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    Default Women and ships in the Spanish Civil War

    I am looking at merchant shipping in the Spanish Civil War and I have become aware that women were sometimes in those ships.
    I would welcome any information on the subject but I am especially interested in the Seven Seas Spray in April 1937. She broke a Nationalist blockade and sailed into Bilbao and while the presence of the master's daughter, Florence 'Fifi' Roberts is well known there was also the wife of the ship's Chief Engineer. Can anyone provide me with the full names of those two people and data on their later lives?

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    Just some info about the ss SEVEN SEAS SPRAY for the enthusiasts. Yet another Scottish built ship! INFOLINK. Read Infolink for her name changes.

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    You will probably have this LINK: Just to give the background to the story.

    Such is the standard of journalistic research today that they can't even get the ship name correct-they call her Seven Sea Spray. As a proofreader it jumped straight off the page at me....Tut !

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    .........and 'Fifi' Roberts. LINK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Shaw View Post
    You will probably have this LINK: Just to give the background to the story.

    Such is the standard of journalistic research today that they can't even get the ship name correct-they call her Seven Sea Spray. As a proofreader it jumped straight off the page at me....Tut !
    Probably got it mixed up with a deodrant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Shaw View Post
    Such is the standard of journalistic research today that they can't even get the ship name correct-they call her Seven Sea Spray. As a proofreader it jumped straight off the page at me....Tut ![/COLOR]
    As you can see by the attached photo, she was called the Seven Seas Spray as indicated on her stern.

    Seven-Seas-Spray.jpg
    "Across the seas where the great waves grow, there are no fields for the poppies to grow, but its a place where Seamen sleep, died for their country, for you and for peace" (Billy McGee 2011)

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    Deepsea-Yes.That is what I have already said! I said the journo who wrote it didn't give it the correct name. I know it was the SEVEN SEAS SPRAY .Please read my posts -carefully-again.
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    Last edited by Graham Shaw; 5th January 2022 at 04:16 PM.

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    Marian, have you had any luck with Mrs Donner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Hooton View Post
    Marian, have you had any luck with Mrs Donner?
    Edward--Marian has been offline for about 2 days due to technical logging on difficulties with this site.

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    Marian
    Very many thanks for taking the time to provide such a full response to my query. I now know why 43-year-old Beatrice Docker did not get the same publicity as 20-year-old Florence Roberts

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