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Brian Probetts (Site Admin)
20th August 2018, 11:35 AM
SEPTEMBER THE THIRD
Merchant Navy Day.

Our Country celebrates centenaries and the cenotaph’s just cause,
We remember Airmen, and Soldiers from the wars,
The Navy and Civilians and Miners from the pit,
Royalty and Land Girls - all those that did their bit.

Now the Merchant Navy, has its special say,
Flying its Red Ensign on the Third September day,
From our public buildings in Britain and abroad,
So the population may look up and applaud.

Reminding everybody of the sacrifice they made,
Shipping vital cargoes in a mortal wartime trade,
Mostly sailing unarmed or with very poor defence,
Causalities and losses were appalling and immense.

Round the world they voyaged `cross oceans near and far,
Magnetic mines abundant on both sides of the bar,
Torpedoes launched from U boats, bombs aimed from the sky,
Salvoes fired from raiders, intent that ships would die.

Often in awful conditions, at work in numbing cold,
Through voracious seas of the Arctic with explosives in the hold,
Or the white heat of the tropics, steaming into hell,
Living on tons of petrol dreading the enemy’s shell.

Our lads ran the gauntlet braving marauder’s might,
Showing a stubborn Red Duster every day of the fight.
If they survived - they returned, not once but again and again,
Hence lifeblood brought to nations by indefatigable men.

On all the seas and rivers where British seamen go,
From the tropics to the edges, of where the icebergs grow,
You will see the ruddy bunting of bright or smoky red,
It’s our Merchant Navy Ensign flying overhead.

Cpt. Joe Earl

Keith at Tregenna
20th August 2018, 05:26 PM
TOWER HILL

Behind each name a story lies
A seaman lost, a hero dies,
Duty wrought across the waves
A tale unheard in ocean graves.

By Captain Joe Earl

Keith at Tregenna
20th August 2018, 08:33 PM
MERCHANT NAVY DAY

I see the ensigns flying, my heart fills with pride,
I see our colours carried, with seamen by my side,
I remember ships and mariners - ( and the debt we owe)
Now resting in the oceans, fathoms deep below.

Joe Earl Aug. 2010

happy daze john in oz
21st August 2018, 06:15 AM
I have been asked to give a talk, second time of doing so, on September 3rd on local community radio.
I was quite surprised last time at the number who recognized the Merchant Navy for what it was during the wars.

Doc Vernon
21st August 2018, 06:19 AM
A very nice gesture once again for you to do that John
and with your ability to write such good Articles etc I am sure your Speech will do the Merchant Navy Proud!
What Radio Station is it possibly I may be able to get it on the day if know the exact time ?
Cheers

Mike Hall
21st August 2018, 09:14 AM
Just a thought, Could it be recorded and put in the MEDIA/VIDEOS section.

Keith at Tregenna
21st August 2018, 03:13 PM
They Bore the Brunt

They sailed the seas to bear the brunt,
They steamed the courses laid,
Ten thousand miles their battle front,
Unbacked and undismayed.
Fine seamen these of our great race,
From your seaport or town,
They risked their lives with danger faced
Until their ship went down.
Remember them - they held the line,
Won freedom on the way,
Remember them - their life was thine -
On merchant navy day.

J.Earl

Keith at Tregenna
21st August 2018, 09:17 PM
MERCHANT NAVY DAY

September 3rd.


The scattered flowers on the waves

Marked our hardy seamen’s graves

Since those floating blooms were cast

The peril`s over now and past

Shall our gratitude just sleep

Resting still across the deep?

Have our garlands sailed astray?

No, not on merchant navy day!


Joe Earl

Keith at Tregenna
21st August 2018, 11:40 PM
I have been asked to give a talk, second time of doing so, on September 3rd on local community radio.
I was quite surprised last time at the number who recognized the Merchant Navy for what it was during the wars.

RESPECT.

Great to see you promoting Merchant Navy Day and raising awareness this year, Good job John.

Hope all goes well and is appreciated by many seafarers' and the public in your audience.

Since just before 2000 MNA campaigns have certainly helped the awareness greatly, though
the work goes on all year, every year. Much of the thanks is to those that do.

All the best and keep up the good work, it would be great as was said in a previous post if your
piece can be recorded and somehow made available / linked to / via this site for all to hear.

The radio station should provide you with a copy and a whiz or two on site may work the oracle for here.

