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The Maritime Web Awards


UNITED KINGDOM WINNERS

The Maritime Web Site Award is completely free and exists to promote the maritime world on the internet. Anyone can apply to have their non-commercial maritime websites considered by clicking HERE. The following United Kingdom websites have recently applied for, and have been granted the prestigious GOLD and SILVER awards as they have proven to display an exemplary, informative maritime content. In the view of the judges, the following sites are worth visiting by anyone interested in the maritime world.

A new category of SPECIAL AWARD is now granted to the websites of organisations and groups (e.g. lifeboat stations), to whom we all owe so much and whose websites cannot be assessed in the usual way, because we would otherwise be compelled to grant our highest award, out of gratitude for the courageous work they do. The SPECIAL award is made where we are honoured to have been asked for a Maritime Web Award and the award is granted with our thanks and appreciation to the organisations concerned - (but are usually fantastic websites anyway !)

For legal reasons, we have to state that while we found all the sites listed to be worthy of an award at the time of assessment, we cannot take any responsibility for the contents of any sites linked to.


CONGRATULATIONS TO :-

BURIES MARKES OLD BOYS

Alovely re-vamped website that David has put together to commemorate one of the UK's old shipping lines, on which he served for some years in the 1970's and early 80s, called Buries Markes, which later became Gearbulk. This site is intended as a meeting place for all former Buries Markes seamen. and is an important record of British maritime history. A catalogue of the BM vessels plus some old sea tales. Well recommended for anyone researching maritime history and of course anyone who served on one of the BM vessels.

RICK'S SHIP PHOTOS

Rick Burnett is a keen maritime photographer who regularly visits ports around the UK, building a great collection of high quality vessel photos, which are vessel-type categorised on his newly re-vamped website, which make searching for particular vessels very easy. He's even managed to snap some of the vessels that I've been on, bless him !!

THE HARRISON BUTLER ASSOCIATION

This is the official website that champions the yachting designs of Dr Thomas Harrison Butler. The association is for those who own or operate one of these very special yachts, or for those who are interested in the designs. The website is a treasure trove of information on this unique type of yacht, and the website is regularly updated to provide information on forthcoming events around the UK where Harrison Butler designed yachts will be appearing. A full list of the known whereabouts of the full fleet is painstakingly kept up to date, as far as possible, stretching to Harrison Butler designed yachts now in New Zealand! For anyone with a passion for these yachts, this is a great site to visit.

THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH SHIPPING COMPANY

A "must see" site for anyone who remembers or wants to learn about the final glory days of the British Merchant Navy. In this epic work, Chris Isaac has built a staff register of those who served on British & Commonwealth Shipping Line vessels, and the other associated and former companies, such as Clan Line, Union-Castle Line, Bowaters, Scottish Shire Line - all long since consigned to history, but it is why this site is so important, as it gives a glimpse at life at sea in the Merchant Navy in the 1960's and 1970's. Himself a serving officer in Britsh & Commonwealth, Chris's huge task stands as a memorial to a sadly bygone age. We cannot recommend this site highly enough and a very worthy Gold Award winner.

SOLWAY SHIPPING

With so much focus elsewhere on the southern coasts of Britain, it is a refreshing change to find a great website that is dedicated to the shipping of the north west; and specifically the Solway Firth area. This website, submitted by Daniel, is a lovely collection of photos, anecdotes and live AIS maps for the area (the photos are of a very high quality), so this site is definitely worth visiting, especially for those living or visiting the north East of England

MOSTLY SHIPS

A very professional looking website with all sorts of avenues to explore, Jimmy has created a greatly extended site of ship photos taken around the UK, to also include a section that details recent maritime losses, plus a bit of family naval history. As well as the superb vessel photography, each photoshoot provides a map to show where the shots were taken from and vessel details of the photgraphed vessels are provided in a PDF format for reference. The webmaster has a passion for sailing on Cunard cruise vessels and a whole section is dedicated to the voyages undertaken in the past few years. All in all, one of the most absorbing sites we've reviewed this year - a worthy Gold Award winner.

