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Old 6th May 2008, 23:35
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I'm a bit new to this game but hoping to find out a little (or a lot hopefully!) information about ships/members of my family that have sailed on ships in the last century......great grandfather served on 'SS Drake' (Messina Earthquake) but then was lost at sea when 'SS Mount Oswald' sank............dad served on HMS Kenya in the fifties as his National Service.......Grandad-in-law served on 'MTB's' during the second world war Norwegian fjords & Normandy landings. Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you. Gail.
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Old 6th May 2008, 23:39
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Welcome abord from East Yorkshire, Gail.
I'm sure someone in the crew will be able to help.
Meanwhile find your way around the ship and enjoy the voyage.
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Old 6th May 2008, 23:47
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Welcome to SN.

I am sure one or two of our members will be able to help. Please provide as much more information you can.

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Old 7th May 2008, 00:18
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From Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia, Gail
Chances are you'll be hearing from our members before long with some information on the ships and your family's seafaring past.
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Old 7th May 2008, 09:19
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Gail, a warm welcome to you. I am sure you will get some good feed-back on your query. Thank you for joining the community; enjoy the site and all it has to offer, and we very much look forward to your postings in due course. Bon Voyage
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Old 7th May 2008, 20:08
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Greetings Gail and welcome to SN. Enjoy the site and bon voyage.
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Old 7th May 2008, 23:18
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Hi Gail
Without names and dates there is not much to go on, but I hope this starts you off
The were two Drakes around in 1908 at the time of the Messina Earthquake
First Drake
http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/ship/show/26689
Second Drake
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuil...ip.asp?id=2373

The Kenya was easier
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuil...ip.asp?id=3050
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20...%20C14-02.html
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Old 8th May 2008, 05:46
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No sign of an SS Mount Oswald or HMS Mount Oswald.
Was you’re Great-Grandfather Merchant or Royal Navy, what was his name and what year was he killed

The First Drake
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20.../Drake-07.html
Second Drake
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20.../Drake-01.html
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Old 10th May 2008, 14:51
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Ahh the old one word syndrome.
This from clydebuild

ss MOUNTOSWALD official number 110347
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Built by William Hamilton & Co Port Glasgow,
Yard No 146
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Launched: Thursday, 18/01/1900
Built: 1900
Ship Type: Cargo
Tonnage: 3224 grt
Length: 330.5 feet
Breadth: 45.6 feet
Owner History:
Lunn & Maccoy, Newcastle
Status: Went Missing After - 22/02/1912

Remarks: Missing after passing Cape Henry on passage Baltimore for Hamburg with maize
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Old 14th May 2008, 01:40
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thank you so much for replying to my - is it called 'thread'?? Just read your replies, will be looking at the sites you've forwarded. Also, thank you for the information on the 'Mount Oswald' - so pleased to be able to tell my dad more about the ship. Gail
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Old 15th November 2011, 02:42
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Hello Gail
My uncle was also on the SS Mountoswald. I have some information about what happened to the ship. I also have put my Uncle's story on a Tyne and Wear Museum site, called 'Tell Your Story'. I'm happy to tell you what I know about its disappearance. Ellie
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A warm welcome aboard from the Philippines. Please enjoy all this great site has to offer
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Hello Gailb,
Welcome to the site. The Drake involved in the Messina earthquake relief belonged to General Steam Navigation Co Ltd. The Master was decorated for saving thousands of lives by evacuating people from Messina to ports further down the east coast of Sicily. Thats all I can give you, this was related to me when serving in GSNC in the early 60s.
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Old 7th June 2019, 20:01
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I'm a bit new to this game but hoping to find out a little (or a lot hopefully!) information about ships/members of my family that have sailed on ships in the last century......great grandfather served on 'SS Drake' (Messina Earthquake) but then was lost at sea when 'SS Mount Oswald' sank............dad served on HMS Kenya in the fifties as his National Service.......Grandad-in-law served on 'MTB's' during the second world war Norwegian fjords & Normandy landings. Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you. Gail.
Hi Gail,
You may have had a reply long before now but my greatgranddad also served on the SS Moiunt Oswald, he was the Cheif Steward. you may have this info already, It was launched on Thurday 18 Jan 1900, built by William Hamilton & Co, Port Glasgow, yard 146. Owned by Lunn & MacCoy Newcastle. Lost at sea with all 24 crew after 22 Feb 1912, passing Cape Henry (East Coast of America) on route from Baltimore to Hamburg with a cargo of maize.
Hope this helps? Bill Yorkston.
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