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It was with deep regret that I heard today that our 1939 Vindi Boy Bill Gould from Queensland has "crossed the bar" recently. Bill always looked very "dapper" and smart which belied his age. I'm sure that Bill lived life to the full and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. On behalf of the Independent Vindicatrix of East Kent I would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family & friends on their sad loss at this time but he is now at peace. Bill was one of life's real gentlemen and will be missed by many. R.I.P. Bill.
Phil Hughes, (Secretary),
Independent Vindicatrix of East Kent.


Added: June 22, 2015
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Spoke to Brian Hunt this morning (23/05/2015) after seeing a spread in the local free (Sun) newspaper regarding the MN & Vindi Boys. Brilliant conversation.
I was a Vindi Boy (Deck) around 1960-1961 following a Seamanship & Navigation course at Kells Secondary Modern school in Whitehaven Cumberland which qualified me to jump a couple of ranks and kick-off as OS instead of Deck-boy which meant I had to stand my watch on the wheel of my first ship, a 4000 ton coastal freighter by the name of "Yewhill" registered in Leith, skipper's name Captain Sheekey.
Loved every minute of my association with the MN right up until I "jumped ship" in Sydney in November 1965, (Met a nice Aussie girl and married her 12 months later).
Who remembers the Boss's name at Vindi.... Captain Duguid (Do Good) :!thinking:


Added: May 23, 2015
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Was at the Vindi early months of 1960 (Bloody Freezing) but met some good lads down there had a few run ins with Popeye lol, Enjoyed every bit of my time at sea and wouldn't change it for the world,

Added: March 16, 2015
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Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year to all our readers, worldwide.
Not forgetting my Pal-Talk pals.
Best Wishes to all. John


Added: December 17, 2014
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How time flies when you are having fun. It's been an extraordinary year for both Margaret and myself but we survived.
From us, to all of you lads and ladies have a Very Merry Christmas and lets hope that next year will bring us all happiness, peace and good fellowship. We look forward to catching up with you all in June/July when we shall visit you.
Smooth sailing all.
Tony & Marg. Harben. :o :o


Added: December 13, 2014
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G'day to all of our Members and also to all of our friends, relatives and visitors who have a look around our web-page.

At this time of year as Secretary of the S.E.Qld Vindicatrix & MN Mariners Association Inc. I would like to wish everyone, no matter where you are, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY, HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR

:!party: :!party:


Added: December 5, 2014
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As the festive season approaches once again we in the Independent Vindicatrix of East Kent wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a happy & healthy New Year and may we all remember "absent friends" at this time.
Phil Hughes, (Secretary)
Independent Vindicatrix of East Kent.


Added: November 27, 2014
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Vindi 1960. Loved every minute of it. Did seventeen years at sea, some of it on the Oz and Kiwi coast. Good friends and happy times (mostly). Best wishes to your association and it's members and greetings to my good friend Evan Lewis who I believe is a member.

Added: November 27, 2014
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Dear Brian and Fellow Vindi Members..

Many thanks for your moving tribute to my beloved Ken at his funeral on October 16th 2014.

I couldn't have wished for a more sincere and wonderful Eulogy to the man I so loved for almost 40 years..

As you said Brian..He was a very private person..He lived for me and his family..We were 1st last and always with him..I miss him so much.GOD Bless all of you who came to honour my husband..I won't ever forget you..
Bernadette Hitchcock


Added: November 5, 2014
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It is with a very sad heart we announce that Ken Hitchcock a founder member "Crossed over the Bar " He battled the dreaded " C " with honour and fortitude. He will be sadly missed by not only his family but all association members. Rest in Peace Ken.

Added: October 11, 2014
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