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Date August 2, 2015
Name Bill Crawley
Email wcrawley7@gmail.com
Home Page
City Winnipeg
State
Country Canada
Comments + Vindi details I has been exactly 64 years since I attended the Vindi, It was the first and most important step I ever made. Life has been good. Bill




Date July 31, 2015
Name Mick Spencer
Email m.spencer220@ntlworld.com
Home Page
City Nottingham
State
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details 1953-54 Deck.At last, this time next week I will be on my way to the Vindi. a little bit older then Nov. 53. but never the less on my way. See you there if you are going. Mick Spencer




Date July 26, 2015
Name Glen Clark
Email gmc58892@gmail.com
Home Page
City Melbourne
State Victoria
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details Hi There, My Discharge book No R506484. I was sent to the 'Vindi'on the 17th Jan'49 to be 'straightened out' and left on the 12th May '49, as straight as a die and sharp as a tack. I shipped out of Southampton that year as a Deckboy on the Stirling Castle. I stayed in the MN serving on quite a mixture of ships 21 in all, then I left and joined HM Coastguard until I emigrated to Australia in 1969. Started my own business and retired in 1962.1962. Iam now 84yrs of age and ready to join the "Vindi" again, quite straight? would like to hear from anyone from my time. Take it easy on the Web because I'm still on 'Carrier Pigeons'




Date July 24, 2015
Name steve vickers
Email vickers73@msn.com
Home Page
City chelmsford
State
Country Essex
Comments + Vindi details Deck Des 56 March 57 they let us home for Christmas most came back!!!!! saw frank Haines looking for 57 detainees havnt seen many




Date July 23, 2015
Name Rod Baker
Email rodvbaker@gmail.com
Home Page rodbakerbooks.com
City Vancouver
State BC
Country Canada
Comments + Vindi details Hello Vindi lads.Hope those of you still around are well! Now I have retired, I wrote a book about my 5 years at sea. It has a big chunk of "Vindi" in the beginning. You can order the book on Amazon. Here's what people who have read the book are saying. Praise for Constant Traveller. R801161 “Set in the sixties on the ever changing background of the high seas, Baker shares this coming of age tale with humor, candor, and simplicity. The matter of fact confessions of bad behaviour and open expression of emotion grab the reader viscerally to make it an exceptional read.” Scott Skipper "A captivating tale of a unique life; full of exquisite description, humor, love and loss." Karen Dodd Constant Traveller takes the reader on a wild ride into the recent past as well as upon the open seas. He thoroughly brings the sea to life for this reader. This is an adventure well worth reading and I'm so pleased he has lived to tell the tale! Lisa Gallagher




Date July 22, 2015
Name Ffrank Haines
Email frnkhns10@yahoo.com
Home Page
City Kent
State
Country England
Comments + Vindi details I was a Vindi boy in 1957 (DECK) I would love to hear from any Vindiboy. Regards Frank Haines




Date July 20, 2015
Name Paul Battle
Email paul@thehousedoc.ca
Home Page
City Pakenham
State Ontario
Country Canada
Comments + Vindi details On behalf of my father who passed away @ 86 this January Dennis Joseph Battle (DJ) Vindy Boy 17 SEP 1945 / 8 DEC 1945. His discharge books indicate 11 years service in the merchant marine. Migrated to Canada in 1957. Sailing and the sea was always in his blood. Built many sail boats. Lived aboard a boat he built with his wife and two kids for 10 years. On a coaster in Jan 47 that had a cargo shift and was abandoned. 21 hrs in life boat. The Firethorn. Many runs all over the world. We have his full discharge books which were important to him. Thanks. Paul




Date July 9, 2015
Name Terry 'Ginger' COURTNADGE
Email terrycourtnadge@hotmail.co.uk
Home Page
City WORTHING
State
Country BRITAIN
Comments + Vindi details Was at 'Vindi' from April 20 until July 9, 1965 Would be pleased to hear from others. (course instructor Mr Ashworth)




Date July 5, 2015
Name dave roderick
Email dave.roderick@hotmail.co.uk
Home Page http://uniquepropertybulletin.org/unique-property-bulletin-28-june-2015/
City telford
State
Country uk
Comments + Vindi details any of you fancy living in a light house cottage with fantastic views click on this link for details cheers r767349 deck december 61




Date June 26, 2015
Name Barry Pickering
Email buzz1711@gmail.com
Home Page
City Felixstowe
State Suffolk
Country United Kingdom
Comments + Vindi details My Discharge Book number is R785542 and i was at the Vindi from February 11th 1963 until May 6th in charge of Hut C4 i think, I came with a friend from Lowestoft called Kenneth Armes who i have not heard from since our first trip together on the Port Aukland out of KGV, if anyone remembers me or Kenneth can you get in touch or better still if you have any photos of our squad and people from that time i would appreciate some copies. My E-Mail is buzz1711@gmail.com




Date June 24, 2015
Name Kenneth kenny
Email rockingdocker@aol.com
Home Page
City Liverpo
State
Country England
Comments + Vindi details Looking to find out if John Griffin and Martin Marr,at the T.S.Vindicatrix,August 1955 Catering Dept.Thank You.Ken.R634898.




Date June 8, 2015
Name Pete Smith
Email psmith5844@aol.com
Home Page
City Napa
State California
Country USA
Comments + Vindi details vindiFeb 1953#R587920 Sailed mostly out of Southampton, RML,Cunard and Union Castle. Now living in the beautiful Napa Valley. Any Vindi boys out there now in Northern California? Email me for a chat.




Date June 8, 2015
Name Pete Smith
Email psmith5844@aol.com
Home Page
City Napa
State California
Country USA
Comments + Vindi details vindiFeb 1953#R587920 Sailed mostly out of Southampton, RML,Cunard and Union Castle. Now living in the beautiful Napa Valle. Any Vindi boys out there now in Northern California? Email me for a chat.




