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Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:02 pm
Interesting to read of HMT Minnetonka. My grandfather, Walter Horace Banks (ex P & O) served with the Merchant Navy 1914-1920 aboard Minnetonka and Minnekahda as a store keeper ( I have written about him on this site before). He, as did many people then, collected postcards and his album reveals the places the Minnetonka docked. Many cards from Marseilles, Bizerta, a large collection for Salonica 1916, Port Said, Alexandria, Gibraltar, Naples and many from Malta. Also a few pages of postcards showing the 1908 Messina earthquake. He never talked about it much but this album is in a way, his record for me. Later on he was on the Minnekahda which has been easier to research with crew lists on Ancestry and other sites. The postcards then are mainly from Rouen, Avignon, Lyons, Le Havre and Paris and New York, some posted, most not. I am glad he kept them as it is not easy to find Merchant Navy service information for that time.
Posted 10 March 2014 - 05:11 pm
My Grandfather travelled on the Lake Manitoba (or Lake Manatobar as he refers to it in his diary) along with nearly 1500 others.
They left Marseille at 6-30am on Sunday 31 October 1915 and arrived in Salonica on November 9th after a scary journey at around 6knots.
They had assumed their destination to be Egypt but the ship changed course as they approached Alexandria and progressed to Salonica.
He paints a vivid picture of life on-board including lectures on the dangers of wine and women. He also mentions that one of the lectures was attended by the Colonel who warned them of the presence of submarines in the area and the possibility of their being sunk. He told them that the water was warm and their lifejackets would keep up for 24 hours. He reminded them to behave like British soldiers. The alternative being to be shot dead for cowardice.
Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:12 am
The Marquette was a New Zealand ship and because 10 nurses died from the sinking, there is quite a lot of information around. Try putting marquette and nz nurses in google. I think there's a book about it too.
For everyone else, here is my list of transports in the Mediterranean.
Clan McGillivray A15
Derfflinger (renamed Huntsgreen)
Ionian A1 ss
Itonus – s.s.
Kildonan Castle ss
Seang Bee ss
ss Seang Choon A31
Posted 15 May 2014 - 01:18 pm
Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:58 am
Currently reading 'History of the Surrey Yeomanry' "A" Squadron, attached to 27th Division, sailed from Marseille to Salonika in two parties on the 26th January 1916 aboard S.S. Port Lincoln and a 'South American cattel steamer' named Itaura.
Posted 20 July 2014 - 03:28 am
Does anyone know about the sinking of The Marquette? My Father was one of the survivors, but I have very limited information.
He was in the RHA, 29th Division.
The Marquette was torpedoed in the Aegean Sea at 9:15 am 23 October 1915 by the U-35, about 67 kilometres south of Salonica. Her troopship number was B13. On board were the No 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital. There were 36 nurses of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service, of whom ten were lost. Most of these nurses were from the South Island.
Survivors were picked up after 2pm by the French destroyers Tirailleur and Mortier and the British destroyer Lynn
The loss of the Marquette is covered in some detail in chapters 14, 15, 16 and 17 of "Anzac Girls" by Peter Rees, 2014 (paperback edition) Allen & Unwin.
Also published as "The Other Anzacs" in 2008.
This will be the basis of an Australian Broadcasting Corp series to be screened in Australia in August
See also Wikipedia which appears to be have some of the same information