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For ex-cadets, students & staff of the Warsash Maritime Academy, founded 1935 as The School of Navigation & the Warsash Superyacht Academy

Notice 2019/04 Mon. 12 Feb. 2019 - UK Social Event organiser; All Hands AH2019-1 (& more)


WA Social Secretary volunteer required

Message from the WA Chairman

Dear Members,

As you may already know we do not have a volunteer willing to take on in the UK the role of WA Social Secretary on a permanent basis which is very disappointing.  There are two social events to be organised this year – the WA AGM/Social Event in Southampton, 12th/13th September and the Christmas Lunch, 7th December probably in Portsmouth. A volunteer (s) is/are required to organise both events and once again I am calling for someone to step forward. The intention is always to work with a small team for each event and so the organiser will not be left on his/her own to do all the work.

Without wishing to be too dramatic, unless we are able to find an organiser (s), these social events will not take place. Please respond direct to me at:

Thank you. Roger Holt, WA Chairman

Send your All Hands articles to the new editor

Members were always highly supportive of me during my eight years of involvement with All Hands, especially the latter years as editor. I have every confidence our new editor Michael Frost (NA Branch) will receive the same enthusiastic support from members. To give Michael the best start possible please prepare and submit any stories about your time at sea, or indeed any maritime-related subject. In particular, if you sailed with or have a story about South America Saint Line, which is the shipping company being featured in AH2019-1, I know Michael will be keen to hear from you.

If you use the following Editor email address your email will automatically be forwarded to Michael's private address and for the time being, also to me.

Here is a list of topics which might trigger some ideas in your mind.
  1. Your time at Warsash;
  2. WMA Officer Cadet training today;
  3. Service at sea as an Officer Cadet, junior or senior officer;
  4. Working ashore anywhere in the world;
  5. Specialisations - navigation, engineering, electronic, superyacht, oil-rig drilling & supply, stevedoring, ship management, ferries, tugs, ship-broking, maritime legal, hydrography, ship architecture, ship-building, yachting;
  6. Shipping incidents, accidents & disasters, fire at sea, rescues etc.;
  7. Humorous incidents, maritime-related cartoons;
  8. Unusual cargoes, cargo-planning, loading/ discharging;
  9. Maritime industry current and future developments e.g. ship designs, propulsion/engineering, navigation, automation;
  10. Group article from individuals who work/ worked together e.g. for a company or in a specific country.
Submitting content as early as possible and by mid-March at the latest will be a great help to Michael, bearing in mind AH2019-1 will be published in April.

Recruiting WA Members

Total membership has remained more or less static at 525 during 2018 although sadly several of our older members have crossed the bar. Partly this is because we have managed to recruit via the Warsash Association’s Facebook Group at (217 members, only those vetted and allowed to join can post to the closed Group) and also a few current WMA cadets who are given free membership.

If you are in touch with or have any useful clues to pass on as to how any potential new members can be contacted please do let us know so these can be followed up. To do so email myself via and if the person lives in the UK or Europe also David Dearsley via  Nevertheless if you are in contact with any potential new members I would encourage you to discuss membership with them and provide a recent copy of an All Hands journal as that always is the best  way to achieve success. The easiest and quickest way for anyone to apply of course is via our website where there is this link Membership application in the top right-hand corner of the Home page.

Blue Star Line Reunion in Australia – Alan Knott (KnottA59)

In March ex-employees from Blue Star Line (sea-going, deck and engineering, and shore-side) are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, in order to renew acquaintances, chew the fat and no doubt share a glass or two of beverage. So far, whilst still seven months out from the date, we have 85 firm indications from attendees including six from the UK and eight from  NZ. We are also hoping that Robin Vestey will be able to be with us as well. The reunion is to be held at the Crowne Plaza (not the Crown Casino) on 1 – 3 March 2019.
If interested in attending please contact Alan Knott  at for further details. All are welcome.

Maintaining your own personal details on the website

Please remember to keep your own personal website Profile details up to date (instructions on the website in the Forum via this link at Member’s Profile). I will always help anyone in difficulty. Your co-operation in this matters will be much appreciated as it will reduce the voluntary time I spend supporting the website.

The website error log frequently lists failed attempts by members to login due to a lost or forgotten Username and/ or password which must be very frustrating. The website Forum contains several guidelines here >> Login(out), password change. Please remember or keep login details in a safe place and contact me if in difficulty with an explanation and evidence so I can help you. Nowadays there are extension programs and apps used from within your browser which securely store login details to automatically open a website and log you in. If you visit LastPass you’ll see typically how they work but there are several similar products you could use.

Kind regards, Chris Clarke (1959)