Ben Hamilton (26-28)

Second oldest OP dies in Canada Ben Hamilton, Lt.Cmdr RCN (Retired), Master Mariner, died age 99 at Annapolis Royal Nursing Home in Nova Scotia, Canada, on January 6.   He was born in England in 1910. He completed his education at Pangbourne Nautical College, where he trained for the merchant service, and then served in the…

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PangbourneAfrica expedition prepares to depart

Three OPs plan to drive 30,000km to raise funds for charity David Keith-Welsh, Geoff Popple and Nicholas Vaudrey, who all left the NCP in 1962, together with two others, will begin a journey through Europe, the Middle East and Africa from the College parade ground at 12 noon on Sunday January 31st. The departure will be…

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More about ‘City of Adelaide’ campaign

Second OP involved in efforts to save the ship A letter from David Inglesby FRCS (67-71) to the OP Society has highlighted the efforts currently being made by the Sunderland City of Adelaide Recovery Foundation (SCARF) to preserve and restore this former Devitt & Moore sailing ship. David is vice-chair of SCARF and lives in Sunderland. He writes…

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Richard (Sam) Strachan (58-62)

December 31st, 2009, sees the end of my 48 years in shipping – 39 as a broker, mostly in Australia where I live. This is anticipated with an odd mixture of exultation and uncertainty. My immediate aim is an increased involvement in training and lecturing in which I have been involved informally for a while.…

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Anthony Hayes (51-55)

After a full 43-year career in Air Traffic Control which started in the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy, at sea in various aircraft carriers and subsequently with the Civil Aviation Authority, mostly as an Airways Radar Controller at the London Air Traffic Control Centre, Weswt Drayton, I retired some four years ago to Pewsey in…

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Roger Wilfred Morris (40-42)

Commander Roger W. Morris OBE died in 2008. Roger Morris left the NCP in 1942 and joined the Royal Navy as a rating aged 17.5 years. He served in the Mediterranean and Atlantic theatres during World War 11, including on the convoys to North Russia and the Normandy landings. Promoted to the officer corps in…

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Last Devitt & Moore ship under threat

‘City of Adelaide’ clipper ship threatened with demolition What is probably the last Devitt & Moore ship in existence, the clipper ship ‘City of Adelaide’ which carried free British settlers to Australia in the 19th century and returned to the UK carrying wool, has been threatened with demolition by the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) which…

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OPs v College (Girls’ Hockey)

First Hockey Match a success Girls OP Hockey has been in the balance for many years, however, this year we finally organised a date and played a match against the current 1st 11. We managed to drag along a few old faces, (leavers of 2005 through to 2009), of which a few probably hadn’t seen…

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OP Society reception for Olympic gold medal winner

The OP Society celebrated Andrew Simpson’s (90-95) gold medal at the Beijing Olympics at a reception on board HQS Wellington in London on November 30th.   More than 60 OPs and their guests were present at a reception on board HQS Wellington, moored alongside the Victoria Embankment in central London, on the evening of November 30th.…

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A.B. Brian Goord (25-27)

Commander Brian Goord (25-27) died on May 8, 2009, in Christchurch, New Zealand, just ten days before his 98th birthday. Brian Goord was born in London in 1911 and educated at the Nautical College. He then served in the New Zealand Shipping Company until 1935 when he joined the Royal Indian Navy having been selected whilst…

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