People of The Elder Dempster Line - On the West Africa Run

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Posted 24 July 2013

This is to announce the passing-on of Peter Addaeh. Elder Demster Chief Cook 1958-1961 in Tema Ghana on 5 May 2013 .   Burial took place in Tema, Ghana on 8 June 2013.  Will send you all the funeral announcement posters. We expect you all to send how you remember this cook for us to include in the biography .  The funeral Committee. You can reach us by phone on +233 20 332  6120.        Our regards Philip Acquah,  Brother to Peter    PHILIP ACQUAH [philip.acquah@gmail.com]                                  

Posted 09 May 2013

This is a very long shot, but is there anyone out there who may remember my father, Tom Singleton, whom I believe was an engineer with Elder Dempster, possibly in the 1950s/60s?  He had lost the top of his right thumb in an accident, and caught  malaria at one stage. 

 

Very grateful for any information.

 

A J Singleton

jinniesingleton@gmail.com

 

Am looking for any details concerning my uncle who sailed as an engineering officer specialising in ships plumbing.As far as I know he sailed on Accra,Apappa and Aureole.

Phil Jones pjmj@blueyonder.co.uk

Posted 06 March 2012

My name is Bill Morton. I sailed as a junior-engineer on the ‘Eboe’ 1962, the ‘Patani’-4th. Eng 1963, and the ‘Shonga’ 3rd. Eng 1964 & 1965. I then sailed for ‘Harrisons of Clyde’ on the ore-carrier MV. Veennechar, and finally with ‘Furness-Ship-Management’ until my sailing-conclusion in 1969. My fondest memories were of the Eboe and the Shonga, and the friends thereof; Eboe: Brian Mredith (my Blue-Flue-hero), Fred Jennings (super-Eng-Cadet), Ian McDowell (great 2nd-eng) and W. (spud) Murphy (Chief-Eng)!!! ; Etc , Etc. I am working (and about to retire), as construction manager for Bechtel, in Soyo Angola (can’t stay away!) and this continent brings back memories, and my formative years. Oh to be young again, knowing what we know now.

 

William D. Morton.

Mechanical CSU. Eng.

Bechtel International Inc

Angola LNG. project

Soyo, Zaire province.

Republic of Angola.

Office tel. (1)-713-235-3030 ext.8670.

Cell-phone:n 924-256-047.

E-mail: wdmorton@bechtel.com

 


Looking for information on the late Ralph Houghton R276803 who may have been crew on  Accra Seaman returned as a DBS passenger on the “Accra” Official No 181100 to Liverpool 16th May 1949 having embarked in Apapa. choughton65@bigpond.com

 

Regards

 

Chris Houghton

 

Australia


Posted 06 March 2012

 

Posted 13 March 2011

Subject: LOOKING FOR AN OLD FRIEND, MICK JOHNSON
Hello, I recently discovered this site, and enjoyed reading the history of EDs, living in Lagos from 1955
to 1957 my family and I were very familiar with the ships, going to and from Tarkwa Bay every weekend
they were hard to ignore. My name is Sheena Muntz-Macdonald from Warrington, Cheshire,
I would like to know if anyone has any information about an old friend Mick Johnson from Bristol.
I met Mick on my third and last voyage on the MV "Aureol" in July 1957 he also served, on the "Tamele",
"Winneba", he was Third Officer on the "Sekondi" in 1960 to 1961. I would be very interested to hear from
Mick or anyone who knew him.

My email address is:- sheenamuntzmacdonald@yahoo.co.uk

Posted 28 July 2008

My first voyage was on the MV Apapa to Ghana from Liverpool, we sailed June 2 1967 and a job with The African Manganese Co in Nsuta. As a Radio Ham I knew morse code and visited the Radio Operator, he allowed me to call Portishead Radio, how thrilled I was to hear them reply, It has stayed in my memory all these years. I just wonder if that Radio Operator may still be around.

Donald Radley, Pafos Cyprus
mardon@cytanet.com.cy


I served my time as an Apprentice (Midshipman!!) with E.D's. From March '48 to March '52. First ship was thw Accra - with another "first tripper" Don Rae, from Crosby. Funnily enough we did our last trip of our time together on the Zungon. 12 1/2 months. At one time we were the two senior cadets of the Company - on the old Zungon!!
Names I remember, in addition to Don. Buster Brown, from the Isle of Wight. Eric Woosey - liverpool. Slim mitchell, Grantown on Spey. Ted Shaw Hull. Ed Makkink - Walvis Bay, and lots more! Anybody still alive out there?
Mike Mayes - Leicestershire. mjm@mayfox2002.fsnet.co.uk


Am I the only one left from those days? Must be the abstemious life I led! Any recall of Ed. Makkink, Buster Brown, Eric Woosey, Ted Shaw, Jim Woodend, Slim Mitchell, Paddy Shankey Don Rae, all apprentices. Mike Fallon, Purser.
Give me a call. Mike Mayes. mayfox2002@hotmail.com

Posted 13 April 2008

I am interested in Capt Charles Hugh JONES (Born Bangor - Gwynedd - 1870) who was Master aboard the NYANGA (Elder Dempster Line) when she was torpedoed in waters off Teneriffe in August, 1914. He was taken as a Prisner of War at this time - presumably until the end of the 1914-18 hostilities.

