In 1940 Ron joined the TSS Nestor, a coal-burning passenger liner, carrying evacuee children and their escorts to Australia. Later he was assigned to the Euryades on which, in 1941, he was involved in a hazardous rescue at sea. He gained his Master Mariner’s Certificate in 1942, subsequently serving on the Antenor, a troop ship bound for the Far East.
Ron then transferred to tankers, serving on the MV Cymbula, a key player in keeping Britain supplied with lubricating oils for aircraft, tanks and lorries during this crucial period of the War.
His seagoing career ended suddenly in 1944 when, whilst serving on the MV Amastra, Ron became unwell. This was a bitter blow that he was to meet with courage, fully determined to make a successful future for himself and his wife ashore.
In this informative and entertaining memoir Ron communicates his passion for all aspects of seamanship, giving details of the ships, their ports of call, crews and varied cargoes. He describes the perilous conditions encountered – such as the Liverpool Blitz, the U-boat menace and attacks at sea by enemy aircraft – but his story is also punctuated with plenty of amusing anecdotes.