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History of New Zealand Shipping

Jeffrey Shaw’s extremely comprehensive website on New Zealand Shipping contains a history section that includes an on-line comments facility for recording anecdotal evidence and/or memories of life associated with New Zealand Shipping. You can visit his website at: http://www.newzealandshipping.co.nz/index.html


John Layte – Photos of Rakaia

Whilst serving as an apprentice on Rakaia in the 1960s, John took a considerable number of very good quality photographs, and you can view some of these on his website at: http://www.ripvanrental.com


Merchant Navy College Greenhithe

The Merchant Navy College at Greenhithe (1968-89) overlooked the mooring place of the last HMS Worcester. You can learn more about this college by visiting Paul Bird's web site at:



Robert G Lloyd – Marine Artist

Robert Lloyd is a Marine Artist with a worldwide reputation for producing visually stunning and technically accurate paintings for the Marine Industry, Private Individuals and Museum collections. You can visit his web site at:



Victor Young – Photographer

You will see that some of the photographs on this web site are shown with the kind permission of the V.H. Young & L.A. Sawyer Collection. To find out more about this marvellous collection of photographs, you can visit Victor’s web site at:



Durham Association

The Durham Association has origins in the epic Galveston Voyage featured on the M.V. Durham Anecdotes page of this web site. Membership of this Association is open to all those who served with the New Zealand Shipping Company. To find out more, contact the Secretary at: joliver@prores.co.uk


The British Merchant Navy – Looking for Old Friends

Brian Probetts runs an excellent web site dedicated to helping you find a friend that you served with. You can visit his site at: http://www.merchant-navy.net



John Prescott has produced a web site called BISHIP that is devoted to all subjects connected with the British India Steam Navigation Company. The site provides information about BI, its ships, routes and the people who manned the ships and ran the company. Not surprisingly, the site is one of the contact points for former BI staff, and you can visit it at: http://www.biship.com


The Marine Society

The Marine Society is the world's oldest seafarers' charity, committed since 1756 to enhancing the well being of all who go to sea professionally. It provides a range of valuable services for serving, former, and intending seafarers. You can visit the Marine Society’s web site at: http://www.marine-society.org


Elder Dempster Lines
Mike Ingham has produced an excellent web site designed to provide an overview of Elder Dempster Lines in the 1960s, when the company was at its postwar peak. You can visit his web site at: http://www.elderdempster.org



The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum has a photographic archive that contains the original photographs of many of the ships built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. For example, the painting of the Calchas, by Robert Lloyd, was based on one of these photographs, and the article on the "Obuasi Launch" contains other examples from this excellent collection. For more information, visit the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum's web site at: http://www.uftm.org.uk