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    Great message Frank -Thank you. I was an apprentice in the Royston for 4 round trips in '61 and, like you I was appalled to read of the River Plate collision. By this time I had got my 1st Mates' ticket and, following 3 years with Saguenay shipping of Montreal I was working as manager of the freight department in the offices of a Melbourne shipping company.
    Like you, my very favourite ship was the Royston Grange, but I have to say that the old (1943) C1A cargo ship of Saguenay shipping came a very close second! I am now happily retired, following a 35 year career in Air Traffic Control in Australia and as an ATC training Consultant in the UK where I now live. Maybe one day I'll visit the Montevideo memorial like you have.

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    #11 Just reading recently of your search for a Saguenay cap badge , now again just seen this post where you mention your career in ATC. Do you know the well known expert on civil airlines whose face is well known on the TV , his name once again beats me , but he is always picked up by the media for his take on any aircraft disasters .
    His face if I passed on the street would recognise but his name beats me , however last month or maybe the month before he gave a talk at my Probus club. Believe he lives in Australia but was on his way the following day to London for some big AirLine conference. He started his career In the aircraft industry as a boy airplane spotting.
    As regards your mention of the C1A. The Sunprincess was also the same built during the war as a Victory Boat capable of 18 knots an built with a gun forward and therefore classed as an armed merchant cruiser. Dates now sorted as my time on paper discharges was 27.12. 66 to 10. .10. 67. Will now get wrong for putting on a different post . Cheers JS....
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    Hello David. Thanks for this post.

    This year I, and my wife went to All Hallows Church in London for the service of the 50th Anniversary of the Royston Grange disaster. This was also a moving experience knowing that most people attending were family members of the crew. Wives, Brothers, Children, Grandchildren. I was very glad I that I attended. Although I only spent four years at sea I wore (and do wear) my Merchant Navy badge with pride.

    Frank.

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