Shipping notes No. 175 (October).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since the Deo Gloria in June.

Appledore.

No news since that last reported (27th September).

Bristol Channel Observations.

2/10 at 12.59 cargo vessel Eastern Vanquish, 3,577 tons d.w., owners Eastern Shipping Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 08.05 8th having sailed at 01.15). At 14.55 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 0946. At 15.44 cargo vessel Arklow Rainbow, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipiing Ltd Eire, inward bound for Sharpness.

4/10 at 09.03 cargo vessel John Friedrich K, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Rufina Beheer B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 00.45.

5/10 at 07.40 tanker Stolt Osprey, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Sea 142 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 08.00 cargo vessel Calobra, 3,846 tons d.w., owners Lappan Shipping and Trading GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 23.56 4th. At 08.08 project vessel BBC Magellan, 6,266 tons d.w., owners Balje Briese Schiffahts Germany, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 08.25 cargo vessel Leonie, 3,638 tons d.w., owners Dam BHM Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.15. At 12.40 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.02 vehicle carrier Hercules Leader, 23,252 tons d.w., owners Agnes Navigation Co Ltd Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.18. At 14.50 cargo vessel Amisia, 6,059 tons d.w., owners Smisia Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 07.31 7th having sailed at 01.18). At 16.03 cargo vessel Adnan N, 7,988 tons d.w.. owners Menas Trading Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

6/10 at 08.53 cargo vessel Scot Pioneer, 3,658 tons d.w., owners Scotline Ltd U.K., inward bound for Newport. At 16.54 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.38. At 18.07 bulk carrier Hoyanger, 50,194 tons d.w., owners Asl H Class Shipping Pte Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.23.

8/10 at 16.23 project vessel Mobile Express, 11,630 tons d.w., owners Visemar SRL Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.05.

11/10 at 07.15 cargo vessel Kate C, 6,250 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd Cowes Isle of Wight, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 19.59 10th.

12/10 at 15.58 tanker Stolt Osprey, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Sea 142 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

13.10 at 12.10 cargo vessel Lauwersborg, 7,350 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 12.40 fruit juice tanker Orange Ocean, 22,300 tons d.w., owners Atlantaship S.A. Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.35 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Q-Shipping B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

19/10 at 08.10 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.18 container vessel Kristin Schepers, 9,460 tons d.w., owners HS Schiffahts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 22.57 18th. At 11.20 cargo vessel Rig, 3,200 tons d.w., owners Rig Shipping Ltd Latvia, having sailed from Newport at 19.36 16th. (I think she was previously in Blue Anchor Bay, maybe for repairs). At 12.39 cargo ship Spanco Loyalty, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Spanaco One Ltd Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.22 vehicle carrier Swan Ace, 18,869 tons d.w., owners Snowcape Car Carriers SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 13.30 20th outward bound from Portbury, have sailed at 08.45).

20/10 at 07.41 cargo vessel Sunmi, 4,148 tons d.w., owners Misje Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 23.19 19th. At 13.51 vehicle carrier Monza, 12,303 tons d.w., owners Monza |G|MBH & Co KG Germany inward bound for Portbury

22.10 at 07.56 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,998 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping 636 Ltd Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.49. At 08.30 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,254 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.13 cargo vessel Amber Trader, 5,727 tons d.w., owners Canober Management Ltd Estonia, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 14.15. At 17.20 cargo vessel AST Malta, 5001 tons d.w., owners Ast Shipping Ltd Malta, inward bound for Avonmouth

23/10 at 07.37 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.15 vehicle carrier Opel Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Payton Maritima SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.39. At 11.33 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

27/10 at 11.32 container vessel Kristin Scheper, 9,460 tons d.w., owners HS Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, outward bound from |Avonmouth having sailed at 07.53. At 11.50 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.43 bulk carrier Delicata, 57,441 tons d.w., owners Pos Maritime Fa Sa South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

28/10 at 15.40 tanker Mersey Spirit, 2,366 tons d.w., owners Tamlyn Shipping Ltd Liverpool, inward bound for Avonmouth.

29/10 at 10.36 vehicle carrier Hoegh Trident, 21,423 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

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Plans for new Burrows Centre take shape.

At the recent Community and Resources committee meeting on Monday 14th October Members were updated on the latest developments in plans to deliver the exciting new Visitor Centre for Northam Burrows. The new facility will be the focal point of the Country Park which covers 258 hectares lying within a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Unesco Biosphere Reserve and designated SSSI (site of special scientific interest).

