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Events and Notices / Re: Jon Schueler Centenary
« Last post by Ziggins on January 24, 2017, 06:47:11 AM »
Amazing, I'm a big fan of Jon Schueler.
Events and Notices / Jon Schueler Centenary
« Last post by Heritage Centre on April 03, 2016, 11:53:27 AM »
This year marks the centenary of the birth of the artist Jon Schueler who drew his inspiration from the skies over the Sound of Sleat and the Heritage Centre is delighted to be hosting a special exhibition of his work, as part of a programme of events at venues all over Scotland. For more information visit
H.M.S. Curacoa / H.M.S Curacoa TV Programme
« Last post by Alys French on September 11, 2009, 08:14:34 AM »
By chance I recently saw that there was a programme on the History Channel, about the sinking of the Curacoa.( it was called Deep Sea Wrecks) this renewed my interest in this tragedy, my uncle Lt Norman Brittain RNVR was Officer of the Watch that day, and sadly was drowned, his body was subsequently washed up at Loch Ailort, on the west coast of Scotland. the local priest Father Bradle, managed to contact his family who lived in Wales at that time, they were from Dublin, Ireland. My father, (Norman's brother), went up to Loch Ailort, by train, and arranged for him to be buried on the shores of Loch Ailort. As children we used to go by boat, every summer to tidy up the grave, this involved slash hooks and flame thrower, as it was always buried under a mass of bracken, to us children, it was quite an adventure! We had no understanding of what it all meant, we were just told that he had died 'in the war', it was never discussed further than that.
It's just amazing how much information I have found out just by 'Googling' Curacoa! I have had some very interesting feedback, especially from the Anderson family, who have even visited Norman's grave. I would be very interested in hearing from any survivors who might have known my uncle.
H.M.S. Curacoa / Re: HMS Curacoa ; Crew Member: ch stoker A E Wall
« Last post by Iris Stuart on August 04, 2004, 12:27:18 PM »
Have you visited the graves at Ashaig on Skye? I am getting interested in the HMS Curacoa as we run a bed and breakfast house near Ashaig and one of our guests visited the graveyard there on behalf of his 90 year old mother, who's first husband (not my guest's father) went down on the Curacoa and was washed up near here. There were seventeen crew members. I have been very busy, but plan to visit the cemetary when I have time
H.M.S. Curacoa / Re: HMS Curacoa ; Crew Member: ch stoker A E Wall
« Last post by Patrick Anderson on September 01, 2003, 07:54:03 PM »
Ive checked the book Queen Mary and the Cruiser by David Thomas and Patrick Holmes ( 1997 by sword and Pen books Barnsley) and there is no one listed under the name of Nixon
H.M.S. Curacoa / Re: HMS Curacoa ; Crew Member: ch stoker A E Wall
« Last post by Glynn Villermin on August 28, 2003, 03:28:44 PM »
I was told as a boy an uncle of mine was killed in ww2 when the queen mary cut his ship in i looked into this it wasn't the uss william as i was told (we even have a picture of uss william) my question is -was melvon nixon on the hms curacoa -if he was, why?
H.M.S. Curacoa / HMS Curacoa ; Crew Member: ch stoker A E Wall
« Last post by Patrick Anderson on February 14, 2003, 07:29:09 PM »
Having researched the sinking of the CRUISER HMS CURACOA on2 Oct 1942 off Northern Ireland and the graves around Oban, Mallaig, Skye areas I checked the casualty list on the war graves index and found a casualty grave at KILCHOAN CEMETERY, GLENELG Inverness shire. I visited GLENELG near the Skye Ferry and found only Great War war graves but not the HMS Curacoa grave. Enquires with the residents too made no gain. I have now heard from the War Graves commission and KILCHOAN CEMETERY, GLENELG is in fact at INVERIE, ( just past Inverie and over a burn / bridge and the cemetery is there of CH STOKER ALBERT E WALL ,RN HMS CURACOA, 2 OCT 1942
H.M.S. Curacoa / Re: H.M.S. Curacoa crewlist
« Last post by Pamela Ward on April 13, 2007, 04:04:53 PM »
My father, Able Seaman Ernest Ward, served on HMS Curacoa and was one of the survivors. After 2 hours in the water he was picked up by a local fishing boat and taken to Derry. My sympathies go to all of you who lost relatives and loved ones.

I am a professional singer and have recently recorded a song about this incident called \"Sail On By\" for a new CD album. It is dedicated to all the memory of HMS Curacoa and all those who served on her. My way of trying to help ensure that the tragedy is not forgotten. If anyone connected with this incident would like a CD then please contact me and I will send one free of charge. My website is and e-mail
H.M.S. Curacoa / Re: H.M.S. Curacoa crewlist
« Last post by Terry Barker on March 08, 2004, 10:15:40 PM »
There is a book by David A Thomas,Patrick Holmes called 'Queen Mary and the Cruiser' The Curacoa Disaster. I believe there is a list of the crew in this book. I obtained the book through my local library and I have seen it for sale on the internet.
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