JUNE 2019

We enjoyed our evening of two halves which began with the conclusion of Ian Well’s show number 5,  London Docks and Thames 1963  - 4 which we started at our March meeting.  A nostalgic look at ships as they used to bebefore containerisation. The second half was taken up with a selection of recent photos by David Brown who scans and assembles the images for Ian’s shows. David is a notorious "bad weather" photographer! However he was able to demonstrate the power of PhotoShop to bring images up to a viewable standard even in poor light and misty conditions. These included a trip from Ipswich aboard ORWELL LADY on a very overcast day and ships from the Solent and smaller craft from the local area.

 

From a sow's ear to a silk purse - well almost

    

 

 

 

 

MAY 2019

We enjoyed another show compiled by Maurice Napier, "The West coast of South America Peru to Argentina" The first ship was the AMAZON HOPE 2 part of the Vine Trust organisation that takes medical care to remote places. This was followed by land marks of Lima and the ancient ruins in the surrounding countryside and the inevitable Llama!. The next visit was Valpariso in Chile with a mix of images from the city and the many ships at waterfront area. After a visit to thae Easter Islands and their haunting status Maurice visited Puerto Montt before a brief visit to Argentina. Returning to Chile a visit was made to Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas. At this location we saw many modern ships but were astonished at the number of wrecks seen along the coast, reminiscant of those at the Falkland Islands. A further visit to Argentina followed with ships at the port of  Ushuaia, with  few more old wrecks to be seen at Estancia Remolino.

Thanks to Maurice for a fascinating insight into the shipping of the west coast of South America, a show which was enjoyed by all who attended.

 

APRIL 2019

We were pleased to welcome Barry Peck from Southampton branch who presented what could be termed as the definitive story of Strick Line. Barry was unable to provide any of the companies personalia as very few, if any, records were kept in the early days except of the ships and voyages. Its main trade was coal and supplies to the Persian Gulf. Surprisingly larger ships were unable to cross the bar over the Shatt al-Arab waterway and had to be unloaded to lighten them to service the ports beyond. Stricks supplied their own tugs and lighters to perform this task. The company was also willing to embrace “new technology” and fitted a gyro compass, radar and automation in the engine room before many of its rivals. Diesel propulsion also superseded steam although steam still continued to provide auxiliary power. Ship designs within several classes had modified dimensions to use the Manchester Ship Canal. Also related was the SEISTAN disaster of 1958 in the Bahrain explosives anchorage where she blew up killing 57 including the ship’s crew, stevedores and a tug crew. In 1959 the line was at is largest having 25 ships and by 1972 it was reduced to 16. In 1971 P&O General Cargo Division took over P&O, British India, New Zealand line, Federal Steam Navigation, Hain’s, Norse and Moss Hutchison. By all accounts this was not executed in the most compassionate way.

We thank Barry for taking time to visit us and relate this most interesting story.

 SERBISTAN in the Thames shortly after Strick's take over by P&O (GCD) 

Photo Copyright © Ian Wells

 

MARCH 2019

At our March meeting Ian Wells presented the fifth in his series of London Docks and Thames shipping. This show covered the years 1963-1964 whilst Ian was employed in the Royal Docks. A thoroughly nostalgic look at ships that visited London in the 1960's before the advent of containerisation. A show of around 110 slides/images that was so absorbing that we reached only just over 1/2 way through. Shipping companies familiar with some of us of a "certain age":  Ellerman; Royal Mail; British India; Glen Line; Shaw Savill and Albion; New Zealand Line; Clan Line; Elder Dempster; Brocklebank; and Blue Star Line;  Representative ships for each featured, along with a variety of tugs working in the Thames. Also included was a trip to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth with coasters crossing Breydon Water on their way to the Port of Norwich. Some time was given to the Booth line BASIL which had a long and chequered career. There was also a shot of the training ship WORCESTER off Greenhithe and ships at the Thomas Ward Ship breaking yard at Grays. We will complete this show in June.

 

FEBRUARY 2019

At our meeting we staged our annual photographic competition for the "Colin Viney Trophy".

Our five entrants submitted their best images taken in 2018 for judging. Entrant’s these days have digital pictures but we are able to scan slides and photographs for inclusion if required. These are assembled into a PowePoint presentation.  The entrants this year were David Berg, David Brown, John Harrison, John Raven and Ray Smith. All images were of a very high standard which seems to improve each year.

The selection included images from the USA to Terneuzen and from Scotland to Wales. During the break scores were totalled, followed by the entrants giving information on their pictures. Our 2019 trophy winner is David Brown, with just a few points between runner-up David Berg and Ray Smith in third place. The best picture of the competition was Ray Smith's image of V ARCTIC TERN.

 

A slide show of the images entered into the competition is available HERE

 

Listed below are the score details of each image and each set

 

PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 1-148 AKADEMIK ALEKSANDRA26=
Image 1-255 AZURA9
Image 1-356 DEMETER8=
Image 1-452 USS HARRY TRUMAN12=
Image 1-551 THALATTA16=
Image 1-664 V ARCTIC TERN1
TOTAL326

Ray Smith

 

PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 2-148 CORRINGHAM                   26=
Image 2-249 DALMENT24=
Image 2-354 MAGGELLAN11
Image 2-450 SKYLGE22=
Image 2-545 Ship Model   28
Image 2-636 YACHT29=
TOTAL282

John Harrison

 

PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 3-158 CARL7
Image 3-250  LE BOREAL22=
Image 3-360 NURI SONAY4=
Image 3-461  POLAR PERU3
Image 3-552  URSULA ESSEBURGER12=
Image 3-656 WES AMELIE7=
TOTAL337

David Berg

 

PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 4-149 ARCADIA                           24=
Image 4-247 COSTA PACIFICA27
Image 4-336 GREAT EASTERN29=
Image 4-452 KEY LARGO12=
Image 4-551 NANTUKET  (LS)17=
Image 4-651 TID 17217=
TOTAL286

John Raven

 

PhotographPointsShip NamePOSITION
Image 5-1        52 MAGELLAN

12=

Image 5-251 ENGLANTIERSGRACHT17=
Image 5-363 DUKE of NORMANDY2
Image 5-460 COSCO SHIPPING HIMALAYAS4=
Image 5-556 CK 1348=
Image 5-659 TID 159 & TID 1726
TOTAL341 1

David Brown

 

JANUARY 2019

At our meeting on 7th January we continued with the showing of promotional films from the Shaw Savill archive that we saw last month. These included the cruising aspect of the business and featured the travelling delights of the NORTHERN STAR. Our late chairman’s Captain Edwin Gregson took home movie whilst he was in command of OROYA . These gave an insight into the day to day working of a cargo ship and also featured the delights of the “crossing the line” ceremony.

Our thanks to Edwin’s daughter for kindly giving these films to the branch.