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Sinking of Haines Steamship Tresillian

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Old 14th April 2012, 16:24
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I am looking for information from any survivor (or relative) of the MV Tresillian which sank in the Irish Sea on 30 November 1954. My half-brother Freddy Stevens was second mate at the time and his body was never recovered. I was only twelve at the time and have never really known what happened that night.
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Old 14th April 2012, 18:20
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I am looking for information from any survivor (or relative) of the MV Tresillian which sank in the Irish Sea on 30 November 1954. My half-brother Freddy Stevens was second mate at the time and his body was never recovered. I was only twelve at the time and have never really known what happened that night.
I'm sorry for your loss. I Googled "Tresillion Irish Sea" and came up with various items that may be of use. For some reason I could not get the ones I wanted onto this post.
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Old 17th April 2012, 18:00
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I'm sorry for your loss. I Googled "Tresillion Irish Sea" and came up with various items that may be of use. For some reason I could not get the ones I wanted onto this post.
Thanks for the info. Have perused the sites and emailed a couple of people John EDH
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John,

There are currently 4 or 5 survivors from the rescued 16 although they are fading fast.

One lives in Auckland NZ (George Porter), One lived in Melbourne Australia, and another lives in the UK, Trevor (Smith I think). At the moment I can't remember the other two.

I've only found one living member of the rescuing ship Liparus, a Brian Winton.

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Old 12th November 2014, 13:32
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Hello all, In a few days we mark the 60th anniversary of the sinking of the Tresillian. My father was among the survivors, but is now in poor health. Are any other survivors still alive? I would love to share a message with him from one of his old mates.
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Old 29th November 2014, 22:04
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Hi Danny,

I did some research a few years ago and none of the lifeboat crew of the Liparus are still alive today as best I could determine.

At the time of the research, I managed to find 4 or 5 survivours from the Tresillian still alive. One George Porter, a real character to talk to and a very strong minded man. He was suffering from bone cancer at the time but was still very active, I have a great deal of respect for him.

There was also Trevor Clark (or Clarke) who was still in good health who told me of two others that were alive at the time (one lived in Melbourne AUS) and another that might be alive in London.

I also had a long chat with one of the deck hands on the Liparus called Brian Winton who gave me a very harrowing account of the event.

When I researched this (with the aid of LSARS) it turned out to be a truly remarkable rescue.

I'll be holding two mins silence tomorrow morning in memory of the rescue and the sad loss of 24 lives, many of whom were little more than boys at the time.

A special mention to G Griffiths who survived and showed exceptional calm and presence of mind in an attempt to save the 5 other members he was in the water with. Sadly only one made it, but without him, would surely have died.

A sad and heroic day, I'll remember those that risked their lives to save their fellow seamen, and those that perished...........

Regards,

Jerry
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