Ian's Guestbook Volume 1


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(up to 10th April 2007 when this Guestbook Closed).

186  Date: 2007-10-04 07:45:36
Peter Jones ( captainsuperexcellent@tesco.net / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Ian,

Fantastic website, beautifully constructed.

I am a direct descendant of Thomas Linzey b.1788 (Ann Linzey's father). My line is through Ann's brother George b. 1825 and then down through his son Alfred and then his daughter Emily (my great grandmother).

It would be wonderful to speak with you and perhaps share information.

Kindest regards,

Peter Jones

185  Date: 2007-10-02 08:28:05
Marg Bentley ( billenbird@dodo.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Very much enjoyed looking at your photos of ships. Somewhere I have slides of E&A Aramac, Arakawa, and some others. Can convert to photos thru Adobe and send them to you if you would like them. My first trip by sea (1968) was to Port Moresby on the "Bulolo" Captain Brett Hilda. It was great. I think I might have a photo, as I took lots of a Sing Sing at the Tarama Barracks. Thanks again for taking me down memory lane.

184  Date: 2007-10-02 08:20:28
peter miller ( peter@miller9418.fsnet.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

hi,many thanks, enjoyed the site, i was a bell boy

on the Himalaya from 1957/1958. best year of my


183  Date: 2007-09-04 17:24:21
Dani ( justinanddani@sympatico.ca / no homepage) wrote:

Hi there, I am interested in finding out more information on the history of the S.S. "Montcalm" in 1929. I wondered if you could help in any way. Whether it be a website or book you recommend or something else. I have been looking for a while and would appreciate your help.
Thank you for your time.

182  Date: 2007-08-29 16:23:48
David Watkins ( david@cremedor.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Hi there! Whilst looking for some information on MTB's I came across your website. Page 2 of British Power Boat Co. shows a picture and some information on MTB 476. This was my father's boat and he appears in the photo on the bridge along with his Number One. Do you have any information as to the whereabouts of MTB 476? I think my father had contact with someone many years ago who had it as a houseboat. I would be really interested to find out more. By the way, dad is now 86 and fit and well! Kind regards, David.

181  Date: 2007-08-28 06:40:41
Franciscus Huijbregts ( franciscus@mail.com / no homepage) wrote:

My family migrated to Australia in 1952 on the Dutch ship "Johanvanoldenbarnevelt" or something like that do you have any information on that ship. Thanks Shipmate

180  Date: 2007-08-28 06:30:39
Franciscus Huijbregts ( franciscus@mail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi, I just found/bought a small model of the Sitmar line "Fairsea" at the Goodwill store in Hollywood Ca, USA.Its a small world I took that ship from Adelaide to Naples during March/April 1965 the same time you did, we (my family,mom,dad, brothers,and 1 yr old nephew were migrating to the USA). We were shipmates at the time (I was 19) I found your website. thanks for giving me some of the history of the ship. I remember the beer was cheaper than Coke and we did make a smashing entrance into Singapore

179  Date: 2007-08-21 12:27:36
Rodney Timson ( rodney.timson@lineone.net / no homepage) wrote:

Very interesting website. You seem to have led a very interesting life. Keep up the good work regarding the Merchant Navy.

178  Date: 2007-06-30 04:24:57
Margaret Maynard ( rjandmm@westnet.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Enjoying your website Ian! Came across it while searching for information on the S.S.Ranchi - P & O migrant ship which brought me and my parents to Australia in 1950, and also Sitmar's "Flavia" on which I travelled back to England (and returned) in 1963/64. Sadly can find no mention of either!

177  Date: 2007-05-25 21:13:06
John Howard ( howardj@shaw.ca / no homepage) wrote:

I came across a picture of HMS Andromeda ca 1904, which was attributed to you. Could you please confirm this and where casn I get a copy of the picture


John Howard

176  Date: 2007-05-14 00:33:13
Neil ( neil@ibsfinance.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your site and photos.

My family migrated from the UK on board Ellinis in 1965. We arrived in Brisbane in May 1965.

Mum and Dad were delighted to look at your web site.

Since I was only 3 years old at the time, I don't have many memories of the cruise.

If you're interested, my father was part of the crew on the maiden voyage of Oriana in 1960.

Best wishes


175  Date: 2007-04-30 16:10:08
Jan A. J. Barsch ( kalis12@planet.nl / no homepage) wrote:

I am looking for any information about the "Dulcibella" building plans or drawings. Can you help me on my quest?

174  Date: 2007-03-25 10:56:56
H. Alan Jones ( halanjones1@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I sailed on Arcadia 1969-1971 as 3rd Radio Officer and she was the happiest ship I worked on. Your site is most interesting and a lovely record of passenger liners which are unfortunately long gone as is the great job of Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy. I have photographs of Arcadia taken during P and O's inagural Alaskan cruise which shows her as she would have been prior to being scrapped if you are interested.
I hope to cruise on Arcadia this August to the Baltic and have cruised on Ocean Village which previously had sailed as Arcadia.
Kind regards and many thanks for a lovely site.
H. Alan Jones

173  Date: 2007-03-21 04:47:24
Barbara ( barbarad@batesaustralia.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Dear Ian
I am looking for information about the Fairsea in 1968 on its voyages from Southampton to Fremantle - particulary crew lists. I am trying to help a friend find fellow passengers and crew that travelled with them in 1968. Any help with this would be much appreciated.

172  Date: 2007-01-31 23:08:33
paul rushworth ( paul.rushworth1@homecall.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

SS Calypso & Ithaca... 1977 & 78... i worked in our family magic act...on board these two fantastic ships... wonderful memories... would love to hear from anyone who remembers us.... Paul. 01743 231735

171  Date: 2007-01-28 18:52:44
howard brent fowler ( villacruise@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I emmigrated to Aussie in 1963 as a 16 year old.Boarded Castel Felice in Southampton and traveled to Sydney.Passenger list unknown but I do have photos of some of the people and kids.I taught geography and received crossing the equator certifacate

170  Date: 2007-01-15 21:03:43
Brian Grainge ( b.wyatt-grainge@tesco.net / no homepage) wrote:

My first visit to this site, I was Wireless Op. on HSL 2554 in Gibraltar in 1953, delighted to see the recent pictures of the old girl I wondered what became of her.I have a picture that I took in 1953 at anchor in Gibraltar harbour (We were still doing radio target duty in 1953) would be pleased to offer copy of photo. I await your comments. Brian Grainge

169  Date: 2007-01-13 22:30:53
patsy toleman ( ptoleman@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Ian.
my grandmother Elsie Byard married Herbert Davis in 1917 at St Mary de Lode Gloucester so Hi Cousin!
I live in Gloucester and I will going around the churches mentioned on your website with great interest. It is brilliant to see how far back you have gone with the Byard lineage

My father was Herbert Davis (also) and he died in 1996 and had a brother Granville who died in 1990.
My sister and I had traced the war record of Hubert Byard -our great uncle from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and my sister had visited the memorial in France.

Will be revisiting your site to absorb all the info and thanks again.

Best Wishes from Gloucester, Patsy

168  Date: 2007-01-07 14:59:38
Lucian ( lucica_a@yahoo.com / no homepage) wrote:

I wish like to know why was called Orsova one of M&O ships. I am from Orsova, a city in Romania.
Have a nice day

167  Date: 2006-12-08 03:36:32
Barbara Rider ( barbararider@shaw.ca / no homepage) wrote:

Good Day. I came to your site through a P&O search. I am hoping you can help me in my search for information about P & O Liner employees in the period 1905 -1920. Would you know who or where to find contact in this regard. My Father worked for
P &O during that period as a medical orderly. I understand that he worked on the liners between UK and Cape Town. thank you. Barbara Rider

166  Date: 2006-11-22 02:42:27
Susan ( sen49@bellsouth.net / no homepage) wrote:

This is one of the coolest sites I ever saw!!
I found it by looking up Corriedale lambs...figure that out.
Have you written any stories??? This would make a great kid's/anybody book.

165  Date: 2006-10-04 19:20:48
Elaine Milner ( elaine.milner@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

Am trying to confirm whether my brother, Brian Thorpe, & his family, sailed on the Strathnaver September 1956, bound for Oz. It is their Golden Anniversary of arriving in Oz & we are trying to compile some memorabilia. We are not sure whether we are correct about the Strathnaver, but think we are, so am looking for an entry in a passenger list, a picture of the boat etc - any menus. Can you help? Urgent. We have only two more weeks!!!!