Date May 30, 2015
Name Rod Baker
Email rodvbaker@gmail.com
Home Page
City Lions Bay
State BC
Country Canada
Comments + Vindi details started the Vindi in March 64 with "Wooster" Yank Parkerson from Ohio, Jock Mathers from Fort William, Barry from Cornwall, Blacky from ???. Recently in contact with Dale Blears, last seen by me in Sydney 50 years ago. How time flies.




Date May 28, 2015
Name Dave Brent
Email davebrent57@gmail.com
Home Page
City Birkenhead
State Merseyside
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details I was a Vindi boy 1959. Although we always seem to be hungry it stood me in good stead for my seagoing career. Sea pie yuck, bread and jam,what ever was that pink spam? anti w**k. Boat pulling on the canal our Instructor telling us "You should be here in the winter". Leaving your beret behind the counter of the N.A.A.F.I. as a deposit for your knives and forks. What ever happened to Mr Agate? Ships Coronia,Empress of Britain, Kenuta, Santander, Bosano, Elpeanor.




Date May 19, 2015
Name Robin-Website Bosun
Email websitebosun@aol.com
Home Page http://www.meadowsidebedandbreakfast.co.uk/
City Brighton
State
Country England
Comments + Vindi details Heads up for any Vindiboy looking for a berth for this year's Reunion. A room has become available at the Meadowside Bed and Breakfast on the main A38 road at Berkeley Heath. You can access their on their website in the link at the head of this entry




Date May 19, 2015
Name gary smee
Email gazwen@hotmail.com
Home Page
City ramsgate kent
State kent
Country england
Comments + Vindi details Was at the Vindi oct54-dec54. second ship to sea was The Federal boat MV Cambridge. looking forward to catching up with some shipmates who joined her in june 56 and paying off in Falmouth six months later. Terry Marsh.Brian Sinclair, Dell Newton,Lofty Petch,Harry Hooper, anybody with any information i would really appreciate. Wish all Vindi boys well where ever you are




Date May 16, 2015
Name Derek Aked
Email akedmarine@orcon.net.nz
Home Page
City Auckland
State
Country New Zealand
Comments + Vindi details : DECK-1958 .Congratulations to Dave Partridge on his retirement from the pilot boats in Sydney.I am one of the skippers in Auckland,I joined the pilot boats in 1972 with another boat being built and due in November.I don't like coconuts Dave!! Regards to all Vindi boys. Derek Aked R698458 ( Liverpool)




Date April 28, 2015
Name John Davis
Email vindiwa@netspace.net.au
Home Page http://www.vindicatrixwa.net
City Fremantle
State West Australia
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details Vindi boy August to Nov. 1959 R716390, secretary West Australian Vindicatrix Ass., Now into its 11th year with a nine man committee, meets every third Thursday at the Swan Yacht Club, Fremantle, so if you ever come to Australia, please contact us we will make you most welcome, congratulations to David Partridge on you retirement, make the most of it. John




Date March 15, 2015
Name Trev Pratt/Marshall
Email tmarshall5@btinternet.com
Home Page
City Grimsby
State Lincs
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details Sadly on 12 Feb 2015 TERRY TAYLOR Vindi Deck 1961 crossed the Barr whilst being treated for liver cancer and Tumours in Hospital. He eventually died of Pneumonia. Fortunately we were reunited after 55yrs apart and spent many happy hours during the last 11 months of his life reminiscing the old Vindi days and life at sea. Bless him. I mite add a special Thank you to Robin Hurst for pulling TERRY,S records for me from KEW ARCHIVES. Without them I may never have found him having been searching for a number of years. Thanks Rob. R754015 Deck Sept 1961




Date March 13, 2015
Name Richard Brown
Email richbarb64@gmail.com
Home Page
City Gorokan
State nsw
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details It is with sadness i inform you of our branch member Trevor Cross; Vindi 1949, 'CROSSED THE BAR'on 10th March 2015. his funeral (cremation) will be held on Monday 16th March 2015 at Pettigrews Family Funerals, Wallsend, Newcastle, nsw, Australia, at 2-30pm. condolences to his Family.




Date March 10, 2015
Name Bill King
Email billking@bigpond.net.au
Home Page
City Wyoming
State New South Wales
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details Vindi 54C Congratulations David Partridge on your retirement. A great record of service in Sydney. Looking forward to catching up with you soon. Best wishes from your many friends around New South Wales.




Date March 8, 2015
Name David Partridge
Email david.h.partridge@gmail.com
Home Page
City Bulli
State New South Wales
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details David Partridge. Deck 1956. After 30 years as skipper of the pilot cutter serving the ports of Sydney and Botany Bay I have finally retired. As a result I now have a new e-mail address and can be reached at david.h.partridge@gmail.com (don't forget the dots!). On the subject of retirement can I lay claim to being the last Vindi Boy afloat? The last time I looked into it there were a couple of guys driving ferries out of Vancouver and Greg Mclean was still on the pilot boat out of Grangemouth/Rosyth. Perhaps the last one should receive a coconut!




Date March 5, 2015
Name Geoffrey Le Marquand
Email geoffsps@aol.com
Home Page Hedge End
City Southampton
State SO30 2RW
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details I have recently received orders for Items of Interest using a order form dated 24/1/2012. Although the Items have not increased in price since then, the postage has and in addition on this order form (24/1/2012) are 3 Items we no longer stock. So please only use the latest order form dated 8/1/2015. Thank you




Date March 4, 2015
Name john mcdonald
Email jmacpoi@yahoo.com
Home Page yahoo
City hau hin
State pretchup khiri khan
Country thailand
Comments + Vindi details i was at the vindi 1956 7