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song playing is "Abide With Me" written by Scottish Anglican Henry
Francis Lyte and sung to English composer William Henry Monk's tune
"Eventide." Lyte wrote the poem in 1847 while he lay dying from
tuberculosis; he survived only a further three weeks after its
haunting rendition is sung by Emeli Sande, listen to the end to hear
the heartbeat stop. If you would like to read the words while you
listen click here.
It's significance for this section is in the aftermath of the sinking of RMS Titanic, survivors
reported that this was the last song they heard the Titanic's band play as the ship went down.
Lest We Forget ... "We will remember them."
15 July 1948
11 June 2009
28 Jan 1957
c July 2005
18 Feb 1952
08 Mar 2009
28 Aug 1948
27 Sep 2006
24 Jul 1927
24 Oct 2006
08 Aug 2010
14 Feb 1927
26 Sep 2009
06 Oct 1983
09 Jun 2010
Pauline Miller (Scott)
31 Dec 1932
06 Dec 2006
01 Sep 2010
14 Nov 2012
25 Nov 1915
3 Sep 2006
23 Dec 2008
Neil Whitmore (Bob)
16 Nov 2010
21 Feb 1942
30 Dec 2011
20 Apr 2011
08 Apr 1952
29 Jun 2004
1980 or 81
04 Mar 1926
20 Jul 2011
27 Jan 1925
2006 or 2007
Dr Richard Reubin
15 Mar 2010
31 Dec 2009
24 Feb 2005
15 Dec 2012
23 Nov 2011
25 Oct 2009
John R Hughes
19 Jun 1939
23 Jun 2009
22 Dec 1945
04 Dec 2006
01 Oct 1958
24 May 1924
09 Jul 2007
05 Jul 1951
04 Apr 1999
25 Feb 2011
07 Oct 1949
02 Mar 2012
26 Oct 2009
14 Mar 1926
14 Aug 2008
08 Oct 2010
27 Apr 1955
10 Dec 1927
20 Jun 1943
19 Mar 1994
21 Jun 1953
05 May 2009
11 April 1959
19 Apr 2010
03 Sep 1958
02 Aug 1998
07 Mar 2008
30 Mar 1948
01 Aug 2006
Gerry Sue Pallas
08 May 2013
26 Nov 1933
04 Mar 2007
01 Jul 1957
Sally Byrne (Bell)
27 Jan 1945
20 Aug 2012
16 Oct 1943
17 Sep 1925
27 Apr 1949
20 Feb 1962
20 Jun 1949
06 Oct 1929
Tony Pearson Fox
Note: If someone is
named above with no link to another place it's because that person
wasn't listed on this site prior to the news of their passing and
therefore there's no photo or information to link to.
Born … 30th March 1948
Died … 1st August 2006
Peter found the
Seadogs site and first emailed me on 22nd October 2005 and then Dave
Harbinson sent me this email the very next day;
I was contacted
yesterday, by an old shipmate Peter Pallas (don't think you would know
him) ex Sun Princess. He said he got my address off a P&O related
website (yours I guess) turns out he is in Seattle and we are going to
be based there next summer, so looking forward to meeting up with him.
I added Peter’s
section on the 29th December 2005.
I received this
information on the 20th April 2006;
Subject: Peter Pallas
Update April 20th
Peter commenced chemo
three weeks ago Monday. He was supposed to have the second
treatment a week later, but they had to hold off for seven days to
boost Peter's white blood cell count. That was done and he resumed the
chemo treatment Monday. He has encountered the normal side effects
associated with chemo treatment, like nausea, and it's not easy. He
also still struggles to keep his pain level tolerable with good days
and bad days. He did spend Easter at home with the family and they had
a meal prepared from their new kitchen. The doctors will assess the
chemo's affect in a few weeks to determine Peter's progress. For those
of you who pray, Peter still needs your prayers for comfort and
healing. He has greatly appreciated all of the support, prayers and
encouragement received. I will send out an update when there is any
news of note.