Regards,

Keith.


Merchant Navy Day, 3rd September.

EVERY YEAR.

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The Merchant Navy Was There Every Day.

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happy daze john in oz
22nd August 2018, 06:14 AM
It is a very small local one, as to recording I will have to ask on that one.

Keith at Tregenna
28th August 2018, 09:06 PM
Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2018
03 September 2018, 02:00PM

Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

Melbourne.

Shrine Representatives:

Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

https://www.shrine.org.au/Visit-the-Shrine/Planning-your-visit

Keith at Tregenna
28th August 2018, 09:12 PM
MERCHANT NAVY DAY
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Merchant Navy Day
03 Sep 2018

In 2010, the New Zealand Government announced that they would join Britain and other commonwealth countries to commemorate those who served in the Merchant Navy in the Second World War.

The date chosen was 3 September as this observes the sinking of the first British merchant ship in 1939, just hours after the war was declared.

We would like to invite you to commemorate those who served and lost their lives in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War from the first day to the last.

The service will take approximately one hour, which includes the laying of the wreath at the museum’s Merchant Navy Memorial Plaque.

Following the service, there will be luncheon put on by the Maritime Museum and a wreath will be laid at sea in the museum’s marina from the vessel Nautilus.

When: Monday 3 September 2018, 11.00am - Monday 3 September 2018, 12.00pm

Where: NZ Maritime Museum, Princes Wharf, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central

Merchant Navy Day | OurAuckland (http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/events/2018/09/merchant-navy-day/)

Chris Thompson
28th August 2018, 09:19 PM
I don't do poems, I am an engineer not a wordsmith, but those of our generation have been so lucky that we have lived without the global wars of our parents and grandparents, we have never had the feeling of abject terror that so many before us must have gone through as they went about their chosen trade. On rememberance day great respect and tribute is paid and rightly so to those of the armed services so the Merchant Navy Day is and should be a tribute to so many who served on at best lightly armed merchant ships.

Keith at Tregenna
28th August 2018, 10:15 PM
Fortunately, the Merchant Navy Association has a poet in Joe Earl.

There is much of his work on this site.

Joe has helped me much with his pen.

MERCHANT NAVY STAMP OF APPROVAL

Defeat was mighty close in the second greatest war,
Five thousand ships with cargos sent to the ocean floor,
Merchant men were slaughtered sustaining our lifeline,
The Country issued ration books so desperate was the time.

A crisis at the Home Front, foodstuff very short,
Rations and provisions scarcely making port,
Convoys steaming steadfast under Red Ensigns,
Faced demise from U-boats, the bombers and the mines.

There were many heroes on land and sea and air,
And thirty thousand Seamen gave their lives out there,
Transporting reinforcements, resources and supplies,
And fuel to fly the spitfires fighting in the skies.

Perhaps we should commend them by illustrating stamps,
With the freighters and the liners, the tankers and the tramps,
It would be a special tribute, rather overdue,
To mariners who manned them and a way to say thank you.

J.S.Earl Nov. 2009

JOE'S MERCHANT NAVY STAMP OF APPROVAL:

Assisted much in the MN gaining the Royal Mail Stamp of Approveal.

Stamp of approval at last for Merchant Navy and Barry seamen | Barry And District News (http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/news/letters/10118659.Stamp_of_approval_at_last_for_Merchant_Na vy_and_Barry_seamen/)

Royal Mail unveils stamps featuring historic trading ships to commemorate the Merchant Navy | Daily Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2424699/Royal-Mail-unveils-stamps-featuring-historic-trading-ships-commemorate-Merchant-Navy.html)

More of Joe's MN poems at: http://joesverse.simplesite.com/160596375

Keith.

Keith at Tregenna
30th August 2018, 03:52 PM
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Rodney Mills
31st August 2018, 03:55 PM
Merchant Navy day falls on our Labor day, a national holiday and a flag day, so this year I will fly the Red Duster beneath the Stars and Stripes on my flag staff.


Respects to our fallen shipmates, Rodney in South Carolina.

