Thank you, Michael!
I first learned the name of Stan Hugill in 1959 at the Outward Bound Sea School at Aberdovey. His exploits are well recorded her in SN.
During WW2 he was an AB in Blue Flue and was at the wheel when Autolycus (I think) was attacked and sunk by the Japanese in the South China Sea. He was Bosun at Aberdovey in 1959 when I was there - and I recall an equally splendid painting of his, showing the 4 masted barque Garthpool, the last deep-sea square-rig windjammer under the UK flag in about 1930. (Somebody will correct this date). The painting of Garthpool hung in the messroom at Aberdovey and I had no idea of the significance then, in 1959. I wonder where the Garthpool painting is now?
Hugill was a local man, here on Wirral, Merseyside- and he crossed the bar not all that long ago,
Repeated thanks for all your information!! - In later life (i.e. within the last five years) my own office was somewhere in the top right-hand corner of your whaler picture.