The Federation of
Merchant Mariners

Letters & Memories

Dear Editor

Thank you for the latest new Horizons and for the birthday card.  This business of getting older is much over-rated.  One just has to keep a sense of humour.  Difficult sometimes...more...


What Medal Ribbons?

With reference to Captain Peter Goodwin’s experience (Summer 2011 edition – ‘Called Up?’) what happened to me may be of interest...more...


“I am very proud of my father”

I would like you to know my Dad, being a Standard bearer for the Merchant Mariners Gravesend Branch...more...


SS Empire Heritage

I was pleased to read a contribution from K Born in issue no. 9 of New Horizons regarding the sinking of SS Empire Heritage in September 1944...more... 


National Service

I am grateful to Dennis Carroll for his response to my letter – in New Horizons Summer 2011 issue no. 8...more...


Dear Editor

On Friday 11 November 2011, we held our Remembrance Day Service in church and it was packed solid.  I was very proud to attend the service wearing my new British Merchant Navy Veterans Badge you sent me...more...


Dear Editor

Thank you all for the work, contributions of all who have had and are sharing their experience at sea and at home...more...


‘Let Go the Anchor’ had quite a different meaning for Norman!

The following story is one that truly happened to me, and I wonder if it has ever happened to any of our Merchant Navy Officers during their apprenticeship days...more...


Barrier Reef Trip

In 1948 as part of an 18-month trip, I was serving as an ordinary seaman on the SS Vergmor, a trampship owned by the London Greek company Vergottis....more...


We Chose the Reef!

I read the contribution from Captain David Richardson concerning his time as a Barrier Reef pilot with great interest.  I travelled the inner route in 1949 on the Shell tanker Cymbala...more...