164  Date: 2006-09-16 10:21:34
trevor wright ( kristrev@bigpond.com / no homepage) wrote:

Anyone out there who migrated to Australia on the Castel Felice, WE left Southampton May22 and arrived at Fremantle July. On board we met Burt and Brenda Hope with their 4 children. I would love to know what happened to them. We would love to hear from anyone who was on that voyage which was next to last voyage as a migrant ship

163  Date: 2006-06-20 23:49:05
Valerie McKean ( mckeanv@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

What a wonderful website. I am interested in any information on the following voyages:
Strathnaver 7-20-1934 Marseilles to Bombay
Empress of Canada 1-12-1934 Vancouver to Hong Kong
Viceroy of India 11-12-1936 Marseilles to Bombay
Strathnaver 7-31-1937 Bombay to Marseilles
Thank you

162  Date: 2006-06-15 07:47:32
Tracy ( trace1964@bigpond.com / no homepage) wrote:

Its lovely to look back at history, I came out to Australia in 1967 on the Castel Felice, I believe, (but may be wrong)that it was the last crossing on the Suez Canal, I also have a crossing of the line certificate dated XXX - IV - MCMLXVII. I was `named` MURENA on this certificate.. just wanted to say thankyou for the information.. Tracy

161  Date: 2006-06-07 09:11:42
helen ( niteowl_nt@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Just wonder if there is someway to get a passenger list of the voyage my mother and her family did on SS Strathaird..departed Tilbury May 18th 1956 and arriving in Melbourne around June 1956. She has organised a family reunion of sorts and I thought it would be a great way to surprise her. They came to Aus as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme.

160  Date: 2006-06-05 12:27:10
Ashley Windle ( palmgrove.windle@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

I went on holiday on the Ulysses Line Ithaca as a boy and loved it. It was a much better quality than my last cruse for my honeymoon in 1997 (the only other ship I have been on) the Thompson ship Emerald which to be fair for the price was OK but the food and quality of the Ulysses Line Ithaca was great a shame they did not, could not continue.

159  Date: 2006-05-29 04:01:07
Stuart Shields ( SShie70652@aol.com / http://www.swiremariners.com) wrote:

I enjoyed your site Ian and was able to trace my grandfather, David Shields, who was killed at Galipoli and his son, my uncle John, who was killed at Paschendale. I myself spent 40 years in the British Merchant Navy, serving with the Port Line and later The China Navigation Company and am currently the secretary of the Swire Mariners Association which is a group of company old boys who like to keep in touch and enjoy the odd beer together. You might find our web site interesting because there are many photos and lots of other information. I also am a member of the Freemasons, Seer Green Lodge No.9055 in the Province of Buckinghamshire.

158  Date: 2006-04-27 16:08:23
David Rimmell ( daverimmell@blueyonder.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Great Web site, I visited the Calypso in Tilbury in the 1970's as a child, and have a photo of it.
However Im now a ships agent at Tilbury ( for some 20 year ) and Have Louis Cruise mv Calypso calling next week.

157  Date: 2006-04-17 10:10:21
Jean Kane ( Jeankane@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

Do you have information regarding S.S. Moldana - particularly a voyage approx. October 1907.

156  Date: 2006-04-17 04:47:11
Rod Smith ( glenrod6004@xtra.co.nz / no homepage) wrote:

Hi there Ian - a fascinating site. Well done. I'm wondering whether you could give me a steer in my search for a particular maritime family member, albeit distant member. I'm looking for info on one George Thompson Archer, I think an officer, in the merchant navy, employed by P& O Company or one of its forbears. He was born 1834 and died, at sea, on 21 April 1875. Any suggestions? Best wishes.

155  Date: 2006-04-01 01:48:48
Smurfie ( smurfie0@gmail.com / http://www.harrythecat.com/smurfie/) wrote:

Hi matey from one sea salt to another. My other homw is is at.

154  Date: 2006-03-31 16:45:37
Larry Byard ( lbyard@duxcw.com / http://www.duxcw.com) wrote:

Just dropped by. My family decended from Joshua Byard who immigrated in the 1800's from around Darbyshire, England to Cooperstown, New York, USA. We are probably related in a distant way.

153  Date: 2006-03-29 06:17:21
Roger Pearson ( debrogerp@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Greetings from OZ,
Just found your website and wish to make further contact re MTB 451.

Bendigo, Australia

152  Date: 2006-03-15 08:29:48
Andy Dallibar ( yard_ape_ontour@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi, I was doing research on the Castel Felice and came across your site. It answered a couple of questions for me but I'm havin difficulty finding documented sailings from Southampton to Sydney. I suppose I should ask my Mum when I see her. Of interest to you though is that I have good selection of pictures my Dad took on our voyage out. If you are interested I could ask their permission for you to view them.

151  Date: 2006-03-13 10:49:29
Rocky Rankin ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Your website is very interesting. Some things I have in common with you are. HMAS LONSDALE (I was ships company), BNERRAN and I was taught to be cautious.

150  Date: 2006-03-01 19:15:55
Thomas Wieck ( Th.Wieck@t-online.de / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Ian!
First of all belated best wishes for the New Year.
I'm holidaying in Fuerteventura again and I hired a bike and cycled out to the S.S. Australis. A very sorry sight now. She's tipped over, the funnel has fallen of and the bridge is bent downwards. It's only a matter of time before the hull collapses.
It is amazing how long she's defied the water, tides and fierce winds. Quite an amazing sight when she was still upright. A long ending for a ship!
My sincere regards to you,

149  Date: 2006-02-16 13:52:37
Annaliese ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Dad, just thought i'd have a look at your webpage as i haven't looked at it in ages, and i must say it's very good!
lots of love, xx

148  Date: 2006-01-23 06:45:01
Michael F Scott ( michael38@netspace.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

With reference your experience on QSSS New Australia, my parents and I travelled to Australia early 1952 on this vessel. My father and I shared a cabin on "D" deck with four other "new Australians" Whilst my mother shared a four berth cabin on "B" deck. I would have been about 13 at the time and remember well sleeping on deck or visits to I believe "F" deck to the swimming Pool.

147  Date: 2006-01-21 05:06:53
H Powell ( ieuansant@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I served on Orsova 1964-1965 as a junior engineer, we played rugby against P & O Australia staff around the early part of 1965 and we had one man too many and the P & O shore based office staff in Sydney had one short. I was chosen to play for the shore based staff, I played at outside half and we had a terric game of rugby (Union code) and walloped the Orsova officers. We ran up a cricket score, and I was told that being Welsh they should have realised I had played the game before (grin) and that in future I would play for the ship at outside half (or do you say 5/8 in Austrlia). Happy sun filled days meandering in the glorious Antipodes. Awesome memories of the roaring forties and mouninous waves.

146  Date: 2006-01-12 07:00:32
Erina Green ( Erina.Green@colesmyer.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks for the brilliant information. My mother came out to Australia on the SS New Australia in 1953 also and it has been difficult to find information. Great Website.

145  Date: 2005-12-13 21:27:11
Paul Russell ( pru95777@bigpond.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

G'day Michael. I sailed from Southampton on the "New Australia" in May 1956 with my mother. Remember the journey well. I had my tenth birthday a week after we sailed. Like you I remember the heat around the Suez Canal-Red Sea area and it was sure hot. Now living in Sydney. Regards from Paul Russell.

144  Date: 2005-12-11 16:53:09
Pamela Tiller ( pa.mt@verizon.net / no homepage) wrote:

I am currently a reservation agent with Princess
Cruisetours in Seattle. My husband found a piece of memorabilia from the Arcadia during her 1967 voyage while shopping at a Mariner's Antique store yesterday. Our enjoyment of learning all we can about P&O and her daughter company piqued our interest to find what we can about the Arcadia's
voyages. My husband began a website search for information on her, when he found your site. Thank you for sharing your memories and historical information. Pamela Tiller

143  Date: 2005-12-09 16:14:04
Christian Sheppard-Capurro ( retail@sheppard.gi / http://community.webshots.com/user/cdsc123) wrote:

Re British Power Boats,3 craft still in use as yachts in Gibraltar.63'MASB 32 is my father Hector's,68'HSL2554 is yacht Adelheid and a River Class now Moonstone.See pics on my homepage and feel free to use as many as you want.Also models inc.MTB494.There are 2 of these types for sale at Malta(ex harbour ferries)

142  Date: 2005-12-06 13:07:24
Marcia ( marciac@tpg.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Giday -What a surprise - have just seen yr webb page - very interesting - seems you have had a very busy life - hope you enjoyed it on the way? That working holiday in UK in 1965 was quite a doozy!?
Congratulations on yr achievements - regards Marcia

141  Date: 2005-12-04 19:40:18
Ron Sheldon ( ronniesheldon@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Ian,
Enjoyed your site immensely,especially about the ORSOVA.I was the grill chef on board her from 1966 to late 1967 so I must have cooked you some steaks I imagine, thanks again for some nice pics.

regards Ron
and MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

140  Date: 2005-10-23 11:02:41
Lionel L. May - WM #356 ( lionellmay@optusnet.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Pleased to find your webpage by chance.
Fraternal greetings from Deepdene Lodge #356
and your fellow members.

139  Date: 2005-10-17 06:47:55
Melanie Bone ( ambogirl@lm.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

I came to Australia in 1965 on the Fairstar. Thanks for clarifying some of my murky memories.