The project, which has already received £1.2M of Coastal Communities funding towards its delivery, is being designed to create a new interpretation centre and activity hub for nature based tourism – tourism based on viewing and experiencing the natural environment. Amongst the many improved facilities the building will accommodate permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, a café, flexible community spaces, and business support for local firms and new tourism start-ups.

The update included the announcement that WSP have been appointed for the centre’s structural, mechanical and engineering elements. Their input has resulted in new methodologies being considered for the building including Nudura building sections, which when slotted together are filled with concrete. This makes the build process quicker but also improves energy efficiency. Changes have also been made to the floor space to accommodate a small aquarium area with further enhancements to the exhibition areas.

Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin (Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure) said: “This is a really exciting project which will create a centre of excellence for environmental education within one of our most important environments. I especially like the ambition of making more of our environment and developing tourism in the area in a sustainable way. The additional facilities and café will also be a real asset to the area and a great improvement on what is currently available.”

The current building is due to be demolished early next year with plans to inaugurate the new building in 2021. The project has also received widespread support from businesses and business organisations, as well as educational establishments. Research suggests over 180 businesses will be supported by the centre, and will create around 90 new jobs including 12 within the centre itself.

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Environment charity establishes new permanent home in Hartland.

National Environmental Charity Establishes New Permanent Home in Hartland thanks to LEADER 5 Grant funding.

The Resurgence Trust is a UK-based educational charity at the forefront of a movement for change. The Resurgence Trust informs the environmental debate, inspires a culture of optimism and guides us towards positive solutions to the global challenges we now face.

A bid by the Charity for LEADER5* European grant funding through North Devon+ has resulted in a substantial grant towards transforming the Chapel at the old Hartland Small School into an education, environmental, and arts centre. The centre has become the focal point for learning and activities promoting the environment, raising awareness of ecological issues and promoting sustainability in order to reach audiences locally, regionally and nationally.

The Trust has opened the centre for community use by working with local groups and businesses to develop a programme of activities and events that meet the needs of residents and provides a focal point for learning and shared values. These community activities operate alongside the Resurgence Trust learning programmes and events, complimenting and widening the range of rural services available in the local area.

Mark Gough, the Resurgent Trust’s Finance Manager, said: “The Chapel is an important historical community building and this exciting project will secure the future of the Chapel for the benefit of the community for years to come. The Resurgence Trust is deeply rooted in the Hartland community and wants to not only support the local economy – we aim to hold local national and international events in Hartland – but also help to improve its resilience and access to rural services.”

Councillor Anna Dart, Leader of Torridge District Council, said: “When the Small School closed in 2017 the Hartland community lost an important community space. I am really pleased that The Resurgence Trust, with support from North Devon+, has been able to provide a new centre for both the benefit of the local community and their own learning programmes. The Trust is a national charity that promotes sustainability, social justice and ethical living – they are a positive asset for Torridge and it is great to see them consolidate their roots in our District.”

Louise Adam, Programme Delivery Manager for the grant application, said: “This grant was not just to enable the refurbishment of an historical building; it was about creating an ecologically sustainable and fully accessible learning centre. In addition to the disabled access and toilets, the features incorporated into the design of the new facility such as the rainwater harvest system and eco friendly insulation has resulted in a carbon negative solution. The Resurgence Trust really does practise what they preach!”

*LEADER is the Local Action part of the Rural Development Programme for England. It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Plans to bring Globe Hotel, Torrington, into community use.

Torridge District Council, Great Torrington Town Council, The Plough Arts Centre and Petroc are delighted that the Architectural Heritage Fund has provided a £15,000 grant to support feasibility work in November and December into how The Globe hotel in Great Torrington can be brought back to life.

The hotel has stood vacant for over three years and the initial ideas behind the project will be to issue community shares to bring The Globe into community ownership. Petroc College are keen to run degree-level courses in Hospitality and Tourism through The Globe, creating the first ever degree-level offer in Torridge. The space would also provide exciting growth opportunities for The Plough Arts Centre, expanding on their many current activities and meaning that more people across the local community and from further afield can benefit from their work. However, part of the goal of the feasibility study will be to explore other uses and ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for the site.

