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    Hi Ivan,
    My Husband was on M.V. Wendover as 2nd Electrician from 28th September 1953 till 8th May 1954. I have a letter of recommendation from the Chief Engineer (E,S, Wood M.I.Mar.E.)for Ken to take to his next Ship. When he told me about his ships (I met him after he Left MN in 1956) I remember him saying how Watts Watts cabins were much better than some cabins he had seen on ships he visited when in Port.
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    Tony, when you were on the Wanstead do you recall a deck hand Eddie Parkin ? Incidentally I was on the WENDOVER.
    Good ships though have to say I thought they were not that to look at. Having no ports ? regard Brian W.

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    Brian, if your post is for Tony Wilding, unfortunately Tony has gone to Fiddlers Green a few years ago, kt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Tindell View Post
    Brian, if your post is for Tony Wilding, unfortunately Tony has gone to Fiddlers Green a few years ago, kt
    Yes,poor Tony. He was passionate about Watts Watts,and like many here he was a good researcher,especially of photos.
    He had a year or two of happiness towards the end of his life with his lady living in the Phillippines.
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    My father Arthur John Martin Wharton (known as John) was on the Wanstead from 1950 onwards. I know he went to Suez and I remember him telling me a story that he jumped into the water and knocked himself out and had to be rescued! I am going to the National Archives soon to get hold of his Seamans Pouch so I will know more soon.

    He died when I was 16 so I have not ever really talked to him about it sadly. But I do have a postcard of the ship that he sent to his parents about how excited he was to join the ship (after leaving Pangbourne Naval College). I also have a few photos of him aboard with friends.

    He is the the one standing at the top in this photo.

    John Arthur Martin Wharton on S S Wanstead circa 1950 (2).jpg
    Last edited by Julia Wharton; 12th September 2017 at 08:46 PM.

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    Hi Julia, Welcome to the site, lovely photograph of your dad, sorry to hear he died when you were so young. If you can give us his dob and where he was born we might be able to find some further information for you.
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    Oh thank you Marian. His date of birth was 16 June 1932 and he was born in Ingoldisthorpe, Norfolk.

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    Hi Julia, not having much joy, though I am concentrating mainly on the name John.

    Arthur Wharton in the U.S., Departing Passenger and Crew Lists, 1914-1966
    Name: Arthur Wharton
    Birth Place: England
    Departure Date: 28 Sep 1955
    Departure Place: New York, New York, USA
    Ship: QUEEN ELIZABETH

    Do you know what rank your father held, there is a 6ft trimmer with similar initials who keeps popping up
    Also do you know when his service ended.

    Different one: Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959

    Name: Arthur Wharton
    Port of Departure: Oahu
    Ship: Orcades
    Port of Arrival: Honolulu, Hawaii
    Arrival Date: 20 Sep 1958
    Race: British (English)
    Rank:U/stwd

    Name: Arthur Wharton
    Port of Departure: Honolulu
    Ship: Orcades
    Port of Arrival: Honolulu, Hawaii
    Arrival Date: 18 Oct 1958
    Race: British (English)
    Rank: U/stwd

    Probably best to wait till I have his rank as there are 750 to wade through with the different initails A & J
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    Marian, he would not be the trimmer, the lads in the photo are wearing deck cadets (budding navigators) uniform, so if he followed the usual path you would be looking at 3rd mate, 2nd mate, 1st mate and then Master, but not all followed that path, as some after serving their time went onto AB, then Bosun as 3rd mates wages would not support a family if an individual had decided to get married, hope this helps

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    Thank you Ivan, as you can see still learning!
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