138  Date: 2005-10-15 23:54:05
Jimmy Andrew ( cbandrew@git.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

8 years Shaw Savill, 1957 - 1965, as Ships Engineer. Ships included New Australia, Persic,Runic,Suevic,Gothic,Southern Cross.
Memorable moments, Tanker collision first trip to sea, north of Cape York ,eastern Australia,on the New Australia.
Shipwrecked on Runic on Middleton Reef en route Brisbane to NZ February 1961, and abandoning her after five weeks attempting to rescue her.
Some of the best years of my life.

137  Date: 2005-09-21 12:56:00
Sandra Barlow,nee Pearce ( sandrabarlow@ra-lond.com / no homepage) wrote:

My family of Pearces can be traced back to Lee, Buckinghamshire in the early 1700 (so far!!!)Their nearest place for registering Births etc was 'West Wykham'. My g-g grandfather ws one of 11 children, in a village that had 3 Pearce families, all of them very large. I know that some of my Grandfather's brothers and sisters emigrated to Australia and South Africa in the early part of the 20th century- names such as Maude,Cyril,Gilbert,George, Charles,Frederick and Elzabeth crop up throughout the history of the family. I'm not saying that we may be related, but the Buckinghamshire link might be worth checking out as here were so many of them and I know that some of them moved about the country quit a lot.

136  Date: 2005-09-21 07:58:59
Earl Beresford ( earlb@clear.net.nz / no homepage) wrote:

Pleased to have come accross your site. My interest has been in the British Power Boat Co who's Naval Archietect George Selman I worked with for some years in the 60's. George had a large collection of negatives and photographs of MTB's etc, I often wonder what happened to them and in fact whether George is still alive.

135  Date: 2005-09-13 15:25:54
John Mann ( JFMANN@SUPANET.COM / http://www.visitandlearn.co.uk/factfiles05/obit1.asp) wrote:


134  Date: 2005-08-22 02:29:37
Ian Barrons ( ianbarrons@aapt.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

Brought back some very good memories of a very exciting voyage as a 9yr old on SS New Australia in 1955, Dates unknown but after looking at your site will endevour to find out and get passenger list.
Well Done

133  Date: 2005-08-15 00:49:30
Bill Devanney ( bill@mastaspar.com.au / http://mastaspar.com.au) wrote:

Dear Ian,
My father was an engineer aboard the yacht Manahine.
You may well have known him as a child. His name was Ron Devanney and I think he was second engineer. My father died May last year and now my brother & I are trying to find out more about his time in the navy and aboard the Manahine.
I grew up in Lymington and remeber well the rotting MTB boat on which you must have lived. I also worked at Berthon Boat Yard as a marine engineer. I emigrated to Australia in 1988 and love the country however I dearly miss Lymington, it's rowing club and the multitude of eccentric characters (wwho are rapidly dissapearing).
Do you know the site opposite the railway station, on the toll bridge side is now up for a major re-devolopment? Any help you can give will much appreciated or if you are able to send a photo of the Manahine as we do not even have one of them.
Regardfs Bill Devanney

132  Date: 2005-08-14 15:54:39
Helen Sargent ( p.sargent2@btinternet.com / no homepage) wrote:

Most enjoyable; brought back many memories.
Do you know where you purchase images of the
Himalaya in Fremantle?
Thank you.

131  Date: 2005-08-13 03:05:31
Peter McCluskey ( finlay@hdc.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

I was a passanger on Aramac in 1965 & 1967, Brisbane>Japan>Brisbane. Do you have any information about the Ship?

130  Date: 2005-08-11 10:11:31
Gerard Webb ( gerweb@bigpond.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

I met my (future) wife on the Fairstar in August 1965. We are trying to figure the exact date. I left Melbourne on the 8/9th Aug and met her on board in Brisbane. Would you have the scheduled Dates for each port - Melbourne Sydney & brisbane for that trip. hope you can be of help

129  Date: 2005-07-25 23:08:22
John Wm GORDON-KIRKBY ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

I now feel like an old friend .You have all my contact details. Hope to meet you one fine day.
Cheers "Mate"
John G-K

128  Date: 2005-07-24 05:12:22
Gerard Huybregts ( gerry.huybregts@enmu.edu / no homepage) wrote:

I was also a passenger on the Fairsea in 1965. I recall hitting the warf in Singappor-forty years ago-how time flies. Thanks for bringing back some good memories.

127  Date: 2005-07-24 05:10:40
Jim Eaves ( jimeaves@gci.net / no homepage) wrote:

My wife Claudia and I found a ship's bell inscribed "Arcadia 1953" in an antique store in Anchorage, Alaska. We bought it because she was born in 1953. Her birthdate is May 15, 1953 one day after the Arcadia was launched.

126  Date: 2005-07-21 05:44:47
DAVID STEEL ( PRIMAVERA@bigpond.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

1955 c deck at the age of nine, was the best thing a boy could have happen to him four weeks at sea and great food lots of fun only the water was not the best to drink,thanks for the info on a great ship and crew always remember the large honer board at the top of the main stairway, later 1965 I did not join the Navy ,it was a sapper Lt for me but the sea has always had a calling for me so at times I would be found in Sydney with our small boat section just like Rat in toad hall
regards david

125  Date: 2005-07-19 22:05:55
Carol Harmond ( caz@whiteswan.u-net.com / http://www.whiteswan.u-net.com) wrote:

Just came across your website after searching for "Dulcibella". I read Riddle of the Sands many years ago and as I was interested in sailing at the time found it a very absorbing book. I have just come across an old edition of the book and stuck inside of the front cover is a picture of the "Dulcibella" lying on a slipway and the note states Dulcibella, Wooton Creek, IOW, August 1937, would a scan/copy of this be of any use on your website?

124  Date: 2005-07-02 17:39:55
David Young ( young@agra.org.uk / no homepage) wrote:

My mother's maiden name was Byard. I have traced the name back to John Byard who married Mary Herbert, so find your website was very interesting. As a history graduate and archivist I have to ask you what your sources are for the previous generations to which your refer, and if you have more detailed information of those preceding generations. I hope we may correspond?
David Young

PS - I too am a Freeman of the City of London!

123  Date: 2005-06-26 15:55:30
PAULINE ( DOUGMOORE@northviewfleet.freeserve.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I have been looking at your site with great interest. My great-uncle is belived to have sailed to Australia on the maiden voyage of the SS Canberra in 1961. Do you know if it is possible to obtain a copy of the passenger list? What a pity such a prestigious ship ended it's days so sadly.

Hope you can help.
Pauline Moore

122  Date: 2005-06-23 07:45:51
Sue Given ( suegiven@wizardtechs.net / no homepage) wrote:

Hi, the page with the SS Nevasa, what is the vintage of the ship pictured please. Is it the one from the late 1800s, or was there another? My son in law had a gg uncle on it at one time. I don't have the exact dates in front of me though, Nathan has them in NZ.

Sue in Australia


121  Date: 2005-06-05 22:20:07
Gloria Joannou ( benglo1@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Wonderful site, and Mr. Byard was very helpful to me in my research regarding a souvenir bell which I have from the S.S. Himalaya dated 1949. Thank you.

120  Date: 2005-06-01 18:03:49
lt cmdr a hawkins ( max456044@yahoo.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

enjoyed the pages imensley.spent some time on the old oriana many thanks alan hawkins

119  Date: 2005-04-28 00:15:44
Jim Nicol ( nicolj@interlynx.net / http://spaces.msn.com/members/algonquin) wrote:

Searching Enstone, Oxon, for information on the name, "Ivings." I found links to your site. I found it very interesting with its Enstone connections.
I found the name Ivings (grave/headstone?)in churchyard of Deddington parish church.
Thanks for letting me share this with you.
Jim (Dundas, Ont. Canada).

118  Date: 2005-04-23 23:58:32
John Shobbrook ( jshobbrook@hotmail.com / http://www.observatoryresources.com.au) wrote:

Dear Ian, A wonderful web site, thanks for bringing back many great memories! I was the Ship's Photographer onboard RHMS Ellinis in 1968 under Captains Ikiadis and Nickolaou. Recognised a few names in the Chandris Lines employees spreadsheet and can add a few more.

117  Date: 2005-04-13 22:11:40
paul rushworth ( Rushworths123@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

we worked on SS Calypso in our family magic act in 1977... I would absolutely love to hear from anyone who met us on Calypso or Ithaca.

116  Date: 2005-04-13 17:46:19
Don Gray ( don@rania.co.uk / http://www.rania.co.uk) wrote:

A wonderful informative site. Congratulations.
I'll be back to read more.

If anyone has information on old WWII wooden boats that are languishing, I would like to compile a register and try to save some.

Thank you.

115  Date: 2005-04-09 15:25:46
Carol Byard ( carol_byard@msn.com / no homepage) wrote:

This was a very interesting site

114  Date: 2005-03-24 05:07:54
Min Holton ( iwgi@hotmail.co.uk / http://iwgi.co.uk) wrote:

I found the page on Edward (Jack) Buller Byard very interesting, as we did a ghost investigation at Golden Hill Fort last Friday 18th March 2005, with some remarkable results caught on video, camera and digital audio. It is extremely hard to find out any history of the fort on the net, so when I came across your page it was fantastic to see someone that had actually served at the fort. Thank you

113  Date: 2005-03-02 23:23:02
jerry ( jfortin508@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Just researching the vessel S.S. Himalaya. It seems I have one the small brass ship's bell with S.S. Himalaya 1949 inscribed. approximately 5inches in height and 6 1/2 inches in width at the base of the bell.

