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2nd February 2010, 17:55
hi i was hoping somone would know any details on this ship or pictures google isnt very helpful his name john f surrey 1905 departed port side egypt in 1945 john was 40yrs i also have a list of other ships which ansestry website gave me but dont know if he was on all of them johan van oldenbarnevelt.thank you for your time.kirsty
2nd February 2010, 19:44
If you have a list of ships as you say from ancestry then the US crew manifest will show him listed, i presume you have a subscription to ancestry to see the full content,
1942 Ocean Vista, MOWT (The Saint Line Ltd), Manchester
renamed 1948 Saint Edmund, The Saint Line Ltd, London.photograph as Saint Edmund at http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Saint%20Edmund-01.html
renamed 1962 Lucrino, Achille Lauro, Naples.
renamed 1970 Scrapped at La Spezia.
2nd February 2010, 20:19
Kirsty A little extea if it is relevant
A John Surrey was aboard the “Ocean Vista” listed as arriving in New York 10th December1944 it was expected to sail for India on the 7th January 1945.
He signed on in Newcastle on the 5th September 1944 as a Fireman his age is given as 39
There is a John F Surrey that looks as if he has two trips on the “Queen Mary” arriving New York from Greenock as Fireman / Trimmer 16th August 1942 aged 37 & 6 Months, apparently place of birth given as Blaydon
Again 16th May 1943 basically the same detail
There is a John Foster Surrey signed 4th March 1942 in Newcastle to the “Betelquese” arrived in NewYork 25th March 1942 sailed from Greenock 13th March 1942
3rd February 2010, 13:37
thank you ray so much you are a star were did you get your info from? have they got copys of the deatails i can print off for my file? again thanks for your time and effort.xxx
19th August 2010, 16:31
My grandfather, Edward McCreadie, sailed on "Ocean Vista" as Chief Officer during period 27 Jul 1944 - 14 Aug 1944. From my own research, it appears the substantive Master was temporarily relieved and the Chief Officer temporarily promoted to Master and my grandfather (Masters Ticket 0010241)also temporarily promoted to Chief Officer. "Ocean Vista" was an Ocean Liberty class vessel and, as with several others of this class, transported mules (yes, mules). She was involved in a number of Southend-Seine-Southend convoys.
19th August 2010, 16:55
Further to my previous post, "Ocean Vista" was an "Empire Liberty" design of welded rather than rivetted construction to save plate overlap thus reducing weight. She was involved in "The reduction of smoke from Merchant ships; trials carried out in SS Ocean Vista to determine the effect of smoke elimination upon fuel consumption"; refer HM Stationery Office, 1947, p39.
On 1st January 1951, she was berthed at Auckland NZ as "Saint Edmund".
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