Records for merchant marine captains?

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Chris C, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Does anyone know what M.N.R.P. meant? Merchant Navy something something? I did get this a while back. I don't know why I didn't post it here. I think this is the flip side of his CRS 10.

    Sorry I would think more about those entries but it's time for bed. Looks like he was on some other ship between the Wanstead and the Ridean Park. Something ending in "gleton"?

  2. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Hi Chris,

    MNRP = Merchant Navy Reserve Pool.
    It is INGLETON.

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  3. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Yes my first ship went there in 1954. We cadets were taken off before that, not because of any concern for our welfare, just that our cabin was needed for the two Russian sea pilots. The British tanker Hopemount went much further than that in 1942/3; she eventually reached Tiksi 83N 134E. By the time she got back to Murmansk the crew were suffering from scurvy and must have been close to starvation.
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  4. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Roy, and Hugh, thanks, that is invaluable information!

    What was the Hopemount doing in Tiksi in 42?
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    She appears to be there for about 2 weeks

    Arnold Hague Ports database

    Archangel, Jul 29, 1942 Escorted Tiksi, Aug 31, 1942
    Tiksi, Sep 16, 1942 Independent Kara, Sep 26, 1942

  6. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    A little more about the Hopemount

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  7. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    I did a chartlet about it, but it is a BMP file and I can't seem to convert it
  8. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member


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  9. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Good lord!

    Thanks, Roy. I had no idea any British merchant ships went so far.
  10. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    I think that was the furthest one got in WW2, but some were lost further north.
  11. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher


    I was wondering if anyone could help interpret the tail end of my grandfather's card with me.

    Well first of all does anyone know what the "F or H" column is?

    And then there is the line about Gloucester City, which it looks like he signed on with 24.5.44. And then the next line doesn't list a ship and in the "Date and Place of Discharge" says "Handed from Wentworth Park". Is that how you'd interpret it?

    I'm trying to puzzle out that with Hugh's post #17 which indicates he was Master for the Wentworth Park, yet Wentworth Park doesn't actually seem to get a line here.

    I'm also trying to remember a story about my grandfather being saved by a cup of cocoa and stepping from one ship to another. But neither the Gloucester City nor Wentworth Park were hit by torpedo, so far as I know. I'm going to have to ask my mother if she remembers that.

    edit: my mum thinks it was in a case of two ships colliding, so it must have been the Severn Leigh in February 1940.
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  12. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    F = Foreign, H = Home Trade.

    I would also caution that the CRS10 does have mistakes and omissions - they were written up ashore by clerks.
    I have him on WENTWORTH PARK from at least November 1944 and various voyages into 1945.
    It says "landed from Wentworth Park"

    I suggest he joined her after GLOUCESTER CITY.
    Please see the attached and if you pass me your email address via private message I will send you on the details that may make things a little more clear.


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  13. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Thank you, Hugh!! I will be in touch.


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