A. WATSON (1936) and M.N. WATSON (1968) for representing
the Association at this annual event. The service was led by the Reverend
David POTTERTON, principal Chaplain of the Seafarers’ Society, of which our
member R.N. ADAMS (1961) is the Chief Executive Officer. The Chaplain
was assisted by representatives of the Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Roman
Catholic and Sikh faiths.
The Salute was taken by the Guest of Honour, Admiral The Lord West
of Spithead, G.C.B., D.S.C., DUniv., with Commodore Bill Walworth, O.B.E.,
R.F.A. in attendance.
Participants were invited to a pre-service reception at Trinity House
and a post-service reception at H.M.S. President.
This years Merchant Navy Day Memorial Service at Tower Hill, will
be held on Sunday, 05 September 2010.
Southampton Luncheon Sunday, 20 September 2009
Once again the Association is extremely grateful to our Council
member, J.T. MARDEN (1967), who is to be congratulated on his promotion,
in August last year, to Carnival UK’s Director of Corporate and International
Affairs, for arranging for this annual combined function of the Association and
the Old Worcesters Yacht Club, held on P & O’s liner m.v. “Arcadia” with
Commodore M.S. BURGOINE (1966) in command. On a fine sunny day some
one hundred and six members and their guests began arriving at the newly
opened Ocean Terminal alongside Ocean Dock; the dock from which the
“Titanic” departed on her ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912. After security
formalities, and with the last of the passengers disembarking, members and
their guests embarked, with those who so wished taking the guided tour around
the vessel. Those who chose not to tour the ship enjoyed coffee/light
refreshments in the Crow’s’ Nest Lounge and were later joined by the others
for the reception hosted by Commodore BURGOINE. Following the reception
a fine lunch was enjoyed in the Meridian Restaurant, with everyone
disembarking just as the first of the next voyages passengers began to embark!
Our Senior Hand for the day was N.R. KNOWLES (1943), from Bath,
Somerset, just over-hauling W.T. RICHARDSON (1943) by virtue of his age,
for they both joined in the Michaelmas term of 1941 and left in the Summer
term of 1943; the accolade for furthest traveller goes to R.P HARRIS (1959)
from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Once again it was good to see a number of
members who had not attended a function before and had not seen some of their
contemporaries for decades; we look forward to seeing them at future events.
Service of Thanksgiving Thursday, 15 Octobers 2009
Members may be unaware of this annual service, which takes place in
the Church of All Hallows-by-the-Tower, usually in October, to remember those
who have been lost at sea and for whom there is no known grave and whose
names are recorded in the Memorial Book, kept in the Mariners’ Chapel..
The service is organised by The Maritime Foundation of 202 Lambeth
Road, London. SE1 7JW, and whose Honorary President is The Countess
Mountbatten of Burma, C.B.E., C.D., D.L. Details of the service are published
in the press and invitations to attend are sent out to the families and friends of
those whose names have been entered in the Memorial Book.
Members who may wish to have the name of a relative or friend entered
in the Memorial Book should contact the Foundation for an entry form. A
charge of £45 is made for placing each name in the Memorial Book. A hand-
drawn facsimile extract of the entry, suitable for mounting and framing is also
The Association is grateful to our Chairman, who has attended this
service in a private capacity for many years, for providing the above details.
Remembrance Day Service Sunday, 08 November 2009
This years service, conducted by the vicar, the Reverend Bertrand
OLIVIER, was attended by thirty-seven members and their guests, slightly less
than last year. Following the service members and their guests crossed over to
the Merchant Navy War Memorial for the traditional Service of Remembrance
before returning to All Hallows for what has become the annual reception with
the congregation and members, following their service of Sung Eucharist.
After the church reception over thirty members and their guests
transferred to the Dickens Inn, in St. Katherine’s dock, for an enjoyable
luncheon., their usual venue in the Tower Hotel being closed for refurbishment.
The Dickens Inn is an unusual building in that it’s three storey timber framed
building was originally an eighteenth century brewery located elsewhere; in the
mid 1970s the brewery was moved, lock stock and barrel, to it’s present
Association Monthly Informal Reunions 2009.
London 3rd Monday in the month
These reunions take place at lunch-time aboard the H.Q.S.
WELLINGTON . This year has seen a slight decline in numbers attending and
it is hoped that this will improve during 2010. Members interested in attending,
especially those travelling from afar, are advised to contact R.H. SNAPE (1948)
(Tel: 020 8989 8962) prior to the meeting.
West Country Thursdays throughout the month dependant on County.
Following last years success with theses casual monthly meetings, with
the exception of the Dorset venue, these monthly meetings will continue through
2010. Those wishing to attend any of these events, together with wives, partners
and/or guests, should just turn up on the day or if concerned about a “no show”
should contact the following organisers:
Devon: P. ANDREWS (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Tel: 01803 782 345);
Cornwall: J. HINCHLIFFE (e-mail: email@example.com,
Tel: 01841 532 052);
Bristol/Somerset: W.D. FOLLEY (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Tel: 01275 394 532).
Devon Cornwall Bristol/Somerset
1st Thursday in the 2nd Thursday in the 4th Thursday in the
month at 1200. month at 1200. Month at 1200.
The Dartbridge Inn The Crown Inn The Jolly Sailor
Totnes Road Lanlivery Mead Lane
Buckfastleigh BODMIN Saltford
Devon Cornwall BRISTOL
TQ11 0JR PL30 5BT BS31 3ER
Tel: 01364 642 214 Tel: 01208 872 707 Tel: 08719 170 007
Association A.G.M. and Kent Luncheon. Saturday, 13 March 2010
Following last years successful event at this new location it will
hopefully be repeated again this year when members and their guests return to
the St. Margarets Country Club, St. Margarets-at-Cliffe, near Dover. Once again
the luncheon will be preceded by the Association Annual General Meeting,
which will commence at 1130. The luncheon will commence at 1300 and will be
a three course carvery meal. The Association A.G.M. Agenda, which will
include an abbreviated Statement of Accounts on the reverse, together with the
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, 14 March 2009, will
be circulated to members attending prior to the meeting. There will be a raffle,
as usual, and members are asked to consider donating a prize.
The ticket price is £21.00/Head and applications for tickets, on the
enclosed form should be sent to Captain R.C. LITTLE (1957). Tickets will be
issued, together with a brochure with tourist information and directions.
Members are requested to enclose a s.a.e. (Min: Size: DL—110 x 220mm) with
Accommodation is available at the hotel at a special rate of £48.00 per
room/night. to include a full English breakfast and use of the hotel health club
facilities. Members wishing to stay should contact the hotel direct, Tel: 01304
853 262, quoting “Worcester Function” when booking.
West Country Luncheon Saturday, 27 February 2010
Located at the Lord Haldon Hotel, Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon, with
the lunch commencing at 1300, and the branch A.G.M at 1200. The format will,
as usual, be a buffet lunch, with a cash bar available from 1100. Coffee, included
in the ticket price ,will be available on members arrival. The cost this year will be
£24.50/Head and tickets will not be issued, encashment of your payment being
considered as acceptance of your application.
Details of local accommodation available can be obtained from the local
Tourist Information office, the internet or in the last resort from the Honorary
Secretary. At the time of writing limited accommodation is available at the hotel
(Tel: 01392 832483; e-mail: email@example.com ). When making
a booking quote “Worcester” function as the hotel is offering a special rate.
Members are requested to book early for the above events to
facilitate catering arrangements, planning and to avoid disappointment.
Any special dietary requirements should accompany a member’s
THE ASSOCIATION OF OLD WORCESTERS
2012 REUNION AT PORTSMOUTH
The 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Thames Nautical Training College
Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd June 2012
The year 2012 will mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the
Worcester as a training ship. To celebrate the occasion, the Association Council
has decided to hold a major event, over three days in June, in the historic naval
port of Portsmouth.
The heart of the Reunion will be an all-inclusive event, with a varied
program, designed to give members the opportunity to meet up informally with
former colleagues. From initial indications we believe that there will be a strong
contingent from our members overseas and we look forward to welcoming them
to a truly international event.
Although the programme has not yet been finalised the main events over
the three days will include:-
Day one - Wednesday: Portsmouth Harbour and Solent Cruise, with Buffet,
Day two - Thursday: Visit and lunch on HMS Warrior, a ship which
internally resembles Worcester III ,
Sail past of the combined OWYC yachts. (A sort of
Formal Dinner at Portsmouth Guildhall,
Day Three - Friday: Church Service at Portsmouth Cathedral,
Luncheon at the Royal Navy & Royal Albert Yacht
Club will bring proceedings to a close.
