Memories, section 4 …                                 often hears from former passengers.  Below is one such example from Bruce Sauerwine.

Bruce writes, “Attached is a photo taken on Queen of Bermuda in 1964; my family sailed on her in both 1963 and 1964.  I'm hoping perhaps you'll be able to identify the crew members in this photo.

By the way, I still remember the name of our waiter on the 1963 cruise; his name was Vic Rowe

My uncle, who worked in the New York office for Furness, was Andy Fredricksen.  He worked in what was either called the accounting or bill of lading dept. He passed away in 1971 at the age of 54. 




Bruce also asked for our help in finding a passenger list with an entry for Katherine Hepburn, who he thought sailed with Furness Bermuda Line.  He takes up the story, “The good news is that I found her on a passenger list. As you suggested, she and her husband sailed back to New York on December 22, 1928 on Fort Victoria, not Bermuda. Of course, they may well have sailed down on Bermuda.  The dates work nicely. They were married in Hartford on the 12th, would have sailed on the 13th, arrived on the 15th, stayed a week in a hotel and sailed back on the 22nd.” 

Can anyone identify the deck stewards in this photo?

The website inspired former engineer, Frank Gilmore (left and right) to get in touch with his memories of Queen of Bermuda, its engine-room and staff. Here are his recollections.

“I’ve just come across your website. My name is Frank Gilmore and I was on Queen of Bermuda for three trips from December 1955 to November 1956, from January to December 1960 and from January to March 1961.  I started off as a Junior Electrician and ended up as 2nd Electrician.

Reading Mike Lawton’s account of some of the people on board brought back memories.  I remember Chief Engineer, “Flash” Gordon, too.  I’m not surprised he tested the over-speed trips on the generators (gennys) as I was onboard when the port genny over-speeded and blew up.  Fortunately no one was hurt but there were bits of blades and casing all over the genny-room.  Andy Moore was Snr. 2nd Engineer on my first trip and I remember he had a Buick which I always fancied!

I think Ken Ancliffe was Snr. 3rd Engineer on my first trip and Snr. 2nd my last.

I was interested to hear what happened to Allan Watson as he was Chief Electrician when I was there.  Some of the other engineers were Vernan Ridge, Jimmy Gilhooly and Bob Love (3rd) and electricians included Terry Tuffrey, Mike Hughes and Ron Eggerton.

As regards the Engineers’ Steward, ‘Hollywood’, I’ve enclosed this photo (right) taken in the Engineers’ Smoke Room.  I am the one with the guitar and the other person is Chief Engineer, Jimmy Maguire. The chief supplied the tartan!  It was a hard ship especially in the boiler rooms but we had some good times and some good nights at the Officers’ Club in New York.  Happy days. 


After I left the Queen, I stayed with Furness Withy for a while, married and came ashore.  However, I went back to sea and spent 25 years with Denholm Ship Management before leaving the sea.  I’ve been retired for over 10 years now and live in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear.”

Frank today (right) with best friend.


Photographs supplied by Frank Gilmore.  All the views expressed are his own.

I see you have a photo of Ralph Williams’ wedding on your website.  Well, here’s a photo (left) of him as Jnr. 4th Engineer with Queen of Bermuda in dry dock at Falmouth. The photo (right) is Ron Roskill, an Electrical Engineer.

Photo from collection of Bruce Sauerwine.  Taken on board Queen of Bermuda by the ship’s photographer

Andy Devine says, ‘I came upon this website by chance  -  magic  -  I was a bellboy and commis waiter on Ocean Monarch from 1963 to 1965.  I worked with Joe Higgins and I knew Peter Manley . I have now been talking to Peter, really good to hear him again.’ 

Andy (pictured then and now) recalls,  ‘When I left the sea, I worked for  BEA, BOAC and BA as cabin crew and recently retired.  Does anyone remember Ann Bolton Chief Stewardess?  Her son, Neville, was a flight engineer with BA and used to come and see her when he flew into Bermuda.  We flew together a few times, small world!’

Andy also sent some photographs of his former shipmates. ‘Its funny that I can remember the names, but not what happened last week!’

On the left is a location that must be familiar to many, The 40 Thieves Club in Hamilton.  Pictured left to right are: Joe Higgins, Andy Devine, possibly Johnny Donnelly a switchboard operator, Alan Brown Bedroom Steward, possibly Lou extra chef, Ken Purdy Deck Steward and Peter Lang bellboy.

The photograph on the right was taken in Barbados in August 1965. 

From left to right are: Dusty Miller waiter, Alf Mayby waiter, Bob Lawson Ocean Monarch Ship’s Photographer, Nobby Clark waiter and Andy.

Andy with the Tigers! 

Left: Andy with Peter (Connie) Smith, Captain’s Tiger in 1965.

Right: Andy with Derek ?, Staff Captain’s Tiger.

Photographs: collection of Andy Divine

Derek Lewis (pictured then and now), an electrical engineering officer on Queen of BermudaI joined Queen of Bermuda at Falmouth in December 1960, at the tender age of 20, as 6th Electrician.’

He adds, ‘I was excited to find For many years, I have been looking at websites of shipping companies and, considering the size of Furness Withy, have often wondered why there was not one for this company.  Eureka, I’ve finally found one.’


Names Derek remembers are Frank Gilmore 2nd Electrician,  Brian "Yogi Bear" Walker who joined from Ocean Monarch., Flash Gordon Chief Engineer, Ken Antcliffe Staff Chief, Jack Stuart, Tommy Boyse and Jimmy Gilhoolie, all 2nd Engineers. 

He adds,  ‘I also remember Danny Docherty, who married a passenger he met at one of the unofficial nightly parties held in the engineers mess room. There was another engineer called Sinclair based mainly in the boiler rooms and one of the fridge engineers was Turner.  I remember Mike Lawton and Hollywood.’

Pictured left is the 4 to 8 watch on arrival in New York in 1962 after the conversion of Queen of Bermuda to one funnel.  A fireboat can be see in the top right hand corner and, from left to right are: Danny Docherty, Derek Lewis, Jimmy McGuiean and  Tommy Boyes.  [Ed. Note similar pictures in New York—Bermuda section].

Photos: collection of Derek Lewis.


Andy Willats (right in St. Thomas and left with Freddy, an engineer) has been in touch.  He was 4th Electrician on Ocean Monarch in 1963  - 1964 and recalls a number of shipmates.

Left, the officers’ sun deck on Ocean Monarch.  With Andy (far left) are Terry Whittaker and Andy Herdan, a deck officer.

Can you help to identify the others?  For example, is that Bill Hanlon, the radio officer, in the overalls?

Andy tells us that he often visits his daughter in Bermuda, seen here with him on a recent visit.

John Turner (left) was a cadet on Queen of Bermuda from January 1964 to December 1965. He tells us “I have just found your website and I have been glued to my computer for the last 2 hours!!


John (above), today at home in Portsmouth.  He is Secretary of the Warsash Association - for alumni of the famous School of Navigation .

John has kindly provided a link to his own photo website that includes a selection of photographs taken during his time with Queen of Bermuda

Featured are pictures of the annual tug-o’war on Whites Island and the officers vs crew boat race in Hamilton Harbour.  You may well recognise yourself and many famous faces —  can you name the bosun?

Also featured are an extraordinary set of images of an injured seaman rescued from a cargo vessel by crew from Queen of Bermuda.

To access John’s photo website, click here.  John has written a narrative that includes descriptions of all the photographs and some interesting anecdotes of his life during that time.  To read the narrative, click here.


We are indebted to John Turner for permission to view the photographs.  All the views expressed are his own.

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