The anticipation is that a re-opening of The Globe will stimulate increased footfall in the town, and halt the decline in the number of occupied shops. The facility will also have a positive impact on what is on offer at night in the town. The goal is to achieve a balanced community use of the site that will ensure that it can have a lasting impact.

Torridge District Councillor and Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin, said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for Great Torrington! The Globe Hotel is at the heart of the town centre, it’s a wonderful building and has so much potential; it should and could be the beating heart of the town and community. It has now been inactive for over three years, causing a significant negative economic and mind-set impact on the town, surrounding businesses and the community. Our ambition is to see The Globe thriving and enhancing the town and also driving improvements in the tourism offer, hospitality provision and educational opportunities across northern Devon.”

As part of the feasibility work Torridge Council and the rest of the project team will be trying to get out and speak to as many people as possible as community involvement in the project will be vital to its success. Anyone wishing to get in touch ahead of this work is invited to contact Chris Fuller, the Economic Development Officer at Torridge District Council, on Chris.fuller@torridge.gov.uk .

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Shipping notes No. 174 (September).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpius ’98, Lamego ’13); built 1994; flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Polish & Ukrainian; from Brombrogh Wall (Mersey) to Castellon; arrived 26/9, sailed 27/9; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

Throughout Friday 27/9 on Radio Devon, reports of a ‘summit meeting’ called by the North Devon MP G. Cox at 10, Downing Street. Reports that new owners have been found, and there is hope that reopening of the yard could happen before Christmas. (My own opinion is that Babcocks may be involved, having secured the contract to build the Type 31 frigates. This could bring heartbreak to some of the labour force who were previously made redundant by Babcocks).

British Channel Observations.

1/9 at 11.12 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners White Bear Maritime ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 23/9 at 13.21 outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.01).

3/9 at 13.46 vehicle carrier Oberon, 30,134 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.05 container vessel Endeavour, 9,167 tons d.w., owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.27. At 20.05 cargo vessel Arklow Valour, 5,159 tons d.w., owners Avoca Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 13.35.

5/9 at 18.34 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,817 tons d.w., owners Unisea Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 12.17. At 18.44 vehicle carrier Taipan, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound 19.33 6/9 having sailed at 15.20).

6/9 at 19.37 cargo vessel Bramau, 3,704 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 11.58.

7/9 at 06.36 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.06. At 07.30 cargo vessel Hav Zander, 2,999 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 15.10 cargo vessel Wilson Brest, 3,000 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport.

8/9 at 07.13 vehicle carrier Ruby Ace, 18,724 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.25 cargo vessel Ambra, 18,510 tons d.w., owners MGD Shipping SPA Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.00 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries U.K. Ltd , inward bound for Portbury. At 19.17 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10/9 at 12.20 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aries Del Mar Compania SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.42.

12/9 at 13.10 vehicle carrier Fidelio, 30,017 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.05.

13/9 at 11.25 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.55 bulk carrier Aasli, 6,630 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.35 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Unisea Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 16.50 cargo vessel Arklow Dusk, 11,000 tons d.w., owners Kilbride Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Portbury.

14/9 at 16.25 cargo vessel Ulrika G, 4,419 tons d.w., owners Kaptain Josef Gerdes Schiffahts & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.43.

15/9 at 10.23 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.05. At 10.37 chemical tanker Gioconda, 7,746 tons d.w., owners Gioconda Tanker GMBH & Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 06.20. At 13.45 cargo vessel Arklow Valour, 5,159 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea . At 14.43 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.55 16th outward bound having sailed at 10.47).

19/9 at 13.55 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,998 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd Cowes Isle of Wight, inward bound for Sharpness. At 19.30 cargo vessel Arklow Dusk, 11,000 tons d.w., owners Kilbride Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.05.

21/9 at 11.17 bulk carrier Agria, 56,805 tons d.w., owners Palomino Trading Co Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.25 vehicle carrier Rhea Leader, 21,425 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 22/9 at 19.26 outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 14.55). At 15.40 tanker Stolt Seagull, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Stolt Seagull BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 12.04. At 17.33 tanker Oratuulia, 6,089 tons d.w., owners Tuulia Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

22/9 at 07.20 cargo vessel Nuri Sonay, 14,887 tons d.w., owners Ilkay Shipping AS Turkey, inward bound for Swansea . At 15.28 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 16.40 cargo vessel Hav Grouper, 3,053 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

25/9 at 19.40 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.28.