On the 30th April
2006 I received this email from Ian Settle;
I may not have sailed
with Pete but I, and believe everyone, would like to wish him a speedy
I received this
information on 9th June 2006;
Subject: Peter Pallas
update June 9th
Peter had another CAT
scan last week and the primary results that came back were said to be
"great." It showed no advancement in four of the previous areas
of concern and a marked shrinkage in the one area that had not shown
progress the last time. Therefore the doctors were satisfied with the
chemo cocktail they had prescribed and continued with that treatment
last Tuesday. The CAT scan also showed some "cloudy bits" in his lungs
that will require further watching. Peter has had his ups and
downs but reports now more ups than downs with some good periods. This
has improved his spirits. Yesterday, Peter had a spike in his
temperature and he apparently now has pneumonia. It is not serious
enough to warrant a hospital stay, but they have stopped his chemo
treatment for now and are treating him with antibiotics for the
pneumonia. Today, Peter's temperature was back to normal. Peter and
family are very grateful for those who are still thinking about and
praying for him (them). The power of prayer has been instrumental in
his continued, albeit slow, progress. Peter has indicated that he
actually feels a physical boost shortly after these requests have gone
out even though he doesn't necessarily know when I am going to send
them out. For those of you that are praying for him, the prayer request
now is for complete healing of the pneumonia and continued positive
progress with the cancer treatment.
Then this bad news
arrived on the 3rd July 2006;
Subject: Peter Pallas
Update July 3rd
Peter went to the
doctor last Thursday to review the results of the CAT scan that he had
on Tuesday. The results of the CAT scan were not favorable and showed
that the cancer has spread. Peter's choices are not especially great.
Intravenous chemotherapy at this stage is so potent as to be possibly
fatal. The chances of a favorable response to that treatment is now
remote and the side affects would likely be disabling. Therefore, his
short term decision is to do those things that will give him some
strength and allow him to enjoy a modicum of a life standard that he
has not had since beginning this adventure late last year. He would
like to get strong enough to be able to see a few people in the coming
weeks and to go visit his parents in the UK. You may not know that his
Mother has been seriously ill since October. This is his target, and
having a focus is important. His oncologist thinks this is a doable
course of action and is working toward this goal. Repeating a bit of
the previous message, Peter still needs prayer and thoughts for
strength, comfort, peace, wisdom, and healing. Strength, both physical
and mental, to cope with the many challenges; Comfort for the many
discomforting issues his body is facing; Peace for the mental strain he
faces on a wide range of fronts; Wisdom to make the right choices; and
Healing of body, mind and spirit. Your continued prayers and thoughts
are appreciated as are cards, notes, and letters. Gerry Sue reports
that: "Peter strongly continues to believe in the power of prayer and
that a miraculous healing is still a real possibility." As has
also been mentioned before: "if we do not ask we will not
receive." So, he and his Family are asking.
Following is a letter
from Gerry Sue (Peter’s wife) and Peter and is self-explanatory.
Once again Peter and
I want to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, emails, phone calls
and visits. Without these daily reminders it would be so easy to become
overwhelmed with where we are. Also the networking that is taking place
is truly amazing, people have made contact through a huge secondary
communication system. It’s awesome. We haven’t asked David to send out
an update in a while for a variety of reasons. Primarily because our
doctors couldn’t totally agree where Peter’s problems actually were and
how he was really progressing. One was very optimistic, the ‘Let’s get
you to the UK & then hit the chemo again’, and the other one was
more realistic with ‘I’m making you an appointment with Hospice.’ Peter
will not be going to the UK, it is totally and completely out of the
question in his physical state. On July 16th Peter's father and cousin
were able to come across for a week here in Seattle. Peter’s mother was
placed in a board and care facility to make this possible. It was
really an intense and emotional week with a number of friends flying in
to have a chat, give a hug, and take a picture. These have all been
precious and bitter sweet moments and so appreciated. Unless God
provides a miracle fairly shortly Peter’s condition will continue to
deteriorate to the point where his body will just shut down. It’s
certainly not the outcome we had asked for, but we are taking all the
necessary steps for that eventuality. He will no longer take any chemo
or medication to stop the advance of the cancer. All his meds, and
there is a long page of them, are comfort care to manage his pain and
the effects of the chemotherapy. He has signed up for Hospice care here
at home with weekly visits to his GP whose office is only five minutes
away. We’ve made plans for cremation and his ashes to be scattered in
Puget Sound and a memorial service to take place at a dear friend’s
church in Mount Lake Terrace. We are gratefully for the family and
friends the Lord has placed in our lives, who have helped us face a
horrible disease and an even more horrible medical treatment. We are
also grateful for the aid and help offered by ISS. The company has
provided Peter with enormous amounts of support. They have taken care
of each and every problem and concern. This does not mean we do not
believe that a miracle is still possible. We know it is, we are still
asking for prayer to that end.
We love you all,
Peter and Gerry Sue
William and James
Finally, the worst
news possible arrived today;
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006
It is with deep
sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our friend and
colleague Peter Pallas. Peter passed away shortly after noon today at
Northwest Hospital in Seattle. His wife, two sons and his cousin from
New Zealand were there with Peter at the time. A more formal
announcement will be forthcoming. Final arrangements are pending.
