This may sound an odd story, but recently a delivery driver, who kindly delivered my supermarket shop, commented on my ship’s SOS/search light which I have in pride of place in my hallway.
We got chatting and he asked if I had any naval or shipping history in my family. I said that my Grandfather was a Captain in the Merchant Navy stationed in Venezuela in South America. He mentioned that he and his father (I think) used to be in the Merchant Navy as well and that his father (Jordan who is Irish?) now helps find out about people who used to be in the Merchant Navy and there was a magazine called Sea Breezes. So, here I am surfing your website - and ultimately, asking for your help. I have 2 x young children, who unfortunately never met their Grandfather, but I would love to know if my delivery driver is correct and if any Sea Breezes readers could help find out more about my Grandfather so I could pass on his story to my children? I have detailed below what I know.
My grandfather was: Captain Henry Jones. DOB: September 17th 1895 - we think born in Sunderland so possibly came into contact with the ships / navy / ship building industry in this area. Worked for the Gulf Company amongst others stationed in Las Piedras in Venezuela (where my mother was born) in the late 1930s / early 1940s. Was with Gulf for a long time as I remember my mother showing me his buttons for service - 5, 10 and 15 years which I think had semi-precious / precious stones in them - the better the stone for the longer service button sets of course!
As a young girl myself, I remember visiting him back in Sunderland in a nursing home in which he eventually died - around the 1980s I think. I’d love to know which ships he sailed. Which routes? I’d love to know when he joined the Merchant Navy and where else he was stationed. Anything else anyone could find out for me that would bring his story alive to hand down my family would be most welcome. Thanking you in advance.