28/9 at 11.25 tanker Polar Unicorn, 73,956 tons d.w., owners Polar Unicorn Shipping LLC Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.47.

29/9 at 12.44 vehicle carrier Sirius Highway, 20,419 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.30.

I’m sorry to report that the proposed visit to Ilfracombe on 24/9 by the cruise ship Rotterdam failed again due to the weather conditions, and she diverted to Liverpool for her passengers to enjoy a visit to Merseyside.

Regards,

Norman.

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Abbotsham – an historical note.

If you have been watching the last series of ‘Poldark’ you will know that the final episodes dealt with the threat of invasion in the West Country by the French. This threat was temporarily resolved by the Peace of Amiens in March 1802, but by May of 1803 the war was back on and the threat of invasion with it.

This threat was perceived very seriously in the area around Bideford, as can be seen from two documents in the North Devon Record office that relate to the parish of Abbotsham. These are what in today’s parlance might be called a ‘contingency plan’.

The first document, dated 4th December 1803, is The minutes of the resolutions entered into at a meeting of the inhabitants of Abbotsham’. There were six numbered resolutions setting out where parishioners were to meet and place themselves under the direction of named persons, where they should take their stock, that various carts were appointed for the removal of sick and infirm people and that the overseers of the poor would supply 6 bushels of meal at parish expense to Mrs Stone to make 4 loaves of bread for each of the poor. The Overseers of the Poor were also to supply materials to enable the livestock to be marked and they even specified how and where such markings we to be placed.

The document then sets out who would conduct and drive the stock along one of two specified routes – one to Dartmoor and the other to Somerton, distances of about 40 miles and 80 miles. They weren’t taking any chances!

The second document details the owners of the stock that was to be moved plus the names of the old and decrepit persons and whose cart they should travel on. There followed details of the routes to be used, with some alterations written in pencil, showing slight differences to those of the first document, which must be the later version.

This shows some forward thinking by the leaders of the parish, although one can’t help wondering how much notice of invasion they would need to put this plan into action.

David Snow.

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Shipping notes No. 173 (August).

In port – BidefordQuay.

Theseus – (ex- Wilson Dundee); built 2009; flag Antigua & Barbuda: owners German; crew Russian & Ukranian; from Liverpool to Castellon; arrived 27/8, sailed 30/8; loaded 2,850 tons ball clay.

Appledore.

No news regarding reopening ship yard since last edition.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/8 at 12.50 chemical tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Auk BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 06.47. At 12.55 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore, 12,250 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

2/8 at at 0823 vehicle carrier Antares Leader, 18,646 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaiha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

3/8 at 0735 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.52 cargo vessel Lady Ariana, 3,700 tons, owners Wijnne and Barends Cargoadoor-en-Agentuurkkantoren BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.30 cargo vessel Conger, 5,407 tons d.w., owners Conger GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 17.10 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halton Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 09.21.

4/8 at approx 12.15 my nephew Martin Humphreys saw the vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.27.

5/8 at 13.15 vehicle carrier Cygnus Leader, 20,180 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaiha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen at 14.13 6th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 09.04). At 14.00 chemical tanker Stolt Shearwater, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Stolt Shearwater BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 09.16.

6/8 at 08.25 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.15 cargo vessel Muhlenau, 3,670 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 08.10 3rd.

7/8 at 15.51 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

8/8 08.03 container vessel Encounter, 9,335 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.29.

10/8 at 18.58 vehicle carrier Auto Sun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

11/8 at 07.29 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,504 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 10.32 12th, having sailed from Portbury at 06.22.

12/8 at 07.48 bulk carrier Aashiem, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelson Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 10.30 vehicle carrier Durban Highway, 18,806 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.36 vehicle carrier Grand Pova, 18,376 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K.) Co Ltd Hong Kong China, inward bound for Portbury.

15/8 at 07.10 cargo vessel Tejo Alges, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Tejo Shipping Line Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.05 cargo vessel RMS Saimaa, 2,634 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.20 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries U.K. Ltd, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.54 vehicle carrier Horizon Leader, 20,434 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

17/8 at 07.50 cargo vessel Cathy Jo, 6,000 tons d.w., owners Seaburn Shipping N.v. Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.17 chemical tanker Stolt Shearwater, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Stolt Shearwater B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 08.12.

