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12.
Feb. 28, 2017

I recently lost my Dad, Thomas Ian Williamson, who served on HMS Centaur in Dec 63 and was part of the recovery mission for the SS Lakonia, that caught fire off the coast of North Africa. I know a little about my Dad's time on Centaur. I remember him telling me many stories about his life on board, including the boiler room accident. However I was young at the time and do not remember a lot of his stories. Does anyone recognise his name? I'd love to fill in the gaps to preserve his history for my own children.

Many thanks,
Charlotte Williamson


11.
Nov. 4, 2016

My grandad served on the HMS Centaur and was among the crew of those who carried 99 bodies off the a cruise liner near Africa. Just wondering if there is anyone who can recall my grandad's name and knew of him ...Tony Mawson.

Thomas Bowker
Nelson, Lancashire, UK


10.
Mar. 9, 2016

My father is about to turn 80 and I am trying to put together a memory box of his life. His name is Gerald Alder and he served on HMS Centaur from 1954 to 1956 he was a chef. He has talked about serving out of Malta and cruising the Mediterranean. I have tried to locate his service record, but been unsuccessful. Does anyone know where I can get any information regarding the time he served in the Navy.

Kind Regards,
Jackie Connolly


9.
Aug. 31, 2014

I was wondering if you have a list of the men serving on HMS Centaur around 1960/61/62?  I am trying to retrace my father's journey in the Royal Navy. Anything you have that you think may be helpful would be very much appreciated. My father's name is Roger George Beck.

Thank you,
Pam Steuerer
West Palm Beach, Florida


8.
Jan. 1, 2014

I was in the Royal Marines Band on board HMS Centaur when the tragic escape of super heated steam occurred in the engine room killing several of the crew down there. A space that was adjacent to the RM Band mess was used as a temporary mortuary and I remember how sad we all felt at the time at the loss of those men.

Laurie Loveless
Ex- Royal Marines Musician
RMB 3673


7.
Nov. 3, 2012

Researching ditching of westland wessex xp148of 815 sqn of Aden on16/4/1964 i have flying log fore this aircraft but any comments will ad to research

Regards,
Mick Braund


6.
Oct. 4, 2012

I was on H M S Centaur when she sailed in December 1963, we were only out of harbour a few miles and the Captain came on the tannoy, we knew there was some thing up, as you do not bring a ship out of refit without real trials, well we got trials. I was in the boiler room when they said that a cruise liner was on fire off north Africa and a sea way 1,000 miles long and 1 mile wide was cleared for us to get there as soon as possible. We eventually picked up 99 bodies and took them to Gib on Boxing day 1963, never forget that year. I had just got married. The ship, the SS Lakonia sank, that was the beginning of a very eventful couple of  years. Conflicts were never heard of in this country in those days.

I wouldn't change them for the world though, pure magic, except when you lost friends through illness or conflicts. Incidentally, I was the one that went aboard in 1963 straight down into the boiler room, it was the one where we lost some comrades in an accident in the boiler room, my brother not involved was a stoker like me, and I felt for the loss of the people. So made sure I would not be afraid to go into the boiler room when it was flashed up I guess I shouldn't have gone down the boiler room in my number ones though (best uniform). I got a rocket from the officer of the watch, however he spoke a few days later, 'you ok' I said yes sir and nothing was ever said again, not to me any way. I am an author but this is the truth.

ex LME Bryan Maloney
PK 978583


5.
May 20, 2012

I don't know if anyone can help me, I am looking for a seaman who served on HMS Centaur around the time of 1960-70 we think his name is Michael Olden/Alden, does anyone remember him or heard of him.

Thanks,
Karen Downs


4.
Nov. 27, 2011

I was an REM on the Centaur for the 29,000 mile Far East trip 1955-1956, which came back into Plymouth for another 5 degree angle on the flight deck.

Fred Ellis


3.
Oct. 24, 2009

I was on the first commission of HMS Centaur 1953-1955. I was in the Radio Electrical Branch & would like to contact any Radio or Electrical shipmates from this commission especially EM Dave (Buck) Taylor & REM Nick Carter.

Les Kirkden


2.
July 14, 2009 I was aboard Centaur the same time as "Harry"Grimshaw, I worked with him in the Main Galley, the Chief Cooks name was Bob Mathwin, If I remember rightly Harry had an accident and lost part of his finger. My name is Bert Newman (H.G.)  I was in the RN for 27 years came out in 1980 and immigrated to Australia (Brisbane) in 1981.

Yours Aye,
Bert


1.
Oct. 30, 2007I'm searching for people who knew Cook LSI B. Grimshaw (Brian) he was with the Centaur from Aug 1958 - Oct 1960. He was onboard when the Brisbane Centenary from the pictures was celebrated and you were given the key to the city. He is about to turn 70 and I want to surprise him with stories, pictures and contacts. Thank you.

Kind Regards,
Samantha Massey




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