We have set up a Facebook Group called ‘Training Ship Mercury’ which is primarily
designed for members to ask questions, discuss topics, etc. It is not a replacement
for either this website, use of email or use of post. Please look on it as in addition
to existing communications methods. Because it is a Facebook Group it is a private
community and requires an administrator (currently the Membership Secretary, Richard
Briggs) to allow access. Please contact him on Facebook (via the Training Ship Mercury
Group) or via email on email@example.com.
Training Ship Mercury on Facebook
Hamble Talk - TS Mercury
Our Magazine Editor and historian, 'Snowy' White (4151), has been invited by the
Hamble Local History Society to give a talk about the history of T S Mercury. This
will take place at 19.30 on Thursday 7th September at the Roy Underdown Pavilion
in Hamble. Guests are welcome.
A service dedication of the refurbished joint training ship memorial at the National
Arboretum, Alrewas in Staffordshire took lace on Saturday 3rd September (Merchant
Navy Day). There were representatives from the associations of HMS Conway, Training
Ship General Botha, Pangbourne Nautical College, HMS Worcester and the Mercury. Captain
David Parsons as well as other Mercury Old Boys attended.
Training Ship Memorial, National Arboretum
Shipwreck of the Safmarine ship SA Seafarer
IIn the October 2016 edition of the maritime journal Sea Breezes is a four page article
with photos of Larry Richardson (4435) and his family and their survival of the shipwreck
of the Safmarine ship SA Seafarer off the coast of South Africa on 1 July 1966. At
the time Larry was 3rd Officer of the ship and his wife and baby were also aboard
emigrating to South Africa. All the crew and passengers were rescued by South African
Air Force helicopters but it was a frightening start to their new life in South Africa.
Larry never sailed deep sea again.