By Eric Kemp
John used to be enchanted through the ocean from an early age. After a short spell as a butcher’s boy, his father, a barber, eventually helped him to develop into an apprentice within the Hain’s Steamship corporation at the SS Trevessa. This used to be not easy, poorly-paid paintings, frequently in squalid stipulations, yet John was resolute to prevail and achieve promotion.
Being a guy of robust conviction, John ultimately requested to be transferred from the Trevessa which he felt used to be damaging, regardless of protestations from his corporation. His intuition used to be proved right while the Trevessa foundered, with a few of her group wasting their lives.
John handed as a grasp Mariner in 1930, nonetheless operating for the Hain’s corporation. In 1938 he joined the Scottish trampship corporation Andrew Weir; and first and foremost of the battle in 1939 the SS Teviotbank, including John as First Officer, was once seconded into the Royal military to put mines.
Following the battle John rejoined Andrew Weir, incomes an MBE for his half within the mass evacuation of Colombo in 1958 and changing into one among their such a lot profitable masters till his retirement in 1971.
This is an perception into the service provider army and a true piece of maritime background, with stable bills of the ships and a number of black and white photographs.
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