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Date July 12, 2014
Name Chris Bond
Email chris.bond63@btopenworld.com
Home Page http://www.theempressofireland.com/
City Chichester
State West Sussex
Country England
Comments + Vindi details Re the article in the current Vindi news regarding The forgotten Empress, Empress of Ireland, my Cousin Ian Kinder who lives in Canada has researched the tragedy extensively and has written a book on it titled "A tale of two sisters. His web site www.theempressofireland.com/ gives lots of information on the collision etc. He has also made numerous dives to the wreckage.




Date July 8, 2014
Name Phil wilson
Email Philson12000@yahoo.co.uk
Home Page
City Chelmsford
State Essex
Country Uk
Comments + Vindi details Catering @ Vindi from Jan'1966 to march extra time as quarantined with scarlet fever. @ sea 3 yrs. happy days @ Vindi




Date June 23, 2014
Name Chris Williams
Email chrisjw61@gmail.com
Home Page www.jakewralkerussf.com
City Cairns
State QLD
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details Hi, my uncle, John Williams was a Vindi boy from 1951 and has written book about this and other adventures from his life. He is 80 and lives here in Cairns and I am helping him to refresh his book among other things. I would like to see him connect with people who have similar experiences and would love to hear from any of his former mates. Many thanks Chris




Date June 22, 2014
Name Brin Thomas
Email bgt.jt1@bigpond.com
Home Page
City Perth
State WA
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details Vindi April 1960 R723135.Finally 4 days after my 70 birthday I fulfilled a long held wish and sailed around Cape Horn albeit as passenger on a cruise ship.




Date June 11, 2014
Name Dave Jakeman
Email davejakeman@hotmail.co.uk
Home Page
City Hessle nr Hull
State east yorks
Country United Kingdom
Comments + Vindi details I was at the Vindi from Nov. 1952 Jan 1953 dishcharge book R 587457 my first three trips on theDominion Monarch first two as lift boy




Date May 28, 2014
Name george bunnas smith
Email geordiesmith027@yahoo.com
Home Page
City kilbirnie
State north ayrshire
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details great website, very interesting to see all the photos. I saw one old friend who was on a catering course in April 1956, Dermot Glackin, from Belfast. My Vindi number was 600/027 and my book number was R653120.Our class (deck) finished on 1st of July in that year.




Date May 11, 2014
Name Brian Dunne
Email briandunne46@msn.com
Home Page
City Runcorn
State Cheshire
Country Uk
Comments + Vindi details Service vindi Sept 62 Dec 62,have photos of some of the lads




Date May 3, 2014
Name Jacek
Email jacko@wp.pl
Home Page http://www.superprzeprowadzki.pl
City Warszawa
State
Country Poland
Comments + Vindi details I like youre website, i had found there many helpfull informations for me, best wishes to you Jacek ;]




Date May 2, 2014
Name John Wilson
Email jnwilsn@shaw.ca
Home Page
City Castlegar
State British Columbia
Country Canada
Comments + Vindi details Are there any Vindiboys going down to the Reunion this year from Hull or surrounding area? I'd like to get a lift with someone and help with the petrol etc. I'm flying in from Canada end of July. It will be my first Reunion. Vindi-66-Deck. R834674.




Date April 29, 2014
Name Jim docherty
Email Patdochertybaby@aol.com
Home Page L888doc
City Glasgow
State
Country Scotland
Comments + Vindi details At vindi may/June 1961 deck tough but it is only appreciated later in life. Learned a lot about seamanship and became bosun at 21. Was very surprised vindi closed down 5 years after I was there. Now 69 retired married 1968 have daughter granddaughter. Only did 10years at sea.




Date April 8, 2014
Name peter Hobson
Email peterdjhobson@gmail.com
Home Page 153 west drive St. Lenoards
City Ringwood
State Dorset
Country u.k.
Comments + Vindi details Hi Alan I was also at the "vindi" until June18th catering wonder if our paths crossed first and only trip on the M.T Norscot just under a year along the north and south American coasts. now retired living near the New Forest Pete Hobson R673870




Date March 31, 2014
Name Trev Pratt/Marshall
Email tmarshall5@btinternet.com
Home Page
City Grimsby
State lincs
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details Hi Mick, Thanks for the info. Might try all that when/if I get round to getting a webcam LOL. Been enjoying tracking down old shipmates for about 4 years now, on and off through various means, phone calls, letters, adds in papers through out the British Isles, emails as far as Aus & New Zealand. All good research and keeps you busy now were all retired. I finally found my old Vindi mate who I joined with and did our first trip together after searching for him for 5 years. He only lives 4.5 miles from me in Grimsby yet until last month I'm buggered if I could seek him through normal official channels, Strange. It was not until our old mate Robin the website boson pulled my old mate "Terry Taylor's" records from Kew that I traced him using his "next of kin" mother/stepfathers name and fortunately found related names in the residential directory online. That in itself was interesting because people wanted to meet and talk to me about it and since then I've relived some great memories with Terry, Regularly Hav




Date March 30, 2014
Name Trev Pratt/Marshall
Email tmarshall5@btinternet.com
Home Page
City Grimsby
State
Country Lincs
Comments + Vindi details Hi Ship mates, Vindi DECK Sept 61. My first entry on this vast site though I use a few others, there's so many MN sites. I've gone through 1300 entries so far and picked up on 3 possible contacts. What a pity shipping companies don't keep long term crew records. I have made contact with old seadogs on various site but the conversation fizzles out fast. Others I've located and visit often. Great. Still I suppose at our age SOME have earned the rite to be miserable old farts. Wishing you all good health. Regards Trev.