He captained the "Ilaro", "Ashanti" and "Teneriffe" in the years up until 1929-1936 when he is recorded as Master of the HERMOINE. That is the last mention of him at the age of 65/66 years - when he probably retired..

Capt JONES's wife, Jane, was a widow (93 Years) when she was buried in her native Caernarfon in 1961. The grave does not contain the remains of the subject Captain, only that of his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

I AM ANXIOUS TO TRACE THE DATE AND LOCATION OF THE CAPTAIN'S DEATH WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO WHERE HE IS BURIED. CAN ANYONE ASSIST? IS THERE ANYONE WHO KNEW HIM IN THE LATTER STAGES OF HIS CAREER? ARE THERE ANY RECORDS WHICH WOULD YIELD THIS INFORMATION OR HIS HOME ADDRESS AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT? ANSWERS WOULD AT LAST REVEAL WHAT HAS BEEN A MYSTERY TO THE FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS!!!!!!

GWYN ROBERTS


Posted 07 December 2007

I'm looking for former crew members of the MV Tamele, MV Aureol, MV Apapa, MV Accra and MV Arcadian who might remember my father, Bill/Billie Bradley from Seaforth, Liverpool. He sailed on these and a couple of other ships from September 1955 to April 1964, aged 16-24. Dad's now in a residential nursing home and I'd like to surprise him by tracing some of his shipmates and finding pictures of his ships. Did anyone sail with him? Replies to cgstocks@googlemail.com

Posted 19 Novemeber 2007

I am looking for information about Steven Klappe. He was on the Abosso when the ship was torpeded by a German U-boat. Can anyone help me to find information about Steven Klappe born in 1918 in Kampen The Netherlands and died29-10-1942

Many thanks
Pierre van Dalen

Posted 04 November 2007

Searching for info on John Joseph Smith Commodore Captain
Can anyone help me? I am the grandaughter of Joseph Smith who captained
the following ships between 1910-1965 approx Tanele, Tarkwa, Aapapa, Accra,
Aureol. he retired in 1965 as I have a press cutting with this information on it. He was born in Ireland but lived in Wallasey with his wife Ethel and 2 sons. When he retired he went to live in Felixstowe with one of his sons and his wife sheila - I think to run a pub. he returned to Ireland where he died in November 1974. I would love to find any photos and further information about him
Vikki Whitifeld

Posted 11 June 2007
I am looking for any photos of my Grandfather, whom apparently Captained T.M.S. ABA, in, I think, 1920ís on the West African run

His name is ARTHUR SUTHERLAND, and originally hailed from the Shetland Island, eventually making New Zealand his home.

I also believe that Arthur Sutherland was seconded to the US Navy during the 1st World War.

If anyone has any info/photos I would appreciate hearing from them

Thanks, Andrew Sutherland (sutherland@clear.net.nz)

Posted 03 April 2007

I am interested in Capt Charles Hugh JONES (Born Bangor - Gwynedd - 1870) who was Master aboard the NYANGA (Elder Dempster Line) when she was torpedoed in waters off Teneriffe in August, 1914. He was taken as a Prisner of War at this time - presumably until the end of the 1914-18 hostilities.

He captained the "Ilaro", "Ashanti" and "Teneriffe" in the years up until 1929-1936 when he is recorded as Master of the HERMOINE. That is the last mention of him at the age of 65/66 years - when he probably retired..

Capt JONES's wife, Jane, was a widow (93 Years) when she was buried in her native Caernarfon in 1961. The grave does not contain the remains of the subject Captain, only that of his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

I AM ANXIOUS TO TRACE THE DATE AND LOCATION OF THE CAPTAIN'S DEATH WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO WHERE HE IS BURIED. CAN ANYONE ASSIST? IS THERE ANYONE WHO KNEW HIM IN THE LATTER STAGES OF HIS CAREER? ARE THERE ANY RECORDS WHICH WOULD YIELD THIS INFORMATION OR HIS HOME ADDRESS AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT? ANSWERS WOULD AT LAST REVEAL WHAT HAS BEEN A MYSTERY TO THE FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS!!!!!!

