others will testify I'm sure, the London reunion was a great
success, thanks largely and once again to the efforts and hard
work of Sue and John Spence. Sue reminded me this was the 10th
major reunion in UK, the first being at Lyndhurst in Hampshire
18 years ago.
to a number of coincidental factors, the reunion seemed to take
on a Nevasa theme. Hans-Peter Lemcke-Braselmann the owner of
Nevasa (3)'s bell was present, together with bell which he had
brought specially for the reunion from his home in Germany. And
Malcolm Paget brought a large inscribed brass plate from Nevasa's
engineroom. So, advantage was taken of the presence of these
two objects to have a Nevasa photo-call after dinner. I think
more than 50 people gathered for the photo - getting on for a
third of the 180 present.
summon everyone to dinner, seven bells were rung on the bell
by Ian Denholm and Doug Brodie as they were reckoned to
be the most senior Nevasa hands in attendance; they joined the
ship when new in 1956. David Kirchin was reckoned to be the most
junior hand (run voyage to Taiwan, 1975) and had his chance to
ring the bell after dinner.
was also a replay of a recording supposedly made by some officers
on board Nevasa during that scrapping voyage to Taiwan, when
the ship was allegedly attacked by pirates in or near Indonesian
waters. There seems to be some dispute about how or even whether
this attack actually happened! Undaunted, Tony Gray introduced
the recording with some amusing anecdotes from Nevasa's cruising
food and service at Runnymede Hotel was terrific and the lamb
curry, in particular, was superb. I hope one day we can return
to this most congenial location for another reunion.
was a great weekend on the riverbank at Runnymede, not in any
way dampened by the rain which eventually fell.....thank you Sue
and John - simply terrific.