YOU REALLY HIT THE JACKPOT with co-incidences in the March 2013 edition of Sea Breezes.
The picture of TEV Wahine on the front cover drew my attention as it is coming up towards 10th April, the anniversary of her loss. I was employed by the New Zealand Post Office and was on duty at Awarua Radio (ZLB) during the events described in your article. We could not hear the VHF traffic, of course, but could follow it on R/T (2182 Khz). I later sailed with Captain Tony Dodds who took the Aramoana out to stand-by the wreck and launched one of his boats under the command of his Chief Officer and rescued some of the passengers and crew. That was seamanship of the highest order. I sailed with Tony on the Maheno before joining him again on the Aramoana. Bob Lyver was the R/O on the Wahine and I met up with Bob when we did the radar Maintenance course at the Petone Technical College. Bob was the last off the ship with Captain Robertson and recounted how he walked down the side of the ship as she lay on her side. He was a character!
Turning the page, ‘Marconi Sahib’ by Peter Connell. It was almost like reading my own story. I took my 2nd Class PMG at the London Telegraph Training College in Earls Court, London in March 1954 and joined Siemens Brothers. My career was mainly in tankers (Shell, Anglo Iranian Oil Co that became BTC (BP), Mobil, Athel).
After coming ashore in 1961, I was employed by the Maritime Radio services division of the Post Office and went for training to Portishead Radio in Highbridge, Somerset. One of our group was a certain Peter Connell who, if I remember correctly, went to Lands End Radio. I was sent to Oban Radio and I lost track of Peter.
GRAHAM ALLISTER (R604706)
RETIRED RIO - RADIO SURVEYOR