I PLACED AN ORDER AT MY NEWSAGENT 12 months ago for regular delivery of Sea Breezes and have enjoyed the wide variety of articles over the year. However, the January 2010 issue was the icing on the cake for me.
Two articles in which I was involved. The Hindlea shipwreck and the Suez Canal fiasco. Firstly the Suez ‘war’ where I got my first First Mate’s position on the Daleby of Ropners of Darlington. Government charter for a full cargo of army and navy stores and get to Port Said as fast as we could. Sailed into Port Said right past the sunken ship shown in your main photo on page 31 (see copy of photo taken from Daleby, a poor photo in the days of the old 120 roll films). How’s that for a nostalgic reminder?
Secondly, the Hindlea where my father Roland Chipchase was Master. For nostalgic reasons I have created a ring-back file of my own twelve years in the Merchant Navy and have enclosed photo copies of various pages from it. As you will see in those copies, I was 2nd Mate on the Cowdray at the time (dropped a rank to learn the collier trade) and we were sheltering in Shoreham harbour waiting for the same gales to abate so we could sail back to north east coast. Our skipper Alec Falconer called me to the bridge with the news; “You had better come to the radio, your old man’s in trouble”. We listened in to the whole thing at the quarter hour radio-silence when a ‘mayday’ was in progress and consequently knew pretty quickly when they were all safe. Again, what a delightful bit of nostalgia from the January issue.
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