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Hi Everyone,

Reckon this is a long shot, by giving it a go anyway!

My Dad, David Ely (used to post on this forum under the name David E), was in the Merchant Navy for a number of years. He passed away in April 2014, and I’d love to hear from anyone who sailed with him (as I said, it was a long time ago, so I appreciate the chances are slim.)

He used to talk about his time at sea a lot, but being a teenage girl at the time I think I may have blended it out a bit! I don’t remember his full sailing history, but from looking on the forum I’ve found the following:

Apprentice Bank Line 1949

With Fyffes '53-'57 3M: Zent '53/'54(5)-Golfito(6) '54-Cavina(3)'55-Tortuguero(2)'55 Manistee(2)'55-Ariguani(2)'56 2M: Cavina(4)'56-Matina(1)'56/'57-Manistee(5)'57

Would love to hear any stories from people who knew my Dad.

Sarah
 

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Hello from NZ and good luck with your search. Lots of very clued up people on this site so you might get lucky. Regards.
 

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your should have his sea faring records in the form of his apprenticeship indentures and Discharge Book, giving afull lis of the ships he saile don.

ATB

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Sarah, I sailed on the Cavina, and the Ariguani around those dates,however I need more info, like the port he sailed from and where he lived.

John.

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I checked my Discharge Book for dates and it was way before you fathers sailed on the ships. I sailed on the Cavina and Ariguani in 1950.
 
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