112  Date: 2005-03-02 11:41:07
John Schindler ( john@schindler.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Woops - in my excitement at discovering your page I inadvertently typed in "FAISTAR" in the beginning of my previous letter. I meant of course FAIRSEA. I would love to hear from other passengers who were on the 1965 Northbound voyage which departed Sydney in March. As I mentioned before Leigh and Gwenda live near Toowoomba and the 2 sisters Margaret and Anne who embarked in Brisbane also currently live in Queensland. It's hard to believe that it was 40 years ago (almost to the day)I was 19 and I thought 30 was old. I'm almost 60 now but still feel reasonably young (not always) Young Aussies in those days would not dream of flying - no time to spare these days. In the 60's and 70's most of us travelled on those magnificent ocean liners and the journey was a fantastic adventure. I remember seeing a large liner ship boarding migrants for Australia in Naples. Does anyone remeber the name of that ship ?

111  Date: 2005-03-02 09:47:53
John Schindler ( john@schindler.com.au / http://schindler.com.au) wrote:

A very pleasant surprise to enter FAISTAR on the google search and discover you travelled on the same voyage as I did. I departed from Sydney in March 1965 also and made life long friends (I am still in touch with some of them) I also have photos of the hole in the ship in Singapore. I remeber we were waiting to have our passports stamped when we all lurched forward. The "Doctor" (not a real Doctor of course)in the crossing of the line ceremony was Leigh Clayton who was travelling with wife Gwenda. They live in Toowoomba. My Doctor in Brisbane (a real Doctor)was on the final voyage of the FAIRSEA and has an amazing story to tell as he was friendly with the ship's surgeon.

110  Date: 2005-02-19 22:42:25
peter j short ( peter_sue_uk@yahoo.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

very intresting site.i had relations who lived on an mtb at tags island, on the thames.

109  Date: 2005-02-17 23:53:56
nick sloan ( vtiman@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

interesting site ! I think I have connections with ships (and trains) from an early age. My father's job took us to many countries (he unfortunately pased away last year) and as my mum didn't like flying we had some great trips !

My parent swere married in Alberta and my mother went out from Liverpool on one of the Empresses - England or Canada but I think she made several trips out and back.

Before I go any further I should mention that her father worked for Vickers in Barrow which has many strets named after ships (they live on Mikasa street for a while) He was Wilfred Bradley and ordered all the steel for the ships made including the war but I am not sure what his title was .

One place we lived was Algiers which involved the sleeper to Euston from Barrow, the Golden Arrow to Dover, the ferry, train to Paris Nord then taxi, train to Marseille and another ferry across.

My fathers next job was in Adelaide so it was 3 weeks on the Arcadia from Tilbury to Adelaide in I think December 1967 around the Suez Crisis. This was great for an 8 year old and for my 12 yr old sister, although unfortately I never saw my nanny again. My grandfather died just after I was born.
We stopped in South Africa I think - in one of the ports the Himalaya was docked and we got on her and had a look around.

In June 1973 we moved to Canada once again on Arcadia - she was a beautiful ship and had a grace and elegance that the new Arc and other ships don't have. Mind you the Spirit of London came into Vancouver when we arrived. (did she become the Loveboat ??)

Then it was train acros Canada to Montreal.
In 1989 I returned to the UK where my sister now lives although this was by air not sea.

As a result of my travels (which includemany trips to Sandbanks near Poole) I am a bit at odds with many people as I find the travel by air/sea/train part of any holiday I have and makes the place you are going more unique as you are not just arriving in some faceless airport in the middle of the night !

I am also very sad that the new ships are not built here and feel we have been very very badly let down by politicians of all colours. At least my Honda was made in England !!!

Hope you find my story interesting and that you haven't gone to sleep by now !!


108  Date: 2005-02-10 23:17:00
Martin Sormus ( msormus@tigs.nsw.edu.au / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks for the info on the Fairsea.

I migrated to Australia on board the Fairsea in May/June 1965 as a teenager. This was the return journey of the voyage that you had sailed going to Europe.

I am keen to find out the date of leaving Southampton, and of arrival at the various ports en route to Sydney.

107  Date: 2005-02-04 21:23:12
Thomas ( Th.Wieck@t-online.de / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Ian,
I'm presently holidaying in Fuerteventura. I bicycled to the American Star from the Costa Calma. Hard work, but worth it. A sorry sight, but nevertheless an eerie monument.
Best wishes, Thomas

106  Date: 2005-01-24 21:18:17
Dave Jenkins ( david@patjenkins.wanadoo.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Great site.....Oh what memories... I joined the Himalaya as a bellboy December 1951....left for the Cunard liner Scythia in 1954 and then returned to the P & O on the Arcadia in early 1955 and stayed there for 3 years ..most of the time as 1st Class Deck Steward.....finally leaving to rejoin Cunard on the Saxonia. And in three months time I am going to enjoy one of the maiden cruises on the new Arcadia (FIFTY YEARS ON ..who'd have thought it) and then again I'm booked for her Christmas cruise thru the Panama. Loved gthe old photos.. I was back there immediately.
Have to agree the new cruise liners have very little character in comparison with yesteryear

Regards Dave Jenkins

105  Date: 2005-01-22 15:42:21
Lorna Meggitt ( lornameggitt@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Ian! Enjoyed your webpage! I was looking up any reference on the web to the S.S. Montrose (Canadian Pacific). I was surprised to see some pictures of her on your site! I have a postcard of her from 1918 when my grandparents emigrated to Canada. I also have a lovely picure of them strolling on the deck. Best of luck with your future endeavours and thanks for the interesting site.
Lorna Meggitt (Toronto, Canada)

104  Date: 2005-01-20 16:28:56
Bridgit Freeman ( bridgit.freeman23@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

Many thanks for your reply. Will check again at Greenwich Maritime Museum and also get into touch with Australian dept of Immigration. If I get any interesting information I will let you know !

103  Date: 2004-12-28 22:00:35
Joan Smith ( js@joan33gbr.free-online.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Hallo Ian,
Found your site through typing HMS Dunedin into Google. My father who was in the Royal Marines served on this ship around the time of the Coronation in 1937. I have a lovely photo of him on parade when the King came onboard. The story is that the King spoke to him and complimented him on his smartness. Don't know if that is true. Thought you might be interested.


102  Date: 2004-12-18 22:50:36
andy wilson ( klingonandy@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

thanks for the images of BP aisea rescue launch- I was the last owner of a 71' ASL I think it was hsl 115- I still have one bad photo of her before her destruction by vandals in 1991.

101  Date: 2004-11-23 03:00:13
Brian Bailey ( aussiebailey@msn.com / no homepage) wrote:

My family sailed to America on the RMS Orsova in 1955. My father said it was the maiden voyage. I remember being welcomed in Figi, Hawaii, and Vancouver. I am researching a story for young readers and would like any information about the ship, especially diagrams. I was given the title, "Captain of the Nursery", and would like to see any pictures of my former domain.
I would appreciate any help.
Thanks, Brian Bailey

100  Date: 2004-11-17 07:46:18
Anne Byard ( anne@yalumba.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I have the pleasure of being your wife and the 100th visitor to your website. It's wonderful how this website has re-introduced you to friends from long ago and to new friends too.

99  Date: 2004-11-10 00:58:22
Kenneth Hodge ( kenneth@maxicare.co.uk / http://www.maxicare.co.uk) wrote:

I came across your page whilst searching out a former ship I sailed on SS.Gothic (during the firre)
Thank you. (Former Merchant seaman and Mason)

98  Date: 2004-11-04 23:57:56
Bob Burwell ( burwell@graffiti.net / http://www.geocities.com/bobbybeeuk/index.html) wrote:

Hi Ian. As a fellow ex-Lymingtonian I was very pleased that you got in contact with me and to hear of your maritime experiences. Your web site is great with all the information and pictures.
All the Best. Bob.