Keith at Tregenna
1st September 2018, 05:14 PM
New Zealand Maritime Museum

All are welcome to our Merchant Navy Day service this Monday 3rd September, to commemorate those who served in the Merchant Navy in the Second World War. Service begins at 11am in The Maritime Room, click below to find out more.

https://www.maritimemuseum.co.nz/merchant-navy-day-0

Keith at Tregenna
3rd September 2018, 12:31 AM
THE RED ENSIGN MEN

Dedicated to the men of Merchant Navy
Have you ever stood a foc’sle watch
On a tanker, just at dawn
And through icy sheet checked out the fleet
Dreading the klaxon horn,
Loathing the feel of freezing steel
And longing for a day that’s warm ?

Hoist the blood red ensign high !
Pay homage to the brave !
Those who live and those that die
In a deep and lonely grave !

Have you ever seen a cargo ship go down ?
Heard the screams of dying men ?
Struck by a foe from deep below
And were helpless to defend
And in your dreams relived the scenes
Until you woke again ?

Hoist the blood red ensign high !
Salute those valiant men !
Those who were, and those who are
And those to be again !

Have you ever seen a ship at sea
That could barely make its way ?
But bore the might of a frenzied fight
And still made port, one day ?
With decks still red from those that bled
Who died for our today !

Hoist the blood red ensign high !
And let us not forget
Those loyal crews who paid there dues,
In courage, blood and sweat !

Have you ever sat in an open boat
On seas that were choked with oil ?
With lungs aflame and racked with pain,
And felt your anger boil
And wondered why men had to die,
And was it worth the toil ?

Hoist the blood red ensign high
Sound the bugle call !
And honour them the Merchant men,
The bravest of them all. !

Dennis John Wood. Caerphilly, Ex Army and ex Merchant Navy

On display at: The United Services Club, Wharton Street, Cardiff

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happy daze john in oz
3rd September 2018, 05:54 AM
Here where we live there is a very local community radio station that is run purely by volunteers.

2 years ago a commercial operation took control of the radio station, it was a disaster.
They left after some 18 months leaving what was a good local radio into a total mess.
It is now back in the hands of the local community volunteers but still has along way to go to become again what nit was, the voice of the community.
I managed to get the following out this morning and started with an Australian guise in an effort to maybe bring some of the listeners back.

The current operators were pleased to get this on as I had done a similar talk some years ago about the MN in general, good response from that.


MERCHANT NAVY

In 1915 Australian troops entered in to battle at Gallipoli, a battle lost before it began.
We often talk of it, the coming of nationhood for Australia.

In both world wars we all knew of the Army, Royal Navy and the Air force.
The three armed forces that won the war for the allies and brought peace to the world.

All are well recorded and remembered in Shrines and memorials across this and many other nations.
To them we owe a debt, for without their effort we may well not be where we are today, free and living in a democratic nation as are so many other countries that could well have fallen under the yoke of another nation had the outcome been different.

We often talk of the gallant men, and many women, who made this possible.
The nurses in field hospitals who tended the sick and injured and often comforted the dying in their last moments.

The airmen who never came back from a bombing mission, the sailors who went down with their ships, and the soldiers lost on the battle field.

On Anzac day and Remembrance day we salute their memories.

But there was another service that many do not realize existed, a service with out which
the outcome of both wars may have been very different.

Often referred to as the forth or forgotten service.

These were the civilians of the Merchant Navy. The navy made up not of war ships but simple honest cargo ships and passenger liners.

During the two world wars over 33,000 unarmed civilians, all proud Merchant seamen, made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of those ashore.

It was theses brave and gallant men who served on unarmed merchant ships.
The ships ,that without their effort, the wars may well have gone a different way.

The ships that carried the munitions for the armed forces, the ships that carried the food for those ashore, or the oil for ships engines. All the components that assisted those at the front to gain the upper hand.


But theses brave civilians were also at the front, a front that few know of or understand, a front on the open seas.

A front where without notice the enemy could strike at any time, submarines, like stalkers in the night ,sending their deadly torpedoes towards an unarmed merchant ship.
Striking often in the dead of night, hitting the ship below the water line killing most of the engine room crew in one blast.

Men who had no means of escape, who either drowned or were burned to death.
Men who have no grave but the sea.

Sending ships with vital equipment and much needed resources to the bottom.

But this did not kill or remove the resolve of those brave men, men who knowing the risk still ventured on to these ships to ensure that vital resources were delivered.

Men who when their ship went down, if they survived that, would spend days in a life boat waiting to be rescued, or as the case of my grandfather, a ships engineer in WW 1, on a life raft for four days before being picked up.

