In 1969, Geoffrey flew from Gatwick to Australia to participate in the 50th Anniversary
of the first flight from the UK to Australian by Australian brothers Ross and Keith
Smith in a Vickers Vimy December 1919.
Michael bought this collection of films along to the Portsmouth Reunion and I have
finally go around to editing and posting here. Sorry about the delay and thank you
Large - 160 MB
Smaller - 60 MB
Colin Steer and Trevor Pollitt met up with Patrick Toomey in July 2014 and he gave
these pictures for the web site.
This is an interesting story supplied by Geoffrey Dunster OW 1951-53 and relays his
memories of his first ship (Pinjarra) after leaving the Worcester in 1953. It will
bring back many similar memories for all who went to sea from the Worcester.
A PS from Geoffrey. I got to know the late Malcolm Borland (who left Worcester the
term before I joined) in later years and I discovered that not only did I take over
his old hammock on board Worcester - No 189 - but two years later I took over his
former bunk on the Pinjarra which - again - he had just left. Bit of a coincidence
I later moved sideways from a life at sea into the equally crackpot world of aviation
where I worked for nearly forty years...on my last day at work my very last flight
was into London (City) Airport - so my working life ended within yards of where it
had started - alongside King George V dock!
If any OW has a site or collection of Photos, or stories and such like, that he would
like to share with other OWs - then please contact me with the details and provide
a link. Colin 62-65
Geoffrey Dunster (OW 51-53) has supplied an interesting story on his visit to the
Fleet Review in 1953. I am sure some OWs remember that week and may even have been
there with Geoffrey. He has also added a short story about Uniforms. There is another
article in the Jan 2014 Dog Watch by Colin Steere on the Fleet Review and is available
from the AOW site Forum. Please see Extra 53 PDFs on left as well.
Extra PDFs not Geoffrey’s
Tony Maskell OW 49-51 has sent in his “readings” about Evans of the Broke who was one of our more famous OWs
I have put together a PDF of the material and added some pictures etc. An interesting read
Tony Maskell OW 49-51 did these 4 articles that he has had for some time.
World War 1
World War 2
Graham Elliot OW 1961
These two PDFs from Graham make for good reading.
The first (top) is his story - Worcester - going to sea and on to owning and running
a farm in Australia.
The second is Graham’s expansion on the first Worcester Captain’s (Capt Trivett’s)
passionate speech for his cadets, comparing life to an ocean voyage.
This is a PDF of Liberty Ships Anecdotes from OWs.
Mike Bartlett OW 55-57 wrote the original 7 anecdotes.
Trevor finished compiling this booklet in May 2015. He paid for the publication himself
and contacted the 45 Old Worcesters that had anecdotes to offer for the booklet.
It is a very interesting part of the history of the Worcester and I am pleased to
present it here for download with the agreement of his relatives. Trevor died in
May 2016 and there are a few copies of the booklet that are still available to buy.
Although I offer this for free download, I hope that people who like it, may want
to own a copy as it is unique. If anyone would like a copy of the booklet please
contact me and I will see what I can do. A contribution to the RNLI would be appreciated.
I feel sure Trevor would be happy with that, if he could express a wish about the
If you wish to obtain a copy, please contact by clicking the E - Mail symbol on the
right. You will receive an e-mail back.
Hover over picture to see list of Ows who contributed.
Tony Maskell OW 49-51 has put down his sea going career. It is split into 50s, 60s and 70s.
I have put together PDFs of the material and added some pictures etc.