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Ocean Monarch and Queen of Bermuda football teams for the big game in 1966 - courtesy of Ernie Barrow.

Ocean Monarch Sports & Social Club Dance at the Henry Hudson Hotel on Friday 12 June 1964 -  are you there?

Photo courtesy of Peter Manley

Cadet Michael Oakley on brass cleaning duty in 1959  -  from the collection of John Kirby.

Ocean Monarch catering officers, from the collection of Malcolm Sargent. 

Henry Latoy is second on the right with Bill Brencher in the middle.  Thanks to Bob White, we have names for all but one.  Far right is Tony Noonan, a Deck Steward who relieved as 2nd Steward with his brother Freddy, an engine room rating, second from the left. Thanks to Bert Chapman, we now have the name of the gentleman on the far left  -  Ricky Jones.

Ian Bray and his grandmother, Evelyn Shields, two of the three Bray generations serving on Queen of Bermuda.  Ian’s uncle, Jack Shields, was a barman. Photo Ian Bray

We are grateful to Graham Higgins for these archive items: four pages of the dinner menu from Ocean Monarch that featured, on the front cover, the painting ’Bermuda Sloop’ by Captain Magnus Musson, then Master of Queen of Bermuda  -  the original painting is still in the City Hall, Hamilton, Bermuda; his father’s landing card and, not to be forgotten, some swizzle sticks! 

For those who flew the Atlantic to join one of the ships, the copy of a letter (below) from the collection of Bryce Higgins will evoke many memories.  Not least is the reference to Mr Chris Yaw, [Ed: Mr Fix It]  of Furness Lines  New York  ‘downtown’ office.

A message in a bottle  …

Patty Mason (right, with her husband Marvin) contacted the website after she discovered a message in a bottle in a loft.  The message was written in1965 on a Furness Bermuda Line envelope.  Patty tells us the story  ….

Marvin and I have found a wine bottle (above) in the attic of his late mother’s house.  She passed away in early December and we have been going through items in the house. 

The bottle contains a letter (right) that was written on June 15 1962 by a James J. Carr.  If the bottle is found, he asks for it to be returned to an address in New Jersey.  He adds that he will return the postage to the sender, plus something for their trouble! It was written before the advent of zip codes.   

My husband's parents found the bottle on the beach when vacationing in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in July 1962  -  when my husband was just 5 weeks old.  While doing some internet searches to see if we could locate a Carr in Audubon Park, New Jersey, we noticed that the letter was written on a Furness Burmuda Line envelope (bottom right). 

It would be really cool to be able to find him after all these years, that is, if he is still alive.  If not, it would be cool to be able to return the bottle to a relative, maybe a son or daughter.  Thanks for your time, Patty Mason.”

Patty has since told us, “I made some calls to people I found in Audubon on the internet and traced a neighbour of James Carr, who told me that he died a while back.  However, we hope to trace any descendents and  I will let you know if I find out anything more.”

 Photographs  -  Marvin and Patty Mason.

 

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