THE TYNE AREA SHIPPING CLUB WEBSITE

The Tyne Area Shipping Club was founded in 1974 by a group of former seaman and their families who shared a love for ships, shipping and all things nautical. It has now grown to have over 80 members. This wonderful website, managed by Keith Atkinson, is a pot-pourri of maritime tales and history (and is worth a visit to get a flavour of the now bygone golden days of British merchant navy life) and also gives information and news about their club. Of course, if you've got some salt in your veins and live in the Tyne, Wear or Blyth areas of north east England then you may want to join them !

SHIPS OF THE MERSEY

Another great photographic website, this time created by Alan Faulkner, who has captured so much of the maritime life of the Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal. With some photos Alan has provided IMO numbers and other details of the vessels, but superb photos and well worthy of the award. It seems Alan takes his camera with him when visiting other ports, as his site has similar menus of photo shots taken on the south and south west coasts of England (right down to Penzance !)

LIFEBOAT DENEYS REITZ

The "DENEYS REITZ" is a former lifeboat, used for 26 years by the Fowey station of the RNLI before she was retired to become a pilot cutter in Sheerness. Then in 1999, Don and Charlotte had her converted into a long-range cruising craft. This website tells the tale of the 18,000 miles sailed, which are often humourous (with a bit of Irish "blarney" in there), with now 17 countries in Britain, the Baltic Sea and Northern Europe area visited. Dave has raised the term "Mucking about in boats" to a new level !

SHIP TRACKING

Previously a linked group of websites now merged into one, designed and maintained by Tony Richardson that focus on shipping in the Solent waters. A huge amount of information now all accessible in the one website. If you live on the south coast of England, then this site will prove highly absorbing and very educational. Packed with information, including the latest up-to-date AIS Live information for the area as well as the types of vessels likely to be seen, Tony embodies the spirit of the Maritime Web Awards, in creating and maintaining this site in his own time with no commercial backing

THE LOFTSMAN WEBSITE

The Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith Scotland (on the River Forth) had a fine history of shipbuilding from 1919, when Henry Robb set up his own yard, until its closure in 1984. In this excellent website, Ron has paid testimony to the men and all the ships (which spanned commercial, naval, and port operating types) that were built in the Leith shipyard where he started out his working life as a Loftsman (hence the website name). The site also features the stories of the men and women who sailed on these vessels. A real archive of Henry Robb built vessels that is ever-growing and a fine tribute to the once glorious British shipbuilding industry.

S.S. NAILSEA COURT WEBSITE

The SS NAILSEA COURT was torpedoed and sunk on 10th March 1943. The history behind this vessel, one of so many lost in the North Atlantic is emblematic of the war that was fought in the treacherous waters south of Iceland throughout World War 2. In this website, created by David Lee, the grandson of the Master of the SS NAILSEA COURT, (Capt. Robert James Lee), the sad tale is told of the loss of this fine 4,946 GT cargo vessel. James is trying to piece together as much information about this vessel, her crew and her life, before that fateful night when U-229 struck. James has already pieced together information (equally fateful) on both the eventual depth charging of U-229 and her crew, a few months later, and the fate of the vessel (HMS KEPPEL) that sunk the U-Boat. A fine tribute website.

P&O FERRY ENTHUSIASTS WEBSITE

Now recently given a re-vamp and moved to a new web address, Paul maintains this very useful website which has been developed to cater for both ferry & shipping enthusiasts and travellers alike. The site provides detailed information relating to the ships, routes, photos, sailing times and company information, yet is independent of P&O, so this site should be bookmarked by all ferry enthusiasts.

ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY ENTHUSIAST SITE

Since 1830, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has been ferrying people across that (rather lumpy) part of the Irish Sea to the IOM. Rob Huxley has created and manages an enthusiasts site for all those interested in the vessels of this company. The site comntains a photo section, videos, weather forecasts, history of the company and a forum. Although needing a password to enter, it is a quick, simple and free process to join up and well worth doing so, for anyone who has a passion (as Rob clearly does) for the vessels of this fine old company.

FORT PERCH ROCK MARINE RADIO MUSEUM

It has only been about 100 years since Guglielmo Marconi sent his first telephonic messages across the Atlantic Ocean. In doing so, he started a new profession within the merchant navy, that of Radio Officer. The advance of technology (with modern satellite communications and GMDSS systems) has now seen that profession dwindle. In the Wirral, Merseyside, there is a museum, open to the public and housed in an old Napoleonic fort, dedicated to the work and equipment used by radio officers of the Merchant Navy. This great website explains where the museum is, and a brief taste of what is on display. Anyone who was at sea 20 years ago will quickly recognise some of the equipment on display. It is perhaps a sign of progress that we now need such a museum to record the passing of the golden age of "The Radio Room" on board ships.

HISTORICAL RFA

The British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (R.F.A.) has been the shy sibling of the Royal Navy, yet has a glorious history of its own. Often overshadowed by the RN, no battleship would have sailed, no battles would have been won without the supply and logistics support of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels. In this tremendous website, the amount of information about the RFA is both extensive and amazing, yet so easily navigable, to enable vistors to find whatever RFA vessel they are looking for. A very professionally created site, filled with vessel details, photos and stories. A fine tribute to a fine service that has been too long overshadowed by its bigger brother, the RN.

VISIT MY HARBOUR . COM

An absolute treasure trove of charts and port descriptions for anyone navigating around the coast of the U.K. Offshore and inshore yachtsmen who don't yet know about this website will become instant fans, as it not only provides a wealth of information about the ports, where to moor up and prices, but useful (for information purposes only !) charts - please don't use these charts when actually sailing your vessels....but when planning trips etc , this website could be a godsend. A very well designed website with news and current events, along with a few amusing anecodotes. An extremely useful website that should become a firm favourite for many yachtsmen.

NOMADIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY WEBSITE

The story of the NOMADIC is both fascinating and inspiring. The NOMADIC is a direct link to the great liners of the early 20th century, including most famously, the TITANIC. The NOMADIC (built to take the passengers from the shore to the great liners), has incredibly, survived to this day. Many of the famous passengers on the TITANIC would have boarded the ill-fated liner from NOMADIC. This is therefore a fabulous website that has tracked the amazing history of NOMADIC and the inspiring efforts to preserve and now bring her back home to Northern Ireland, as well as masses of information about the White Star Line and the Harland & Wolff shipyard in general. One of the easiest Gold Awards we have ever made !

TUG & TOW

Recently updated and enlarged, this is a superb, well catalogued collection of tug and supply vessel photographs, taken in and around the ports on the East Coast of the United Kingdom, each with vessel details, along with photos of vessel models, all taken by a small group of enthusiasts, headed up by Grahame Hewitt

WHITBY DIVE SITE
THE WRECK OF THE ROHILLA
GALLERIES

A fascinating collection of 3 sub websites that Colin Brittain has put together, focusing on wrecks around the Whitby coast of England. A lot of very useful information for anyone thinking of diving down on the wrecks, including who to contact and how to go about it, plus one of the sub-sites about a particular wreck, the "ROHILLA" that sank in October 1914. Although most of us mariners do NOT want our vessels to appear on this website, it is a hobby that serves a very useful historical purpose.

FAREWELL TO THE CHINA BOATS

The Blue Funnel Line was at the heart of the British Merchant Navy, so when the line ceased operating, a wealth of history and tradition went with it. However, in this wonderful site, John Marshall takes us into the world of the Blue Funnel Line, with personal and family memorabilia along with photos and a number of great old maritime stories. This site will serve as a great historical record, as well as being a lovely personal recollection.

MONARCHS OF THE SOLENT

Although only part of a much bigger website, covering the history of Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset, Chris Hayles has devoted one section of his website to the vessels visiting the Southampton area. Of course historically, this has always meant the mighty Ocean Liners and they still create dramatic visual images when they turn up in the Solent, all captured by Chris on camera. But Chris has also captured the many other types of vessels that frequent the Solent, making a visit to this site a delightful experience.

THE RIVERMAN / TUGGIES WEBSITE

After 45 years in the towage industry, Ray Harrison has finally got around to creating a website that provides so much information about the long tugboat history and operations in the Medway / Kent coastal area of South East England. Full of interesting facts and historical information about the boats and their operators (especially J.P. Knight), this site will be of great interest to those who have worked (or still do !) in the area. Not as large or as flashy as some sites, but created out of a passion and deep knowledge of the subject. Well worth a visit.

THE HARWICH HAVEN SHIP AND YACHTS

Harwich, on the east coast of England has been a major ferry port to the continent for many years (especially to the Hook of Holland) and on his very interesting website, David Thurston has provided lots of information about the port, it's vessels, both past and present, as well as a blog for those interested in the events occurring in and around the Harwich area. A worthy Silver Award winner, that is worth a visit.

THE H.M.S. ORION WEBSITE

A fine tribute to a World War 2 Cruiser of the Royal Navy, that saw action in the Mediterranean (at the Battle of Matapan) and in the evacuation of the Allied forces from Crete. It was during this latter operation on 29th May 1941 that HMS ORION was damaged, and Robert John Skinner RN, (along with 111 of his shipmates) was killed in action. The whole website has been created and is maintained to honour his memory, by his neice. It is also a meeting place for the many who served on board this fine vessel, many of whom survived the war. HMS ORION was repaired and went on to take part in the Sicily, Italy and D-Day landings.

THE BERWICK SHIPYARD WEBSITE

The shipyard at Berwick-on Tweed finally closed its gates in 1979, thereby ending a tradition stretching back to 1751. In this superb website, dedicated to his father, Billy Swan together with Graham Toward has undertaken a huge amount of research, documenting the history of the shipyard, providing a catalogue of the vessels built and showing how the yard was at the heart of this great town on the British north-east coast. This site is a well-designed, fine historical record of a major piece of maritime history, with great photos of the great days of British shipbuilding, along with fascinating memorabilia and photos from around the world, showing the Berwick built vessels at work.

DIVE THE WORLD WEBSITE

As a departure from most Maritime Web Awards, this is a tremendous site (both in content and design) that ex Royal Navy diver, Steve Carmichael-Timson has created, demonstrating the delights of diving on wrecks. Some marvellous video clips of wrecks around the UK coast (and overseas) but also a huge amount of information on equipment needed and things to remember. The site contains its own blog and eGroup specially for those more interested in the subject. It's not often that we have to say to an award winner that some of us would prefer NOT to see our lovely ships appear on this particular website !

THAMES TUGS

Now with a new web address, this is a wonderful web tribute to the River Thames ship handling tugs that were a regular feature on "old Father Thames" from 1833 until 1975. Packed full of information and early photographs of some historic vessels that would have been so familiar to people living along the Thames to the east of the city of London. Serving the merchant shipping world right through the rise, peak and decline of the British empire, these vessels saw it all and we're so grateful to the (aptly named) webmaster, "Tug" for putting it all together in such a fascinating and easily navigable way.

SOLENT RIBSTER.COM

A RIB is a Rigid Inflatable Boat. If you were not aware of a RIB is, then this website will give you all the information you need to know about these inshore craft that are used both for Military/emergency servies and for pleasure. Rich Barton Wood has created this complete guide for RIBsters and those who are thinking of buying one. Every aspect of their operation and upkeep is covered, along with useful tips and insurance advice.

MARITIME ACCIDENT CASEBOOK

For anyone involved with commercial shipping, this is a "must-see" website, created by Bob Couttie, and provides case-studies of important maritime accidents that have a lesson to teach the shipping community. Bob has written for many major magazines on maritime investigations and his insights have to be respected. From his website, Bob provides podcasts of some of the investigations that highlight many of the issues currently afflicting the commercial shipping world.

DOVER FERRY PHOTOS

Recently upgraded from Silver to Gold Award due to the outstanding additions made to the website recently. If you've ever sailed across the Channel from Dover and thought "I wish I'd taken a decent photo of the ferry" then this is the site for you. Ray Goodfellow has created a beautiful website focusing on the ferries that historically have and the ones that now do service the Dover to France/Belgium cross channel service. Wonderful photos as well as lots of information on sailing times and weather conditions.

IMAGES OF SHIPS Website

The link to this site has been withdrawn, as the site has either been taken down or moved. If the webmaster would like to contact us, we will re-assess the site for a continued posting of the award that was originally granted.

HER NAME WAS TREGENNA

The S.S. TREGENNA was a 5,242 GRT steamer, built in 1919, but torpedoed and sunk by a U-Boat U-65 on 19th September 1940 whilst in convoy between Philadelphia and Newport, Wales. This wonderful website is a tribute to the S.S. TREGENNA and her crew, only 4 of whom survived the attack. It also records the irony that within little more than 7 months, the U-65 would herself be sunk by a British destroyer, HMS DOUGLAS. One of hundreds of British merchant ships sent to the bottom during World War 2, this website gives a lot of useful information, facts and figures about the sinking of the S.S. TREGENNA, recording for history, the actual, real people behind the statistics.

IRISH SEA SHIPPING

This is a very useful website for anyone interested in the vessels traversing the Irish Sea, especially those between the Mersey ports and Ireland. With lots of information about the history and heritage of the Mersey docks area, a fascinating section on the various memorials to lost vessels, including the (surprisingly) a new one near Queenstown in Ireland, dedicated to those lost on the LUSITANIA. This is the sort of general and eclectic website, you'll get absorbed with for several enjoyable hours.

THE LIQUID HIGHWAY

The grand old river, "Old Father" Thames that flows through London, has seen some great days, but commercial traffic largely stops a long way east of the city these days. Nevertheless, the activity on the river is still quite high with lots of craft, familiar to Londoners, regularly plying up and down. The young webmaster, Ben, has created a super site that not only shows many photos (along with information) of the Thames river vessels, but also gives lots of useful advice to Thames mariners and watchers alike.

IRISH WRECKS ONLINE.NET

As far as we know, this is quite a unique and fascinating website that will be of interest not only to offshore divers, but to historians and indeed anyone interested in the ships that now lie peacefully on the seabed around the shores of Ireland. A simple, excellent interactive map hides the huge amount of work that has gone into researching and listing the many hundreds of wrecks that lie around that unforgiving and stormy coastline. The website goes much further, with very useful descriptions of vessel types (as they originally were !) to be found down there. No flashy web design, but a site like this doesn't need it - the content alone will keep you glued for hours !

HALCYON CLASS MINESWEEPERS AND SURVEY SHIPS

For anyone who served, or whose fathers may have served on board one of these 21 Halcyon Class minesweepers in the Royal Navy, this website is a treasure chest of information, gathered over many years by Bill Burn (whose own father served on one of them during World War 2). A website that will be of interest not only to those with a personal link, but also for wartime historians as it is a very well designed and absorbing profile of the full class of these Halcyon vessels, what they did, where they went and those who sailed on them.

THE AIS LIVERPOOL WEBSITE

For anyone in the Irish Sea area, especially the Mersey, Liverpool, Isle of Man or North Wales, this is a site you will want to bookmark. Ian McConnell provides LIVE information of ship movements and positions, capturing the latest AIS data for each vessel (name, age, type, destination etc) within the whole of the Irish Sea/Mersey area on very easy-to-use maps. A great resource for those wanting to see where their ferry currently is ! The site also provides live webcams of the Liverpool Bay, details of vessel current arrivals and departures as well as detailed maps of the Liverpool/Mersey waterways - everything a maritime "scouser" could ever want !

RMS RANGITIKI 1928 - 1962

The RMS RANGITIKI is a fine example of those great old British passenger vessels, built in the 1920's, at the time of the British Empire's full glow, and finally being put to rest as the last embers of empire flickered away. Richard Overall has created this magnificent website both as a personal tribute to his father (who served on her from 1929 until her last voyage in 1962) but also as a tribute to the ship herself. Packed with information about the RMS RANGITIKI, both the crew and passengers, sailing through peace and war for over 30 years.