18/8 at 10.20 cargo vessel Frakt Vik, 4,550 tons d.w., owners Austrheim Frakt Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 18.45 23rd having sailed from Sharpness at 12.01). At 20.15 cargo vessel Komet, 11,4752 toms d.w., owners Komet Henry Gerdau K.G Germany, inward bound for Newport.

19/8 at 15.25 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.55 bulk carrier Aashiem, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Tor, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.10 vehicle carrier Thalatta, 23,500 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

20/8 at 12.40 bulk carrier Aasnes, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelson Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 10.06.

21/8 at 08.07 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

23/8 at 13.25 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.05 vehicle carrier Tortugas, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.15.

24/8 at 07.44 vehicle carrier Elegant Ace, 18,333 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carriers Express Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.22. At 08.10 cargo vessel Bonay, 1,891 tons d.w., owners Courland Shipping Sia Latvia, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.21. At 12.55 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,225 tons d.w., owners Northern Coasters Market Rasen, inward bound for Avonmouth.

25/8 at 14.12 cargo vessel Geert K, 4,000 tons d.w., owners Rutunia Beheer BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

26/8 at at 07.50 chemical tanker Stolt Shearwater, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Stolt Shearwater BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 08.20 cargo vessel Wilson Nanjing, 8,333 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.52.

28/9 at 21.40 vehicle carrier Dionysus Leader, 21,438 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

29/8 at 18.12 cargo vessel Suna, 4,143 tons d.w., owners Suna Shipping Ltd Ukraine, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 18.30 cargo vessel Oder, 6,050 tons d.w., owners Roland ship Administration Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

31/8 at 12.53 cargo vessel Arklow Valour, 5,159 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.06 vehicle carrier Pisces Leader, 18,781 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

The proposed visit by the Holland America Cruise ship Rotterdam on the 9th August was cancelled due to expected bad weather. She is due to make a visit on the 24th September.

Regards,

Norman.

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Heroine of India honoured with statue in Torrington.

A bronze statue of Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) was unveiled by Great Torrington Town and Torridge District Councillors in Great Torrington Cemetery on Saturday 27th August . Sister Nivedita, who was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble, spent much of her life in India where she is revered as an educationalist and campaigner for India’s freedom movement. Her involvement with India came about after a meeting with Swami Vivekananda in London in 1895 after which she travelled to Calcutta. She was given the name Nivedita meaning “dedicated to god” and opened a girls school in 1898. Her intention was to educate girls who were at the time deprived of even the most basic education. She is also noted for nursing the poor during the plague epidemic in Calcutta in 1899 as well as having a close association with the Ramakrishna Mission until later when she made an active contribution in the field of Indian Nationalism.

She died in Darjeeling in 1911 and following her cremation her ashes were returned to Great Torrington where they were interred in the family grave. The statue and plinth were commissioned and paid for by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms Mamata Banerjee to commemorate the 150th anniversary of her birth on July 4th and also in commemoration of her life which she dedicated to India. Torridge District Council provided the plot on which the bronze statue has been sited as a permanent memorial. It is the first statue of Sister Nivedita to be erected outside of India and was unveiled jointly by Deputy Mayor of Torrington Doug Smith and Torridge and Great Torrington Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin who is also lead member for Community, Culture and Leisure at Torridge District Council.

TDC Lead member for Community, Culture and Leisure – Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin said – “I must admit that I was largely unaware of Sister Nivedita’s family connection to the Great Torrington area or of the fascinating and selfless work she devoted herself to in India. Clearly she was a remarkable woman at a time when people (and women in particular) were not given the opportunities that they have today. This makes her achievements even more significant, and I hope that the statue will act as an inspiration to those who see it and bring about a greater recognition of her life which was dedicated to helping those who were less fortunate.”

Mayor of Great Torrington – Councillor Keeley Allin said: “The information in relation to Sister Nivedita’s incredible achievements in India and her connection to Great Torrington have been a revelation to many over these past few months. It is clear that amongst other things, this lady’s life had a major impact in empowering young women in India through the provision of education and learning. It is a privilege to host the statue of remembrance and recognition in our town’s cemetery and hope that many people, young and old, will visit and be inspired by the life and achievements of Sister Nivedita.”