Some is dire circumstances where the enemy surfaced as with machine gun murdered the few survivors, no quarter given here or prisoners taken.

Brave men, civilians who had decided long before any war to make a life at sea, a life that was to ensure the nation was fed, supplied with all manner of goods needed for daily life.

It was these men who crewed the troop ships at Gallipoli, who crewed the hospital ships, the fleet tankers bringing much needed fuel to the warships.

Unlike those in the services they wore no uniform, dressed in civilian clothes they looked no different to any other man in the street. Enjoyed a pint in the local pub, laughed and joked with mates, then said goodbye to family and friends knowing this could well be the last time they met. Yet still they went forth into the unknown.

Men such as those of the crew of the Cunard liner Lusitania, which on 7 May 1915 was torpedeod by a German submarine resulting in the loss of passengers and crew, of the 1962 on board only 761 survived.
Such was the daily risk taken by these men.



But they stood tall and wore their position with pride, a pride that told the world just who they were and what they did. Men who so proudly sailed under the Red Ensign, the flag of the merchant Navy still in use today on many ships.


But sadly it was not until recent times, only 2008 here in Australia, when they received official recognition.

Monday September 3 is Merchant Navy day across all Commonwealth nations.
We of the forth service ask, that on this day you spend a few moments to reflect of the efforts and sacrifices made by these brave men.

Brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice so you can enjoy today, the freedom of a democratic nation.

Thank you.

Doc Vernon
3rd September 2018, 05:58 AM
An excellent Speech John
Wish I had heard it,wonder if it could be heard again on Playback at all??
But thank you for doing it,all part and parcel of Keeping the Memory Alive!
All the best Cobber! LOL
Cheers

Keith at Tregenna
3rd September 2018, 10:43 AM
New Video Marks the Stoicism of Those at Sea in the First World War for Merchant Navy Day

UK – To mark this year's Merchant Navy Day (September 3rd) the maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, which has supported fishermen, mariners and their dependants since 1839, has released a video exploring the spirited determination and indomitable courage of the Mercantile Marine and Fishing Fleets during World War One.

https://www.handyshippingguide.com/shipping-news/new-video-marks-the-stoicism-of-those-at-sea-in-the-first-world-war-for-merchant-navy-day_9341

“Assessing the reasons for the Allied victory in the First World War, it is widely agreed that civilian food supply was the ultimate deciding factor. That the calorie intake at the end of the war was almost at pre-war levels despite the loss of merchant ships from enemy action, and the competition for carrying capacity from the imports of weapons, munitions and men to enable us to fight was due to the stoicism and heroism of our Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets.

“This is something not a lot of people know about these days and we are hopeful our film will go some way to raising awareness of the sacrifice of our merchant seamen and fishermen, without which the outcome of the war could have been very different.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WfIBrwtrQk&feature=youtu.be

Captain Kong
3rd September 2018, 11:20 AM
The RED ENSIGN Is Flying from the top of the Town Hall in Bolton.
Brian

eric fisher
3rd September 2018, 03:45 PM
Doc, I wear my M.N. Veteran's Badge proudly every day, still tagging poppies in Nov., it's my payback to shipmates who didn't make it home.

Captain K. I have memories and many details of a fisherman who was lost on the trawler Goth about 1949. Know you frequent Fleetwood often. Think we could exchange some memories of that time. He was from Newton le Willows Cheers, Eric

Captain Kong
3rd September 2018, 04:08 PM
Hi Eric,
here is the crew list of all the men who were lost when the GOTH sank in December 1948,
the Wireless operator was Stanley Bowles age 19 of Newton-le-Willows

