South Coast Branch

Meets: Southwick Community Centre, 24 Southwick Street, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4TE on the 4th Thursday of each Month, except December which is on the 2nd Thursday. The meetings start promptly at 19.30.

Contact: Mrs. Val Thompson, 60 The Grange, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9FD.

Tel: 01273 834446.


South Coast Branch programme for April 28th 2202

We look forward to a return visit by Krispen Atkinson with his presentation on “Travels to the Eastern Baltic”.

May 26th – “Sad Sights”: A presentation of ships at breakers yards, wrecks & abandoned vessels, by guest speaker Maurice Napier.

June 23rd – “Malta and its Resident Vessels” by Philip Simons.

July 28th – “50 years of ship spotting in Portsmouth by Michael Shaw”.

August 25th – “P. & A.  Campbell” by Frank Halliday.

Sept. 22nd – “Thames & Medway Memories” by guest speaker Steve Spouse.

October 27th – Branch AGM & film of nautical interest.

November 24th – Yet to be announced.

December 8th – Christmas Buffet & “Roger’s shipping slides” presented by Val Thompson & Geoff Bedford.

South Coast Branch Notes

February 2022

On the 24th February our branch colleague Neil Hawke gave a most interesting talk on Cornish ports  and trading vessels. These ranged from Falmouth to the smaller ports including some that have ceased trading as active ports such as Gweek, Lerryn, Portreath and Wadebridge  to name but a few. Of particular interest were Neil’s photos of the small coastal ships that visited these ports up to the 1960s.

January 2022

Due to the number of notified ‘apologies for absence’ received for our branch meeting on Thursday 27th January, the decision was taken to cancel it. All being well, we propose to resume our meeting and scheduled programme as notified for February.

The programme that had been scheduled for January, [Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. (Part 2) by branch member Frank Halliday], has now been re-programmed for our meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 24th March 2022.

November 2021

On Thursday 25th November 2021 our member Michael Shaw gave his presentation “A Voyage Round my Father, The Royal Navy in the 1940s – 1950s.”  The presentation covered a wide range of naval vessels during the period in which the Royal Navy advanced from battleships and propeller aircraft to jets, missiles and nuclear power. Michael’s father did National Service in the R.N. before moving to the role of N.A.F.I. Canteen Manager at sea, a role that required them to return to uniform when in areas of conflict and be allocated action stations. Michael’s presentation admirably illustrated the changes that took place during the 40s & 50s.

October 2021

Thursday 28th October saw the welcome return of Steve Spouse for another presentation on Thames shipping. Steve’s long familiarity with the river and his friendly association with a number of towage company skippers and staff, who have welcomed him onboard their vessels, has enabled him to gather an outstanding collection of photographic slides of the river, its companies and vessels, both large and small. The presentation was enjoyed by all and I’m sure we would welcome Steve back in the future.