HMS CONWAY 1859 -1974

For over a 100 years (when Britannia really did rule the waves) HMS CONWAY, (a succession of vessels) on the River Mersey in England, (later at Plas Newydd on the Menai Strait) was a floating school for young merchant naval cadets (later expanded on shore as an academy). The size of the British merchant fleet needed a constant flow of young cadets and HMS CONWAY was one of the premier training establishments for the merchant navy. Due to the decline of the British Merchant fleet in the 1960s and early 1970s, it was decided to close HMS CONWAY in 1974, so this extensive website not only gives a full history of the school (ashore and afloat), but also acts as a meeting place for old "Conways" with news of events and gatherings of the various branches of the Conway Clubs, worldwide.

SS CITY OF CAIRO WEBSITE

In November 1942, the CITY OF CAIRO was sunk by a U-Boat in one of the most famous sinkings of the war, where the Germans surfaced to apologise to the survivors in lifeboats for having to sink them. An incredible tale of survival and outstanding navigation then ensued for the lifeboats. Callum MacLean was one of the survivors and was shipped home on the QUEEN CITY, except she too was torpedoed and sunk during the voyage. Callum survived the 2nd sinking. This wonderful website by Callum's son records the details of this famous sinking and is a tribute to the gallantry of his father and others.

THE CONVOYWEB WEBSITE

On the subject of Allied convoys during the Second World War, it is hard for us to imagine a more fascinating, useful and easy to use website than this incredible database that Mike Holdoway has created (and which is contastly being adding to). Already there is a search facility for details of over 600 convoys during WW2, with special features on the 78 Russian convoys (1941 - 45) and a special feature on convoy OS.33 in 1942 (UK to Sierra Leone and the South Atlantic). A massive resource for historians, students and veterans/families of those Merchant Navy seamen who kept the UK "afloat" between 1939 - 45.

THE TEESSHIPS WEBSITE

This website could be described as a "maritime anthology", or a "pot-pourri" or simply "a darned good maritime website !", but Ron Mapplebeck has created an absorbing stroll through his years of passion with ships. Great photos, stories, facts and information that will be enjoyed by anyone who is at all interested in ships. Regularly updated with more material, this is a site worth visiting often as you can quickly see what new things have been added (including his Maritime Award !)

THE EUROPILOTS WEBSITE

A nice site of the British Europilots Association, gives a great history of the pilotage services in the UK and some very educational discussion papers about Rule 10 of the Collision Regulations convention (Collregs) along with useful links to other N.European pilotage associations. The site is run by Captain Mike Annett (from an original idea by Captain Antony Butcher) and clearly a work borne of years of experience. Knowing how pilots CAN be in some parts of the world, it's always a pleasure to see a European pilot coming up the gangway.

THE CORONEL MEMORIAL WEBSITE

As an important historical record of the battle of Coronel that took place off the west coast of South America on 1st November 1914, it is difficult to imagine how this website could be bettered, especially as the Battle of Coronel is not widely commemorated or even known about in the UK. Admiral Craddock and his men (including the webmaster's own Great-Grandfather) upheld the finest traditions of the Royal Navy, even though equipped with horrendously inferior vessels and fire-power to that of their German counterparts. The website has a full account of the battle and huge amounts of background information and memorabilia.

THE MERCHANT NAVY ASSOCIATION (NORTHERN IRELAND BRANCH)

With the rapid decline of the British Merchant Navy, the association was formed to bring together in a spirit of fellowship, serving and retired seafarers, to maintain the heritage and the age-old traditions of the sea. The Association is also there to remind the general public, that the British Merchant Navy (NOT Merchant Marine !!) is still here. The Northern Ireland branch website gives a background to the British Merchant Navy and a short history of the Merchant Navy at war. .

G4PYR Coastal Radio Website

Seafarers (of a certain age !) will remember the halcyon days of Coastal Radio. This website is a tribute to a rapidly disappearing network of coastal stations around the U.K. The site contains an ever-growing photo gallery of U.K. coastguard stations. Well worth a visit.