* Lost (all Fleetwood unless stated):
Skipper: Wilfred (Wink) Elliot aged 36, Warbreck Hill Rd, Blackpool
Mate: A. E. Plummer, aged 47, Preston
Bosun: John Edwards, aged 35, Hathaway Place, Fleetwood
Chief Engineer: G. H. Knight, aged 52, Garfield Rd Fleetwood
2nd Engineer: Alfred Patterson, aged 24, Dock St Fleetwood
Wireless Operator: Stanley Bowles, aged 19, Newton-le-Willows
Fireman: Thomas Dagger, aged 25, Springfield Terrace, Fleetwood
Fireman: Harvey Ramsden, aged 24, Layton Blackpool
Fireman: J. Beattie, aged 24, Liverpool
Cook: H. P. Blyth, aged 51, Bolton
Assistant Cook: Albert Silcock, aged 20, Preston
Deckhand: Ernest Parker (DSM) aged 28, Heathfield Rd Fleetwood
Deckhand: John Tandy, aged 27, Victoria St. Fleetwood
Deckhand: Harry Buckley, aged 24, Carr Rd Fleetwood
Deckhand: William Durbin, aged 26, Shakespeare Rd Fleetwood
Deckhand: Norman Grisenthwaite, aged 24, Heathfield Rd Fleetwood
Deckhand: Harry Smith, aged 23, Heathfield Rd Fleetwood
Deckhand: Richard Snasdell, aged 23, Oak St Fleetwood
Deckhand: Benjamin Redman, aged 27, Blackiston St Fleetwood
Deckhand: J. Davies, aged 60, Gordon Rd Fleetwood
Brassie: Robert Rhimes, aged 16, Broomfield Rd Fleetwood

this is from the ……………………THE BOSUNS WATCH, THE FLEETWOOD SAIL AND STEAM TRAWLER WEB SITE.
S.T. Goth FD52

Positional information courtesy of Captain Hilmar Snorrason
Goth crew information courtesy of the late Fred Hobbs
Additional information courtesy of Hull Trawlers

Technical

Official Number: 148478
Yard Number: 468
Completed: 1925
Gross Tonnage: 394
Net Tonnage: 174
Length: 147.5 ft
Breadth: 25.5 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 700ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith, Hull
Speed: 10.5 knots

History of the GOTH

8.6.1925: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.468) for Hellyer Bros Ltd, Hull as GOTH.
12.8.1925: Registered at Hull (H211).
20.8.1925: Completed (Frank O. Hellyer & Owen S. Hellyer, managers.
9.1925: Sailed for Greenland coast on an exploratory trip in an attempt to find new fishing grounds.
9.10.1925: At Hull landed 260kits mostly cod and codling and trip deemed successful.
1929: Fish carrier for halibut fishery in the Davis Strait, Greenland.
3.1.1930: Off Norway coast, stranded near Narvik, came afloat with engine but leaking and put into Lødingen. Divers plugged leaks.
5.2.1930: In collision Saltend with steam trawler MARCONI (H488). Both vessels taken in tow for Hull.
16.4.1931: Arrested in Icelandic water by Icelandic Coastguard ship AEGIR along with Hull trawlers CAPE DELGARDO (H47) and CAPE TRAFALGAR (H918) and escorted to Reykjavik. Each fined 10kroner for having fishing gear incorrectly stowed. Later fines rescinded and all three skippers admonished.
12.10.1933: On a Barents Sea trip (Sk. Herbert Brown). Fishing in company with steam trawlers KINGSTON PEARL (H296) (Sk. William Hornby) and LARWOOD (GY49) (Sk. S. Cantwell) at about 3.00pm. responded to distress message from Norwegian steamer HAUGLAND (3153grt/1896) disabled off the Murman coast with broken propeller shaft and drifting on a lee shore in a NE gale following loss of anchors. At about 6.30pm KINGSTON PEARL using DF was the first to reach casualty. In heavy sleet and and ground swell it was not until 10.00pm. that a attempt was made to connect via Schermuly rocket but line repeatedly parted. Closed vessel and managed to get a heaving line aboard and trawl warp made fast with difficulty as windlass damaged when anchors lost.
13.10.1933: Twice warps parted and it was not until 5.00am. that GOTH arrived on the scene and was able to connect by Schermuly rocket and between them hold the vessel off the shore. Again after about an hour the warps parted and by this time Larwood had arrived and succeeded in getting a line onboard and held the vessel for a further two hours. Shortly after 12.00 noon an attempt was made to tow the vessel away from the coast but the casualty was unmanageable, KINGSTON PEARL managed to get another line connected but shortly after both warps parted. KINGSTON PEARL and GOTH connected again but warps parted and GOTH was temporarily disabled with the wire round her propeller. With weather freshening and the vessel close to the shore the master requested that the crew be taken off. The trawlers closed the casualty, pumped oil on the water and Goth managed to pick up all twenty-nine crew and later landed them at Vardø, Norway. Haugland was subsequently refloated, repaired and returned to service.
25.7.1939: Insured value £13,700.
5.8.1939: Sailed Hull for White Sea last trip before requisition (Sk. J. W. Ellis).
29.8.1939: At Hull landed 1,461 kits grossed £1,664.
29.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.649) (Hire rate £152.13.6d/month).
11.1945: Returned to owner.
30.11.1945: Insured value £30,000; for 1946 proposed £33,000.
12.1945: Sold to Wyre Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Merchants (Fleetwood) Ltd, managers).
1.1946: Hull registry closed.
1946: Registered at Fleetwood (FD52).
4.12.1948: Sailed Fleetwood for Icelandic grounds (Sk. Wilfred Elliott); twenty one crew.
10.12.1948: Trawling NW of Straumnaes, north west coast of Iceland in company with steam trawler St. MELANTE (GY80).
11.12.1948: Storm, hauled and ran for shelter to Adalvik Bay.
13.12.1948: Reliable evidence that vessel was communicating by radio with other trawlers.
Post 13.12.1948: Presume foundered NNW of Halo, 43 miles to NW of Straumnes, Iceland in position 66.59.8N 24.28.9W; all twenty-one crew lost*.
23.2.1949: Posted missing. Fleetwood registry closed.
14.4.1950: At BOT Formal Investigation (No. S.416), the Court found that the casualty was probably caused by heavy weather, but other possibilities, mine explosion, boiler explosion, bunker explosion, could not be excluded.
15.11.1997: Icelandic trawler HELGA (RE49) (Sk. Vidar Benediktsson) fishing on NW Iceland grounds, trawled up a funnel which was identified in Reykjavik as belonging to the GOTH. Returned to Fleetwood.
12.2006: After repainting, the Funnel is sited as a memorial to the lost trawlermen beside the Asda store at the corner of Dock Street and Station Road.