Date March 25, 2014
Name Ken Nelson
Email kpl.nelson@ntlworld.com
Home Page
City Grimsby
State
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details R796345 Vindi Deck Oct 63-Jan64:Anybody out there remember Harry Bowler or Bouler, bosun with Blue Star. Apparently rumour had it that he was ex SAS.I sailed with him on the Welly Star Xmas 66 down to NZ. No one got logged with him around any misdemeanour and it was a good hiding. Must say he was strict but fair. Visited him in hospital when he was diagnosed with spinal cancer and I heard he passed away in Greenwich Hospital while I was on my next trip on the Auckland Star down to Aussie in 67.




Date March 24, 2014
Name Robin - Website Bosun
Email WebsiteBosun@aol.com
Home Page http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000568483
City Brighton
State
Country England
Comments + Vindi details Not a Vindi matter, but any GSS lads of the later years, who happen to stray onto the wrong ship, might be interested in the link to the site in the header to this entry




Date March 23, 2014
Name dave roderick
Email dave.roderick@hotmail.co.uk
Home Page
City telford
State Shropshire
Country uk
Comments + Vindi details just seen a picture of the port chalmers was on her for two weeks waiting to sail to oz she had been in dock for months anyway i got fed up waiting and nobody new when she would be sailing . the st john came in and tied up in the next berth so joined her and spent six months on the south american run steve moppett mentiones a polish bosun called joe he was on board during my time this was from sept 1963 hi steve if you were on this ship same time as me emai me r767349 deck i was an sos at the time called taffy




Date March 14, 2014
Name alan hood
Email am-hood@shaw.ca
Home Page
City abbotsford
State british columbia
Country canada
Comments + Vindi details I joined the vindi in june 1957 as catering boy my first ship was m v erodona an old shell tanker she was brought out of moth balls for the suez crisis six weeks trip we left in july 57 came back in july 58she broke down over a 100 times at sea but the best ship I was on I finally came ashore in 62 and emigrated to Canada 75 best time of my life thank you vindi my dis book # R674023




Date March 7, 2014
Name Edmond Maurice Jenkins
Email edmondjenkins@rocketmail.com
Home Page 14, Sherwood Street
City DE55 5SE
State U.K
Country England
Comments + Vindi details Joined in Dec,1963.Hut C3 with 'Scouse' Jackson, was a 'pool boy' in 1964 and joined mv Illyric at KGV docks London 1964. From Swaffham in NORFOLK, Now 68 and an invalid. Loved my years at sea with. Houlder Bros, Union Castle, Port Line, Ellerman-Pappiani, etc,




Date March 1, 2014
Name brian clark
Email b.clark27@ntlworld.com
Home Page
City waltham cross
State
Country england
Comments + Vindi details vindi dec 1958 feb 1959 deck r702169 first ship maiden voyage mv galway




Date February 26, 2014
Name David
Email davepalmer45@gmail.com
Home Page
City Bath
State Somerset
Country England
Comments + Vindi details I was at Sharpness at the Camp 11/9/61 20/10/61. I was in Catering and still have the New Testament given to me by Mark Allen . Great memory's .I went on to sail on the maiden Voyage on the Montreal City . Echo. .Pluto. Dido.And Banana Ships out of Avonmouth . A wonderful five years. . Thank you Vindicatrix R7616448




Date February 21, 2014
Name Greg Griffin
Email ggriffin2945@gmail.com
Home Page
City Cambridge
State Cambs
Country uk
Comments + Vindi details Was it January 1963 when we had to carry the coal in sacks to the ship because the canal was frozen




Date February 20, 2014
Name Mike Sargeant
Email mike.sargeant@yahoo.com
Home Page
City Stockport
State Cheshire
Country UK.
Comments + Vindi details Deck 1960. Gordie Cohen. I first met Gordie and his wife Kim at No reunion of 2004. It was a rememberable occasion, for in the same party from Queens land was an old class mate from our intake. Roger Wilson - deputy chair of Qld Vindiboy Associated. I have had the great pleasure of meeting up Gordie and Kim at the numerous reunions I've had the good fortune to attend both here, Australia & NZ and the association is going to miss his drive and fortitude on behalf of the Vindi




Date February 16, 2014
Name Robin - Website Bosun
Email WebsiteBosun@aol.com
Home Page
City Brighton
State
Country England
Comments + Vindi details It is with heavy heart that I bring to the wider world of Vindiboys around the world the 'Crossing' of that stalwart of our Assn. Gordi Cohen, a Deckie of '43, of the Queensland Vindi Assn. It was my pleasure to have met both him and his widow Kimmy at more than one Reunion and also when they visited my own Branch in Sussex. Like the loss Terry Hales of NSW last year, we will miss him. Unfortunately, the news of his passing came too late to be included in the March issue of the Vindi News which had already gone to the printers.




Date February 14, 2014
Name Duncan MacDonald
Email mistermac@dmac.net
Home Page
City Lörrach
State
Country Germany
Comments + Vindi details R795497. Joined the 'Vindy Boys' January 1963. A hard winter ,but a time to remember and treasure. Who could forget 'Popeye'.




Date February 14, 2014
Name Robin - Website Bosun
Email WebsiteBosun@aol.com
Home Page
City Brighton
State
Country England
Comments + Vindi details On January 26th Member of the Scottish Parliament J F Munro "Crossed the Bar" In his Obituary in the Daily Telegraph it reports, "John Farquhar Munro was born in Glen Shiel on August 26 1934 and educated at  Plockton High School and the Sea Training College, Gloucester. At 17 he  joined the Merchant Navy; he was once said to have tried to stow away on the  Queen Mary to get home from America" At the National Archives it gives his Discharge Book No. as being R576341, can anyone of his time of the early 50's remember him?