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Forum: Mess Deck 24th December 2020, 20:55
Replies: 9
Views: 1,018
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Thank you, Tomvart. I looked at the Turnbull's of...

Thank you, Tomvart. I looked at the Turnbull's of 1956 and discovered several of my wife's family listed as masters and owners of Robin Hood's Bay. That will fill out her Skerry and Storm family tree...
Forum: Ship & Port Webcams 20th December 2020, 13:00
Replies: 1
Views: 636
Posted By Harry Nicholson
That is an interesting sequence - plenty of busy...

That is an interesting sequence - plenty of busy chimneys on a Sunday morning. It looks chilly in that breeze off the sea.
Forum: Stormy Weather 18th November 2020, 17:23
Replies: 36
Views: 2,729
Posted By Harry Nicholson
She's out of pastry, and avoiding the shops since...

She's out of pastry, and avoiding the shops since the bug has arrived in the village. Even so, she contrived a magnificent lunch today, of a lentil something or other, with homegrown swiss chard...
Forum: The Pig & Whistle 18th November 2020, 13:34
Replies: 469
Views: 105,046
Posted By Harry Nicholson
A brilliant quote - but if not the humour of the...

A brilliant quote - but if not the humour of the great Greek, then who spake thus?
Forum: The Radio Room 16th November 2020, 20:14
Replies: 11
Views: 1,108
Posted By Harry Nicholson
A very much alive 12 pounds of Blue Beveren, an...

A very much alive 12 pounds of Blue Beveren, an old and bold breed brought to UK at the end of WW1 from the town of Beveren in Flanders. There is a bar in Beveren called the Blau de Beveren, I paid a...
Forum: The Radio Room 16th November 2020, 13:23
Replies: 11
Views: 1,108
Posted By Harry Nicholson
I've still got my WW2 ration book - you never...

I've still got my WW2 ration book - you never know! Also have a 1956 Ceylon issued injection cert book - I kept it up to date until 1990, last entries were for tetanus when I was bitten by a rabbit -...
Forum: Stormy Weather 16th November 2020, 11:20
Replies: 36
Views: 2,729
Posted By Harry Nicholson
It is quiet. But we are grown long in tooth - not...

It is quiet. But we are grown long in tooth - not that I have a full set of teeth these days. Many are gone to Fiddlers Green, we who knew the great days are moving on.
All very sobering, indeed I...
Forum: Say Hello 25th October 2020, 11:00
Replies: 8
Views: 992
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Welcome, Rod. I hope you share your memories of...

Welcome, Rod. I hope you share your memories of the puffers - those vital island workhorses.
Forum: Ferries 24th October 2020, 21:07
Replies: 4
Views: 1,405
Posted By Harry Nicholson
I remember seeing the mothball fleet as a lad. We...

I remember seeing the mothball fleet as a lad. We used to paddle around Hartlepool dock in canoes made from aircraft drop-tanks until a lad drowned and they were banned. My great grandfather rowed...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 24th October 2020, 20:57
Replies: 9
Views: 538
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Had one for three years, it's solid state and...

Had one for three years, it's solid state and fast!
Forum: Historic Shipping Lines & Ships 25th September 2020, 17:25
Replies: 1
Views: 1,146
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Slave steamship.

A 19th C Mexican steamship - slaver has been uncovered:...
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 15th September 2020, 08:59
Replies: 8
Views: 1,732
Posted By Harry Nicholson
I came ashore in 1961 and went straight into TV...

I came ashore in 1961 and went straight into TV studios - the industry buzzed with new machines and was short of technicians

On Diana Rigg, I recall how she sparkled at Iris Productions/ABC at...
Forum: Books, Magazines, TV, Video & Publications 14th September 2020, 21:21
Replies: 5
Views: 3,659
Posted By Harry Nicholson
"You'll See Wonders"

My latest book appeared on Amazon today. The title comes from advice given when I went to sea: brother-in-law, an engineer with Elder Dempster, cautioned me to never be cynical - 'You'll see...
Forum: The Radio Room 9th January 2020, 11:50
Replies: 4
Views: 5,504
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Thanks, Neville. I had noticed that the picture...

Thanks, Neville. I had noticed that the picture had appeared on that site shortly after I'd passed it on to a German chap who claimed his relative had been engineer aboard said vessel, and was lost....
Forum: The Radio Room 8th January 2020, 15:24
Replies: 4
Views: 5,504
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Thank you, Neville. I had not known of her launch...

Thank you, Neville. I had not known of her launch as Cedarmore. I'll need to edit the poem.


1581 Here she is as Minocher Cowasjee. Photo courtesy of the radio officer's grandaughter. He is...
Forum: Tall Ships 8th January 2020, 15:09
Replies: 2
Views: 4,816
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Loss of the Henry James

https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2020/01/macdonalds-choice.html?showComment=1578492117827#c7478710019500837922


Here is superb piece about the loss of the Henry James, and the...
Forum: The Radio Room 7th January 2020, 16:49
Replies: 4
Views: 5,504
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Lost Ship

I've been ferreting in my files and found an old poem. The loss of 'Minocher Cowasjee' in 1957, Central Indian Ocean. I took part in the distress traffic. It does not use the Rennaisance affectation...
Forum: Other International Navies 7th December 2019, 18:33
Replies: 0
Views: 4,960
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Scharnhorst

Found off the Falklands:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-falklands-maritime-heritage-trust-discovery-of-ww1-german-battlecruiser-sms-scharnhorst-300969316.html
Forum: Nostalgia - Days Gone Bye 17th November 2019, 11:02
Replies: 6
Views: 8,194
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Not as dramatic as yours at Bempton, but when I...

Not as dramatic as yours at Bempton, but when I hear sparrows chirping on a chimney pot it takes me back to taking Morse weather reports from CTV, Monsanto Radio in Portugal. His transmitter...
Forum: Wartime Memories 12th November 2019, 22:39
Replies: 1
Views: 19,938
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Came across this statement to Parliament by First...

Came across this statement to Parliament by First Lord of Admiralty in 1945; it closes with:

"In conclusion, I would say that at many gatherings, and in many places, not least here, great...
Forum: The Bridge 8th November 2019, 20:40
Replies: 1
Views: 6,504
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Niagra barge makes a move.

Something moved after a century.



In 1918, a barge-like vessel broke free from its tugboat and got lodged in the shallow rapids above Niagara Falls. The two men on board were rescued, but the...
Forum: Say Hello 22nd September 2019, 13:57
Replies: 6
Views: 4,561
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Welcome, Kehaar, from another former sparks -...

Welcome, Kehaar, from another former sparks - Marconi, then Brocklebanks.
Forum: The Pig & Whistle 9th September 2019, 13:43
Replies: 469
Views: 105,046
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and...

Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.


Omar Khayyam
Forum: The Pig & Whistle 8th May 2019, 21:15
Replies: 10
Views: 5,585
Posted By Harry Nicholson
But Eskimo Nell was an infidel, as good as a...

But Eskimo Nell was an infidel,
as good as a whole harem,
With the strength of ten in her abdomen
and her rock-of-ages beam.

It's on the internet now . . there's nowt sacred these days.
Forum: The Pig & Whistle 8th May 2019, 10:29
Replies: 10
Views: 5,585
Posted By Harry Nicholson
Reminds me of the line from Eskimo Nell: 'Have...

Reminds me of the line from Eskimo Nell: 'Have you ever felt the piston thrust of a giant CPR . . .?'
What's the next line?
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