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on 09/12/2007 at 15:42
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My First Day in command of the R M S “Queen of the Isles” and the problem of Cold Iron

By the end of 1969 I had spent 5 years with the Trinity House Steam Vessel Service and for most of the time I had been stationed at Penzance serving as Junior and then Senior 2nd Officer in the T. H. V “Stella“. It had been one the happiest times of my life involved in visiting lighthouses such as Godrevy, Longships Bishop Rock, Round Island, Eddystone and Wolf Rock to change the keepers and landing stores of fuel food and equipment. We also visited all the bays around Devon and Cornwall surveying wrecks marking shoals as well as supporting the crews on lightships such as the Seven Stones. Indeed I had also been involved in the wreck of the tanker Torrey Canyon and landed most of the survivors at Penzance.

Now as Christmas approached change was in the air, my promotion was due in the New Year to Chief Officer which would have probably been to a vessel based at Harwich in Essex . So I decided to start looking around for a new job as I did not want to leave my beloved Cornwall. I already held a Foreign Going Master’s certificate and I became aware that the smaller of the two ferries serving the Isles of Scilly from Penzance required a Captain. As the vessel was in Holmans dry dock at Penzance at the time I visited the Isles of Scilly Steamship Office and after an interview with Mr Henry Thomas the man....

Webmaster's reply : Excellent story, see Queen of the Isles 1 for the rest....
on 18/07/2007 at 21:39
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I was clearing out my mum's loft and came across a book that my Grandad used to make a cardboard model of "The Queen". So I found Myself googleing "The Queen".
My Dad was crew on her from Penzance to Scilly, which is how he met my mother, during her trips from her home on the islands to the mainland.
This website is a fantastic history. It's a sad end(?) (I share your optimism)! of a vessel much loved here in Penzance.
Well done and thank you!

Webmaster's reply : Nick, thanks for a great message, just what I hoped to achieve from the site! Any chance of getting some scans from the book you mention? Thanks!
on 16/06/2007 at 22:41
Jacob Blondahl (Winnipeg Mb, Canada)
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Hi there I was surfing for background on this ship to post with my photos on and found your site. very good job, hats off to you. Feel free to use my photos of her if you like. I just scanned them from somewhat faded color slides. view: and
on 06/03/2007 at 02:19
John (Coffs Harbour, Australia)
Score : 8/10

What was the outcome of some court case involving the boat's co- owners approaching an undercover detective with a serious request?
Was it fair dinkum or just a trumped up accusation? Or just newspaper sensationalism? The boat seemed to stop running the year afterwards. Where is she today?
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