All the venues are within walking distance and Gunwharf Quay provides
a unique and atmospheric setting with numerous cafes, restaurants and shops
overlooking the marina and harbour. The Old Worcester’s Yacht Club will be
holding its Rendezvous at the same time so Gunwhaf Quay Marina should be
packed with member’s boats, dressed overall and flying the Worcester ensign.
We cannot give a cost as yet, the whole programme will be priced by
event, with an Association subsidy, in an effort to make it affordable to all.
Members will be able to choose whether they wish to attend all, some, or just the
formal dinner in the Guildhall. However we would hope that members and their
guests will take advantage of the whole programme. Also available, close at hand
in Portsmouth Dockyard, are a multitude of attractions such as H.M.S. Victory,
the Mary Rose, the Royal Naval Museum, Action Stations and the Submarine
Museum at H.M.S. Dolphin.
In order to start finalizing the arrangements and provisionally reserving
venues and accommodation, the Association needs to get an indication of how
many Old Worcesters, their families and guests are likely to attend.
The 2012 Committee would therefore be grateful if all members could
fill in the attached ‘Expression of Interest Form’ and return it via e-mail or post
by 15 February 2010, in time for the February Council meeting. Please note that
this will in no way be taken as a commitment or firm booking but will greatly
assist the planning of the event.
THE CONWAY CLUB (NORTH-WEST)
Members are reminded that they are most welcome to attend events
organised by this branch. They meet, men only but guests welcome, for lunch on
the third Wednesday of every odd month at the Liverpool Marina, Coburg Wharf,
Liverpool and every even month at various locations around the area, for a
“Noggin & Natter, viz: 17 February at the Kilton Inn, Mere, Knutsford, 121April
at the Deganwy Castle Hotel, Deganwy, Llandudno at 1200, 16 June at the Fox
& Hounds, Barston, Wirral and 21 August at the Ship Inn, Lathom, Lancs. Any
members interested in attending any or all of these events should get in touch
with either Geoff COWAP (firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: No: 01257 462
113) or the Conway website at: www.hms.conway.org.uk.
NEWS FROM THE YACHT CLUB
Membership now stands at one hundred and ninety-eight with sixty
members holding permits to fly the Worcester ensign.
The 36th Annual General Meeting and Dinner will be held at the
Farmers’ Club, Whitehall, London on Friday, 15 January. In accordance with the
Constitution Commodore Alan DEVINE (1955) will retire and the offices of
Commodore and Vice Commodore will pass to Peter GORMLEY (1957) and
John SYRING (1954) respectively.
The 2010 Commodore’s Rendezvous will be held at the Bembridge and
Seaview Yacht Clubs, on the Isle of Wight, over the week-end of 02 - 04 July
2010. Further details will be found later on the Yacht Club website, newsletter or
through contact with the Honorary Secretary Peter GORMLEY
A Brief History
M.S. Wheeler (1959—1961)
“Golden Fleece” was built of cold moulded construction (three layers
of diagonal 6mm marine ply) to a Sparkman & Stephens design in Durban,
South Africa in 1974 for Gordon Neil, then Commodore of the Royal Natal
She represented South Africa in the 1975 Admiral's Cup at Cowes and
won the Rothman's Week in Cape Town the same year. Other ocean races in
which she successfully competed include the 1974 Agulhas Race, 1974 Vasco
Da Gama Race, 1994 Mauritius/Durban Race, 1997 Da Gama Durban East
London Race, 2000 Cape Town to Rio Race and many more. Berne Read, the
well known South African ocean sailor raced on her on many occasions. She
is almost identical to Ted Heath's 'Morning Cloud', now renamed `Opposition'.
I found “Golden Fleece” in a marina in Durban in September 1999
in a pretty sorry state. She had not been used for two or three years and was in
need of some serious TLC. However, I fell in love with her classic Sparkman
& Stephens lines and bought her (against the advice of the surveyor!) with
the intention of sailing her back to the UK. We carried out some essential work
on her in Durban and in November sailed her to Cape Town over about five
days. A challenging and rather unpleasant trip to say the least on a very nasty
part of the South African coast but satisfying to have achieved it with my 24
year old son Jason and a couple of South African guys. We saw lots of whales,
some of which were too close for comfort, and had some really bad weather.
In Cape Town I heard about the Cape Town to Rio Race starting in
January 2000 and decided to enter “Golden Fleece”. December was frantic
with only about three weeks to prepare for the race but by 08 January we were
on the start line and looking forward to some exhilarating sailing in the South
East Trades. Again our son Jason accompanied me with a couple of close
sailing friends and two ex Merchant Navy (BI) colleagues. The true condition
of “Golden Fleece” began to show after a few days out of Cape Town and
water was entering the boat from both below and above the water line! After
five days we lost all our electrics and communications and could no longer
transmit or communicate our position to the race H.Q. boat. We now had no
GPS, weather fax, chart plotter, dedicated VHF or SSB radio but fortunately
had a hand held GPS and VHF with lots of batteries plus a sextant for just such
emergencies and a torch to read the compass at night! However, from that
point on our loved ones at home had no idea of how or where we were for over
The race for us was a mixture of exhilarating sailing in the S.E.
Trades, being becalmed for two days in the South Atlantic high (we went
swimming in 5,000 metres) to being knocked down twice by a couple of violent
squalls in the middle of the night while we had the spinnaker up, however we
continued to sail, bale and pump our way across 3,640 miles to Rio in twenty-
eight days, still arriving before many of the remaining fleet.
In Rio I had to get back to business in the U.K. and left “Golden
Fleece” on a mooring, having made arrangements with a marina to take care
of her until I could get back. However, this did not happen and after a few
months I received a call from a fellow Essex yachtsman in Rio to say that my boat
was in a terrible state having broken away from her mooring, was lying on her side
on the shore almost sunk and covered in guano. A South African delivery skipper
who happened to be in Rio heard of my problem and offered to raise the boat,
pump her out, clean her, strip the engine , restore her to a seaworthy condition and
sail her back to the UK. I accepted his offer and we made an agreement based on
mileage over an agreed route based on the old clipper ship trade routes. However,
by this time I was having problems with the Brazilian authorities (Customs) as
“Golden Fleece” had now been in Brazil longer than the permitted time for a
visiting yacht and I had to engage the services of a lawyer in Rio to buy my way
out of the problem and prevent the boat from being seized! The delivery skipper
eventually did what he said he would do (almost!), departing Rio in early 2001 but
it took him 14 months instead of 7-8 weeks as I was told that many stops were
required en route, along the Brazilian coast, in the Caribbean, Bermuda and
the Azores for running repairs.... and more money was required every time!
Was it just coincidence that most of these stops just happened to be in exotic
resorts such as Forteleza during carnival time, Trinidad, Antigua during Antigua
Week and Bermuda at the end of the Newport Bermuda Race? great party times
in the Caribbean! I sometimes did not hear from the skipper for 6-8 weeks or
more and when our friends asked me where my boat was I had to honestly say
"I haven't got a clue”, she could be in the Pacific by now". Richard Mathews of
Oyster Marine put me in touch with a friend in Antigua (ex Royal Navy) who
kept me fully informed by telephone of what the delivery skipper was doing
on a daily basis in Antigua, which was quite different from the story I was getting
by e-mail from the skipper himself, so I was now seriously concerned. When I
heard that they had finally left Antigua and arrived in Bermuda I decided to take
some action. I contacted Ian Clarke (1945) and asked for his help. Ian located
“Golden Fleece” in a marina and I took a flight to Bermuda the next day, turning
up unannounced on the pontoon next to my boat at 0600 the following day. The
delivery skipper was surprised to say the least! We had a 'meaningful'
conversation during which I explained that 'party time' was over. I obtained a
weather forecast from the harbour master, provisioned and fuelled the boat and
said that I expected them (there was only the skipper plus one crew aboard) to
leave the next morning for Horta in the Azores, where I had another contact
who would let me know the minute that they arrived, which he did twelve days
later. The holiday was indeed over!
Eventually a bedraggled “Golden Fleece” arrived in Falmouth in August
2002 and I immediately went with Peter Jacobs, a close friend (one of my Cape to
Rio crew) by train to relieve the skipper of his command. Needless to say we had a
serious discussion about the payment for mileage claimed by the skipper via the
'scenic route' around the Caribbean and the initially agreed route of a much lesser
mileage. We settled on the initially agreed mileage! Peter and I sailed her back to
West Mersea which took us three days non-stop. Once back in Mersea I took a
close look at the boat and realised that she needed some serious work to restore her
to her former glory or tp walk away from her! I could not walk away and so I
had her surveyed again and then asked three boatyards to tender for the
restoration. Two were daunted by the project and turned it down but Tom
Richardson of the Elephant Boatyard in Bursledon, Hampshire came to West
Mersea to see the boat and agreed to undertake it and so in February 2004
“Golden Fleece” was transported by road to the Elephant Boatyard which was to
be her home for the next five years.
