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Furness Bermuda Line: ships’ crew reunited

The crest of the Furness Bermuda Line,  as used on  the ships’ lifeboats.


Ocean Monarch joining Queen of Bermuda in Hamilton harbour, Bermuda c. 1965.                  Photograph: Judi Davidson

Photo: Allan Davidson.


Welcome to Furness Bermuda Line: ships’ crew reunited 

Edition no. 50,

Friday, 21 August 2015


You may have missed from the previous update:

1. In Memories 11, Anne Boulton Leading Stewardess Ocean Monarch, remembered by her son, Benny Goodman remembered by Ian Bray, and further names added to New Year’s Eve picture.  Click here

2. In Archives 12, stunning new photographs from Allan Davidson. Click here




Some of the material used may be copyright © Furness Group Archives and is reproduced here by kind permission of Sir Richard Alexander, Bt, Furness Group Consultant Archivist and Historian.   All other material is copyright © www.furnessbermudaline.com, unless otherwise stated.



Help for newcomers to the website,  Click here

In this update:

1. News of changes at the FBL Association and this website  -    see below.

2. In Memories 11, more names added to the late Jim Baston’s New Year’s Eve picture and we name the year.  Click here

3. In Archives 12, Stephen Card sends us a Furness Bermuda Line transparency found on eBay. Click here



Alva James (right), former assistant purser, webmaster and treasurer says, “After careful consideration, I have decided that it is time to move on from FBLA  -  I have plans to take some time off and pursue other interests.  It has been a wonderful time since  Peter Manley, Allen Soares, Bill Cox, Bob White and I formed the association and it seems highly appropriate to bow out now, on this, the 50th update of the website.”

“The website has received many wonderful contributions from former crew members, their relatives, passengers and Furness Staff, and it has been a joy to assemble them in a form suitable for publication.  The website has become, by their memories and archive material, a lasting record of that amazing time in our lives.”



G R A N D   R E U N I O N  16  -   N E W S

A Grand Reunion to mark the 50th Anniversary of the end of Furness Bermuda Line is to be held at the MSWMS, Gatwick, on Saturday 14 May 2016.                                 For latest details, click here

Job Vacancies

Peter Manley, Chairman of the FBL Association, would like to hear from anyone happy to take on the role of association treasurer/or webmaster.  The roles are voluntary and carry no remuneration.  The ideal person or persons would be a former Furness Bermuda crew member, but this is not essential.

In the first instance, please contact Peter Manley.  Click here


Alva James collection