Details will be provided when known.
"I have fought a good
fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:" (2 Timothy
Click here for Inchcape Shipping’s
condolences go to Gerry Sue, William and James and all Peter’s family
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Born … 28th Aug 1948
Died … 27th Sep 2006
posted this message on the 30th September 2006;
It is with great
regret that I have to announce that Alan died suddenly. His wife has
just phoned me and asked me to pass on the word. At the moment I have
no details as she was obviously very distressed. As soon as I know any
more I shall post it. Alan leaves a wife Nadine, a son Simon and a
daughter Fiona. Alan sailed on many of the P&O and BI ships.
Terry has been
advised by Nadine that Alan died of a Heart Attack.
Born … ?
Died … ?
John Barclay believes
Bernie died as a result of a motor bike accident.
No details at present.
Born … 10th October
No details about Dick at present.
Born … 8th April 1952
Died … 29th June 2004
I received this
lovely email from Don’s widow on the 22nd Oct 2006,
Donald was born in
Aberdeen, Scotland on 8/4/52 and died 29/6/2004, age 52. He fought a
brave battle against lung cancer for 18 months. He is survived by
myself and his twin daughters, Kate and Jenny. He would have had
immense pleasure in looking through the site but alas it was not to be.
I have had a great
deal of pleasure browsing through the site and reading all about people
that I met on ships via my brother John Thow and Donald.
I have a picture of
Oronsay departing Southampton in 1975 to go to scrap, a very sad sight.
I went down to Soton especially to see her leave. Jon Harvie and I
stood on the quayside with tears in our eyes as she sailed. Such was
the effect she had on me when I used to travel from London, when I was
working there, to visit John every weekend when she was in dry dock.
Donald and I met on board her as she was Oz bound. He scrounged a
packet of fags from me on out first meeting. We married 8 years later.
I have just returned
yesterday from being on holiday on the new Arcadia, which I joined in
Southampton and managed to catch up with ‘The Harve’ before I sailed.
We have been in touch with each other since he learned of Donald’s
death, after a gap of thirty years, via the site. It has been a great
source of comfort to the girls and I. Thank you for all your efforts in
keeping the info updated.
Receiving such emails
makes the labour of this site all worthwhile.
A recent Net search
of mine came up with a Duncan Kilgour named in a few forum posts on the "Ships
Nostalgia" website to do with OCL Box Boats. I joined the site to be
able to email the people who'd named him and posted a question about
Duncan in the forum. A member nicknamed "wharferat" replied with this
Your information was
correct. It was a Bay boat, I can't remember which one. You might find
out more in one of the OCL Box Boat threads.
I also got this email
reply from Liam McLaughlin;
sailed with Duncan about 3 times, all on steam containerships. It was
in OCL/P&OCL that I met him. I've seen reference to him dying on a
couple of websites. He was truly unique. Great engineer, great shipmate
and a good friend. The last time I saw him was on a welding course in
South Shields in 1990. I remember on one occasion in Jeddah with him,
where the bond was closed and no alcohol available. Duncan had a party
in his cabin with tea and cucumber sandwiches, absolutely
unforgettable. I was very saddened to hear of his death, it's one of
the wonders of the internet that we can learn of such things so
remotely. You could dedicate a whole website to his activities and
eccentricities. I would be interested in keeping up to date with
anything else you learn on him.
Another member of the
"Ships Nostalgia" website, called "Duncan112", has confirmed Duncan
died of a heart attack while Chief Engineer of the ship "Flinders Bay"
Born … 1st October
Died … 1996
Sally Bell (now
Byrne) remembers the following;
Ken Willey was born
in 1958 and died about 12 years ago now (I know he was still only in
his 30’s). I received a letter from his girlfriend/partner at the time
telling me that he had died of a heart attack whilst playing rugby. I
went to his funeral in Market Rasen, which was very moving but as I had
only sailed with him on ss Uganda in 1984 and most of his P&O mates
at the funeral were from Canberra I didn’t know or recognise any faces
to make myself known. Ken was a lovely, lovely man. We were never
romantically involved but we were extremely good mates and he came to
stay with me in Bedford and I visited him a couple of times in Market
Rasen when we were both still at sea.
for the information Sally
Born … 10th December
Born … 20 Jun 1943
Died … 19 Mar 1994
Kit Williams sent the
I was in London when
Paddy Clare died. Frank Zaniewski and I spent a lot of time at St.