The first job was to dry her out and then strip her down to examine the
decks, hull, frames, stringers, keel and to expose just about everything that might
be concealing a problem. Water had been entering between the aluminium toe rail
and the deck and then seeping along the deck between the sub deck and the teak
overlay and also down the topsides into the ply and was particularly bad on the
port side near the electric panel which had caused us to loose our electrics and
corns on the Cape to Rio Race. Over the years this had created a considerable
amount of rotten wood in the topsides, the sub deck and some beams. This was
all cut out and in the end the entire deck was removed to the point where supports
and clamps had to be installed to maintain the hull shape while this was being
done. A new aluminium frame was also installed
The old interior of the boat was stripped out. It had been designed for
racing and had served its purpose well but our plan now was to give “Golden
Fleece”a new life as a comfortable, fast cruising boat. Tom designed the new
interior based on our requirements and suggested that as the engine also needed
serious work on it that we remove it from the centre of the saloon amidships and
reposition it beneath the companionway where the generator was located. In the
end I sold the engine on e-bay and replaced it with a new Yanmar 54 and also
disposed of the generator.
During the next five years all the rotten and questionable wood was
removed, a completely new ply sub deck was laid and the entire hull and deck
were then sheathed in epoxy. A new teak deck was then laid on top of the sub
deck. The new interior design provided a spacious double cabin forward, head and
shower, a single sofa berth to port in the main cabin opposite a 'U' shaped sofa
with table that will lower to create a double berth if necessary, a built in `fridge, a
galley to port with cool box, large chart table and navigation station aft of the
galley to port and two upper and lower pilot berths to starboard. The mahogany
beams in the deck head were retained to maintain the traditional look. The
original mast and boom were painted and refinished and new standing rigging
fitted. A new mainsail, genoa and storm jib were built by Gowen Ocean sails
at West Mersea and finally the topsides were finished in Aw1grip flag blue.
My wife Vicki has been incredibly supportive (most of the time!) and
we are now looking forward to enjoying the fruits of all the anxiety and hard
“Golden Fleece” was renamed “Golden Fleece of Mersea and
registered under Part 1 of the Merchant Shipping Act and given a new sail
number: GBR 2000L. Re-launch day was 27 May 2009, just over five years
since she entered the Elephant Boatyard shed and over 9 years since I found her
in Durban. Although it rained on launch day it was a wonderful day which I
sometimes thought that I would never see.
“A job well done”
NEWS FROM OVERSEAS
NEW SOUTH WALES OLD WORCESTERS
Dave ROWDEN (1960) reports that a very successful 2009 Annual
Ladies Dinner was held on the 05 September last at the Royal Sydney Yacht
Squadron when twelve Old Worcesters and their ladies dined together and
enjoyed excellent company, fine food with flowing wine.
Dave Rowden and his wife, Marg, hosted an informal lunch at their
home north of Sydney, on 01 November last year when seven Old Worcesters
and two Old Conways, together with their partners sat down to enjoy a good
yarn or two and excellent fair. Many present had sailed together on the
Australian coast over the years and Ashton CLEARY-FOX (1957), Tony
DENTON (1956) and Peter HAY (1957) had all been on the ship together and
had remained close friends ever since.
QUEENSLAND OLD WORCESTERS
Annual Luncheon Saturday, 12 September 2009
L-R Standing: Malcolm CRAMB (1955), Mike BARTLETT (1957), Peter AUSTIN (1960,
S tan BENJAMIN (1962), Peter PICKUP (1949), Mike LEDINGHAM (1959),
Seated: John HOLLIER (1947), Matthew CARRELL (1950), Peter WOODHEAD(1960),
David GREENHALGH (1954), Allan CARADINE (1952), Loriol WILLIAMSON (1953)
Twenty-three Old Worcesters and their partners mustered at the
Wynnum Manly Yacht Club for the 38th Annual Luncheon of the Queensland
Old Worcesters. The Host Matthew CARRELL (1950) made the welcome
address and extended a warm welcome to Mike LEDINGHAM (1959) after a
period of absence.
Peter PICKUP (1949)steamed his “Bijou”, Beneteau motor cruiser from
Southport, via the Broadwater and Moreton Bay, with Mike BARTLETT(1957)
and Mike LEDINGHAM (1959) as crew.
Brief details of the Association of Old Worcesters 150th Anniversary
function, mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter, were announced and a Call for
Show of Hands interested in attending indicated promising support. Apologies
were received from four members travelling overseas, one member out of state
and three in the Sick Bay.
The OW(Queensland) Annual Lunch will take place on Saturday, 21
August 2010. Those wishing to attend should contact Loriol Williamson, e-mail:
THE CONWAY, WORCESTER & PANGBOURNE ASSOCIATION
Annual Dinner Friday, 06 November 2009
This well supported event, the 42nd Annual Dinner, was held at the
United Services Club in Brisbane. Forty-three members, including partners,
comprising eight Old Conways, ten Old Worcesters and four Old Pangbournians
The Master of Ceremonies, Geof RAE (O.C. 1956) welcomed new
chums, Brian BEVERIDGE (O.C. 1961) on leave from the New Guinea Maritime
College and Terry JOHNSON (O.C. 1959); both discovered contemporaries from
The Club Joint Secretary, Chris LANGFORD (O.W. 1962) expressed
appreciation to our Senior Hand present, Captain George HUNT (O.C. 1932)
DSO*, DSC*, Royal Navy (Ret’d), for his continued financial contribution
towards the Dinner and this was warmly acknowledged by all.
Details of proposed Conway, Worcester and Pangbourne Association
Reunion in Singapore in the second half of May 2010 were well received. Those
interested in attending should contact Nick GOODWIN (O.C. 1970), Blk 727
Yishun Street 71, #06-93, Yishun, SINGAPORE 760727 (Tel: +65 6522 0589, e-
Happy Hour 2010: 09 February, 11 May and 10 August,
Annual Dinner 2010: 12 November. Members interested in attending any of
these events should contact Geoff RAE, e-mail: email@example.com
BOOK LAUNCH IN QUEENSLAND
David JONES & Peter NUNAN
David and Peter have written about one of the many quiet contributors to
society, heroes really, who have lived amongst us without widespread
recognition. Their subject is the late Captain H.G. CHESTERMAN MBE,
DSC*, RD**, Royal Naval Reserve; a Worcester cadet between 1931 and 1933..
Their book follows this remarkable man’s professional association with the sea
from when he was one of the few Australian lads enrolled in a British maritime
training college, through his career as a young naval officer commanding ships
that fought in the Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War, to when he
captained a supply ship that serviced lighthouses and beacons along the
Queensland coast. This is an inspiring story of a true mariner.
Members interested in purchasing a copy of this book, RRP $A35.95,
should contact either a local bookseller or order direct through the publishers:
CQUniPRESS, P.O. Box 1615, ROCKHAMPTON, Queensland 4700, Australia.
Tel: + 61 74923 2520; Website: www.cqunipress.com.au
The Association is extremely grateful to those members who make
regular annual payments which form the basis of our operational budget and
whose generosity is seldom recognised.
The Association thanks are also extended to those members who have
made donations during the past year which, together with monies raised at
various functions, have contributed £1, 788(£1,788) pounds to the General Fund
and £1, 971(£1,971) to the Benevolent Fund.
The total donations given this year have been sufficient to keep the
Association’s Income/Expenditure in balance.
At a recent funeral a member asked the Honorary Secretary if he had
any information about the loss of the P & O cargo vessel “Shillong”. The
following article was written from information gleaned from several sources
and is in memory of the three crew members who lost their lives in that sad
event, including Cadet D.J. PALMER (1956).
Built at Vickers-Armstrong’s Walker yard as No. 104 in March 1949,
for the P&O S.N. Co, the Shillong was 8,934 tons gross, 4,816 nett and 522 ft
in length. She was fitted with three geared steam turbine engines built at
Barrow in Furness which could deliver 13000shp through a single propeller
shaft. She had a speed of 17 knots and was classified as a general cargo liner,
carrying twelve passengers with a crew of eighty-seven.
