s s MENDI - Ships Nostalgia

Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password


User Tag List

Thread Tools
Old 28th August 2018, 21:44
appbob appbob is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Purser
Active: 1950 - 1960
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 222

Currently (Aug 2018) there has been mention in the media of the tragic loss of life when the Mendi sank in 1917. She had been requisitioned as an army transport ship and was on voyage from Capetown to Havre. After leaving Plymouth she was struck at 0457 on the 21st February 17 in dense fog by the ss Darro (by coincidence an ex Elder Dempster vessel). The Mendi sank quickly and 656 lost their lives. The were mainly black African troops from the army transport corps. The ship's bell was recovered by divers in the past and this was delivered anonymously to ITV South recently. Theresa May travelled to Capetown this week and presented the bell to the authorities as an act of rememberence of the tragedy. A fitting home for the bell.
Bob Appleton
Reply With Quote
Old 6th September 2018, 00:09
Roger Turner Roger Turner is offline  
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 123
Thanks for publishing this, strange there has been so little response on here.
I hadn`t heard about the bell having been presented.
But I had heard of the enormous loss of life of the African troops.
I seem to remember Derek telling me the occurrence had been covered in an edition of Elders of Elders a while before I joined the readership.
Oh! how I do miss E of E!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
Old 6th September 2018, 13:42
appbob appbob is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Purser
Active: 1950 - 1960
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 222
Thanks Roger for your post. I too thought there would be a greater response. Not one even from Graham the Pipe. There are some photo's and information in the Elder Dempster Fleet History, an invaluable point of reference on all things E.D's
It is sad to see the EPC and E of E fade away, but our numbers dwindle. I speak to Ben Armishaw on a regular basis and e/mail Don Fowler in South Africa from time to time, but they are all. Regards Bob
Reply With Quote
Old 6th September 2018, 16:02
eddyw eddyw is offline  
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7,517
Report of Formal Investigation here:
Reply With Quote
Old 7th September 2018, 07:36
Graham the pipe's Avatar
Graham the pipe Graham the pipe is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Navigation
Active: 1957 - 1967
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,482
Top of a slightly cool, UK morning to you Roger, Bob and Eddy.

Sorry I did not comment on this earlier but although sad it is now history and I'm not aware of any additional facts that might have been of interest; Eddy's 'link' of yesterday 'compensates'.

A little 'background' to my dear old departed pal 'DB'. I never sailed with him but met him for the first time at a Holiday Inn E of E lunch early this century. It was an instant 'Oil and Water' fusion and although we lived 250 + miles apart telephone and 'E' contact was continuous. Great and modest chap with the Scouse humour which I always have and always will enjoy and share. He and 'Norm' Powell (deck), both Scousers and both now over the bar ~ the latter one year on Sunday that being the 61st anniversary of yours truly signing the parchment with EDs ~ made me an honorary Scouser, which pleased me immensely; not sure whether still am.

Before I start 'rambling', I am in personal contact with many Es of Es mainly deck but two pursers for you are John Edge and Andrew {known as 'Mike'} Salt.

Just let me know ~ and give ME some 'names' ~ and I'll private message you with their 'E' addresses.

Off now for my morning constitutional.


Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Troopship Mendi Lost 1917 Pat Thompson Ship Research 3 19th March 2009 17:54
Mendi - 1917 andysk Ships No More 1 21st April 2008 16:32
Australia Calling re Mendi Palm Clive Anthony Fisher Palm Line 6 24th August 2006 11:36
Volta & Mendi Palm Aristo Palm Line 3 17th November 2005 11:51

Support SN

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.