97  Date: 2004-11-01 03:01:34
david beaumont ( antrim72@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

what a great site. my family came out from u.k. on New Australia, my grandma on Fairsea,other grandma on stratheden, my father travelled on Canberra, my brother to u,k on fairstar and myself on arcadia and himalaya so it was great to see all these ships again. i have photos and souviniers from N.A and from some of the other ships. They were great days when ships were ships. i sight i will reguarly click on to. cheers dave beaumont

96  Date: 2004-10-24 03:54:58
John Dickinson ( pop@onthe.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Ian (Mike)
After many years, like 30!, it was great last year when you managed to re-establish contact on your visit to Melbourne. Having been old school friends since 1951 on our respective boats on the Lymington river and our many adventures together, it was great to eventually re-live those times together again. To meet up with you again in June and meet Anne and your family with my wife, Carole, on our visit to the UK was fantastic. Also, thank you for my small part in your web site. So many things we seem to have done in unison from the days living next to each other on the Lymington River to working on Station and Princes Pier's in Port Melbourne with our respective shipping companies. What a wonderful new book "Welcome & Farewell" is documenting the 150th anniversary of Station Pier and congratulations on your photo/poster/label inclusions from your private collection. Well done, and keep up the fantastic work on your most comprehensive web site which is well worth "re-checking" frequently.
Regards and Best Wishes,
John & Carole Dickinson

95  Date: 2004-10-20 10:29:34
Bill Mcbain ( w.mcbain1@btinternet.com / no homepage) wrote:

Sailed on the Canton Jun to Nov 61 - Asst Engr
" " " Iberia Jan to Jul 62 - Asst Engr
" " " Karmala Aug to Dec62 - Asst/4th Engr
" " " Cannanore Apr to May 63 - 4th Engr
" " " Chusan May to Sep 63 - 4th Engr
Does any one remember me, if so drop me a line

94  Date: 2004-10-13 13:12:16
Jeremy Greenwood ( newforesthistory@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I have just finished my MA in Maritime history at Exeter
I see you are continuing the Lymington connection
I presume you are part time
If you want to know the best route to Exeter let me know
J tel; 642409

93  Date: 2004-10-01 08:35:48
gael mckenzie ( gaelmck777@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Really enjoyed your web site. I have always loved passenger ships even before I ever saw one. My Mum came from Scotland on the Orion in 1947. My parents and I went to the U.K. on the Fairsky in Aug. 1970 and returned on the Achille Lauro in Nov.

92  Date: 2004-09-20 10:54:36
David House ( dhouse@iinet.net.au / http://www.iinet.net.au/~dhouse/) wrote:

Hello Ian
Found your page whilst looking for info on SS New Australia. I was on the same voyage, my parents and I left the vessel in Fremantle. I think I was in the Fancy Dress photo, I was 8 years old at the time. We do have a few commonalities although I do not have as many interests as yourself. I spent 12 years in the RAN paid off in 1973 as ERA1st Class. 25 years active in Freemasonry, I resigned when my business took up most of my time, will probably become active again in retirement, hopefully next year. Found your pages very interesting. Regards David.

91  Date: 2004-09-02 13:22:02
Thomas ( Th.Wieck@t-online.de / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Ian! I came across your homepage while looking up information about the Queen Frederica. Congratulations on your site reflecting your interesting life! I sailed on the QF as a migrating passenger from Auckland-Rotterdam in April-May-June 1968. That was travelling in the true sense of the word. Thanks to you, we can have a good look at some reminders.
Regards, Thomas Wieck

90  Date: 2004-08-31 11:00:32
gino panetta ( louiginio@iprimus.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

HI Ian I sailed on the fairsea in 1958 dec from uk with my dad and mom and sisters and brother to australia and in 1961 dad got an engineering job offed to him in new zealand we sailed on the fairsea. we caught the fairsea back to australia in 1967 i my self could tell many a story could you tell me where i could get a model of the fairsea thanks gino

89  Date: 2004-08-19 02:54:35


88  Date: 2004-08-19 02:51:44
Teresa Allen ( teresacallen@optusnet.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Ian!
I sailed to Australia on board the Arcadia in 1958. I was a young child but many happy memories. Great to see photos of the old girl!
Gold Coast

87  Date: 2004-08-18 10:11:57
Adam Hermitage ( Adam.Hermitage@Equitas.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Ian, I've got in touch with Gordon regarding Freelance and hopefully will meet up for a photo shoot and general chat about MGBs,cheers AEH

86  Date: 2004-08-15 11:04:12
Andrew Mackinnon ( andrwcmc@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi great pages of ships etc. the other Superstar ship is the Virgo that joined Leo in coming to Melbourne, the only capital city that hosted the 2 of them.

85  Date: 2004-08-12 19:26:31
David ( ramjamman@hotmail.com / http://rgsboys.com) wrote:

I found your site whilst researching on the internet for background material for the new Channel 4 television series That'll Teach 'em Too.
I was looking for items to describe to people what life was like in the 60's in Britain.

I must say a BIG thank you for not only was the site very informative but Michael was most prompt in supplying me with a lot of detailed information in answer to a email request.

I have placed a link back to this site and again many thanks.

84  Date: 2004-07-28 22:16:07
colin penney ( colin.penney@virgin.net / http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~penney/) wrote:

I was an engineer on the Strathaird,Stratheden and Maloja ( I was on her last voyage to the scrap yard )for 5 years and 13 trips to Austalia .Loved every minute of it
Loved your site ,brought back memories.
Regards Colin PS
I am PPSGD,PPAGSoj,PPSGO, Prov.GR,VI Pillar KTP,30',PG Prefect Constantine .PG Cons of Tower ROS,TIM Cryptic ,

83  Date: 2004-07-08 16:52:19
Peter Kelly ( pgkelly@iol.ie / no homepage) wrote:

It's a great site--it was the "Dulcibella" connection which drew me to it, but there is much more to enjoy.

Good luck!

82  Date: 2004-06-27 20:25:51
Kim Percival ( percival_kim@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I found you through searching on the Sitmar Line for Castel Felice as I travelled on the boat as a child in 1963. I am trying to write a book based on my experiences in Oz and would appreciate any info you could provide, e.g. size of vessel, no. of passengers, no. of trips she did etc. Hope to hear from you.

81  Date: 2004-05-22 21:58:43
Tim Deacon ( tim@deacon427.fsnet.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I am researching the 8th MTB Flotilla (Polish Navy) and generally interested in MTB's/MGB's. I used to live on MTB 427 (Polish S-8) in Southampton, on the River Itchen, near to the Railway Bridge in Priory Road. I called her 'Whimsical Macgoffley' (see page 60 in 'The Little Ships')and since 1979, have traced her complete wartime history and most of her post war history (still working on it!). I remember your houseboat in Lymington! I first went sailing when I was 16 (1965) on a friend's yacht 'Pampero' from a mooring, a mud berth, close to the car park in Lymington, near the salt water baths! I have managed to trace the LAST Polish MTB Captain still alive, (now 84), who commanded Polish MTB S-10(later used in the 1955 film, 'The Ship that died of Shame'), and also, as a junior officer, was on MGB S-3 (now 'mb Freelance'), which was originally British Power Boat, MGB45.
Anyhow...very interesting site!

80  Date: 2004-05-19 03:44:56
don braben ( dbraben@ozemail.com.au / http://www.donbraben.com) wrote:

MIchael, I enjoyed looking at your site, I found a lot to interest me and i also like the format.

79  Date: 2004-05-18 23:40:50
Jerry ( jfortin508@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Interesting website. I found it when I was researching the S.S. Himalaya. I believe I have one of the original brass ship's bells (small) measuring 5 inches high and 6 inches across the mouth. It is inscribed S. S Himalaya 1949 (no period after second S). Thought it might interest you. jf

78  Date: 2004-05-10 14:44:07
Joao Martins ( joaomartins@worldnet.att.net / no homepage) wrote:

Warmest congratulations on your outstanding website! I am also an enthusiastic fan of maritime travel and would like to know if you have more pictures of Royal Interocean Lines ships or memorabilia. Many thanks and best regards.

77  Date: 2004-05-03 08:09:30
Sonia Jennings ( soniajennings@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Have enjoyed looking at your website. I am an historian currently working on a history of Station Pier. Would you be interested in filling out a questionnaire for us in regard to your time working and visting Melbourne on cruise ships? The history will be published in book form in September 2004 to coincide with the 150th birthday of the pier. Regards, Sonia Jennings

76  Date: 2004-04-11 20:45:59
George Ellis ( songeo@bigpond.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hello agian Ian

I notice some researchers of the Canberra liner. As an apprentice Metal Fabricator in the firm of Michell and Russell Chattan Foundry [subsidiary of Smith and Wellstood] Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire Scotland from 1958 to 1963, I was part of the team that built the stainless steel kitchen equipment for the ship, when she was being built at Harland and Woolf in Belfast. There seemed to 'miles' of kitchens!

Cheers from Sydney Down under

George Ellis

75  Date: 2004-04-11 20:36:49
George Ellis ( songeo@bigpond.com / no homepage) wrote:

Many thanks Ian for allowing me to email you for more information re MV Fairsky and Australia House. Very much appreciated

Cheers from Sydney Down under

George Ellis

74  Date: 2004-04-08 15:19:35
Sandra ( Sandra.Dodds@edt.gov.on.ca / no homepage) wrote:

I would kill to find the Canberra poster you show on the left by the Sydney Harbour bridge. Don't suppose you have any advice on how to track such a thing down?
Enjoyed the site very much.

73  Date: 2004-03-29 22:58:17
Alison Bridger ( alibridger@sbcglobal.net / http://www.met.sjsu.edu/~bridger) wrote:

Thanks for the bio. on MTB451. My father served on her in WW2 (he was a rating). In particular, he was wounded in action, according to him, about a month after D-Day, which would have been the action of 8 July, 1944.