GWYN ROBERTS

Posted 27 November 2006

I would be most grateful if anybody had any information regarding the Accra,
on her fateful mission of July 26 1940.
My Grandad was one of the crew who perished after she was torpedoed off western Ireland.
His name was William Hedley Martin.
Any info most welcome. rob1612@homecall.co.uk

Posted 03 April 2006 - Photo added 20 August 2006

MY NAME IS JOHN SYRED, THE SON OF JOHN SYRED CHIEF PETTY OFFICER WITH THE ELDER-DEMPSTER LINE DURING THE PERIOD 1919-1930 approx.HE SAILED ON THE SHONGA (1) AND THE BENUE TO NEW YORK & AFRICA.I AM LOOKING FOR ANY PHOTOS OR POST CARDS OF THESE SHIPS,CANNOT FIND ANY ON THE INTERNET. DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR HE SERVED ON THE FIRST AIRCRAFT CARRIER VINDEX AND MINESWEEPER POPPY.

JOHN SYRED. VANCOUVER CANADA.

Posted November 16th 2005

I was Extra Second Mate on the M.V. Apapa in the early sixties and sailed on several cargo ships
during my years with the company. My Name is Dick Kinsella.In the unlikely event that someone out there remembers me would be pleased to hear from you.
The masters I sailed with were the late Captains Ralston and Edmundson. dickkinsella@dickkinsella.plus.com


Posted 20 December 2004
Hello I am trying to contact shipmates on the Apapa from 1965. I was a DHU in 65 and would like to contact Ronnie May ,who was a steward at the same time Iwas sailing on the Apapa
Regards Stuart McGhie - mail the_dalesmen@hotmail.com


Posted 30 November 2004

My Dad served on the Abosso during the war as a radio operator, his name is Ken Humphreys. he sailed on atrip to West Africa but left the ship after this one voyage. He has recently written down memories of this trip. It is his 83rd birthday today and I gave him a a photo of a model of one of the other ships he served on, he was thrilled. If anyone has information of photos of the ship he will be extremely interested. If anyone would like a copy of my Dad's recollections I would be happy to forward them on.

Steve Humphreys - barklaybear@lineone.net

Posted 23 November 2004
Looking for Ian Bowers-was Chief Officer with Elder 68- 69 - Dick And Lois Brunner - camper@quantumsails.com



Has anyone any information for me about Freetown? Would love to hear from someone. My farther's name was Norman Roscoe, this might jog someones memory. He retired in about 1959 from Africa. e-mail - margaret_gardner@fsmail.net


Do you have photographs of passengers. officers or crew
e-mail them to be posted here...

John Ryan.
He was a Chief Steward with Elder Dempster lines during the 50s and 60s.
Photographed with his niece, Libby Mesquitta, taken mid 1950s.
He died in the early 90s but I wonder if his name rings a bell with anyone?

Reg Hughes
Served as Purser on both the Aureol and the Apapa
Seen here conducting the horse racing - very popular evening entertainment!

Young officers were always pleased to serve with Reg as he had ultimate pantience with them and was known to 'bail them" out of trouble!

"I came across this site whilst writing a family history. Reg Hughes,
Purser on the "Aureol", was my uncle.

I'm sorry to say that Reg died about 8-9 years ago.

After he left Elder Dempster he went into pub management in Lancashire
with his wife, my auntie Enid and two sons. They moved to Lytham St
Annes where Reg enjoyed golf before he became ill.

He was a wonderful uncle."
--
David Hughes - August 2005

Mike Ingham, who served with the company for some years. In the 1960s and 1970s he was a Purser on the cargo ships and passenger liners of Elder Dempster Lines. This photograph was taken of him onone of the cargo vessels.

Any news of some of the old "character" pursers?

Georgie Kendrick, Maxie Smith, Pete Couch, Petet Drewe, Gunga Deane. Johnny Lynch, Johnny Le Roy, Norman Mitchell and countless others from memorable social evenings on Apapa Wharf and the delightful Lido Bar. I would love to here from anyone who reads this - Keith Ritch


I am trying to contact relatives of a man called Sidney Jamieson who worked for Elder Dempster Lines during and after the 2nd World War. He lived in Liverpool 8, he did have a family but don't know their names. please contact Veronica Copson at roncopson@yahoo.co.uk


Posted 28 July 2004

I served an apprenticeship with Elder Dempster. My first ship was the Chandler under Capt Lightbody. I also served on the Auriel, Apapa and Accra from 1952 to 1957. I am interested in contacting others who worked during this time.
My e-mail is colingmilner@xtra.co.nz Colin Milner


I sailed on the Apapa to Freetown many times during 1945 . My father worked in Freetown for many years, he was connected to the government railway. We lived in a place called Cline Town then moved up country to BO. I would like to know if you have any photos of these places . My father died a few years ago and I have no records . Thank you - Margaret Gardner margaret@gardner42.wanadoo.co.uk


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I am looking for Joe Elliott - ex Cable and Wireless - passenger on Apapa voyage 106 October 1966 Lagos to Liverpool - lost touch and would like to keep in touch - Odette Lind

 

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