In October 1957 the Shillong steamed down Southampton
Water, under the command of Captain E.J. Spurling; bound for Tsingtao with
a general cargo of 11,700 tons and carrying six passengers, twenty-six British
officers and sixty-one crew. Passing the Queen Mary and the American
aircraft-carrier Forrestal she journeyed through the Bay of Biscay, past
Portugal, Spain and through the Straits of Gibraltar to her first port of call,
Almeria, in fine clear weather. Here she loaded grapes for the East; then
headed north and east to Genoa to discharge and take on more cargo,
and finally south to Port Said and the entrance to the Suez Canal.
After a short delay she joined a south bound convoy, steaming slowly
through the canal to the Bitter Lakes where the convoy anchored to allow the
north-bound ships past. After ten hour delay due to fog the convoy headed
towards Port Tewfik and the Gulf of Suez.
At 1600hrs on Tuesday, 22 October, Shillong dropped her pilot and
gathered way, rounded the Newport Rock, and set course down the Gulf of
Suez. Gathering speed she passed slower vessels and northbound vessels on
almost reciprocal courses passed her on either sides.
At 2000hrs the watches changed and the Second officer and the
cadet, Ian Goddard, relieved the officers on the bridge.
Still blessed with fine weather, the Shillong was steering for Ras
Gharib light, 40 miles to the south; the Captain’s night-order book contained
instructions for him to be called when they reached the light.
Two hours later as the Shillong was approaching the flashing light of
Ras Gharib on her starboard bow, with a passenger liner close on her
starboard quarter. Ahead of her there were three ships off her port bow -one
going the same way, two coming north on almost a reciprocal course, because
the track after Ras Gharib the north bound vessels adjusted course by a 20
degree angle. So these two ships ahead of the Shillong were converging on
her at a fine angle from her port bow. As the ships neared Ras Gharib, the
Second officer in the Shillong watched the green sidelight of the approaching
ship off his port bow and noted that the bearing was remaining constant.
As the five vessels converged on the Ghalib light the Shillong was
slowly being hemmed in and her manoeuvring capabilities being reduced by
the minute. One of the north bound vessels had made matters worse as she had
crossed over to the Shillong’s starboard bow. The Italian Liner still sat on his
starboard quarter. There was little room to manoeuvre.
The Second Officer stood at the centre window of the wheelhouse.
The lights were getting much too close now. He went inside the chartroom to
check on the radar screen just how close they were, less than a mile. When he
went outside again the navigation lights ahead were still pointing in exactly
the same direction, now so close as to be able to make out the bridge details of
the on coming vessel. She was not going to turn! At a combined speed of over
30 knots the northbound vessel was on a collision course. The Second
office called for an immediate turn to starboard, sounding the siren to warn the
on coming vessel of his actions.
Jan Goddard heard the siren as he went into the chart-room to collect
the ‘stations’ book to note down the helm and engine orders for later inclusion
in the log-book. The Captain heard it too, and came racing up the ladder.
Almost at the same time the on coming ship altered her helm to port, she had
decided to try and cross the bows of the Shillong.
The Shillong’s Second officer moved to the single engine-room
telegraph in the wheelhouse and rang it over twice, “Emergency Full Astern!”,
but it was too late the two vessels raced towards a collision point with their
helms turned in opposite directions. Ian Goddard, standing on the helmsman's
starboard side could now make out the huge wide beamed tanker, the Purfino
Congo, approaching amidships. He grabbed hold of engine-room telegraph as
the ship lurched over to port. The Purfino Congo had struck the Shillong only
20 ft away, demolishing the No. 2 life-boat.
As the Tanker swung under the momentum of the Shillong, she slid
astern leaving a huge gash in her port side. The sea poured into the Shillong’s
engine-room, and the port-side deep tank was rapidly filling with water, listing
the Shillong to port. The empty starboard deep tank was acting as a buoyanct
chamber. The Shillong spun round and heeled over on her port side. The water
was now up to her boat-deck, No.3 Hold had flooded.
Astern of them in the darkness, the Purfina Congo, bows twisted back
into her hull, lay dead in the water, anchored to the bottom by the length of the
cables which had fallen from her split chain-locker.
The life-boat gravity davits, had been designed to work against an
adverse list of 15 degrees, but with the Shillong’s list at 30 degrees they were
rendered useless - and the starboard lifeboats unusable. On the port side the
forward boat was smashed, and the aft boat’s davit had been bent by the
Every effort was made to use inflatables, and as the engine room
flooded the vessel righted itself and the starboard lifeboats were utilized. The
crew and passengers abandoned ship as she settled low in the water, with cadets
C.R. LE GROS (1956) and B.A. CORNELIUS (1957) being amongst the
survivors and Captain Spurling being the last to leave.
Shortly after a tanker, the Skotland came close by, slowing and
lowering her own boats, taking the survivors on board. Ironically, this was the
north bound vessel which had prevented the Shillong from taking evasive
action. Meanwhile the Shillong had settled, and just after midnight she went
down stern first, three lives were lost, including that of Derek PALMER, two at
the time on the incident and a third died later.
Today the wreck of the Shillong lies in 23 metres of water in the Gulf
of Suez in position 28° 16'.5N 033° 13'.8E, in the separation zone just north of
the JULY Oilfield.
FROM THE DOG WATCH.
CAPTAIN G. S. DOORLY (1895-97), Gold Medalist, not only
contributes some of the best tales that appear in the "Dog Watch," but he can
also find time to correspond regularly with the Editor. His letters are indeed
welcome, besides news from overseas, there is always some amusing
anecdote or reminiscence which we must publish for all readers to share.
H o w is this, for instance! "The picture in the last "Dog Watch" of the cadets
on Section Day, in ducks and white cap covers reminds me of how white cap
covers came into being in the Worcester, and that was during my time in t h e
s h i p . On Summer d a y in 1896 we were all lolling on the upper deck
awaiting the pipe "'Hands to School" (afternoon session), when Captain
Wilson-Barker appeared walking up and down the poop in frock-coat, white
trousers and a white cap cover. As far as I remember the Captain never
shipped a white cap cover before, and the boys were naturally very interested
and curious in the innovation. One or two fo'c'sle " bloods " promptly fitted
white handkerchiefs to their cap tops, and commenced slewing boldly round
the deck. It didn't take the Captain many minutes to notice this, and with a
smile he halted at the break of the poop and beckoned the cadets to the
quarter deck, and told them that rather than just one or two wearing white
cap covers he would arrange for Silver's to fit everyone with cap covers,
and that that is how bending white cap covers came about."
Captain Doorly's account of the recent Australian bush fires must also
"You would know about our Victoria bush fires—a terrible visitation
which demolished two-thirds of the State's forest lands. Our record
temperature of 114.1 degrees on Friday, January 13th—mark the ominous
date!—nearly crumpled us up, and I lay on the bathroom floor gasping
for breath! Out of doors, the sensation was that of facing an open
furnace door, and human beings were fighting, the fires which rushed at
them before the gale with speed of a racehorse. Many heroic deeds
were performed, but the loss of life and property were appalling. The
smoke filled the Bay, and even crossed the Tasman Sea to New Zealand,
1,000 miles away. Piloting through the dense smoke was anxious; it was
worse than a pea-soup fog because the smoke made the eyes smart
painfully and one's lungs were filled with fumes."
NEWS OF MEMBERS
The current membership of the Association, as of 01 January 2010
stands at 1,072 (1,078) with a further 321 (323) members for whom we hold no
The Summer 2009 newsletter has been returned from: A. GOMERY
(1963), formerly of Wood Green, London; If any member knows of his current
whereabouts would they please advise the Honorary Secretary.
Your Honorary Secretary, ably assisted by J. R. ODELL (1952), D.M.
ROWDEN (1960) in Australia and D.J. BARNES (1959) in New Zealand,
continues with his effort to locate members on the “Missing List”.
We welcome the following to life membership of the Association:
B.E. APPLEGATE (1943) of Greenmeadows, Napier, New Zealand,
who was introduced to the Association by A. MARRIAGE (1947) and is known
as Ben, having been known as “Zac” whilst aboard, he was at onetime the Master
of “Mercy” ship “ Anastasia”; R.C. EDE (1958) of Thorverton, Devon and
R.F.P. HUNGERFORD-MORGAN (1947) now of Wanganui, New Zealand but
for the last twenty years resident in Tasmania.
We have heard of the following members:
C.J. LANGFORD (1962).
Now in retirement from the Laem Chabang International Terminal in
Thailand where he was Chief Executive Officer Chris, in rejoining the E-
Group, reported on his varied career spent mainly in Australia and the Far
East, both at sea and ashore.
Serving his time with Ellerman and Bucknell he took himself off to
the Far East after gaining his 1st Mates certificate, joining China Navigation.
