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The Sea Princess Senior Officers’ Biographies of 1979 was released when CP
arrived in Australia for the first time and has been kindly sent in by Captain
Ivan Witt, RANR, Head of Panel – Royal Australian Navy Legal Reserve (VIC & TAS).
The very sad news of the passing away of Maurice Marriott has just been received from Harbo, Goldie and David Dickinson.
The very sad news of the passing away of Steve (Noddy) Norris has just been received from Keith Radford.
The first part of Robert L Gordon's collection has been added starting with some photos and a video of the man and 21 great photos of ships.
A video of the Achille Lauro has been added thanks to Rob Gordon.
News of another fine Seadog passing away has been reported in the Forum by John Cannon Gray. George Glessinger passed away recently after a long illness.
The Oriana in Brisbane movie Part 2 from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.
The TV ad "Take Me Away P&O" movie from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.
The Oriana in Brisbane movie from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.
The QE2 movie from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.
The very sad news of the passing away at sea of Darren Ford. Darren has been added to the A-Z listings and the Dogs Departed section.
The Arcadia Farewells Sydney movie from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.
The Life of Oriana
1960-1986 VHS movie has been converted to DVD and then to Adobe Flash
for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did and
thanks and deepest gratitude go to the late Robert L Gordon and his
family for passing on Robert's P&O memorabilia. There's lots more
The following names; John
McMullen, Dick Rees, Ian Strutt, Derek Rice, Anne Dodge, Roger Dunn,
Richard Hold and Peter Bonny, all from Robert Hill's memories have now
been added to the listings. John McMullen's photos from other pages on
the site have all been linked together as has Robert Hill's and Mike
Gold's. The only problem I found was with a person who I think maybe
the same but are named Mike Laurie and Mike Lawrie.
60 excellent photos of Oriana
sent in by Stephen Carey (BI Cadet - Chief Engineer) taken while
permanently berthed in Dalian, China before the dreadful storm that led
to her demise. There's 20 top side shots and 40 engine room shots. David
Jewkes kindly agreed to add detailed descriptions of the engine room
shots and also supplied another 35 photos of the engine room looking at
it's best while in service.
The sad news of another fine Seadog passing away has been received, R.I.P. Joe Grubb.
The sad news of another fine Seadog passing away has been received, R.I.P. Alan Williams (Taff the Bombay Welshman).
A new photo of Oriana
has been sent in by Don Cole.
the bad news continues. Robert Bentley advises that Brian
Redman passed away earlier in the year. We have no further details at
this stage. I cut this photo from the only really clear shot of Brian
from this Sun Princess Group.
As a result of the new "Random Page of the Day"
initiative one of the pages featured has now been updated. Alan Mackenzie saw his page and sent
in news about the fleet and four photos of
his latest creation.
the bad news continues. Mike Maskell and Keith Radford both avised me
yesterday of the passing of Rod
Sharpe. There's more information in the Departed secion here.
the news of another fine Seadog passing away has come to light. I was
advised today by Peter Bennet's
wife Lynda that Peter sadly passed away in 2014. There's more
information in the Departed secion here.
itinerary dates 1973 and 1978-79 added thanks to David
itinerary dates 1969-73 added thanks to David
Saunders. PS, I've added these before Keith's and the rest of Neil's
because they were already in a spreadsheet and I wanted to see how easy
they were to transpose into the web format and they are considerably
easier so thanks for that David. I have many more ships and dates to
add from all three of these gentlemen so bear with me.
Some more Oriana itinerary dates 1970-72
added thanks to Neil Machin and
there's more ships to follow from Neil and Keith Radford.
Barry Dover (aka Ben) added with an
updated email address should you wish to say G'Day!
6 years ago today we were about to head off to the Royal Hotel in East
Perth for part two of the great Oriana reunion here in Perth. To
commemorate this event I've posted Kevin Timm's brilliant movie of those amazing eight days from
the 4th-11th March 2008.
The late Marty
O'Conlon added to the listings and departed sections as requested.
I'm very pleased to say that I've finally managed to
repair the currupt video file of the great boat trip
that Macca has photos of in his collection below and he suggests it was
in Antigua. Some how the file had become corrupt and stopped playing
after just 1 min of the total 3:11 mins.
69 great photos of Alister
McIntosh's (aka Super Mac) memories of Oriana added.
Gary Edbrooke added
after naming himself in Clive
2 very sad photos of Pacific Princess being
scrapped added thanks to Paul
a very interesting brochure
issued to officers concerning Indian, Pakistani and Chinese ratings
added thanks to Neil Machin.
Dr Euan Scrimgeour
added with some great pictures of Orsova
(aka Super Mac - now aka Macca) email address added.
very special addition. You may recall that a personal goal of mine was
to track down all the people in the Oriana Engineers 1975 photo and for
quite some time the total had remained at 33 out of 37 but thanks to Kevin O'Connor giving
Keith Radford a lead Keith has found Super Mac (aka Alister McIntosh) who's
alive and well and has been living in Sydney since 1979.
15 photos of a new reunion
in Avignon in April 2013 added by Brendan Cole.
A lovely epitaph added to Leyla
Incikaya's departed section by her dear friend Cynthia Masters.
If anyone involved in the Falklands wants to be on the
telly then continue reading below;
is a new BBC One series that will be going out this autumn across the
UK. In it we are looking at the big moments and events in recent times
and by bringing together the people that were involved, giving an
insight into the personal stories that were behind them.
One of the events we are covering is the Falklands war. The way we hope
to do it is by bringing together the people who were on the ships
commandeered to transport the forces to the Falkland’s and brought them
By reuniting the troops with the civilian crew members, doctors, nurses
and mechanics, we want to explore the stories and relationships that
were forged, and how these would have been in very different contexts
going there and coming back.