THE WORLD SHIP SOCIETY

The world Ship Society is one of our most prestigious Gold Maritime Web Award Winners. Since its founding by a small group of dedicated ship enthusiasts in 1946, the World Ship Society has grown into reputedly the largest international organisation dedicated to maritime and naval history. Today the World Ship Society is noted for its extensive list of publications, including the highly regarded journal, Marine News. As well, the organisation maintains an significant library and collection of photographs for its members and researchers. Branch meetings, held throughout the world, allow members to share their knowledge, experience, and joy of the shipping and naval industries..

THE CARONIA II TIMELINE WEBSITE

The RMS CARONIA II is one of the finest British cruise liners ever to have sailed. In a true "tour de force", Steve Stevens has created a complete timeline of the vessel's history and voyages, from her inauguration in 1949, to her paying off in 1967. Anyone who ever sailed on her (either as crew or as passengers) will love this thoroughly absorbing website, charting the history of the "Green Goddess". The website stands as a testimony to an age now long gone, when cruise ships were meant to be real ships that got you somewhere specific in style, not simply be floating casinos/holiday camps/conveyor belts

RHIW AND THE SEA

An amazingly informative website about the maritime history of Rhiw, a small village on the Lynn Peninsular of North Wales. And what a history there is to tell !! "Wreckers" in the 16th-18th centuries, actual correspondence from those who went abroad by sea in the 19th century, stories of shipwrecks and biographies of the Rhiw men who went to sea, all very graphically backed up and thoroughly researched by Tony and Gwenllian.

BLUE STAR ON THE WEB.

The Blue Star Line (now sadly absorbed within another mega-fleet) is one of the most famous merchant shipping names of all time. Fraser Darrah has created a fantastic site which provides a thoroughly researched history of the vessels in the Blue Star Line, with an alphabetical list of the vessels, their histories and his own career with Blue Star. A well designed and easy to navigate round website. A "must-see" for anyone interested in the Blue Star Line.

The British Merchant Navy - Looking for old Friends.

Now this site is a must for any former Britsh Merchant seamen. If you ever served on a ship flying the "Red Duster", you may well find some of your old shipmates by visiting this site. A huge number of ships listed, (going back over many decades, with contact details for those who served on them and who've written in. A real "Maritime Friends Re-united" website. It really is enormous ! Other sections include ship photos and various bits of miscellaneous flotsom and jetsum.

MEMORIES OF LONDON OVERSEAS FREIGHTERS

This is a "must see" site for anyone who remembers the fine British line, London Overseas Freighters. Ambrose Jones has created a pot-pourri of maritime yarns, songs, details and photos of the distinctive LOF vessels, with lots of information and a meeting place for fellow former LOF crew members. Much of what he says and the way he says it will strike a chord with anyone who has served at sea - Great site !

THAMES SHIPS AND BOATS

David Rigden is a keen ameteur photographer, who provides a large collection of his own photos, taken of the vessels seen in the Thames estuary. Excellent large, high resolution photos in a clear, alphabetically indexed vessel website. A growing additional section is of the vessels on the River Tees. Great for anyone looking for pictures of vessels they have served on or anyone with an interest in the vessels that appear off the British coast.

TITANIC MANIAC !

2 Titanic websites to review within a week ! This one covers considerable ground, including quotes from the offical Board of Trade Enquiry. 2 young webmasters created and have recently ve-vamped this factual site, which should provide answers to any questions people STILL have about the TITANIC. No mention of the SOLAS Convention which was spawned from this loss...but it was a bit before Hattie and Maria's time....

THE MIRANDA WEBSITE

The MIRANDA was a fascinating vessel, with an unusual story. Nigel Hadley has created a wonderful website that tracks her from being a Swedish four masted yacht, to a British trawler protection vessel involved in the "Cod War". Great site.

MALTA CONVOY AUG.1942

Operation "Pedestal" is now the stuff of legends, and arguably the most crucial allied convoy of World War 2. Danny O'Mara (a veteran of "Pedestal" himself), not only documents the convoy to Malta, but also provides a meeting point for other "Pedestal" veterans.

STEVE'S MARITIME DISASTER WEBPAGES.

Dramatic photographs of some of the more famous recent shipping losses, plus information on each loss. The site has very educational pages on different vessel types. A great site, well worthy of the award.




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