John Kelly

11th July 2008, 18:37
I hope i'm posting in the right place, maybe someone could let me know.

I've just discovered this site and wondered if anyone would remember my father Captain Gibby Hamilton he sailed on quite a few of the "Bally's" and was a Captain for 40 years or more. It might be a tall order but here's hoping someone can tell me about him.

K urgess
11th July 2008, 18:41
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire.
I've taken the liberty of moving your post into the say hello forum where it's more likely to evoke a response.
I'm sure someone in the crew will be able to help but meanwhile have a good look around the ship and enjoy the voyage.

11th July 2008, 18:43
Hi belfast165 and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

11th July 2008, 18:53
Welcome aboard - I am quite sure somebody will indeed know Captain Hamilton. We have one member who was a Director of Kelly's for many years so no doubt he will be in touch.

11th July 2008, 19:15
Welcome aboard from a sunny Belfast.
The following vessels arrived here on the given date, and in each case the masterís name is shown as G. Hamilton.
30-08-1939 Balmarino from Ayr
19-07-1940 Corrib from Ayr
21-02-1941 Balmarino from Dundalk
22-06-1941 Oranmore from Garston
29-06-1945 Parknasilla from Garston
05-07-1945 First from Gourock, in tow of Empire Imp
02-11-1945 Parknasilla from Southampton
30-05-1947 Parknasilla from Southampton
Hope this helps, Alan.

11th July 2008, 22:41
Welcome from Lancashire.

I hope you enjoy the site and wish you good luck with your enquiry.



13th July 2008, 11:03
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

14th July 2008, 00:55
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

14th July 2008, 08:47
Hi and thanks to everyone for the warm welcome.
Thanks for that Alan I seem to recall the name Parknasilla though only a baby at the time, as for the rest I don't know. He did become a Master in 1930 or 31 and was supposed to be the youngest ever Master at the time at only 24 years of age. Thanks again to all of you.

17th July 2008, 23:31
Glad to be of help. Unfortunately there are large gaps in my records and I have very little information for the 1930s. You could visit the Public Record Office at Balmoral Avenue and check the General Registers for that period.

4th September 2009, 08:31
Try the Belfast Master Mariners Club:
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