What’s On

Friday 1st October – Coffee Morning

Dock Cottage – 1000hrs to 1200hrs

If the weather is cold or wet it will be held indoors


Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th October – Docks Heritage Weekend

Underfall Yard – 1000hrs -1600hrs

Volunteers needed for our stall at Underfall and to enable the cottage to be open for the same hours

Friday 5th November – Coffee Morning

Dock Cottage – 1000hrs to 1200hrs

Wednesday 10th November – Branch Meeting

RBL Whitchurch – 1200hrs for 1230hrs

Friday 3rd December – Coffee Morning

Dock Cottage – 1000hrs to 1200hrs

Wednesday 8th December – Branch Meeting

RBL Whitchurch, 1200hrs for 1230hrs with a free Christmas buffet

1 thought on “What’s On”

  1. Hi Rob,
    There were several ways a person could obtain a merchant seaman’s book and number. most youngsters went to sea schools at Gravesend or the Vindicatrix training ship at Sharpness, but you could also obtain a book by serving 6 Months on the tugs, or 12 Months on the barges. Other people came in via the paddlers or the fishing fleets. Portishead nautical training school was mainly for youngsters who had fallen foul of the law at an early age, and it was a way of starting a new life at sea and in many cases was very successful.
    If you are in possession of your fathers seaman’s book there should be loads of information in there about his time at sea. There is also the records department at Kew Gardens ,
    Best of luck with your further research. I will ask at our next Branch meeting if the name rings a bell with anyone.

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