Comments from Site Visitors

I have had a lot of nice comments from people who have accessed the Benjidog websites or who I have helped with their research and have decided to post some of them here - the latest at the top.


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08/01/2020 Ben Line Brian, I served in Ben Line in the mid to late Seventies as deck Cadet through to Third Officer. I have attached the Rank Insignia for that time as I remember them. Not too sure about the Chief Steward and 1st Radio Officer as I have seen different versions. Thought it might be of interest. Great job on the web site. Best regards, Ron Clark.
14/02/2020 Opawa Hi, First thanks for your great sites. Can I point out that for the ship above there is no write up for Allan Raves although he is on the memorial plaque for that ship, also that CWGC has him being on MV Apawa Tower Hill panel 76. Thanks again keep up the excellent work. Tony.
13/02/2020 Stephanotis Hi Brian, Thanks for sharing the image. A graceful vessel now lost. I believe there are only three steam yachts of the period in existence today. Medea’s deck arrangement changed a number of times over the 20th century according to her owners and various roles. During the First World War she had a French artillery piece mounted on her foredeck. At her lowpoint while moored in British Columbia she looked more like a ramshackle barge. Today I get to see her as I write to you from my office, looking out the window. Given that we have hundreds of images of her, and not one shows her sails at work, my guess is that they were primarily insurance rather than a practical means of propulsion. Regards, Kevin Sheehan, Ph.D Manager of Collections Maritime Museum of San Diego.
26/01/2020 Stancourt Brian, Thank you so much for your email and information. Alan is delighted and despite now approaching 90 with failing sight he has pin sharp memory of his time in the Merchant navy 1946 - 54. He is full of anecdotes of the many ships on which he worked. Regards, and thanks again. David C.
09/01/2020 F.E. Thoresen Hi Brian, Many thanks for revising the entry on FE Thoresen. His niece will be pleased to see a more accurate account of her great-uncle’s unhappy war-time experience given wider exposure. Best wishes, Roger Thomas
05/01/2020 Wild Rose Hello Brian. Thank you co much for your help I have been trying for some time to find a list of the men who were drowned, on the Wild Rose. My grandfather was Evan Owen of cross street Hayle. Thank you again Evan.


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


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25/04/2018 LST 3519 I was on my IPad and saw the article on 3519. I was one of her commissioning crew in Montreal and in company with 3518 (Built in Vancouver) we returned to the UK, I have photo of original crew. J.D.P. Ex W/T (T.O). Jim Parkes
02/04/2018 Ulster Sportsman Nice to drop across your site, I was 2nd engineer on her in another life! Quite an experience. Brings back a few memories especially of quite a few nasty crossings of the Irish Sea! Nice site. Thanks. Clive Turnbull.
18/03/2018 Duchess of Richmond Dear Brian, I am writing on behalf of the Naval Eight/208 Squadron Association. We are a group of ex-Servicemen and women, who once served on No 208 Squadron, Royal Air Force at any time throughout its illustrious history. Our aim is to serve as a forum for former Squadron members to keep in touch, and to share in their anecdotes of their time in the Service. We publish an Annual Newsletter, and maintain a Website, which acts as a repository of these anecdotes and other articles for posterity. One of our most senior colleagues, Sid Jefford, who served on the Squadron between 1941 and 1944, sadly passed away on Christmas Day 2017. In his effects, his family found a written account of his service, which they are trying to publish in his memory. I have undertaken to help them do so, most likely as a self-published book. Sid embarked on the SS Duchess of Richmond in January 1941 to join 208 Squadron, then stationed in Libya. I am writing, therefore, to ask if we might have your permission to use the attached image from your 'benjidog' Website as an illustration in our book. Neil Meadows. Note: I was delighted to recieve a copy of Neil's excellent book in the post. A very kind gesture!
07/03/18 San Emiliano and Donald Owen Clarke Hi Brian, Just a quick note to let you know that my book, Quiet Courage - Forgotten Heroes of WW II is progressing on schedule. There is now a website and also a promotional video. They have been made to promote the publication when it is released and I thought you might like to see them. The site addresses are below. You can just click on them. I'll let you know how things progress from here. The manuscript has been completed and it currently being proofread (for the 6th time). Thanks again for all your help. None of this could have been achieved without your assistance. With best wishes, Tony. The video site address
18/02/18 Duke of York Many thanks Brian, Dad and Mum are staying with us and thrilled with what you have done. We have promoted your website with Dads surviving shipmates and relatives and will continue to do so. Thanks again.

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