Swami Sarvasthananda said: “We are delighted to be part of unveiling ceremony of Sister Nivedita, also known as Margaret Noble, who gave her all to India at the behest of her spiritual master Swami Vivekananda. She was inspired by his message of Service of God in man and contributed a lot in several fields for the uplift of the Indian masses including that of women’s education. It is a great privilege for the monks and devotees of the Ramakrishna Mission to honour her contribution by installing a bronze statue in Torrington kindly made possible by the help received from the government of West Bengal, India. Our sincere thanks to Torridge District Council for their unconditional help and support.”

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One hundred years ago – May 1919.

Echoes of the war are still evident in some areas of life.

R Blackmore & Sons Auctioneers, of New Road, Bideford, have been instructed to sell agricultural items which are surplus to the requirements of the North Devon Agricultural Committee. These range from tractors and threshing machines to straw trussers and binder twine. Readers are assured that these items are by the best makers and most of them are practically new.

By order of the local Food Committee, milk prices for May have been fixed at 6d per quart delivered, 5d sold at the retailer’s premises. Imported meat will be 2d per pound less than the price stated on the list exhibited in the shop.

Soldiers attached to the Agricultural Corps will not now be moved to join the Army of Occupation until after May 15th, as it was felt that their removal at such a busy time would harm food production.

Mr F A Searle, Honorary Treasurer of Bideford Town Council, has been thanked for his services in connection with the Belgian refugees. Some 200 refugees have been maintained by the town since their arrival in February 1915, the last having now been repatriated.

Germany was to lose 13 percent of its territory and 10 percent of its population. … Pressured by the Allies and thrown into confusion by crisis within the Weimar government at home, the Germans gave in and accepted the terms at 5:40 p.m. on May 23. The Versailles Treaty was signed on June 28, 1919

In other news:

Mr W J Barnes, Clerk to Northam Council, has written to the police calling attention to the excessive speed and dangerous driving of motor cars and motor cycles on the Bideford to Northam Road.

Pebbles are to be raked off the Westward Ho! Coastal path and notices erected prohibiting cycling.

A field at Northam belonging to Mr Penhorwood and occupied by Mr Griffey has been acquired for allotments, as has the field at Westward Ho! opposite Springfield belonging to Mr W S Bourne and occupied by Mr H Braddick.

A hive of bees swarmed in Abbotsham Road on 19th May, believed to be the first of the summer season. The 17th century proverb supports this “a swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly”

Mr Perkins, The Quay, Bideford, agent for the Combe Martin Jam & Preserve Company, will purchase any quantity of fruits, including strawberries, red currants, gooseberries and plums.

And finally:

Bideford Town Crier’s latest call on Friday was “Lost! Bideford Town Water Cart, last seen in the council yard. Anyone returning same to Mill Street in working order will be rewarded with thanks.” The Gazette reports that the much needed rain came on Saturday

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk.

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One hundred years ago – March 1919.

Property for sale:

At an auction held at the New Inn, Messrs Dymond & Son sold Swiss Cottage, Northam, which was knocked down to Mr A Chamberlain for £925; 3 pasture fields [2 adjacent Bloody Corner and 1 at White Horse Lane, Northam] to Mr E Withecombe for £730; 2 fields adjacent Diddywell Rd. to John Steer £500; 3 fields of 9 acres opposite Richmond House, Appledore, to Mr H M Bazeley at an undisclosed price; 2 acre field near Lookout Appledore to George Cork £300. A 6 acre field adjacent to Swiss Cottage was withdrawn at £800 by Messrs Hole Seldon & Ward Solicitors. Messrs R Blackmore have the Castle Inn No. 20 Allhalland Street, Bideford for sale. It is suggested that it can be used as a boarding house. Forrest Hill, the residence plus 10¾ acres is also offered for sale. Offered for sale from Messrs A W Cock is Higher Shute at Littleham in one lot and a field of land which is part of Stanbury Estate, Raleigh, Northam.

Upwards of 40 hands are now employed in the preparation of the new shipyard at Higher Cleave Houses, Bideford.

R Blackmore & Son has received instructions to sell by auction a Ford Touring Car. It has one spare and interchangeable wheel, new cylinders and practically a new hood. The Sale will follow on after the sale of 50 Army horses.

This month sees the Gazette filled with transport related adverts –

Lorries, cars and motorcycles are becoming available to purchase and businesses that were curtailed through staff being conscripted are trying to re-establish themselves.

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – March.

