Portsmouth Naval Base & Ferryport. Spithead, Bembridge Anchorage (if time permits) and Marchwood, Hythe, Hamble, Fawley, Cowes Roads, A seven hour cruise around Southampton Docks and Water, Our charter vessel ASHLEIGH R will leave from Ocean Village, Southampton at 11am, finishing 6pm, on Saturday12th June 2010.
Cruise ships CELEBRITY ECLIPSE, OCEANA, VENTURA, and SILVER WHISPER are expected to be in port. Places are available in advance for WSS members and tickets which cost only £16 per person (no concessions), can be obtained from - Andrew Hogg, "Debanker", Lyburn Road, Hamptworth, Salisbury, SP5 2DP
COLIN DRAYSON (Southampton Branch) wishes to thank his friends in various branches for their support and kind wishes during the last year when he has undergone two major operations. Colin is recovering very well and is in good spirits. [09.2009]
Cobh Branch went on tour for the August 2009 meeting to Belfast to visit the Tall Ships Race and the Titanic Quarter. The highlights were the tour of Harland and Wolff Shipyard and the moment of standing on the slipway on which TITANIC was built. The wonderful fireworks were eclipsed by the Belfast tour by boat along the docks viewing all the tall ships, naval vessels and the BALMORAL. We had a wonderful reunion with the Belfast Branch, making and renewing friendships. Thank you Roy Snowdon, and Belfast Branch members, for organising a most memorable visit. Long may the spirit of friendship between our branches grow. [09.2009]
On July 23, 2008, members of the Cornwall Branch were very fortunate in having a conducted tour of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency-chartered Emergency Towing Vessel ANGLIAN PRINCESS when she came alongside in Falmouth for a scheduled crew change. As one of four ETV's stationed around the UK, this tug has a nominal patrol range of 100 miles from Falmouth, and is usually to be seen on standby at anchor in Mounts Bay, with her distinctive "Coastguard" livery. The visitors were shown the bridge with a 360° view and world-wide communication, the vast anchor-handling main deck and 180 tonnes bollard-pull towing equipment and the twin Wartsila V16 8,000 hp engines, which enable the towing of any vessel afloat. ANGLIAN PRINCESS, of 2,258 grt, is owned by Klyne Tugs (Lowestoft) Ltd., and was built in China in 2001. Thanks are due for the success of the visit to the MCA, the owners, and to the master, first officer and chief engineer. Thanks also to branch meetings secretary Adrian Symons for making all the arrangements.
The Annual Leslie Sargeant Memorial Quiz was held in Southwick on Saturday, 18th October, hosted by the South Coast Branch. Five branches contested for the trophy with an “All Stars” team making up a sixth. The first round saw the scores of All Stars 12, Haven Ports 13, and Thames Valley taking the round with 21. Round two ended with Southend 9, Southampton 10, and Mid Essex on top with 19. In the final, Haven Ports as highest runner-up scored 11, Mid Essex 16, and Thames Valley took the day with 20 having gone into the final set level with Mid Essex, with both on 15. There was also an impressive array of books, postcards and memorabilia on sale at the branch stalls. Thanks were made to the South Coast Branch for the smooth running of the day which was ably led by the Committee, including the provision of an ample and delicious tea. Thanks also went to Nick Hall and Andy Skarstein who set, read and adjudicated on the questions. All present heartily agreed it had been a most worthwhile and enjoyable event, and one which must now continue.
The 2008 Winning Team (Thames Valley) are: left to right — Chris Perkins, Bill Mayes, Douglas Crombie, and Krispen Atkinson. The Steward (standing) is Geoff Bedford.
Another view of the 2008 winning team, this time being presented with the cup by Philip Simons.
FROM THE PAST: The South Coast team, the winners of the 2007 quiz. From left to right, Alan Watt, Val Thompson, Phil Simons (Capt), and Krispen Atkinson.
Here is the "honours list" over the past 27 years
1977 - Mid-Essex
1978 - Mid-Essex
1979 - North Surrey
1980 - North West Kent
1981 - Mid-Essex
1982 - South Coast
1983 - North Surrey
1984 - Thames Valley
1985 - North Surrey
1986 - Mid-Essex
1987 - North Surrey
1988 - Haven Ports
1989 - North Surrey
1990 - Medway
1991 - South Coast
1992 - North Surrey
1993 - South Coast
1994 - East Kent
1995 - Southend
1996 - East Kent
1997 - Mid-Essex
1998 - North Surrey
1999 - Haven Ports
2000 - East Kent
2001 - North Surrey
2002 - Haven Ports
2003 - Mid-Essex
2004 - North Surrey
2005 - Haven Ports
2006 - North Surrey
2007 - South Coast
2008 - Thames Valley
2009 - Mid-Essex
2010 - Southend
2011 - T.B.A. (Southend Branch will set the questions -- South Coast Branch will host the event) (EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2011)
At the Southampton Branch Annual General meeting in Novmember 2007, there was a presentation to Rod Baker, who had stood down as Branch Secretary after an amazing 30 years of doing the job. He is seen here receiving a framed print of his favourite ship type, the ubiquitous SD14, from branch chairman, John Lillywhite. THe members' appreciation for his dedication to the branch was warmly shown and we all wish him a happy retirement.
WSS Chairman, Richard Osborne presenting Philip Welsh with his long service medal with Branch Chairman John Thomas overlooking. [photo by Dave Ellison]
The Merseyside Branch held a 60th Anniversary Lunch on Saturday 12th July 2008, at the Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool. The Society Chairman, Dr. Richard Osborne was special guest speaker, who gave an address entitled 'Liners over the years'. Highlights included a letter of greeting from Society founder and President Emeritus, Michael Crowdy; Richard Osborne gave a tribute to the branch officers and members over 60 years; two members were awarded Long Service Awards, and the meeting was attended by Keith and Don MacArthur, members from the outset in 1948 to the present. Guests and members attending came from Merseyside, Manchester, the Isle of Man and Ireland.
The Costa Blanca Branch hosted the 62nd Annual General Meeting in 2009.The meeting took place on 15th, 16th, and 17th May 2009
The venue for the meeting was Cartagena which is just to the south of the Costa Blanca on the Costa Calida.
The meeting took place in the 4 star NH Cartagena Hotel located immediately opposite Cartagena Harbour and adjacent to Cartagena Port Authority Office. Cartagena is a one hour drive south of Alicante Airport or just 20 minutes from Murcia (San Javier) airport. Most of the charter airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, FlyB, Monarch etc. fly into Murcia (San Javier) however you are advised to book as early as possible in order to get the best deals. Look at the respective websites and book online.
Bert Novelli of the Manchester Branch composed a slide show entitled ‘The Port of Cartagena’ and this has been passed on to Brian Tedd so that Branches can have access to this programme.
Costa Blanca Branch visit to Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena
The Costa Blance Branch was recently privileged to be able to visit the Navantia shipyard in Cartagena. The Navantia Group is one of the most advanced in the world, concentrating primarily on the construction of warships, with the Cartagena yard specialising in submarines.
Members were given a comprehensive briefing tracing the history of the yard from the early 18th century to the present day. This was followed by a tour of the yard including floating dock and synchrolift facilities, engine workshops, foundry and submarine consturction sheds. Cartagena also design and build diesel engines for other military applications and the group were able to see the building and testing of engines for the 'Leopard' tank in addition to marine diesels.
The visit concluded with a tour of the submarine sheds where the final vessel of four of the 'SCORPENE' class is under construction for the Malaysian Navy.