50th anniversary of the Six-Day War Suez Canal ships reunion

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28th February 2017, 07:32
Dear Blue Star Line seafarers

I am writing a short book about the experiences of seafarers who worked on the ships in the Great Bitter Lake from 1967 to 1975. I aim to publish it on the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in June 2017.

I am also co-organising a reunion of former seafarers who were on the stranded ships to celebrate the anniversary. The anniversary event will be at the Merseyside Maritime Museum from 2 till 5pm on 1 June 2017. As it is the 50th anniversary of the war, we hope to get some media coverage for the event. The museum curators are also very interested to hear about the experiences of seafarers who were on the stranded ships.

Were you on the Scottish Star in the Suez Canal between 1967 and 1975? Would you be interested in attending this event? If so, I'll pass on your email address to Ben Whittaker, the museum curator who is organising it with me, and you will receive an official invite in due course.

I very much hope that you will consider attending and look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you very much

Cath Senker

Cath_Senker
15th May 2017, 17:49
In time for the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in June 1967 and the reunion event at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on 1 June, I have just published 'Stranded in the Six-Day War', my book about the seafarers on board the ships trapped in the Suez Canal between 1967 and 1975. The book includes information about the Blue Star Line ship Scottish Star.

I hope it will prove of interest to those were in the Great Bitter Lake and others familiar with the story, and will also help to inform a new audience about this unusual and important episode in maritime history.

Limited first-edition copies are available from: www.cathsenker.co.uk

Alternatively (UK only), you may send a cheque for 14.50 including P&P payable to Ms C R Senker with your name and address to:
Cath Senker
4th floor
60 Lansdowne Place
Hove BN3 1FG

Best wishes

Cath

Cath_Senker
3rd July 2017, 09:38
Around 100 people attended the 50th anniversary reunion of the seafarers who were on the stranded ships in the Suez Canal from 1967 to 1975. It was a very memorable occasion. An article about the reunion is in the July edition of Nautilus Telegraph (see attached).

My book about the Suez Canal experiences is available here:
www.cathsenker.co.uk

Cath Senker

Cath_Senker
12th July 2017, 10:24
Tonight, the BBC One Show is due to broadcast a short film about the unusual story of the seafarers who were stranded in the middle of the war zone during the Six-Day War. The ships included the Blue Star Line vessel Scottish Star.

The BBC filmed at the 50th anniversary reunion event at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on 1 June.

Report of the event and photos:
http://www.cathsenker.co.uk/50th-anniversary-reunion-of-ships-stranded-in-the-suez-canal/

Cath_Senker
20th July 2017, 09:06
Here's the link for the One Show clip about the Suez seafarers. It's 50 mins into the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08x00vq

Cath_Senker
25th August 2017, 08:18
In this month’s Nautilus Telegraph, there’s an article by Peter Gasson, one of the seafarers trapped in the Suez Canal in June 1967 (page 30) and a review of my book ‘Stranded in the Six-Day War’ (page 33).

August edition here: https://nautilusint.org/en/what-we-say/telegraph/

I’ve had positive feedback from readers of my book and a few have pointed out small corrections I needed to make.

I’ve now printed a revised edition.

If you’re interested in the book, please visit my website www.cathsenker.co.uk (http://www.cathsenker.co.uk)

Thank you very much.

Cath Senker

Cath_Senker
26th September 2017, 15:06
Dear Blue Star line seafarers

I have recently printed a new edition of ‘Stranded in the Six-Day War’, including a few revisions pointed out to me by readers.

The book is about the experiences of the seafarers on board the 14 merchant ships trapped in the Suez Canal between 1967 and 1975, including the Blue Star Line vessel, Scottish Star. You can read the book blurb here: http://amzn.to/2wPqXjk

It has been well received and has had some excellent reviews, including this one on Amazon by Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East Editor and author of Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East:

‘This is a brilliantly researched and written account of an almost forgotten incident in the 1967 Middle East war. It’s full of tasty nuggets of detail. The war stranded ships that were passing through the Suez Canal, and created a unique community of marooned seafarers. Recommended.’ Jeremy Bowen, August 2017

If you’d like to buy it, please send a cheque for 14.50 incl. P&P (UK only) with your postal address to:
Cath Senker
4th Floor
60 Lansdowne Place
Hove
BN3 1FG

Alternatively, you can buy it using your debit card or PayPal on my website www.cathsenker.co.uk

Please give me your full name and postal address.
If you are buying from outside the UK, please select the correct option, Europe or World.

Thank you very much in anticipation.

Best wishes

Cath Senker

Cath_Senker
22nd November 2017, 08:02
I recently received some excellent photos from the Great Bitter Lake from David Kemp, master of the Port Invercargill in 1968. They're never been published before. I would like to thank him for generously sharing them.

I've written some blog posts with extracts from my book and some of the photographs.

The most recent one is here: https://cathsenker.co.uk/the-great-bitter-lake-olympics-september-1968/

You may find them of interest.

Cath

Cath_Senker
29th December 2017, 10:28
Calling all who were in the Great Bitter Lake! This blog post is about the captains – it includes an extract from my book Stranded in the Six-Day War (http://www.cathsenker.co.uk) and photos generously shared by David Kemp. David Kemp has supplied many of the names of people in the photos but a few are missing. If you know any of the missing names, please get in touch and I’ll add them. Thank you!

https://cathsenker.co.uk/captains-great-bitter-lake/