He remained with this company after obtaining his Master’s and being
appointed as a Ship Planner in Sydney with J. MILWARD (1960). Returned
to sea with Australian National Line, serving with P.R. GINZLER (1962) on
the “Australian Exporter” before returning ashore as a stevedoring supervisor
for Liner Services in Melboume where R.W.L. POCOCK (1958) was Terminal
Manager. Chris then joined ANL in their Head Office, relieving L.K.
PEGGRAM (1951) as Assistant Terminals Manager and the moved to ANL
Terminal Webb Dock. Yet another career change saw Chris moving to
Brisbane to join BAIL as Terminal Manager, a joint venture between
ANL and P & O, once again relieving Keith Pegram.
Chris then began his career in the Far East, with appointment, to
Manilla, as Executive Vice President, Marina Port Services at South Harbour,
followed by appointment as General Manager then to Shekou Container
Terminal in Shenzhen as General Manager. Chris retired from Shenzhan last
November after twelve years service if the East and retired to Brisbane. In
retirement he is the Joint Secretary of the Conway, Worcester and Pangboume
Association in Queensland; the Honorary Secretary of the Queensland Branch
of the Company of Master Mariners; a volunteer driver for the Mission to
Seafarers bus at Fishermans Island and regular volunteer at the Royal
Queensland Yacht Squadron on start/finish boats and patrol/safety boats
laying courses and pulling kids out of Moreton Bay waters after capsizing.
The Association wishes Chris and his wife Sandy a long and happy
retirement and we look forward to seeing them at the 150th Anniversary
Function at Portsmouth in 2012.
D.G. BECKETT (1964).
David reports from Canterbury in Victoria, Australia where he lives
with his wife Gail that he is working for RightShip Pty Ltd., formerly B.H.P.
Billton, in their vetting and inspection, a position he has held since 2004.
Joining N.Z.S. Co. On leaving the ship he remained with that company
until emigrating to Australia in 1971, he had unfortunately chosen the wrong
time to consider sea-going employment out of Australia as many of the
Australian ships were laid up and the Guild (The Officers’ Union) was closed to
new membership. However he was lucky enough to obtain employment with
the Dominion Far East Line, serving aboard their small, three hundred and sixty
passengers, vessel the “Marco Polo”. The pay was poor but the fringe benefits
David met his wife-to-be on board the “Marco Polo” and they were
married in 1975, which coincided with him joining the British Phosphate
Commissioners, loading phosphate out of Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean,
for discharge in Western Australian ports and in Nauru and Ocean Island for
discharge Eastern Australian ports.
In 1981the phosphate company was wound up, with their ships being
transferred to Australian National Line owners. David transferred to ANL and
remained with them until 1986 when he was offered, and accepted, their
Changing course David set himself up in a small computer based
business in Sydney. The late 80s found him with a business suffering from the
economic recession and high interest rates which led to the business failing.. A
return to sea beckoned and David joined B.H.P. as 3rd Officer and was lucky
enough to be sailing as Chief Officer within twelve weeks.
In 1994 David changed course yet again accepting a job in Melbourne in
Q.A., the likelihood of command being low. He took a position in what was to
become the DPA under the ISMS Code.
In the late 90s B.H.P. Was going through great change under that great
management tool known as “ Core Business”, divesting itself of three companies
and ten thousand employees! The new owner of the B.H.P. Fleet was Teekay
Shipping and within eighteen months, in December 2003, they decided to close
the Melbourne office and relocate. They were somewhat surprised when only
four staff out thirty-eight accepted their offer to relocate! Once again David
accepted their redundancy package and set off for pastures new.
Transferring to B.H.P. Billton David joined their vetting and inspection
business looking after Risk Management of charter vessels in the wet and dry
cargo trades, where he remains to this day.
G.B. STURGES (1960).
With details of his new address in Great Brak River , in the Western
Cape, Geoff reports that he is now semi-retired and enjoys participation in the
events of the General Botha Old Boys Association, of which he is an honorary
M.B. LYNSKEY (1957).
Mike, who joined the Association in 2001, now lives with his wife Sue,
in Beaumaris on the island of Anglesey, where he is able to enjoy his passion for
sailing. Many of his contemporaries will remember him as a fine athlete known
for his ferocious tackling on the rugby field, from which his unwitting opponents
usually took some time to recover! He left, as Chief Cadet Captain, in the
Summer and joined Alfred Holt & Co., remaining at sea until obtaining his
Masters before and moving ashore in 1968. He first joined the Blue Funnel
training school, “Aulis” then the Navigation Department at the Riversdale
College, where he remained until 1991 when the nautical departments closed
Since then he has been involved with the yachting world as an instructor
and examiner with the R.Y.A. He has been a member of the Ocean Youth Club
since 1973, as a Relief Skipper, spending many enjoyable trips around the Irish
Sea, Scotland and the South-West in their very suitable Robert Clark designed
Since 1982 he has regularly cruised the West Coast of Scotland in a
variety of yachts and currently owns a Contessa 32 and is renovating the ex
“Conway” Menai Strait One Design boat named “Flying Cloud”. As a member
of the R.A.M.C. he maintains a competitive edge racing a Fife.
Mike claims to have other interests apart from sailing and the sea!
P.D. WOODHEAD (1960).
Communication from our man in Queensland, L G. WILLIAMSON
(1953) reporting a change of member’s details also gave notice that Peter had
recently retired. The Association wishes Peter and his wife, Karen, a long, happy
and healthy retirement in their home at Eagleby, Queensland.
R. LAVERS (1964).
Bob has now moved from Drumcona, near Dublin to France and is at
present living in Paris whilst apartment hunting following his transition into semi
-retirement. He has spent the last ten years with Allianz Worldwide Care (AWC)
involved with expatriate medical insurance. In April last year he moved to
France and commenced a consultancy role working with, primarily, an American
company specialising in reducing health care costs for travellers and expatriates
who have the unfortunate experience of requiring medical care and/or
hospitalisation in the U.S.A.
The Association wishes Bob and his wife every success in their house-
hunting and their attempts to cope with the French bureaucracy, whilst brushing
up on his French language skills.
News of the “Crossing of the Bar” of the following Old Worcesters has
been received since our last issue. We mourn, with sadness and with those they
leave behind; may they rest in peace.
G.L. Bateman 1918 C.R. Perrin 1931 R.C. Manwaring 1935
W.G. Hunt 1944 I.H. Clarke 1945 D.W. Cox 1947
R.F. Jackson 1947 B.J. Pratt 1947 C.F. Smith 1947
W.E.N. Dwelly 1952 B.N. Asher-Relf 1954 A.J.R. May 1966
Charles Richard PERRIN (1929 – 31) formerly of Stithians, Cornwall
and recently of Northwood, Middlesex was born on 22 December 1915 the son
of C.J. PERRIN, ESQ., a farmer of Broomfield, Kent. He died on 14 October
2009. Known as “Snowball” whilst on board Perrin joined the ship in the Easter
term from Maidstone Grammar School and left in the Michaelmas term as a 2nd
Class Cadet Captain to join Clan Line. His “slewing mates” R.J. LUNGLY
(1931) and the twin brothers C.F. and P.D. VINE (1932) have all pre-deceased
him. A member of the Most Honourable Company of Coopers, which dates back
to 1298, he was their 486th Master in 1988 and had the unusual distinction of
having his son Richard, who sadly pre-deceased him early in 2009, as his Senior
He served in the Royal Navy during the war and reached the rank of
Lieutenant Commander, R.N.V.R. and was awarded the V.R.D. He was
Mentioned in Despatches whilst serving as T/Lieutenant in R.M.L. 542 during
Operation Wind-Up (Europe) in 1945.
Richard Charles MANWARING (1933 – 35) of Vanderhoof, B.C.
Canada., who died on 27 September last was born in Marden, Kent on 13 October
1918, the son of W. MANWARING, Esq., a farmer. He joined the ship in the
Michaelmas term from the Judd School, Tonbridge, Kent, the second member
from that establishment whose passing we mourn in this newsletter, the other
being C.J. PRATT (1947). He left in the Summer term to join Reardon Smith’s
He returned to Smiths after obtaining his Second Mates, studying in
London whilst resident in that well known maritime lodging “The Seamark
Club, 7. The Crescent, The Minories. He had the dubious distinction of sailing in
the first wartime convoy out of Jamaica. His wartime service was in a variety of
different companies; running the gauntlet of the Dover Straits under the German
guns based at Cap Gris Nez whilst serving in a small coaster; going aground in
thick fog after German E-boats had towed some wartime buoyage out of position!