Thomas' in the Dreadnought Ward and then, once Paddy moved to that
lovely hospice (I think it is Trinity Hospice) on Clapham Common, he
went very quickly. I visited him the afternoon the day before he died.
Paddy's brother Mike and his lovely wife, Rose (may she also rest in
peace), took such good care of Paddy in his last months.
had a brain tumour although I am not sure technically if it was brain
cancer or if the earlier cancer in his throat had metastasized and gone
to the brain. Whatever the technicality, he died from cancer. It was
late March of 1994. He was born on June 20th in either 1941 or
believe the cemetery where Paddy rests is in Cheam. Frank Zaniewski and
I, on at least two occasions when I've been in London in the last
twelve years, have gone out to visit and had a drink with Paddy,
keeping up the tradition of the days when we all used to congregate at
the back of the bar in the International Lounge on Sun Princess. For
me, life is really good right now, but what I wouldn't give for a few
more evenings on that ship with that wonderful group of people who
worked and lived on board. As Paddy would say, "Magic." And he was one
of the people who made it just that.
has been supplied by Mick Page, an ex Lecky on Oronsay and Oriana in
the early seventies. Also Mick served with the Royal Navy in the
sixties. The following cutting was sent to Mick by Paddy's
Born … 3rd September
Died … Sunday 2nd
I received this
information from Ken Ellis;
One person I can
think of who has not been mentioned is Paul Mead. He was an electrician
on the old Oriana in the early eighties. He married an Aussie and left
the sea only to return when things didn’t work out on the marriage
front. I sailed with him again in the late eighties/early nineties on
Royal Princess and I think he also sailed on the Island or Pacific
Princess. The guy had probably the best sense of humour of anybody that
I met in my sea going days – and there were some funny guys about. I
lost touch with Paul (known to everybody as Peam) when I left the sea
in 1994. Paul met and married a WAP and transferred over to P&O
While serving on the
Pride of Le Havre he suffered serious burns as the result of a
switchboard explosion on 27 July 1998 and tragically died of pneumonia
while in hospital in France five days later (Sunday 2nd August 1998).
Paul was only in his early forties and his wife had only recently given
birth to a baby. I can confirm this tragedy as I attended the funeral
in Harwich which was also attended by many of his shipmates in uniform.
Graham Bond also attended the funeral and was actually on board the
ferry at the time of the accident and may be able to shed more light on
this sad story for you. Peam was a really great guy and anybody who met
him would never forget him.
Thanks Ken for that
fitting tribute for one of us who died doing his duty. Very sad
Further thanks got to
Sarah Potter for writing to me to advise Paul's date of Birth.
Born … 1931
Died … Friday 7th
Captain Peter Love
of you who knew him will be sorry to learn that Captain Peter Love has
died. He did not want it generally known, but he had been suffering
from cancer and passed away in St Margaret's Hospice, Yeovil, last
Friday, 7th March.
funeral is in South Petherton next Tuesday 18 March, and full details
of the arrangements, including details of how to get there should you
consider attending, can be found in the attachments to this message.
These were provided by Captain Philip Jackson.
must apologise for not advising everyone earlier, but I have been away
and I could only gain access to my email address files on my return
you wish to obtain any further information, or maybe pass on
condolences to the family, please contact Captain Philip Jackson
Should anyone wish to
contact Captain Philip Jackson please contact me.
Personally I found
Captain Peter Love to be an outstanding human being and our deepest
sympathies go to his family and friends and all who sailed with him.
The above photo was cut from the amazing group shot of all our beloved
Mike Hawkesworth has
sent in a link to a newspaper article written about Peter following his
death which is well worth reading here.
many of Peter’s shipmates will have very fond memories of him for a
variety of reasons. I remember Peter as a very warm hearted man, caring
of his crew, and great fun (who can forget his “Hole in the Elephant’s
Bottom” – classic Peter). What I didn’t know, which appeared in the
wonderful article about him (front page) of the Yeovil and District
Western Gazette, is that he started the Yeovil Night Shelter offering
accommodation to the homeless, alcoholics and drug addicts. He was the
project’s Chairman for almost 20 years until ill health forced him to
step down. I gather the local church was packed at his funeral (which I
sadly wasn’t able to attend) and many of those he helped were present,
as well as former shipmates.
A great loss.
Born … 1st July 1957
Ray Houghton was a
great bloke. I can’t add any detail to his DOB or death other than I
believe he was born in 1959 but I think he had a brain haemorrhage. My
enduring memory of Raymondo, and I think for most WAPs will be that
dreaded “woof, woof”. You knew that Raymondo was somewhere in the
vicinity, on all 4’s and about to sniff up your skirt – and it didn’t
matter who was present. I’ll never forget trying to explain to my
parents exactly what was going on when I met them on the gangway of the
Sea Princess and I was “woofed” by Raymondo. A great guy – I was so sad
to hear of his passing.
like he was a man after my own heart.
