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.
24th March 2008, 14:14
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?
24th March 2008, 14:29
Knowing you,it will be thoroughly researched and will become a very good reference book..
I look forward to its release for sale.
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.
10th August 2008, 15:10
If anybody deserves to have 110% success Billy it is you.
Well done Sir
20th August 2008, 14:14
Hey up Billy, keep me a copy please.
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
26th August 2008, 20:11
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.