Best wishes!

72  Date: 2004-03-18 23:47:47
Neale Morison ( nmorison@ozemail.com.au / http://members.ozemail.com.au/~nmorison) wrote:

Thanks for the site. You were a great help in my researches on the P&O Canberra.
Best regards,

71  Date: 2004-03-17 14:11:50
sue shepherd ( shepherd@margate11.freeserve.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

my dad was fifth engineer on the s.s. new australia from 1951-1954, his name was terry mckee. I would like to hear from anyone who has any info about the trips they made, my dad passed away two years ago.I am trying to get something together for my family history.

70  Date: 2004-03-17 13:59:01
sue shepherd ( shepherd@margate11.freeserve.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

good of you to reply ian. here's hoping i find some of my dads shipmates.
best wishes, sue.

69  Date: 2004-03-14 20:06:41
Gordon Cavell ( stevierayman@yahoo.com / no homepage) wrote:

Very interesting site, as the owner of a 1940 Whaleback Gunboat its nice to see others with the same interest and willing to pass on great memories of vessels in the pas, thank you.

68  Date: 2004-03-09 11:20:55
Paul Rushworth ( rushworths@members.v21.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

great to see Calypso again.. very fond memories of the summer of 1977..we worked on the ship in my parents magic act 'Geoff Ray & Pat'.. i would love to hear from anyone who remembers us (this time I have included our correct E-mail address!)

67  Date: 2004-03-07 13:53:09
paul rushworth ( rushwth@icom-web.com / no homepage) wrote:

great to see calypso again.as a family we worked on the ship from april - september 1977.. my parents are magicians, and my sister and i helped in the act.. we have wonderful memories of our time on board.i would love to hear from anyone who was on board at that time.

66  Date: 2004-02-21 16:44:55
Christina Price Tefft ( ganymobile@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I loved your pictures of the Arcadia. I traveled on her from San Fransisco to the Philippines when I was 8 yrs old in 1959. I competed on the slippery pole. My father was fortunate to find on of the upper berth fold down shelves at an antique store in New York and I have it hanging in my son's bedroom. That trip and subsequent trips on the Oransay,Oriana,Himalya and the Orcades hold some of my fondest memories. Thanks for bringing them to life again.

65  Date: 2004-02-15 20:29:50
Bert ( old.stuff@att.net / no homepage) wrote:

Hi..got to your website looking for information on Sitmar Lines. I have a collection of gaming coins with the name Sitmar Cruises showing a ship on one side and figures of people engaged in various cruise line activities on the other side It is a dollar size coin for a slot machine which I also have and was said to be aboard one the Sitmar cruise ships. Do you have any knowledge of these items used on board? Thank you for any information you can provide.

64  Date: 2004-02-09 22:38:37
David Baker ( dlbaker@blueyonder.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Ian
I have just visited your web page and it brought back memories of my days with Sitmar Line and Sitmar Cruises. If you remember I was with Sitmar in London for 14 years from 1960 onwards. It was nice to see the photos even though you could not see me in the picture. You forgot to mention that you originally came from Bourton on the Water before going to Australia, see how good my memory is.



63  Date: 2004-02-02 08:30:58
mona lopes ( aroseto_u@yahoo.com.in / no homepage) wrote:

i like know more about ships. At this site i got
much more information. And also like to know more

62  Date: 2004-01-26 11:59:54
Tony Cochrane-Barnett ( tonycb@ecdis.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I am currently building 1:128 model of Chusan. Ihave a full set of plans and a number of photographs from various museums. I have found two of yours very useful, but there are a further two of Himalaya's fordeck and mainmast that I am sure would also be very useful. I wonder would it possible for you send me high a res scan of these two? I sailed on Chusan in the fifties out to India a few times, and subsequently was at sea for many years myself

Best regards


61  Date: 2004-01-24 15:32:04
James Slater ( james.slater@zen.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I was with BI/P&O from 1969 to 1979.I am secretary of the B.I. Engineer Officers Association, founded 1923. Any engineer
or electrical officers who are interested in joining please contact me.

60  Date: 2004-01-23 12:55:32
Paul Sullivan ( slaptoppaul@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Sorry. my dads name is James Valentine Sullivan 72 years old.

59  Date: 2004-01-23 12:44:40
Paul Sullivan ( slaptoppaul@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

hello to anyone who reads this. My father was ships cook on the Chusan in 56 and Himalaya in 57 then went on to the Carthage. later he sailed with the NZSC on the Rangitiki the royal mail Highland Brigade and Loch Garth. His ships passport no. was R645840. If anyone knows of sites where I can find out more and even track down crew members I would be very grateful.My dad is still alive and well and has lots of information and stories if anyone is interested.

58  Date: 2004-01-20 01:56:31
Louise Minutillo ( louisecm@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I am the daughter of George Grieshaber who started the Sydney office of Sitmar many years ago. Unfortunately he died last year. It was interesting to see photos of the Sitmar boats and of Harold Sharpe whom I met in the 60's. Please contact if you have further relevant info re my father as my mother and I would be interested.

57  Date: 2003-12-31 09:52:11
Peter Coltart ( peter_coltart@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you Michael Byard for the information about HMMTB 451 which I found by chance. My Uncle John Collins was killed on board this vessel on Saturday July 8th 1944 in the action you mention. Until today (31/12/03) I had never seen a picture of the boat. I feel great pride and sadness to see where a relative I never knew gave his life for his country. Lieutenant Collins is buried at Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery in Gosport (Ref: G. 10. 23.)
Do you know if 451 still exists!? I would dearly love to see it. Thank you for any guidance you might give me.
Peter Coltart
Farnham, Surrey, England.

56  Date: 2003-12-20 14:11:34
Ian French ( ianfrench873@msn.com / no homepage) wrote:

Just spent ages reading through your great site.Brought back many memories.I lived my early years living in a bungalow next to BPC Hythe and saw many of the great liners enter and depart So'ton docks as well as seeing many MTB's leaving the boat yard during the war.Many crews were billeted with my family prior to commisioning.My interests in geography was due to the adoption of the school of the "Tamaroa" and following her progress around the world.Many thanks! Ian

55  Date: 2003-12-15 04:23:07
Ian Ingram ( iingram@bigpond.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

Dear Ian, I remember you more as Ian than Michael. The vessel in the window at the time of intergration was "Orcades" prior to that it had been "Orontes". The animosity at the time of the take-over I always thought was from the McHams' staff. Harald Flett had made it very clear to us that he expected us to behave properly and get on with the job.
Regards, Ian Ingram

54  Date: 2003-12-09 17:25:02
John Owen ( johno@nascr.net / no homepage) wrote:

Very interesting. I was 4th Officer on the Strathaird immediately after the war with Captain Stables(if I remembr correctly). My outstanding memories are of the number of clocks that I had to correct every week - and the huge menus! Happy Christmas! John O.

53  Date: 2003-11-28 13:47:53
lorraine ( cookie415@optushome.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Hi - great site. I wondered whether the Oxfordshire was the same vessel used in transportation of displaced persons from Europe - i.e. arrived Fremantle West Australia 1949?

52  Date: 2003-11-23 15:22:17
Peter Lamb ( Karllamb@aol.com / http://dorsetbelles.co.uk) wrote:

Well done shipmate !!! Being a Southampton boy boat enthusiast of the fifties I appreciate much of this site. Keep up the good work !! I currently operate fleet of pleasure boats along the south coast, based at Poole in Dorset. Keep up the good work

51  Date: 2003-11-19 15:02:56
Richard Petersen ( rpetersen@blast.net / no homepage) wrote:

I have a running rc controlled 8 foot WWII Higgins PT boat. I would like to build a 7 foot model of our first PTB-9, really your British Scott-Paine 70 foot MTB. Could you help me get a set of side veiw and frame stations, any scale would do. Or- a plastic model kit would be close enough. Thanks. Rich.

50  Date: 2003-11-12 04:07:22
Ron Sheldon ( ronniesheldon@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hello and thanks for some stirring memories of old Orsova.I was Grill chef on her throughout 1966 and 67 when the pics were taken and it was nice to see some of the old girl that I hadn't seen before.
I also served on Himalaya for most of '68 and then left to get married in 1970-33 years wed (seven of them very happy ones) ha ha !!
I'm still in touch with several old crew members and we often reminisce of those days that are gone forever but not forgotten .
regards and best wishes Ron (cabin 27)

49  Date: 2003-11-11 16:03:29
Carolyn Wheeler ( carolyn@backcare.org.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Came up with your site trawling for HMS Dundedin.

My grandfather William Rochester Boiston went out to New Zealand with her in the 30s

Would love to make contact

48  Date: 2003-11-09 10:19:01
Derek Tigwell ( tigwell@nor.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Very nostalgic trip down memory lane. Many thanks

47  Date: 2003-10-24 04:38:41
Sam Moffat (nee Archer) ( samarcher@iprimus.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

I came out on the Arcadia on 25/ 10 /1955, as a little girl. Could you possibly give me some pointers or hints on where to find a passenger list from that voyage. Loved your site thanks Sam.