1st Mates Certificate followed, once again resident in The Seamark Club, with
time spent at the local pub, The Crown and Shears, removing incendiary bombs
from the roof. He made several voyages in what he regarded as seventh heaven,
the Jamaica Producer, with its high speed enabling them to transit the Atlantic as
an “independent” and with passengers to entertain.
Having found too many distractions in London whilst studying for his
early certificates Dick studied for and obtained his Masters certificate in
Newcastle after which he was lucky enough to obtain a berth as Master with
County Ship Management, at the early age of 26, on their new vessel, the
“Vancouver County”. In 1948 and now serving in the Canadian Merchant
Marine, which was in decline, Dick decided to go ashore, leaving his ship in
Halifax, N.S. he flew his wife to Sydney, N.S. and they travelled by car across
Canada to Vancouver Island, where he subsequently brought the Port Hardy
Hotel, which he operated with the help of a Chief Steward who had served with
him for a number of years. As a sideline he purchased two diesel generators and
as well as supplying the hotel with power he also supplied a number of the locals,
doing the wiring himself, this before the days of meters and inspectors! This
lasted for a couple of years before the B.C. Power Commission took over the area
In 1954 he sold the hotel, drove to Montreal to board the Empress of
France to return to the U.K. for a holiday, he was surprised to find the late J.A.N.
BEZANT (1934) serving as Second Officer. On his return to Vancouver he
formed a company called Coast Marine Salvage, with tug and landing barge
working the B.C. salvaging boom defence equipment. His wife was not happy
with the time he spent away from home so he changed direction and returned
to the hotel business, buying the Vanderhoof Hotel. He built his own log house
on the outskirts of Vanderhoof, drilling his own well which by 2008 was
supplying one thousand households and a number of utilities! He sold the hotel
in 1973 and built a fifty foot ketch, named “ Nechako Lady”, making five
voyages to Hawaii and a couple to Mexico! In the meantime he had formed a
construction company to build a number of schools. Retiring at the age of
seventy-three he spent the intervening years sailing and traveling and at the age
of ninety, in 2008, was still in fine fettle when he contacted the Editor, and
reported that he was then operating a twenty-eight foot Bayliner, fishing the
waters off Prince Rupert, for salmon, halibut and in particular crab, a sea food
for which he had a passion. He travelled the 500 miles from Vanderhoof to
Prince Rupert towing his fishing boat on a three axle trailer! We shall miss the
likes of Richard as no doubt his family will, to whom we extend our sincere
condolences on the loss of such a character.
David Southey ELSWOOD-ROW (1936 – 40),
of Topsham, Devon, who died on 28 July last year was
born in Topsham, Devon on 21 January 1922, the son of
Robert ROW, M.C.. His early sea-going experience was
aboard the collier “Arduity”, which carried coal from
Newcastle to the Gas Works at Exeter, travelling up and
down the Exeter Canal, where much to his Father’s
chagrin he expressed greater interest in the goings-on in
the engine-room than those on the bridge. Another
indicatore of his leanings towards was shown by his
interest in the engineering side of the family business of
the well known Exeter company, Wippell Bros. & Row.
He joined the ship in the Summer term from Shortemills School,
Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire and left in the Summer term under the
Royal Navy “W” Senior Scheme to attend B.R.N.C, Dartmouth as a Cadet
(Engineering) to be followed by three years at The Royal Naval Engineering
College, Keyham and at Manadon, Plymouth, where he obtained an engineering
In 1943 David joined H.M.S. “SHEFFIELD” at Scapa Flow and
experienced the horrors of the arctic convoys to and from Murmansk for which
he received, some six years ago, the Arctic Convoy Medal from the Soviet
Union. David took part in the Battle of North Cape in 1943 which resulted in
the sinking of the German battlecruiser “SCHARNHORST” on Boxing Day. In
July 1944 “SHEFFIELD” was sent, with David aboard, for a years refit in the
U.S.A., returning to Portsmouth in May 1945 before proceeding on a
“Goodwill” visit to South America.
It was in December 1947 that David married his lifelong love, Valerie,
who sadly pre-deceased David in May last year. They had met during the
“SHEFFIELDS” refit in Boston, Massachusetts where Valerie was serving in the
Wrens. Following their marriage David was posted to the Engineer-in-Chiefs
department in Bath where he was involved in sensitive work to overcome waxing
of the fuel systems on the laid-up reserve fleet.
Stationed at R.N.A.S. Yeovilton David learnt to fly, eventually
becoming made up to Chief Flying Instructor (Sailplanes) and clocked up over
1,,000 flights including the Gliding Endurance Record. Last Summer his son
Jerry arranged a reunion with David’s original flying instructor, the legendary
A.D. PIGGOTT, M.B.E., and he once again took the controls of a glider after a
gap of over fifty years, not bad for an octogenarian!
David’s naval career continued with further sea-going appointments and
having successfully completed the R.N. Staff Course at Greenwich in 1957 he
saw staff duties at Faslane and Plymouth, where horrified at the loss of life in
those pre packaged holidays he formed the Advisory Committee for Beach
Safety, which went on to save many lives over the next four decades and whose
role is now covered by the R.N.L.I.
David’s naval career came to an end, in 1963, with the family business
bankers pressurising him to take over the ailing family business; after many years
of hard work he turned the company around and then looked for a new challenge!
He founded Exon Hi-Fi, dealing in the very best hi-fi and recording the concert
performances of Sir David Wilcocks and Yehudi Menuhin and also advising
several cathedrals where best to locate their microphones.
Every resourceful David turned his attention to solving his company’s
problem with the mound of paper work required by modern legislation and thus
SIRCS (Small Independent Retailers Computer System)Ltd., was born. His
Stockmaster System, started in the seventies, is still used by retailers torday.
In the Armenian earthquake disaster of 1988 David was appalled at the
huge loss of life and that countries lack of communication facilities which leld
him to set up the DCRF (Disaster Relief Communications Foundation). He
organised a team of rapid response professional radio operators for deployment in
disaster zones to set up emergency radio stations, he himself had been a radio
ham for many years since his retirement, and to coordinate relief efforts.
His son, in his eulogy, described his Father as having an agile, inquiring
mind and intellect which held fast until the end, continuing to be as fascinated by
others as they of him. Association members, P. ANDREWS (1965), A.H.
BABER (1940), P.A. FURNEAUX (1961), T. D. HANDLEY (1940), R.J.V.
PERRIN (1939), G.K.C. SMITH (1960), who represented the Association at his
well attended funeral at St. Margaret’s Church, Topsham, where David was
baptised, were amazed at his breadth of interest that he had and of which they
knew so little, although some were his contemporaries and others had met him at
the monthly Devon pub meeting.
The Association offers it’s condolences to the family of this remarkable
man, so full of energy, enthusiasm, integrity and courtesy .
William George HUNT (1942 - 44) of Armdale,
Halifax, Nova Scotia who died on 12 January 2009 was born
on 29 October 1925 in North Vancouver, British Columbia,
the son of G.C.L. HUNT, a Marine Engineer of Vancouver,
B.C. He joined the ship in the Summer term from Inglewood
High School, Vancouver, B.C. He left in the Lent term for
wartime service as a Midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Following training at R.N.C. Greenwich and R.N.B.
Chatham Bill, as he was known throughout his life, joined
H.M.S. “RODNEY” and whilst there sailed in one of the last
convoys to Murmansk. Service in H.M.S. “NEWMARKET”, a “four stacker”,
one of the fifty lend/lease destroyers transferred from the U.S. Navy which was
operating as a target ship for the Fleet Air Arm off the Isle of Man, followed and
then in H.M.S. “CAPRICE” operating in the Western Approaches escorting
“independent” troopships reinforcing Europe.
Promoted Sub Lieutenant in April 1945 Bill transferred to the R.C.N.R.
and returned to Canada for leave. In 1946 he transferred to the Royal Canadian
Navy serving in a number of ships until obtaining command of R.C.N.S.
“KENTVILLE”, command of further ships followed until Bill retired in 1971.
After a spell ashore Bill returned to sea, this time in the Canadian
Merchant Marine serving as 2nd Mate of the St. Ninian, old Orkney ferry sailing
as a cruise ship out of Sydney, Cape Breton. Service with the Canadian
Department of National Defence Naval Auxiliary fleet followed until in 1978 he
obtained his Masters Certificate of Competency after which , for eight years, he
served, as Relieving Master, in command of most of the ships in the auxiliary
fleet before retiring in 1987
Bill was a past President of the Royal Saint George's Society of Halifax;
was a member of the Commonwealth Society; the Royal United Services Institute;
the Company of Master Mariners of Canada; the Royal Naval Officers Association
of Canada; the Saraguay Club. Bill was also a Missions to Seafarers volunteer.