This is the true Price of fish
cheers
Brian

Photo of the GOTH and the funnel of the GOTH that was recovered from Iceland and now a memorial in Fleetwood.

eric fisher
3rd September 2018, 04:48 PM
Doc, Knew Stanley Bowles at the Radio College, Manchester before he signed on the Goth. There was a romantic tragedy with his loss, if you would like some details, I would gladly share them with you but don't wish to do that on this thread, it is both very sad and tragic. I would not like to hurt any of the family who may read the story I remember well. Eric

dave moore
3rd September 2018, 06:54 PM
Red Duster flying in Barnard Castle today ,also memorial service ,plus buffet supplied by council .last year was the first time the event took place and attendance was sparse,but the council made contact with many others not far away,three mayors from them attended plus over 100 others ,they were all impressed by the gathering and will most probably fly the flag after I had conversations with them .Really pleased to see many of the general public there too.The day has passed,with know mention of the MNs day on local tv a bloody disgrace in my opinion when the north east played a vital part not only manufacturing arms and ship building and coal for the war effort but 1000s of those brave seamen who lost their lives.To conclude they will be getting a phone call from me pointing out not on any news from an area so vital to the war effort during both wars. Dave

Keith at Tregenna
3rd September 2018, 07:41 PM
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Keith at Tregenna
3rd September 2018, 08:05 PM
Hoist the blood red ensign high !
And let us not forget
Those loyal crews who paid there dues,
In courage, blood and sweat !

Captain Kong
3rd September 2018, 08:42 PM
Keith, I suggest you direct all your MN Day Posts to the BBC and ITV and SKY News,
Not one mention of MN DAY or 3 September day.
As Dave says, "A Bloody Disgrace,"

not one member of the Public knows anything about it.

Brian

Keith at Tregenna
3rd September 2018, 08:51 PM
Not that I defend the news media in anyway but, regional reporting RE: MN is always better.

Meanwhile: Liverpool marks Merchant Navy Day with special service and wreath laying ceremony | Granada - ITV News (http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2018-09-02/liverpool-marks-merchant-navy-day-with-special-service-and-wreath-laying-ceremony/)

Keith at Tregenna
4th September 2018, 05:05 AM
The Annual Merchant Navy Day service took place earlier in Liverpool Parish Church, led by Rev Dr Crispin Pailing the Rector of Liverpool Parish Church. After the service there was a march over to the nearby Merchant Navy Memorial situated at the Pier Head. At the memorial another short service was held and dignitaries were invited to lay wreath at the memorial. Music came from Liverpool's own Danielle Louise Thomas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpZ5FoiYHf0