"Ropner's Navy"

Billy1963
24th March 2008, 13:39
My book "Ropner's Navy" (ISBN 978-0-9558593-5-9) is due to be published and released by Cormorant Publishing Hartlepool around August 2008, price 7.99. It details the history of the Ropner family and the Ropner Shipping Co. from 1874 to 1997 when the Co. was taken over by Jacobs Holdings Ltd. Also included are the ships owned during the partnership with the Thomas Appleby Co. from 1866 and also includes all ships managed by the Co. for the MOS/MOWT and those supplied to the British Government on the WWII Bareboat Charter during WWI & II. There is fleet list of some 284 ships owned and managed by the Co. 1866-1997, detailing date & yard built, tonnage, name changes and eventual demise. The third part details all 70 WWI & II losses due to enemy action detailing cargo, convoy, how and where lost & casualty figures. It is also a reference book detailing where all the WWII Log Books & Crew Agreements files are held at Kew for each ships war service for those wishing for a more in-depth research.The final part is a Book of Remembrance and details the individual names of the 736 men lost from Ropner ships registered with the CWGC (80 from WWI, 656 from WWII). There are also 66 black & white photographs dating from 1889 to the 1990's. It is hoped WH Smith will sell a small number. The book will also be sold direct from Cormorant Publishing as well as the Author himself.

lakercapt
24th March 2008, 14:14
Billy 1963

Hope you have every success with your book from one who sailed on four "Ropners" ships. Alas I don't have fond memories of my time there and although I met a couple of the Ropner family they seemed honourable people.
Is there a person called Whitehead mentioned in your book?
Firby 1953/55
Ingleby 1955/56
Daleby 1956
Romanby 1957

Bill

stan mayes
24th March 2008, 14:29
Congratulations Billy,
Knowing you,it will be thoroughly researched and will become a very good reference book..
I look forward to its release for sale.
Best wishes,
Stan

Billy1963
10th August 2008, 11:56
I originally had a first run of 100 done and they have all been pre-ordered so am negotiating direct with the printing Co. with permission from the publisher to deal direct with them for another run.

Peter4447
10th August 2008, 15:10
If anybody deserves to have 110% success Billy it is you.
Well done Sir
Peter4447(Applause)

Kipper Tranter
20th August 2008, 14:14
Hey up Billy, keep me a copy please.

janderso
26th August 2008, 16:53
Well Done Billy,just received the book this morning it's currently available on Amazon. It must have taken you an awfully long time to gather all the information and photographs.It looks like a real labour of love. I sailed myself on Stonepool and Lackenby in the 80's. Sad to see the ships are gone to the great razor blade factory. Wishing you every success with the book. it will be
well deserved.Best of luck for the future-J

David Wilcockson
26th August 2008, 20:11
Hi Billy
As one who also sailed on the Lackenby, & was on the Stonepool when she was handed over to her new owners in some part of Rotterdam in 1982, I wish you continued success.
Cheers,
David

badenoch
30th May 2015, 18:14
Billy 1963

Hope you have every success with your book from one who sailed on four "Ropners" ships. Alas I don't have fond memories of my time there and although I met a couple of the Ropner family they seemed honourable people.
Is there a person called Whitehead mentioned in your book?
Firby 1953/55
Ingleby 1955/56
Daleby 1956
Romanby 1957

Bill

Hallo Bill,
do you remember where "Daleby" was registed,not having much luck finding out,
Thank you,
Bill (also !)

alastairjs
30th May 2015, 18:23
Bill, Daleby was registered in West Hartlepool.
Regards,
Alastair

badenoch
30th May 2015, 19:28
Hallo Alastair,
You are amazing !, fancy a job at the maritime museum/Greenwich, you could certainly teach them a thing or two.
Very many thanks,
BILL.(Thumb)

Erimus
30th May 2015, 20:41
It may be of interest that Bruce Ropner died last month, great-grandson of Sir Robert...he was a former racing driver and Olympic Bobsleigh man.......he farmed just outside Bedale....

geoff

lakercapt
30th May 2015, 21:07
Daleby was registered as were all Ropner ships I sailed on was West Hartlepool.

chadburn
30th May 2015, 22:37
Met Bruce many years ago, he was a friend of Keith Schellenburg who I know, both had the same sporting backgrounds/ interests and were what could be termed 'Speed Merchants'. He was very much involved in Croft Motor Racing Circuit and had part ownership of the Circuit in the 1960's

badenoch
30th May 2015, 23:24
It may be of interest that Bruce Ropner died last month, great-grandson of Sir Robert...he was a former racing driver and Olympic Bobsleigh man.......he farmed just outside Bedale....

geoff
Dear Geoff,
Many thanks,
Bill.

Erimus
31st May 2015, 07:10
Met Bruce many years ago, he was a friend of Keith Schellenburg who I know, both had the same sporting backgrounds/ interests and were what could be termed 'Speed Merchants'. He was very much involved in Croft Motor Racing Circuit and had part ownership of the Circuit in the 1960's

When Keith owned/ran Neashams Garages went on a Treasure Hunt with him and others...afterwards had long chat about Jazz and he bought that Bernato Hasson Bentley short while aafter....spelling may be wrong. I did meet Bruce once at Croft he had John Surtees with him..

Geoff

alan ward
31st May 2015, 14:57
10 or so years ago I was working at the Yorkshire Show at Harrogate selling gazebos for a friends company and very elegant,grey flannel suited gentleman looking a bit like Bill Nighy sauntered onto the stand and said`I am interested in buying one or more of your products,people keep laughing at my erections`It was Sir John Ropner and he wanted some buildings for the groundsa round his house that he shared with the public.We arranged to meet him on site the next day and travelled up the A1 to do so.They had sold the last of their ships the week before and it was the day after one of his childrens marriages,we didn`t get a sale but enjoyed a couple of hours spent with a very amusing companion.

chadburn
31st May 2015, 16:58
Just a little bit of info on the Ropner racing car stable which I and no doubt Erimus will remember.

andysk
17th July 2015, 21:48
Well Done Billy,just received the book this morning it's currently available on Amazon. It must have taken you an awfully long time to gather all the information and photographs.It looks like a real labour of love. I sailed myself on Stonepool and Lackenby in the 80's. Sad to see the ships are gone to the great razor blade factory. Wishing you every success with the book. it will be
well deserved.Best of luck for the future-J

Just perusing this thread again, and took a look at Amazon .....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=ropner+navy+mcgee

Hope you are on a resale commission Billy !

Cheers

Andy