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LATEST NEWS  


 
27-3-2015
 
New message in Mess Room 2015
 
21-3-2015
 
Two new messages in Mess Room 2015
 
17-3-2015
SUN SWALE scuttled off Gibraltar to become part of an artificial reef.
 
11-3-2015
 
New message in Mess Room 2015
 
9-3-2015
 
New message in Mess Room
 
 
28-2-2015
 
CONTINUING TO TRANSFER LIGHTERAGE SITE CONTENT TO THIS SITE WHICH HAS ENABLED ME TO STOP THE SUBSCRIPTION TO THE LIGHTERAGE SERVER. STILL SLOW GOING AS HAVE TO LIMIT MY TIME IN FRONT OF THE SCREEN BUT WE WILL GET THERE. ONCE LIGHTERAGE CONTENT IS COMPLETE THEN I CAN START RE POSTING SOME OF THE PHOTOS. PLEASE BEAR WITH ME. THE CONTACT BUTTON SHOULD NOW BE OPERATING AGAIN SO FEEL FREE TO USE IT.
 
2-3-2015
 
GOOD NEWS. TRANSFER OF THE TEXT OF THE LIGHTERAGE SITE IS NOW COMPLETE. I CAN NOW START TO RE INSERT PHOTOS ONTO BOTH SITES. I DO HOWEVER WANT TO BE A LITTLE SELECTIVE OVER THE PICS AND NOT CONTINUE USING THE SAME ONES THAT CAN BE SEEN ON PHOTO SITES ALL OVER THE INTERNET. SO IF YOU HAVE SOME PICS YOU HAVE TAKEN AND WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE USED ON SITE PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA THE CONTACT BUTTON. TO THOSE WHO IN THE PAST HAVE SUBMITTED THEIR PICS I SHALL BE LOOKINGT AT THEIR FOLDERS AND PROBABLY REUSING THEM SO PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT AGAIN UNLESS YOU HAVE NEW PICS. [I STILL HAVE EVERY PIC SENT TO ME OVER THE PAST YEARS ON FILE!!!]. I AM ALSO TALKING TO ANOTHER SPONSOR FOR THE SITE SO THINGS LOOKING BETTER ALL ROUND BUT STILL HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH THE AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT BEFORE THE COMPUTER SCREEN UNTIL I HAVE AN OPERATION ON MY EYE SO THIS COULD BE A SLOW PROCESS BUT PLEASE BEAR WITH ME.
 


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LATEST PHOTO'S

 
 
 
EMPIRE WOLD, ICELAND 1944. Photo courtesy Joseph Koblinski, Baton Rouge, USA
 
This has got to be my personal pic of the year!! Sent to me by Joe Koblinski whose father is amongst the group of American troops standing on the engine room casing. The pic was apparently taken in Iceland [probably Reykjavik, which I hope to confirm] in the' fall of 1944', so not long before the tug was lost. The troops were undergoing training in Iceland before going on to Europe. How I wish I had seen this piccie before building the model of the tug!!!!
 
 
 
29-12-2014 
 
Hi Pete,I have found a pic .from the harbour in Reykjavík,this is the coal crane (hope this is  the right name for it) and it is the same on the pic. you send me and that means it was taken in Reykjavík harbour,I think that
this is a very special photo, on this spot is now a very big music hall, The Harp( Harpan) ,hope to hear from you soon ,Take care - Thorunn Green [Iceland]

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C277  UNKNOWN???  Photo possibly taken on WATERCOCK. Photo courtesy Mike Houckham 
 
Looking at the hat it could be Bob Bath [see picC270  lower down this page]
 
 
 
GONDIA alongside Pamir. Photo Rosemary Fox/M Houckham
 
 
GONDIA at the Spithead Naval Review 1953. Photo Rosemary Fox/M Houckham
 
 
 
 
 
SD SEAHORSE 9th September 2014. Photo K Haydon
 
 
 
SVITZER BOOTLE August 2014. Photo K Haydon
 
 


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C273. WATERCOCK; Peter Clifford and John 'Omo' Kiel
 
 
C274. Peter Clifford and unknown [believed to be Engineer]
 
30-11-2014 -  hi the unknown in pictures c273-c274 is my cousin Peter Clifford , I would think very early 1960s. Best regards Alan Clifford
 
14-12-2014; Pictures C273 and C274 The was my husband Peter Clifford and if we could have copies of these pictures or have them emailed to us we would be very grateful; Margaret Clifford.

 
Can anyone else confirm or add names here please!!!!
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C271. Third from left is Alan Corby now a Cervia volunteer at Ramsgate. Bert and Mary Morgan??  George Finnis. Others unknown Photo courtesy Mike Houckham
 
 


C272;  Third from left Alan Corby, other unknown. Any names please????? Photo courtesy Mike Houckham
 
 

C270  Nothing known at all about this one so all info gratefully received [tug, crew, where, when etc]. Notice telegraph is on stop. Photo courtesy Mike Houckham
 
C270 Bob Boo Boo Bath is the hand on wheel and he was in the WATERCOCK'S crew - Keith Toms
 
I think the skipper in pic c270 could be Jack"Tiddler"Cox. -  Tony Wade.



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Some  great pics kindly sent by Mike Houckham but loaned to him by Rosemary Fox, grand daughter of Captain Charlie Pratt. Some missing names to fill in here tuggies!!

 
 
C267 GONDIA CREW 1954
 
L-R Back row; Peter Heritage; John Chaney; Peter Price; George Finnis;
L-R Centre row;  Colin Fryer; 'Oilo' Hoyle; George Dyer; Captain Charlie Pratt;
L-R Front row;  Seymour Dyer; Rosemary Fox, granddaughter of Charlie Pratt.
 
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C268 Ship Towage Dinner 29th October 1956
 
L-R ;  A.J.Page; Harry Arnold; Unknown; Arthur Couves; Charlie Pratt; John Rogers Watkins; Unknown; Tommy Mason; Harry Gouge; Jack Russell; 'Masher' Mastin; Bill Simmons.
 
19-12-2014 - C268 Ship Towage Dinner 1956 : Person on the left A.J.Page - Sylvia Bowen


 
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C269 Ship Towage Dinner
 
L-R Rear Row;  Max Hamilton; William Watkins; Harry Arnold; Jim Payne; Eddie Fryer; Unknown; Arthur Couves; A J Page; Unknown.
L-R Front Row;  Jack Russell; Bill Simmons; Charlie Pratt; Bert Youseman; John Rogers Watkins; Frank Cable.
 
 3-12-2014 c269 4th from left rear row is Capt. Jim Payne  -  Tony Wade
 
19-12-2014 - Photographs : C269 Ship Towage Dinner Left Rear Row Max Hamilton, William Watkins - 2nd from right A.J. Page - Sylvia Bowen


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INFORMATION WANTED ON ALL PICTURES BELOW PLEASE. WHEN, WHERE, WHAT, WHO ALL INFO IS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED HOWEVER SMALL YOU MAY THINK IT IS!!!
 












 
 
More 1950'ish crew photo's from Kevin Haydon. C246 and C247 possibly taken on Muria or Racia. Any Identities appreciated.

C244

 This is believed to be Captain George Lowe of the Simla. Photo K Haydon colln.

[I know of at least one person out there who should be able to confirm or deny this!]
3-10-2013 hi pete, sadly but most definitely, its not my grandfather george lowe, but a great picture nonetheless , so the question now is, who is it. maybe its georges brother arthur !, but i have never seen a photo of arthur, who died on the bridge of the muria. -  mike houckham
 
Come on old hands ----I need your help again!!!!!
 
 
C245
 
8-10-2013 C245 2nd left = Fred Morgan i think. - Nolly Harvey
13-10-2013 - Pete, hi looks like the skipper in picture C245 and C244 are the same person??
Cheers, John Grainger.
 
 
 
C247
Photos K Haydon coll

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