The Mast

Click HERE to read an article on the Ganges Mast which is currently lying horizontal instead of vertical.

View this video to learn more about the ‘Button Boy’ by clicking HERE.

The Ganges boys in action Click HERE.

Another video click HERE


Jim B remembers recently that a Chief Yeoman Reg Morris, “Belly San”,  was a “Button Boy” at Ganges and still had the shilling coin he was given. It was set in a little square wooden surround and it got me wondering now whatever happened to it when he Crossed the Bar.

I  never went to “Ganges” during my Service, but lived in Ipswich, which is only 8 miles from Shotley. However, I did frequently go there as a Sea Cadet from 1936 until the War started.  So hence I knew a bit about it.

The demolition firm of J Howard Ltd, (owned by my Brother-in-Law) of Ipswich, took down the mast in the late 1970’s. I believe it was after some “argie-bargie” over it being a “National Treasure” or some such thing, that they had to  re-erect it. And, later on he again took it down as by then it was deemed to be in a dangerous condition. The last time I saw it, it was laying on the ground where it had once so proudly stood.

and from Dusty Miller who also had a mate who served in Ganges and is on the Ganges Assn Committee – Hi Dusty. The Mast is in a sorry state! The permission has been granted by the Council now to Develop the site. They, the Developers/Site Owners, have indicated that it will be struck down, refurbished and reinstated. Time will tell. It all looks very positive.

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General Question 023

What ship and what nation does she belong to.  Clue: The armament for this type of ship is unusual in this day and age.


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Barrie Chivers

Just to let you all know, Barrie Chivers ex Chief Yeoman, has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.  He wishes to thank and acknowledge all communicators he has come in touch with over the years for the great memories.  To the younger communicators who do not know Barrie, he would like to wish you all the very best for your careers and hope that your careers are as fulfilling as his.   If you would like to drop Barrie a note, then please provide them as a comment to this post and I will collate them all and ensure he gets your response.  Comments will not be released to the blog.  If you would prefer then please email your comments to me direct  Thanks Frank

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General Question 022

Name of ship and country – clue: still in commission and home port is in the Bay of Bengal.

Answer – BNS Umar Farooq (F16) Bangladesh


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Model Ship Display

Five of Graham Beeson’s intricate model warships will be on display and he will be on hand to talk about his new pictorial book on the Admiral Graf Spee.

Graham is a well known NZ warship modeller and author.  From plans he has built four warships which were at the Battle of the River Plate.  HMS New Zealand, HMNZS Gambia, HMNZS Leander, HMS Exeter and HMS Ajax will all be on display.

The display will be available at the Orewa Library 10 – 14 August 2015 0930 – 1600 daily.


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Whangamata – Bed and Breakfast

If you are travelling through Whangamata or visiting the surrounding district then give this Bed and Breakfast accommodation a shot.  Your hosts are Dearne and Rod Berry.

Click HERE to view property.


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Jack Passings – July 2015

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of July 2015. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

LEGGETT William Donald
SHORTER, Raymond Sidney Edward LSTWD
TINGLE Alan William  Seaman
ELLISON, Eric Robinson Cdre, RNZR
LINTON Gerald William BC Canada RO2
CORRY, Peter John (Kermit)
REES Philip
WAYMOUTH, John Hugh Newcome
GAMBLE Desmond (Chic)
HARPER Gordon John (Blue)
BRADLEY IanUpdated notice on funeral arrangements
HALE, Richard Thomas Cdre
HARRIS, Rodney Charles Rev
MURPHY Michael Myles Gunner

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