46  Date: 2003-10-20 09:24:05
steve thornton ( steve@e-bar.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Cruisy! The Strathnaver & The Fairsky were my home
for twelve or so weeks.
Thankyou for the journey,
such a wonderful display.
Steve Thornton,

45  Date: 2003-10-19 13:37:30
Edward Klek ( betaxi03@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I feel lucky to have found your wonderful Chandris Lines site.
As I write this note,I have a menu of the Ellinis voyage 50 northbound. The date is Tuesday 11th of June 1974. The captain on this ship was D. Kalivotis.
I sailed on the Ellinis from Syndey to New York,the trip took 31 days. I would like to hear from anyone that was on this voyage. I had such a wonderful trip.
The voyage had a very sad incident. We lost two young people overboard between Tahiti and Panama. A women from NZ and the man was from either Australia or the UK.
Ian do you remember this tragedy ? If you can share any info with me I'd be grateful,since my brother and I spent a full day in Tahiti with the woman that was lost and her sister.
Ed Klek

New York

44  Date: 2003-10-17 22:03:38
Dianne Millar ( dlmillar@optusnet.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Dear Michael

I enjoyed your reminiscences and your observations re modern liners are sadly too true.

I too collect shipping memorabilia and have a fairly extensive collection of the old girls of the sea.

My grandfather left Somerset and came to Australia on the Orama around 1913 and travelled home to see his family on the Queen Mary in the 1930s. His last trip was on the Fair Sea in 1962.

I am a professional genealogist and find other peoples life stories fascinating.


Dianne Millar

43  Date: 2003-10-03 11:58:58
Peter Schweiger ( post@taylormadeshoes.co.uk / http://taylormadeshoes.co.uk) wrote:

I have known Richard Hewgill since we were 5 years old. Please give him my best wishes. We are Best Men!

42  Date: 2003-10-02 14:22:04
Jason Arlaud ( jarlaud1@optusnet.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

Dear Mr Byard,
Thankyou for a very pleasant trip down memory lane. Its been a long time since I have seen the inside of the Australis or watched with my father as she was tied up at Station pier. I agree with you they don't make ships like they use to.

Kind regards
Jason Arlaud

41  Date: 2003-08-27 21:44:48
Carole ( carole.a.skinner@btopenworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

My brother, Raymond Skinner, worked as a Merchant Navy electrician on board the P & O Liner Orsova which eventually took him to a new life in Australia in 1967. I was 3 years old when we waived him goodbye from Southampton, England but before he went, he took us all on deck and then dangled me by the ankles over the side. I will never forget that farewell!
Since then, I only saw him the once, 25 years later in Australia. He died in 1991.
I would love to hear any memories relevent to the Orsova.

40  Date: 2003-08-27 21:23:09
Carole Skinner ( carole.a.skinner@btopenworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

All I did was search for information about an old P & O Liner Orsova, and I found this fascinating website about a very distinguished gentleman with enviable knowledge and experience of, among other things, sea travel. Thank you for your kind information regarding the rather sad ending of a ship that was dear to both of us - The Orsova.

I will watch my Bridget Jones Diary video a little closer next time!
Kind regards

39  Date: 2003-08-14 14:46:03
Dinah ( dinah.dolby@talk21.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hallo Michael

I have been reading your site with great interest. My cousin sailed on SS Georgic as a young soldier in the Coldstream Guards en route to the Middle East in I think 1941. On board was a party of Ensa girls and it wasn't until many years later when they met up that he learned that one of the dancers was a relation!

Anyway this young lady emigrated to Melbourne on the Otranto in the 50's. We have been trying to trace her (my Aunt, and her mother My Grandmother Mrs Grace Casey.) Can you point us in any direction? Many thanks for a happy hour of surfing. Kind regards, Dinah Dolby

38  Date: 2003-08-01 13:29:12
Naomi Bovill ( nbovill@tassie.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

Hello, I enjoyed your page and in particular the photo's. I sailed on SITMAR's Castel Felice to Melbourne with my mother and sister when I was six.We sailed at Xmas 1965, docking in Melbourne 1966.I had an absolute ball. Our cabin was 526 on D deck if I remember right. I have loved ships ever since and a few years ago started to collect shipping souvenirs. My most tresured pieces are a small metal tooth pick holder and a badge both displaying the SITMAR V on them. I wish I could remember what the inside of the ship looked like a bit better. Do you know if there are any pictures available anywhere.I seem to recall a bar area with a funny bar that we used to call the dalek bar because of the funny circular design it had on the front. Thank you again for putting up such an interesting web site and for reading my note.

37  Date: 2003-07-27 13:16:08
Wendy ( mds2cord@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Ian,
I recently bought a picture at a flea market here in the states and when I got home and was going to clean it found that it is a menu from the Fairwind dated 1979 with Cpt.Rodolfo Potenzoni.So I have been on the internet looking up information on the Fairwind.It is a beautiful menu with a sketched cat standing on a sign and in the bottom right hand side is the eiffel tower,all this is in black and the only color is the blue at the top around the eiffel tower.It is a very unique find and just wanted to share that with you.

36  Date: 2003-07-25 10:07:20
byron ( byrona@royal.net / http://www.alexander-advertising.co.uk) wrote:

Excellent site as someone who used to visit Lymington regularly with his yacht I particularly enjoyed that segment.

35  Date: 2003-07-11 17:16:04
Jim Dansie ( jd9dan@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

What a find! I remember travelling to Australia as a child in 1962, from Southampton to Adelaide on "Iberia", returning some time later on the Sitmar line's "Castel Felice"......how these descriptions and photographs brought it all back, and how interesting I found the histories of (particularly) the Sitmar vessels.

34  Date: 2003-06-29 05:47:03
Ina van Eyk ( Ina77au@yahoo.com / http://coventry.no-frills.net) wrote:

Really enjoyed your site, you sure have done a lot of interesting things in your life, I was a migrant passenger on the SS Australis in 1972 Sept, to Australia. At the age of 15 there was lots of activities onboard, and we sure had heaps of fun ! I have actually been searching for a crew list from the Ellinis (1970-1972) and the Australis (1970-1974) as I am searching for a crew member that gave me an item I feel needs to be returned to his family, would you know where such a list could be ?
Greetings from Australia

33  Date: 2003-06-27 16:13:40


32  Date: 2003-06-25 17:24:33
Ken Williams ( jillken@ozemail.com.au / no homepage) wrote:

How exciting to discover your website with its wonderful photographs of the 'New Australia'. I too travelled on the May-June 1953 voyage of the 'New Australia' from Southampton to Australia, and you are the first person that I have come across who was on that particular trip. Of course, it is exactly fifty years tonight since we docked in Melbourne.
With kind regards,
Ken Williams

31  Date: 2003-05-31 07:09:35
patrick holland ( lambeth@it.net.au / no homepage) wrote:

We sailed to Australia in May 1965 on the , "Fairstar" one of the Sitmar line vessels. Passengers who suffered from sea sickness referred to it as the Sickmar line. For us it was a wonderful trip. Every night the ship 's band started the evening 's entertainment by playing, " Never on a Sunday " which has remained a favourite of mine.

Another earlier sea voyage I made out East was on a troopship in 1951 bound for Singapore and Hong Kong. There was 'nt a dance band on that ship. We returned from Hong Kong to Singapore on the " Dunera " made famous by the film of that name starring Warren Mitchell.

I 'm researching the history of MTB 494 which my cousin, " Gus " served on and died on. Any info re MTBs would be most welcome.

30  Date: 2003-05-20 00:11:45
Miranda Verhoeff ( miranda@ehri.nl / no homepage) wrote:

Love seeing the photo's of the Fairsky. My family left Australia in 1970 on the Fairsky to go to Holland. I was 8 years old then. It was a very special time. The captain that sailed the Fairsky at that time was Rodolfo Potenzoni. My sister found the passenger list and my brother found our cabine number. Great website Ian. Greetings Miranda, Holland

29  Date: 2003-05-16 23:42:03
Priscilla Bode ( pjbode@attbi.com / no homepage) wrote:

My father was Ian Carr, who owned the Lymington Slipway I believe in the early 50's. Since I believe he went bankrupt no one ever talked about it and both my parents are long deceased.

I now live in Helena, Montana, USA.

What a coincidence that I stumbled upon your website. I am, of course, a sailor and boatbuilder myself, and working on choosing plans for the next (5th??) boat, though this one will be smaller - probably 25' - than the last which was 40', and which I sold with much regret when moving to the mountains.

28  Date: 2003-05-14 02:10:30
Helen Moore ( loui12@bigpond.com / no homepage) wrote:

Fantastic. Came to Aust as a 2yo on the Ellinis in 1971. This site brought tears to my eyes and to my mums when I sent her a link.

27  Date: 2003-05-03 16:54:37
Mervyn Archdall ( marchdall@sympatico.ca / no homepage) wrote:

On board the Orsova Australia to Canada, my grandmother sailed from England to Australia, great to see your pics brings back many memories.


26  Date: 2003-04-29 19:52:28
Mike Gannon ( emmgee2@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Ian,Like you I am interested in large ships usually CP ships as an ex engineer on the Empress of England also a PM of Candour No. 337 Province Yorkshire West Riding UGLE. Keep the site up-dated. see you again


25  Date: 2003-04-04 13:26:29
Graham Pepper ( grahampepper@btinternet.com / no homepage) wrote:

I am founder and Honorary Secretary of the Shaw Savill Society. Fascinated by your photographs of and on board NEW AUSTRALIA and would like to obtain copies for our archives. Would be very happy to pay all costs involved if you would be prepared to let us have copies.
Kind regards
Graham Pepper

24  Date: 2003-03-26 09:59:35
Rob Marshall ( rhianmarshall@madasafish.com / no homepage) wrote:

A very interesting site, thanks for taking the time to put it together. I am trying to find info on The 13th M.T.B.Flotilla for around 1943/44 can you point me in the direction of any good internet sites.

23  Date: 2003-02-27 16:53:05
Jim Chatting ( jim-chatting@supanet.com / no homepage) wrote:

I was in Longitude as well. Took the part of a Royal Society member and an Admiral

22  Date: 2003-02-15 22:32:26
David BYARD ( HenryVIIIxx@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Roy Moody Byard did not move to Wakefield.
It was his eldest son Douglas, borm Harwich 1928, who met Mary Jennings of Crofton, Wakefield while doing his national service in Pollington, Yorkshire.
After marrying at St Austin's RC church, Wakefield on 10th April 1950, they moved to Harwich, but were forced to move out by the 1953 floods which hit most of the east coast of England. Mary had a miscarriage owing to thr trauma. Douglas and Mary moved back to Crofton in the March of 1953 and I was born in December 1953. My grandfather, Roy Moody Byard never moved to Yorskhire, dying in Harwich.
Hope you can correct the current info on your website.
David BYARD (Born Crofton, WAKEFIELD 9-12-1953

21  Date: 2003-02-11 16:27:59
R.W.Wiltshire ( ubde_rww@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

Do you know where I could get plans for and building details of either an MTB or RAF rescue boat. I was aboard a converted MTB in Exmouth, Devon(1950's) and have wanted to own one ever since. Now I will have to build a modified boat If indeed the fore going are available.

20  Date: 2003-02-07 13:33:19
ian byard ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

hello my name is ian byard 2!

19  Date: 2003-02-07 03:16:46
Gary Kelly ( gary.kelly@csiro.au / no homepage) wrote:

Love your site. I'm very interested in your photos of Strathnaver. Is there any possibilty of purchasing copies of these?

18  Date: 2003-02-04 14:37:13
stephen plant ( stephenplant411@msn.com / no homepage) wrote:

Today I discovered your web site and finally found pictures of th P and O ships that my dad served on. John or Johny as he was known served as a first class wine steward on the Chusan, Canton, Himalaya and the Strathedan. As a small boy I would sit for hours and listen to his tall tales and story's of his adventures and would dream about following in his footsteps, alas I did not follow my Dad in his Naval traditions. Dad has been dead now for some 14 years but I do know had he been alive today he would have enjoyed seeing the photo's of his old ships imensley. Once again many thanks for filling in a gap that existed in my Dads history (due to the fact we had no photographs of his old ships)...p.s Dad also saled on a ship called The Ernest 'G' Pathy. Was this a P and O ship.
Steve Plant

17  Date: 2003-01-30 12:25:11
Peter Conway, UK ( peterconway1@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

I am a retired engineer and currently dabbling on the edges of my family history.

My family originates from Liverpool and one of my uncles was purser on the Laurentic, a picture I have seen on your excellent web site!

I have in my possession his handwritten note book, listing all the accommodation and fixtures as at August 1929.

Do you know whether crew lists are in existence for such vessels? My problem is that three of my uncles sailed and and not 100% sure which one wrote the book.

I visited Australia for my retirement holiday, 'doing' Sydney, Mudgee (where friends had a vinyard), Cairns, Ayers Rock and so on. Right now I yearn for some of your sunshine!

Peter Conway

16  Date: 2003-01-25 07:51:31
Peter ( Lucaspeterjudy@aol.com / http://www.lucaspeterw.com) wrote:

Had another look, it's bigger.


15  Date: 2003-01-23 21:49:54
Peter Lamb ( Karllamb@aol.com / http://www.dorsetbelles.co.uk) wrote:

Good to be aboard skipper. Shivver my timbers if this isnt an interesting site! I remember, as a boy, the "NEW AUSTRALIA" being refitted by Thornycrofts at Southampton. Also remember the boat in post Shaw Saville days under the Greek flag. She remained a regular visitor to Southampton.
Very interesting site - will have a good nose through the content

14  Date: 2003-01-12 21:54:28
c ( ctelford7@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

hello, I sailed on the 'Fairsea'in 1968. Is it possible to read the ship's log?

13  Date: 2003-01-03 01:22:58
Peter W Lucas ( Lucaspeterjudy@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Ian (or is it Michael)?

Bruce McBain showed me your details, and I have just looked through your Web Site.
Extremely interesting and brings back memories.
Will be in touch.


12  Date: 2003-01-02 17:14:33
hans breet ( hansbreet@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

gday ian

my father is jack(jacobus) breet. was tooling around the inter net and found your chandris lines site. brought back many memories of the patris, ellanis and australis.

as far as i know jack is still alive somewhere in oz(melbourne i think)

i am living in london with my wife. you have my email adress, ball is in your court.

hans breet 03/01 2003

11  Date: 2002-12-30 03:26:38
michael mc millan ( nmowen@bigpond.com / no homepage) wrote:

went looking for mv fairsea and came across this page, very exciting, i came to oz in 1967 on fairsea as immigrant from northern ireland, thank you

10  Date: 2002-11-18 16:09:08
Tony Cochrane-Barnett ( tonycb@ecdis.co.uk / http://www.ecdis.co.uk) wrote:


Impressive CV!

I am currently building a 1:128 waterline model of Chusan. I have a full set of plans from the NMM,some very good (b&w)photos from the Vickers photographic archive, and video footage from Snowbow, but good colour pictures, especially of the lifeboat interiors and mast platforms elude me. Can you help? (details of the Himalaya would probably do). These models take years to build (I've done 3 so far)so you can take your time!

I was a deck officer for 12 years (from 72) in the Merchant Navy and previous to that sailed on the Chusan to India (4 times)as a child. Vivid memories that have stayed with me more than any others from that period.

All the best


9  Date: 2002-11-17 01:42:59
Bob Regehr ( bregehr@shaw.ca / no homepage) wrote:

My father sailed to Canada and arrived in Quebec on May 11, 1930 on the steamship Montcalm. (Tonnage 16,418) I have the original postcard. He had fled Russia at age 21 and briefly went to Germany to seek passage to Canada. Very interesting website.

8  Date: 2002-11-16 12:57:34
Steve Matthews ( webmaster@sscanberra.com / http://www.sscanberra.com) wrote:

Hi Ian, very interesting site. Sorry it's taken me so long to sign the guestbook. Take care.

7  Date: 2002-10-31 13:02:57
Mike Morgan ( mumag@bigpond.com / no homepage) wrote:

Sailed from Southampton on the Ellinis, dep. Jan 6 1971 to Australia. Nice to see the old girl again. Thanks for the views!

6  Date: 2002-10-28 14:49:44
Julian Piercey ( julian.piercey@clinimed.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Hi there,

Please excuse the unsolicited e-mail but maybe you can help.

Actually I’m searching for a lost port- APSUM- allegedly in Devon and listed in 1642 along with Teignmouth. I can find no reference to it on Speed’s maps.

However an unnamed ship from Apsum, out of Barbados, was wrecked in the Scillies, specifically near Kings Castle. The master was John Knoght.

I know it’s a long shot but………

Thank You

5  Date: 2002-10-04 16:59:02
Maurice Brew ( jmb@cotehill.fsnet.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Lots of memories here as my uncle was chief engineer of the New Australia & I was third officer of the Southern Cross.

4  Date: 2002-09-22 10:41:29
Ken Ironside. ( ken.ironside@zetnet.co.uk / http://www.ssaustralishomepage.co.uk/) wrote:

Hi Ian,
Your site is very well presented, easy to navigate and also informative. Well done and keep up the good work.

3  Date: 2002-09-01 11:16:31
Richard Hewgill ( rhewgill@tiscali.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Glad to so your many talents spreading into new areas. I await the inclusion of photos of your Freedom.

2  Date: 2002-08-22 20:42:38
Chris & Gail Preston L.R.E.A. J.P. ( chris@pmdirect.com.au / http://www.pmdirect.com.au) wrote:

Great web page brought back some more memories for me.

1  Date: 2002-07-27 18:29:17
Edward Byard ( ed@edwardbyard.co.uk / http://www.edwardbyard.co.uk) wrote:

Nice site for a first attempt! Lots of useful information, keep up the good work.