Born … 27th April 1949
Died … 15th November
Sadly Rosemary died
of Multiple Sclerosis at 51.
Pauline Miller has
kindly contacted the site to advise me of the above dates and recalls;
knew Rosemary Walker very well and noticed that you don't have any
dates on her entry in Seadogs Departed - they are 27.4.49 -
15.11.00. She was great fun to know and very much had a fighting spirit
despite her MS. I see you live near Alec Sunderland, we all went round
together when we were on Oriana. Rosemary had the delightful tendency
of nicknaming people with pertinent or otherwise names - Alec's was the
Red Setter but I'm not too sure that he knew about this at the time :)
He does now Pauline,
thanks for taking the time to contact us.
Greg Sinclair sent
Colin Imber passed
away some years ago from asbestosis. I don’t know any dates but he
sailed with me on Oriana in 1971. Colin was a Sydney boy like me and he
served his apprenticeship at Garden Island Dockyard.
Peter Tassie Stuart
provided this information;
Ian Hope was 2nd
Electrician, later my best man, now deceased.
Rod Sharpe suggested
Ken Otter has passed away. I’ll add a confirmation as soon as possible.
Born … 27 April 1955
Died … July 2006
Michael Hugh Davies
(Mick) was a barman from the old Oriana and lived in Brisbane for 20
odd years and sadly died recently of a massive heart attack at the age
of 51. He was Marty Elliot’s cousin.
No information at
John Sullivan sends
Sadly, I report the
passing of Lyndon Munroe. This is a hearsay report which I received
when I attended a Certificate Revalidation course at Hunter TAFE
College in Newcastle NSW over the last two weeks. I was informed of
Lyndon's passing by a senior manager of Hanseatic Ship Management who
was a personal friend of Lyndon’s.
Ian Settle sends this
Ian Larkin (aka
Weeble) was a Leckey on the old Oriana all I know is that he did a
couple of trips then left and went to work in the Gulf. I later heard
that he went for a drive in the desert, left his vehicle and that was
that. It happened about ten years ago.
Born … 31st December
Died … 6th December
John Heslop sent this
I regret to advise, that I have been informed that
Charlie Newby (ex CEO) passed away in hospital on Wednesday.
Dave Traynor sent
Bacon heard that Derek Steward has passed away. Derek
was a barman with BI and then P&O. I understand Derek & his
wife were living in Argentina
. Alan is trying to find out a bit
Brian Jewson sent
Chris sailed on the
Iberia, Himalaya, Oronsay and others as an Engineer. Chris passed away
with cancer in New Zealand several years ago and I attended his
funeral. Chris was my closest mate ever and is very much missed.
Brian Jewson (ex
Born … 22 Dec 1945
Died … 04 Dec 2006
John Bernard Latham
of Burnaby, B.C. died suddenly on Monday, December 4, 2006. He was born
in Wigan, Lancashire, England to the late Ann and Ben Latham. Prior to
moving to Canada in 1974, John was an electrician who worked in the
coal mines of Wigan before joining the P & O Cruise Lines as an
officer. He continued his trade in Vancouver up until his untimely
death. As a member of the IBEW Local 213, he had worked at various
locations, Hospitals and on many large projects in various capacities
throughout BC and the North, most recently for Schneider Canada. A keen
rugby player, John was a long-time member of the Trojan's RFC and later
the Burnaby Lake RFC when the clubs combined. John was a hooker and
enjoyed the challenges that came with that position. When he retired
from playing rugby he continued his involvement by volunteering at the
Burnaby Lake Rugby Club. John leaves to mourn his only child, Theresa
Anne of Burnaby, his partner Annie Korner, his brother Ben (Rebecca) of
Auckland, New Zealand, sister Nancy (Frank) and brothers Fred (Lillian)
and Joe (Lynn) of Wigan, England and numerous nieces and nephews. John
will be missed by many, especially his rugby mates, his neighbours and
the many students he helped over the years. Funeral Services will be
held on December 15, 2006 at 11:00 am from St. Helen's Catholic Church,
3860 Triumph Street, Burnaby. Immediately followed by a celebration of
John's life at the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club.
clipping reporting John's suspected Murder, sent in by Peter (Tassie)
Stuart, can be viewed here.
What a tragic waste
... live for today people.