 

 

Finnish Herring Pie – baked herring with tomatoes.

Ingredients.

4 /6 herrings.

2 large onions.

oil/ butter.

1-2 ½ lbs of potatoes (6-med/large potatoes).

S &P.

½pt. milk.

 

Method.

Scale and bone the herring and clean by removing the roes and washing inside.

Soak in salted water for several hours before using. Slice up the drained herring fillet.

Fry the onions lightly in the oil until golden.

Grease a fireproof dish with butter.

Put in a layer of sliced potatoes -followed by a layer of sliced onions and sliced tomatoes and slices of herring fillets.

Season well with salt and pepper.

Top with the remaining sliced potatoes and pour over the milk.

Cook in the centre of the oven for 90 mins at Gas Mark 4-180C.

Serve with extra green vegetables or with crusty bread for supper.

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One hundred years ago – January 1919.

At the beginning of January it was announced by the Food Controller, Mr Clynes, that no more ration books will be printed. The current issue will expire on April 19th. Margarine will be the first rationed food to be “de-rationed” and butter probably the last to regain its freedom. The meat situation is already improving thanks to deliveries from Argentina and it is hoped that the sugar supply will improve next month.

Later in January it was stated that there might still be some food rationing after April but that it would be much less restrictive.

Heavy rains have reduced farm land to a sodden condition and almost all work has been at a standstill. The autumn sown wheat, oats and beans look promising, but straw is very scarce at present.

Bideford Chamber of Trade has received a letter from the Paper Controller expressing thanks for the large quantity of waste paper collected by the local community.

Mr T Williams, carrier, of Hartland advertises that he now runs a service to Bideford on Thursdays as well as on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Two lambs were born at Norton Farm on January 8th, believed to be the first of the year.

Bideford Rural Council hopes to obtain a portion of the Government Road Improvement Grant to convert the track of the Bideford to Appledore Railway to a metalled road. With its straight course and easy gradients it is believed that this would be a great service to the public.

W Huxtable of Heale Farm, Littleham appeals for help in finding a lost two year old dark Devon heifer. A black Pekinese bitch has strayed from Firsball, Woodtown and two homing pigeons belonging to Mr Lewis have failed to return to their loft in Bridgeland Street.

Messrs R Blackmore & Sons have sold by auction fifty Army horses. All were sold within one and a half hours, prices ranging from £30 to £73.

A public meeting was held at Northam National School to discuss erecting a public memorial to parishioners who had fallen in the War. The War Office has promised a captured machine gun for the village. Proposals included a new village hall, a cross in the Square and a shelter for the aged on Bone Hill. A small committee has been formed to consider these ideas and consult with the families concerned.

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk

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One hundred years ago – November 1918.

In the Gazette of 9th November we learn that President Wilson has transmitted to Germany the Terms of Surrender required by the Allies as reached at the Versailles meeting. There are reports of a German Naval mutiny; the Naval Commandant of Keil has been shot by his own sailors and in Hamburg and Cuxhaven the red Communist flag replaces the naval pennant.

On 12th November the Gazette proclaims “The Doom of Autocracy”. The Kaiser abdicates and there is revolution inside Germany. The Armistice has been signed and Hostilities ceased yesterday.

At the end of the month the German Fleet surrenders and 9 battleships, 5 battle cruisers, 7 light cruisers, 50 destroyers and numerous submarines are escorted across the North Sea to the mouth of the Firth of Forth where they will be taken to Scarpa Flow. The newspaper also reports that the local Regiment, 2nd Devons, are to take part in the triumphal march to the Rhine.

Nationally, a General Election has been called for 14th December. The Prime Minister Lloyd George and Mr Bonar Law publish a joint manifesto and election meetings are advertised in the Market Hall in Bideford on November 29th at 8pm, when Mr C S Parker will address the meeting. (Charles Sandbach Parker, Conservative, failed to be elected in the Barnstaple Constituency, losing by 602 votes). Women electors are holding a meeting in the Town Hall at Bideford at 3pm, moving to Northam at 7.30pm and Appledore at 8.30pm. These meetings will be chaired by Mrs C S Parker and the speaker will be Miss Taylor from Exeter.

(With the hindsight that 100 years affords, we know that the War has ended but on the Home Front little has changed; locally more mundane matters make the headlines in the paper).