Bill is survived by his wife, Cynthia, his first wife, Louise, his son
Phillip and daughter Charlotte and grandchildren Joanna, Benjamin and Neil.
Robert Frank JACKSON (1945 - 47) of Trumpington, Cambridgeshire,
who died on 28 April last year was born on 29 July 1929 in Downham Market
Norfolk. He joined the ship in the Michaelmas term from the King Edward VII
School, King’s Lynn and left in the Summer term to join Houlder Bros. He
remained with that company from apprentice to Master carrying on until after
the company was taken over by Furness Withy in 1983, when, due to the
decreasing size of the fleet he was obliged to take early
After leaving Furness Withy Bob held a variety
of jobs, the most interesting of which was working for
Trinity House on guard ships in the Dover Straits during
“Operation Channel Cable”, on hydrographic and
geophysical survey vessels in the North Sea and a short
period on a pollution control vessel, also in the North Sea.
In 1975 he even made the front page of the
Daily Mail newspaper with a picture of him in
uniform with a Siamese cat! A special clause had been written into the
contract for the sale of the ship he was on to make sure its resident cat
had a happy old age and was allowed to remain on board. The cat had
never been ashore!
In retirement he enjoyed a very full life following his many
interests and was always keen to learn new things: using his computer,
the latest camera technology (he was an excellent photographer), sport,
music and the University of the 3rd Age in Cambridge. The church was
a very important part of his life too and he was an active member of the
Parochial Church Council.
He was devoted to his family and three grandchildren and it was
a terrific shock when he was diagnosed with cancer and died so
suddenly, but peacefully, five weeks later surrounded by his loving wife
Diana and his adored daughter and son.
The church was full for his funeral and the hymn 'Eternal Father
Strong to Save' and the reading 'The Ship' (Bishop Brent) seemed fitting
for a much loved and respected man who had spent his lifelong career at
sea. As someone wrote in a card 'You know we are all so sad that the
Captain set sail ahead of us. We will miss his quiet, kind presence so much.'
David William COX (1945 – 47) of Itchingfield, W. Sussex, who died
suddenly of a heart attack during the night of 12 August last year was born on 18
March 1931 in Chatham, Kent; on the proceeding day he had had a diabetic
check-up and his doctor had reported him fit and well!
He joined the ship in the Summer term from Swanbourne House
Preparatory School and left in the Summer term to join Clan Line for his
apprenticeship then went on to serve with P & O S.N. Co. In 1953 he decided
on a change of career and joined the ship brokering firm of Walters E. Frank, in
whose employ he remained until taking over the company in the mid ‘60s. HE
was a member of the Baltic Exchange, retiring from Frank’s in 1994 and was
relieved at the helm by his son Chris, who remains in command to this day.
An enthusiastic yachtsman he owned a number of yachts and
participated very successfully in races around the Solent and across the Channel.
He finally settled on Contessa 32s and went on to own three and proudly flew
the Worcester ensign from his yacht “A Toute Vitesse”. He was Commodore of
the Old Worcesters Yacht Club in late eighties and held a very successful
Rendezvous in his home port of Lymington.
He suffered a major crisis in the “Big Storm” of 1987 when his house
in Sussex was cut off from the outside world for many days without power or
At his Memorial Service held at St. Peter’s Church, Slinfold, Horsham
on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 the Association was represented by our
Chairman, J.D. PRECIOUS (1959) and P.J.L. GOODWIN (1956), and the
O.W.Y.C. by D.J. ARNOLD (1956)
Colin Fawcett SMITH (1945 - 47) of Middlesbrough, Teesside who
died on 03 December last was born in Middlesbrough on 13 June 1930. He
joined the ship, at Foot Cray, in the Michaelmas term from St. Peter’s School,
York and left in the Summer term to serve his apprenticeship with the B.I.S.N.
Co., after obtaining his 2nd Mates Certificate he returned to that company to
serve as Third Officer. At the age of twenty-four, in 1952 he left the sea and did
his National Service in the Army before joining the family business in
Middlesbrough where he remained until taking early retirement, on health
grounds, in 1994.
At his well attended funeral on Friday, 11 December the Association
was represented by T. CROMPTON (1956)
John Barry Salusbury
TRELAWNY (1949 – 51), the 13th Baronet
of Trelawne of Saltwood, Hythe, Kent, who
died on 29 July last was born on 04
September, 1934 in Folkestone, Kent, the son
of Sir Robin Salusbury-Trelawny the 12th
Baronet, spending his formative years in
Looe, Cornwall. He joined the ship in the
Michaelmas term from t.s. Mercury and left,
as Captain’s Coxswain, with a fine record of
On leaving the ship he joined Ellerman Lines for his apprenticeship,
however after obtaining his 2nd Mates certificate he left the Merchant Navy and
was obliged to under-take National Service, which he served, as a
commissioned officer, in the Royal Navy serving mainly in Fast Patrol Boats.
Following that experience he joined Martin Walter Ltd, a manufacturer
of dormobiles, where he remained for twenty years. He then entered
management consultancy, based in London, identifying and recruiting senior
personnel for industry, the City and the Public Sector, finally becoming
He served seven years as a J.P., was President of the London Cornish
Association for ten years and President of the District Scouts Association for
twenty-five years. A life-long active yachtsman he was the Local Officer,
Dover, for the R.N.S.A.
He spent much of his life in Folkestone and Hythe, Kent and at one
time had the unusual distinction of living in the same road as two other Old
Worcesters, J.M. WOOLLEN (1949) and P.J. PASSMORE (1944), but his heart
lay in the West Country, more particularly around Looe and Pelynt. The former
allowing access to Looe Island of which he wrote a novel titled “The Island”, in
2006, based on Cornish smugglers of which one reviewer wrote “telling the
story of Cornish smuggling in a clear way and from the Cornish point of view”,
and the latter being the site of his annual pilgrimage to the town for the
Trelawny Day celebrations and the performance of the Pelynt Male Voice Choir
rendition of “Trelawny”. This song being the unofficial national anthem of
Cornwall and originally written in the 1820s by the Morwenstow vicar, Robert
Stephen Hawker under the title “The Song of the Western Men”
In retirement he researched the Trelawny family history, which
included the Tower of London imprisonment of Bishop Jonathan Trelawny by
James II in 1688, writing “The Trelawne Book of 1600”. He also wrote novels
In recent years he was responsible for transferring the ownership of
Looe Island to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and of instigating the Trelawny Plate
Award, which is a biennial award to the person deemed to best embody the
“spirit of Cornwall; the most recent recipient being Tom Henderson, the founder
of the Shelterbox organisation.
At his Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration on Tuesday, 11 August
last year the Association was represented by our Chairman, J.D. PRECIOUS
(1959) and his one-time near neighbours J. HAIGH (1950) and P.J.
Anthony Louis BRUCE-SMITH (1950 – 52), of
Stubbington, Hants., who died on 11 January 2009 was born
in London on 24 July 1934. He joined the ship in the Summer
term from Buckingham College, Harrow and left in the Lent
term to join Furness Withey, embarking m.v. “Jessmore” in
Dunkirk for his first trip, in early May.
He remained at sea until 1964 when he decided on a
complete career change and joined the Automobile
Association as a patrolman which progressed to Signs
Sergeant for Hampshire and the surrounding area. One of his uniforms was
donated to the Beaulieu Motor Museum and which, to this day, stands alongside
one of the early AA Motorcycle and Sidecar units on display.
Anthony had a life-long interest in cars and motor-cycles and he owned
a string of classic vehicles, his favourite being a P4 Rover 80. He was an active
member of the Rover P4 owners’ Club, taking part and organizing many shows
and events around the country.
However Anthony never lost his love of the sea and in 1975 he left the
A.A. and returned to sea, serving, initially, as 2nd Officer with Reardon Smith’s
of Cardiff and then Chief Officer. In 1980 he joined Christian Salvesen as Chief
Officer, serving mainly on bulk carriers, followed by a short spell serving with
Sealink on the Newhaven to Calais run on the m.v. “Senlac”. 1984 bought
another change in his sea-going career when he began a eight year stint with the
Ministry of Defence Range Safety Group Patrol Boats before finally returning to
the waters nearer his home at Lee-on-Solent when he joined firstly Wightlink
Ferries and finally Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries until his retirement.
At his well attended funeral the Association was represented by N.F.
WRIGHT (1953) and R.T. FOSKETT (1964).
