Ken's Blue Blog
Musings on "the bleedin' obvious"; views on the meaning of life, or anything else that takes my fancy.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Merchant Navy Day 3 September 2018


Yesterday was Merchant Navy Day.

Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat, plenty of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted!

Above are two photos; one of my granddad (shown wounded foreground after his Royal Navy ship -  HMS Goliath - was shelled on 28 November 1914 off Dares-Salaam) who went on to serve in the Merchant Navy convoys in both wars, and my dad who served in the Merchant Navy convoys in the second world war then continued to serve in the Merchant Navy until the 1970's.

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