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Useful links


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:



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



There are two websites that focus on the British India Steam Navigation Company. The first website is primarily a discussion and contact point for former BI staff and staff of associate and partner firms, and you can visit it at: https://groups.io/g/BIship

The second website contains more detailed information about BI, its ships, routes and the people who manned the ships and ran the company, 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


Harland and Wolff Collection

This collection records in detail all stages of the shipbuilding process, and it contains the original photographs of many of the ships built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast: