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ABLE SEAMAN GEORGE BRABANDER

ABLE SEAMAN GEORGE BRABANDER

George Brabander carries a young child ashore from lifeboat S4 at Seatoun Beach, Wellington on the afternoon of 10 April 1968 after the Wellington - Lyttelton ferry WAHINE foundered at the entrance to Wellington Harbour in hurricane force conditions. George was a great shipmate and a brave seaman

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Hello Emmanuel (Manny),
I remember this photo very well,it was on the front page of every paper in the UK at the time of that tragic event.
George Brabender had three brothers at Sea,Mick was a Bosun with Blue Funnel for many years, Lenny was AB and after many years at Sea,came ashore and bought a Pub here in Birkenhead(The Firemans) The youngest was Peter,who I sailed with on various Deep sea ships for near Four years.
I remember George coming home to Merseyside, He was very Ill,and said He wanted to be buried with his family.The Brab's as they where known,were nice people.
ttfn.Peter T.
 

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I sailed with Mick Brabender in the Glenfinlas in early 1946; he was an A.B. then, a great guy. I remember him well from all of those years ago: it was post war and we, as middies, worked on deck with the "crowd" aboard that time warn and war battled old coal-burner. Tommy Boswell, an old shell-back, was the bosun.
 

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very few of the deck crowd left now i think,Ken Mcleod passed away some time ago,anyone come across Bill Hunter,paid off that day to come back home to go fishing/dom
 

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