"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Merchant Navy Day

I didn't know the MN had a special day until I caught THIS in the DT. Fifteen images, all telling a story.


  1. Seems an appropriate place to remember my grandfather's brother, Assistant Engineer's Steward OWEN EDWARD SUMMERS, who died age 20
    on 27 June 1918.
    He was a Merchant Seaman onboard a hospital ship "Llandovery Castle" which was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a torpedo from the German U–boat UB86. This act, on what was clearly identified as a hospital ship, was one of the worst atrocities of WW1 on the sea. The German officers ordered machine-gun fire on those, including nurses, who were struggling to get into life-boats.
    I never met him, but I salute him and the many other Merchant Seaman who gave their lives in the First World War.

  2. The Merchant Navy is often overlooked. Their primary purpose was shipping consumer foods and goods in and out of Britain but their role changed during the two WWs. Thanks for the memories of your grandfather's brother, one shocking tale amongst many.


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