Malcolm Wellesley PICKHAVER (1954 – 56)) of Blandford Forum,
Dorset who died on 10 March 2009 was born on 22 February 1939 in Epsom,
Surrey. He joined the ship in the Summer term from Rayners Park County
Grammar School and left in the Lent term, as a Midshipman R.N.R. to join the
Union Castle Line. However the Suez crisis intervened in his plans and he was
appointed to H.M.S. “Bulwark” as a Midshipman R.N.R. To undertake four
months sea training. He then joined the Union Castle Line to commence his
When he married his wife Valerie he went ashore initially in sales, and
then training for a commercial career and eventually qualifying as a Chartered
Secretary which enabled him to get back into Passenger Shipping. He joined the
Russian Shipping Company C.T.C. Lines and eventually became Chief
Accountant and Company Secretary. C.T.C. Lines operated chartered Russian
ships operating out of Tilbury and Sydney, Australia which involved Malcolm in
a lot of travel. On one occasion the Master of a Russian ship he was travelling on
was somewhat surprised that his Managing Director was very familiar with the
sextant he was showing him! He later went into semi-retirement and became
involved with the running of his local golf club, golfing being another of his
passions. At this time, in 1991, he volunteered to help in organising an O.W.
Finally the Pickhavers retired to Dorset and so began his six year
struggle with cancer, which he described as “Living with cancer, not dying of it”.
The Association sends it’s condolences to his wife Valerie and their two
daughters Angela and Emma.
ASSOCIATION SLOP CHEST
Please note that with effect from 01 February 2010 responsibility for the Association
Slop Chest has passed to Bob BALDWIN (1958) of Herne Bay, Kent and all orders from that date
must be placed through him. It is intended that the practice of selling a limited range of items at
major U.K. functions will be continued. Please note that A.J. DEVINE (1955) remains responsible
for the sate of O.W.Y.C. items.
Payment, in favour of: (1) “The Association of Old Worcesters” or (2) “The Old
Worcesters Yacht Club” by cheque(Sterling on U.K. Banks only or double signed Travellers
Cheques, in Sterling), to include P & P.
(1) F)rom: R.J.K. Baldwin, 70. Carlton Hill, HERNE BAY, Kent. CT6 8HR
Inland Europe Rest of
O.W. Ties (Colours): £10.00 £1.50 £1.75 £ 2.00
O.W. Ties (Striped): £10.00 £1.50 £1.75 £ 2.00
O.W. Ties (Crown and “W” logo): £11.50 £1.50 £1.75 £ 2.00
O.W. Bow Ties: £10.00 £1.00 £1.50 £ 2.00
O.W. Cravats: £12.50 £1.00 £1.50 £ 2.00
O.W. Blazer badges: £10.00 £1.00 £1.25 £ 2.00
Tie Clips with “Worcester” crest: £ 3.50 £0.75 £1.50 £ 1.75
Cuff links with “Worcester” crest: £ 6.50 £0.75 £1.50 £ 1.75
Webbing Belts, with “Worcester” crested buckle. (Size 44”): £13.50 £2.00 £2.00 £ 2.50
Worcester bookmarks: £ 0.60 £0.50 £1.50 £ 1.75
“The Worcester Cadet” - The Story of a life-boat: £ 1.00 £0.50 £1.00 £ 1.50
“For Valour” - The V.C.s of Conway & Worcester: £ 1.00 £0.50 £1.00 £ 1.50
Members address list, printed copy: £ 5.00 £1.50 £2.75 £ 4.25
Members address list, available in PDF Format by e-mail: £ 5.00 - - -
“H.M.S. Worcester” - by W.M. Birchall print: £ 1.00 £1.00 £1.50 £ 2.00
“Worcester” - “Eagle” Comic, coloured side elevation: £ 5.00 £1.75 £1.75 £ 2.25
“Ingress Abbey” - by K. Martin; copy of lithograph: £ 0.50 £0.75 £1.25 £ 1.75
“H.M.S. Worcester” - Wall shields, standard logo: £38.00 £2.50 £3.25 £ 5.25
Wall shields, personalised logos: £38.00 £2.50 £3.25 £ 5.25
“H.M.S. Worcester” - Notelets (Packets of ten): £ 3.00 £1.25 £1.75 £ 2.25
“H.M.S. Worcester - A Photographic History” £15.00 £3.50 £5.25 £10.00
(2) From: A J Devine, “Knightly Lodge”, Fawsley, DAVENTRY, Northants. NN11 3BA
Yachting caps - O.W.Y.C. Logo: £12.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
Yachting caps - O.W.Y.C. Logo & Braided Peak: £14.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
Worcester Ensigns - 48” x 24” Bunting: £55.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
36” x 18” Bunting: £45.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
O.W.Y.C. Burgees - 24” Bunting: £35.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
18” Bunting: £30.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
O.W.Y.C. Towelling Scarf: £10.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
“H.M.S. Worcester” - Wall Shields, Standard Logo: £35.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
“H.M.S. Worcester” - Wall Shields, Personalised Logo: £35.00 £1.50 £ 3.00
N.B. Whilst ensigns are available for sale to members of the O.W.Y.C. and A.O.W. a permit,
obtainable from Captain G J Dunster, is required to allow a member of the O.W.Y.C. to fly the
ensign on a vessel. Non-members of the O.W.Y.C. are not permitted to fly the ensign on a vessel.
EGO MOTIFS of Oaklands Village, St. Sampsons,
Guernsey, GY2 4YT
(Tel. No: 01481 248 846 Fax. No: 01481 242 381)
Hold a comprehensive stock of Tee shirts, sweaters, and clothing on which the
Worcester logo (Naval Crown over a “W”) can be attractively worked in
Yellow and black. Normal despatch is within 24 Hours.
SHIP PORTRAITS & OTHER MARINE ART
BY ROGER MORRIS (51/52)
Professional Work Guaranteed in Watercolour and Oil
For information go to www.seapainter.com
For small ship portraits see Gallery Page and link to Ship Portraits
ASSOCIATION OF OLD WORCESTERS
2012 PORTSMOUTH REUNION
Wednesday, 20 June to Friday, 22 June 2012
“EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM”
Definitely Interested: YES / NO
Interested, subject to commitments: YES / NO (please circle)
Unlikely to attend: YES / NO
Possible number of OWs: ……………………….....................…
Possible number of guests: .........………………….......................
Total in party .....................……………...................
First name(s): ………………………........ Surname: …....….......……....
Title : ………………… Year of leaving: ..……...…...........
Int. Tel.No: ……..................………… E-Mail: ..………………...…........
Home Address: ................................................................................................
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Mailing address: (if different from above): .....................................................
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Please return, no later than 15/02/2010, to:
Or by Post to:
The AOW 2012 Sub Committee
29, Harston Road, Newton, CAMBRIDGE. CB22 7PA, U.K.
Completion of this form does not indicate a firm booking and
is not a formal commitment
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ASSOCIATION FUNCTIONS 2010 - BOOKING APPLICATIONS
1 ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND KENT LUNCHEON
St. Margaret’s Bay Hotel, St. Margarets-at-Cliffe, Dover.
1100, Saturday, 13 March 2010
Payment, in favour of, “The Association of Old Worcesters”, together with a size “DL” (110 x
220mm) s.a.e., should be sent to: Captain R.C. Little, “Whitecroft”, Roman Road, Ashley,
DOVER, Kent. CT15 5HR
Please send ……tickets at £210.00 each. I enclose a cheque for £……………... and a size DL s.a.e.
Name, Rank &/or Title: ………………………………. Year of leaving: ……………...….
PLEASE INCLUDE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS.
2. WEST COUNTRY BUFFET LUNCH.
THE HALDON HOTEL, DUNCHIDEOCK, EXETERD, DEVON.
1100, SATURDAY, 27 February 2010
Payment, in favour of “The Old Worcesters Association”, should be sent to: Mr. P. Andrews,
“Frogmore”, 36. Vicarage Road, Stoke Gabriel, TOTNESS, Devon. TQ9 6QP
Please reserve ………tickets at £24.50 each. I enclose a cheque for the sum of £……......…
Name, Rank &/or Title: ...........……………….……................… Year of Leaving: ……..
PLEASE INCLUDE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS.
CONTACT WITH THE ASSOCIATION
Members are encouraged to make contact with the Association, either
through E-mail, using 10 Point “Times New Roman” Font, if possible, or direct
to the Honorary Secretary/Editor at:
Mr. G.K.C. Smith
5 Tower Court
Tel: 01392 832 975
Mobile Tel: 07768 047 359
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