There is no commitment at this stage, it would just be a research chat.
BBC Northern Ireland
A great tribute to Rocky
from his old mate John Barclay added.
10 photos of people added the Robert
1 photo of the Ocean
Dream (Sun Princess, Spirit of London) added thanks to Robert C.
A message from Lauraine Mulberry has been added to Rocky's departed section.
A message from Brian Jewson has been added to Rocky's departed section.
It's with great sadness that I have to advise that
another fine Seadog has passed away. John
Rockell (aka Rocky) died on the 1st May following a courageous battle
with mesothelioma. More information can found in the Seadogs Departed
section here. Our thoughts are with
Kira, Melody, Adele and Michael and all Rocky's other family and
It's just dawned on me that I'm the only one who gets
notified every time someone adds a comment to the self uploading photos
so I've decided, time permitting, to let you all know from here. I'll
list the last batch and keep it going from now;
Joe Ballam, Engineer of
Chusan and Oriana in the 60's and 70's passed away today.
A great letter about the late Roger Dobney added from his sister Amanda
1 new photo of RMS Strathmore
added thanks to S C Jones from Camberley in Surrey.
3 photos have been uploaded with no name, no email
address, no information whatsoever about who, what or where. There's
nothing I can do with those unless the person emails me to provide some
1 new group photo of 3 great old Chiefs
added thanks to Marty Elliot.
16 more 175
Year Bash photos added, 5 from Bondy
and 11 from someone who lives in or near Southampton and connects to
the Internet through British Telecom. Please let us know who you are or
what's the point of sending them in?
Don Cole writes; Just had an update on a book I contributed too last
year that will hit the streets in June if any seadogs are interested.
It's available from Amazon.
Rather coincidentally Lauraine Mulberry writes; There's
a new book out about the Merchant Navy in the Falklands War which has
memories of P&O personnel on both the Canberra and Uganda. In
conjunction with the book, there's an exhibition onboard HQS Wellington from April 1
to May 28th 2012. Wellington is moored on the Thames near Temple
Underground Station. This book is also available from Amazon.
A new Oriana
memorabilia item added which was presented to me as a gift at the above
Dave Traynor has sadly advised that Tim Taylor (not
previously listed on this site), a barman on Arcadia, Canberra and Sea
Princess, passed away on Friday. He died of cancer at only 58. Our
deepest sympathies go to his wife Hilary, son Aaron and all Tim's
family and friends at this terrible time.
More names added to Alan Hills' Memories thanks to Harbo.
As it's a holiday in Perth today I've just spent a
good few hours linking from each group photo sections to people's
"memories" pages so it makes it easier for the viewer to find all the
photos on the site relating to any particular ship ... for
It's with deep regret that I have to advise the
passing of Linda Soper (now
Richardson). Linda was a Steiners hairdresser on Canberra and married
my old engineer mate from Oriana, Brian Richardson. Deepest sympathies
Sadly, news of another deceased seadog has come to
light from Mike Hawkesworth while naming David White in Terry Williams'
Lots of names added to Alan Hills' Memories thanks to Harbo and Tim
Mick Everson wishes
me to get all persons going to the
3rd July Reunion
in Southampton to contact Terry Bartholomew if they wish to go on the
cruise alongside the 7 P&O Ships. They need 10 plus to get the
Milsom correctly named, previously listed as Millson, Annette Moore and
Gerard Dubois named in Canberra
Pursers thanks to Terry Williams.
Memories added with 19 great photos thanks to wife Suzanne.
A new P&O
Reunion in Sydney added thanks to Ian
Apologies to those people who sent in updates over the
last week but after 3 years of constant use my computer finally ground
to a halt. Anyway, as expected, it's taken all of the last 3 days to
reformat the hard drive and reinstall everything and now I'm back on
track for next weekend. Sorry for the delay.
The details of Tommy
Shaw's funeral added thanks to Phil
Sadly, belated news of the passing of Alan Hills back in 2009 from wife Suzanne.
Sadly again. another belated passing. Alf Pimblett passed away peacefully in his
village of Pembury in 2002.
advises the old Pacific Princess was sold to a Turkish scrap yard in
December 2011 as reported in a Genoa Newspaper.
Sadly it's all in Italian so if an Italian speaking reader can verify
this we'd be most grateful.
Another fine tribute to Tommy
Shaw added from Andrew Ball and
another by Phil Archer in a new Forum
Sadly, news of the passing of another fine Seadog has
just been reported. Tommy Shaw died in
San Diego hospital last night (Saturday 28th).
A great tribute to Tommy
Shaw added from Don Cole.
A sad end to a fine old lady! Thanks to Tony Simpson for sending it in.
The form to be filled out to attend the Canberra
Reunion in Bournemouth this August can be found in the Forum.
Paul Robinson (Blee), Terry Bartholomew (TB) and Mike
Everson (Slava) are arranging the reunion for the 3rd July when all
seven P&O Ships are in Southampton at the same time for the 175th
anniversary. Blee is staying at the Ibis Hotel at West Quay Western
Esplanade and the meeting place will be at the Juniper Berry in
Southampton. Please contact TB at email@example.com if
you wish to join this prestigious event.
Yet more bad news. Brian
Stewart (Senior Radio Officer) passed away last Friday 13th January.
Our thoughts are with his loving family and friends.
This is truly a sickening site. The latest details of
this disaster can be found here at the
Bondy's book is a
must read. A complete spectrum of emotions is evoked. Excellent!
"Making Splishy Sploshy" can be found online at these stores; Amazon,
Depository (UK), Booktopia
(AUS) or ask at any leading bookstore.