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Old 20th November 2008, 15:47
kathleen lloyd kathleen lloyd is offline
 
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hello i found ships nostalgia by looking for info about my grandfather charles O'neill chief engineer on ss Churruca(i think ) from the writing on his postcards sent from spain in the 1920s and thirtys. He was awarded the Mbe which i have butwould like to find out more about him.
I have lots of Mn connections My father was chief eng on the Silver beech when it was torpedoed in 1943.
My husband was achief eng in Ellermans.
Hope someone can help me with Charles as i guess im the only surviving close relative.
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Old 20th November 2008, 17:49
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Welcome aboard Kathleen.
There are crew aboard this ship from those companies and some fine researchers so you'll probably get some answers.
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Old 20th November 2008, 21:27
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Old 20th November 2008, 22:35
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Welcome from Lancashire.
I hope you will enjoy the site.

There have been many ships named Chirucca but assuming this was a merchant ship, the most likely one would be that built by Grayson in 1921. You can get some basic information here: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/ship/show/161511
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Old 21st November 2008, 00:05
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Kathleen,

A warm welcome to the site from the Isle of Anglesey!
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Old 21st November 2008, 07:25
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Old 21st November 2008, 08:18
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Welcome Kathleen to this great site
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Old 21st November 2008, 13:30
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Greetings Kathleen and a warm welcome to SN on your first posting. Enjoy the site and bon voyage.
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Old 21st November 2008, 13:40
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Kathleen, from Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia.
Good to have you onboard.
To complement Brian's posting, there is a photo of the 'Churruca' of 1921 at the following site:
http://www.rhiw.com/y_mor/ships_phot...1/churruca.jpg

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Old 21st November 2008, 14:17
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Welcome aboard Kathleen.
It is possible to search the London Gazette on-line which may offer you some details about the award of your Grandfather's MBE.
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Old 23rd August 2009, 13:11
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Just in case the enquirer happens to check back regarding her enquiry.

I do not have any citation for his award but I can tell you that Chief Engineer Charles O'Neill received his MBE (Civ) while serving aboard ss "CID" official number 146566 built in 1922 for MacAndrews & Co. She survived the war. London Gazette 3, January 1945 - New Year Honours List 1945.

Basic details at the Miramar Index: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/ship/show/164651

ss CHURRUCA was also a MacAndrew's ship.
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Old 16th September 2018, 22:08
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Does anyone have any information about SS Churruca, blew up on October 2, 1941 in Alexandria Harbour? My grandfather was on the ship. It was his final voyage, and my father is trying to find out more information. My father was 13 at the time. He's now ninety, and would like to find out before he dies. (He's in excellent health). His father's name was Captain Trefor Jones. Thanks.
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Old 16th September 2018, 22:46
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welcome to both Kate's from NZ. This is getting interesting.
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Old 17th September 2018, 17:11
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How is it getting interesting? I another kate looking for information on the same ship?
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Old 17th September 2018, 21:02
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Hello and welcome again to this site Kate. Interesting in that two people are interested in the same ship in the same time frame. There could be stories to tell.
Good luck.
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Old 18th September 2018, 16:24
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Thanks. I am hoping that there are stories to tell. My Dad's father was with the ship when she "blew up", but was taken to a hospital in Cairo. He' also buried there. Thanks for the welcome. Have a wonderful day.
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Old 23rd September 2018, 16:44
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Hi Grant. I was unable to figure out how to reply to your private message. I'm not very good with anything on a computer, except spreadsheets and accounting programmes. Those, I am a wiz at. Thanks for your encouragement and leads. I am sure something will come up. I live in Victoria B.C. Not as warm as your Victoria. Kate
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Old 8th December 2018, 09:25
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EXTRACTED FROM MY BOOK, SHIPPING COMPANY LOSSES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

SILVERBEECH (Captain T.G. Hyem). Bound for Freetown and Lagos, sailed in Convoy OS.44 which left Liverpool on 6 March, 1943. Collided with the Djambi on the 13th and put into Gibraltar for repairs. Proceeding in Convoy RS.3 when torpedoed and sunk by U.172 (Kptlt. Carl Emmermann) on the 29th, in position 25º30´N 15º55´W. Fifty-nine died. Eight picked up by the tug Empire Ace and landed at Bathurst.

Other ships sunk in Convoy RS.3
Lagosian. See under UNITED AFRICA CO.
Moanda (Belg.) (Captain J. Heusers). By U.167 (Kptlt. Kurt Sturm). Twenty-nine died and 27 survived.
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