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Turmoil

Fascinating story behind David Bray’s painting of the tug “Turmoil” towing the heavily-damaged cargo ship “Flying Enterprise” in 1952

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Good Hope Castle
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Good Hope Castle

Illuminating story behind David Bray’s painting of the mail ship, “Good Hope Castle”

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Royston Grange

The tragic story of the “Royston Grange” – one of a class of refrigerated cargo-passenger vessels operated by Houlders on the South America service. May 2022 sees the 50th anniversary of her sinking.

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Arlanza
Articles

Arlanza and Penang

Published in ‘Sea-Breezes’ magazine “ARLANZA” and “PENANG” by David Bray and Simon Adams We have a breakfast bar in our kitchen, but it has never …

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Arlanza
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Arlanza

From the brush of David Bray Arlanza “Arlanza” was one of three ships built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, for the Royal Mail Line services …

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Brunel’s ‘Great Western’
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Great Western

From the brush of David Bray The Great Western In the development of merchant and naval shipping, the ocean-going paddle steamer was ultimately a dead …

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Big Ships
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Big Ships Need Big Tugs

From the brush of David Bray Big Ships Need Big Tugs “Big ships need big tugs” said Sir William Hoy, Chairman of the South African …

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38 Yeoward Alondra
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Alondra

From the brush of David Bray Alondra ALONDRA in the Mersey When I was about 11 I started reading “Sea Breezes”. At that time the …

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Royal Archer

From the brush of David Bray Royal Archer Almost forgotten nowadays is the fleet of small passenger-cargo vessels running regular services around the UK and …

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Yellow Peril
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Yellow Peril

From the brush of David Bray Yellow Peril As a kid in Great Yarmouth, the coasters of F T Everard were a familiar sight. There …

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Sea Breezes article - Saga Ruby
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Saga Ruby

From the brush of David Bray Saga Ruby Delivered in 1973 for Norwegian American Line, and originally named “Vistafjord”, the “Saga Ruby” was the last …

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Sea Breezes cover - Larpool
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Larpool

From the brush of David Bray Larpool The “Larpool” was a tramp steamer built in 1924 by Pickersgill’s in Sunderland for Headlam & Sons of …

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Sirdhana article
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Sirdhana on the Hooghly River

From the brush of David Bray Sirdhana on the Hooghly River The Apcar company was founded in 1819 by the Armenian Apcar brothers. Originally based …

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Wherrying Tales

Teapot

The Tale of “Teapot” First published in the NWT Journal, Spring 1989 by “Leveret” (David Bray) The wherry lay on the White Swan quay in …

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Quanting up to West Somerton
Wherrying Tales

Random Jottings of a Skipper

Random Jottings of a Skipper First published in the NWT Journal, Autumn 1986  Author: Admiral Elsan (David Bray) Quanting up to West Somerton I would like to …

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Wherries - Breydon Water
Wherrying Tales

Breydon Days

Breydon Days On 28th June 2019 “Albion” and “Maud” sailed in company across Breydon”.  I would guess that this was the first time in eighty …

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Arthur Ransome
Wherrying Tales

Footsteps of Arthur Ransome

Footsteps of Arthur Ransome First published in the Spring 1984 NWT Journal. Author: Leveret (David Bray) Arthur Ransome Some things are precious, and among our …

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Wherrying with Nat
Wherrying Tales

Wherrying with Nat

Wherrying with Nat I have often been asked the question – “How did you learn to sail Albion?” Well, it’s a long story, and it …

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See Breezes featuring David's Otranto painting
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Otranto

From the brush of David Bray Sea Breezes – Otranto OTRANTO was built by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness in 1926 for the Orient Line’s Australian service. One …

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DPO Handbook - Third Edition
News

Dynamic Positioning – new 3rd Edition

DP Operator’s Handbook – 3rd Edition A major update of this definitive work is now available after a major update. Accepted as the standard textbook …

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City of Canberra
Curiosities

A visit to Sydney

A Visit to Sydney It was 1970. I was 2nd Mate in a cargo ship, the “City of Canberra”, sailing on the MANZ line route …

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City of Karachi
Curiosities

Nautical Heath and Safety

Nautical Health and Safety I had always wanted to join the Merchant Navy. And here I was, cadet with Ellerman Lines. Joined my first ship …

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Apprentices on a sailing ship ‘streaming the log’
Curiosities

Ten and a Chinaman!

Ten and a Chinaman (Why nautical speed is measured in knots) Ship speed is measured in “knots”, a knot being a speed of one nautical …

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Queen Mary in Southampton, 1969
Curiosities

Queen Mary’s Whistle

Queen Mary’s Whistle In November 2014 I had a speaking appointment aboard Queen Mary 2. Very pleased finally to get to lecture on board this magnificent …

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