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Brian Probetts (Site Admin)
25th May 2009, 11:42 AM
It is much sadness that I must post about our friend and shipmate, John Wright having Crossed the Bar on the 14th May 2009.
John was at sea from 1937 until 1945, his best remembered ship was the Nailsea Meadow.
John was 'bombed' whilst in the London Docks and torpedoed soon after sailing from Capetown.

John is on his longest voyage now, fair winds and calm seas be always yours.

Brian.

Doc Vernon
25th May 2009, 12:33 PM
So sad to hear of Johns passing Brian,and he i know as all before him will be missed not only by us but of course his dear Family too!
My sincere condolences to the entire Family!

Drift away in Peace John and may you have fair winds at your Sails!

Sincerly

happy daze john in oz
26th May 2009, 06:28 AM
Condolences to the family of a man who served that we might prevail. Calm seas await him now.

Glan Phillips
26th May 2009, 05:23 PM
Sincere sympathy & condolences to John's family and friends. It is always sad to hear of a shipmates passing.....Glan

Stuart Henderson
26th May 2009, 06:55 PM
R. I . P God Bless and condolences to Johns family.

Stuart H
France

alf corbyn
27th May 2009, 08:52 PM
my sincere condolances to johns family. he must have seen a few sights during his long sea time. best regards. alf

jackw21
21st November 2009, 08:16 PM
I'd like to extend my belated condolences to Mr. Wright's family, too.

I'm very sorry I missed being able to chat with him. I was Radio Operator on the Nailsea Meadow in 1941, and was torpedoed in 1943 after leaving Durban.

I'm sure we would have had a lot to talk about.

JackW

Keith at Tregenna
21st November 2009, 11:29 PM
“Her Name Was Nailsea Meadow”

“WE REMEMBER THEM”

Ships of The British Merchant Navy
Captains and Crew and loved ones.
Including the lesser well known,
yet may they not be forgotten.

Her name was SS. She was a lady of the waves, named Daybreak, Tregenna, DudleyRose,
“Nailsea Meadow” etc, whatever her title she was not designed intentionally to face enemy action.
She was generally a Steamship born or rather built to serve her masters, carry safely
her crew, passengers and cargo and supply a Nation. Those who sailed upon her,
leaving families and loved ones ashore, at home, behind them and often during
conflict alone and forever. Many that promised to remember them, are here no more,
re-united possibly as time has gone by. The ships, travelers and crews, sail on in a
different world now and loved ones hopefully passage eternally with those brave men
and voyagers once more.

It was a hard way to earn a crust, especially during Wartime, with so many vessels
seeking safe haven. With often her journeys end not reached and a final resting place,
the Ocean bed and no known grave but the sea, for the men, women and boys or
children that sailed these graceful steel ladies. “We must remember them all”. The
many that survived attacks by those that would do them harm, haunted forever by the
sights and sounds of ships and fellow men of the sea becoming extinct in such a
horrible way and those that escaped the hunters time and time again, with no thought
of giving in will always remember “These men that died to save us all”.

We, as an island race, are steeped in Maritime history and owe so much to so many,
the Merchant Navy have until recently seemed to be the forgotten service, the
backbone of our country’s Navy, yet a distant relative when the honours are
bestowed. These good men worked for a living, for bread and butter and maybe a love
of the sea, others just to work, as times were hard. Whatever reason seamen sail, they
expect at some time to go home. Faced with the hardships of life at sea, many would
be deterred from such a life. To sail knowing that any voyage could be the last, facing
war time dangers and a watery grave, did not deter these brave men and our Maritime
life line was kept open by these sailors from many homes and ports.

Many sail what can be a “Cruel Sea”, not always in times of conflict, we ask that our
God will “Bless this Ship and all who Sail In Her” at a launch and many pray for a
safe voyage and early return for vessels leaving harbour. All ships and crew from
liners to fishing vessels, rowing boat to super tanker, require safe passage, a flag to fly
under and protection from danger. Safe harbour to rest in and when tragedy occurs a
lifeboat to help them. We pray for the safety, support those that may rescue and ask
our god to guide and protect. But we must also remember, LEST WE FORGET.

In Memory of: John Wright and all those Good Men and the women and children, still not Home From the Sea and those of all lost from this world with “No Known Grave but the Sea” the many just not remembered or just forgot and un-commemorated in an unattended grave. The many requisitioned by the Admiralty to serve a nation.

We shall Remember Them.

KG.

John is on his longest voyage now, fair winds and calm seas be always yours.