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  • July’s Mystery Ship Answer

    July’s Mystery Ship Answer

    22nd July 2014

    The two mystery ships pictured in Newhaven are refrigerated ships. In the forefront is the Soviet Vasiliy Fesenkov, built in 1974 in Gdansk in Poland (6,391gt, 139m length), which was part of the famous and popular B-437 series of 14…

  • Captain Dean Bassett

    Captain Dean Bassett

    26th June 2014

    The Royal Navy’s fleet flagship, the amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark, arrived in London on 29 May for a five-day visit, during which Patrick Boniface met her commanding officer, Captain Dean Bassett, to discuss his career, his ship and the…

  • June’s Mystery Ship Answer

    June’s Mystery Ship Answer

    26th June 2014

    The submarine pictured is HMS Aurochs, an A class submarine built by Vickers Armstrongat Barrow in Furness. She was launchedon 28 July 1945 and commissioned on 7 February 1947, too late for service inWorld WarIi. A Class submarines were designed…

  • August’s mystery ship

    August’s mystery ship

    26th June 2014

    Cyril Jones, of Seahouses, Northumberland, sent the accompanying photo and said: ‘I would like to learn anything I could aboutthis ship, which I photographed in Yokohama in 2007. Can anyone help?’ So over to our readers . . . what…

  • Captain Jill Russell

    Captain Jill Russell

    26th May 2014

    Jill Russell, captain of the expedition cruising ship Safari Endeavour, talked to Steve Newman about Un-Cruise Adventures and sailing on the Sea of Cortés and in Southeast Alaska. Do you come from a sailing background? No, my family are all…

  • July’s mystery ship

    July’s mystery ship

    26th May 2014

    This month’s mystery was supplied by Paul Green, who seeks help in identifying the ships in the photo, which was taken at Newhaven about 40 or so years ago and was scanned from original Agfa transparencies. He says: ‘I would…

  • May’s Mystery Ship Answer

    May’s Mystery Ship Answer

    26th May 2014

    The vessel in the centre of the picture is Luymes. She was launched at the Gusto Shipyard in Schiedam, Rotterdam in 1951 as a hydrographic research ship for the Royal Dutch Navy. She arrived at Southampton in November 1973 and…

  • Commander Walter Hansen

    Commander Walter Hansen

    24th April 2014

    Commander Walter Hansen attended the DSEi exhibition in London in September 2013 along with his, then yet-to-be-commissioned ship, Holland class patrol vessel HNLMS Groningen. Patrick Boniface caught up with Commander Hansen to talk about his ship and his career. When…

  • June’s mystery ship

    June’s mystery ship

    23rd April 2014

    This month’s mystery is a submarine, which is pictured at Weymouth in 1947. Or is it Portland? Can any reader supply more information about the exact identity of the boat? Where and when was she built? How long was her…

  • April’s Mystery Ship Answer

    April’s Mystery Ship Answer

    23rd April 2014

    Several readers correctly identified the April mystery ship as the motor vessel Photinia. Ray Hedley (3rd Mate Photinia 1969) of Sudbury, Suffolk supplied the following information: Photinia was built by John Readhead & Sons, South Shields for Stag Line Ltd,…