Bideford Fuel & Lighting Committee state that under the terms of the 1918 Fuel Wood Order licences will be needed to sell a maximum of 2 tons per year to domestic homes. Industry is not subject to this restriction. These licences can be obtained from Mr E J Labbett, Local Fuel Overseer.

Readers are urged to register their ration of jam, marmalade and sugar at Tattersall’s and Farleigh’s Stores.

The Western Express and Torrington Gazette report that the yield of potatoes is far larger than anticipated and in many districts the yield is “extraordinary”.

Alfred Perrin of Barnstaple Auctions offered the Barley Mow Inn for sale. “The property has for some time since reported for compensation and was recently dealt with by the Compensation Committee at Exeter”. Mr John Curtis who owns the adjoining property was the purchaser at £430. (We have tried to research what this Committee did. Can any of our readers help?)

The influenza epidemic is diminishing; 9 deaths were reported this week in Bideford, which is less than half the previous week.

Bideford Fire Brigade, captained by Mr S Lee, was called to a business premises in Mill Street. The fire originated in a gas cooker in the kitchen at Mrs Wilson’s house but the fire was contained and the reported damage amounted to £200.

Thanksgiving Week services are held across North Devon. An open air meeting was held at Bone Hill, led by Rev. G Payne-Cook and W Charlewood, Leader of Northam UDC.

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These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford & District Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk.

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One hundred years ago – October 1918.

On October 1st the Gazette proclaims that it has been “The Greatest Week of the War” with the Western Front ablaze and Bulgaria surrendering; the following week we are told that “pincers are closing on the Western Front”; Franz Ferdinand’s successor Charles 1 has “renounced participation in State affairs”. Towards the end of October we begin to hear hints that Germany is making moves towards peace.

However on the home front, tribunals continue to take place as men are still needed. In fact a Government directive has been issued to all Chairmen of Tribunals warning them to show no favour or deviation from the required replacement soldiers. Mr W C Friendship, baker, has been exempted until March 1919 with many other men given 3 or 6 month exemptions.

The many friends of Capt. J Whitefield RNR of Westcroft, Bideford will be pleased to learn of the further honour that he has won in the discharge of his duty in seeking the destruction of enemy submarines. He has previously been awarded the Italian Bronze Medal for military valour. He has now had the Distinguished Service Cross conferred.

Alderman J M Metherell, J P and R S Chope, J P, ex -Mayor of Bideford will be among those visiting the Western Front this weekend at the invitation of the War Office.

The local food committee notices state that the maximum price allowed to be charged for milk is 7d per quart, with butter capped at 2/4d per pound.

Jam, marmalade, syrup, treacle and honey will be rationed from November 3rd. Children from 6-18 years will receive an extra ration of jam. Perkins & Son, Fruit Merchants of The Quay, Bideford, have been appointed receivers and packers of fruit for licensed jam factories. They will pay 3d per pound for blackberries and £12 per ton for small apples.

A £1 reward has been offered for information regarding the theft of birds’ eggs from the museum.

The Barley Mow Inn in Mill Street, Bideford, is offered for sale.

The North Devon Permanent and Terminable Benefit Building Society based at Bridge Buildings in Bideford (established 1853) offers a rate of 3.5% on deposits. Mortgages are granted on Easy Terms.

Harvest festivals and thanksgivings are being held around the area, including at Instow, Littleham, Little Torrington and Lavington in Bideford.

It is interesting to note that the Swastika was an international symbol signifying good luck until a German Nationalist leader adopted it in 1920, and it is now reviled world-wide.

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Buzz Byte; Alan Turing.

Do you know who Alan Turing was? Until I watched the 2014 film ‘The Imitation Game’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch, I did not know who he was and what he had contributed.

Mr Turing was a highly intelligent mathematician and logician. During World War II he worked for the government to crack the enemy’s codes that they received on a recovered Enigma machine. Mr Turing deviated from his original purpose and devised a machine that was eventually used to decrypt the coded messages. Along with his fellow code-breakers, working at Bletchley Park, an electro-mechanical device, named the ‘Bombe’ was created to speed up the detection of the key to that day’s encoded enigma messages. It is said the Churchill declared Mr Turing’s efforts had shortened the war by two years, saving millions of lives across the globe. This work earned him the title of ‘The Father of Modern Computing.’

It was Alan Turing who developed the idea of the modern computer and data science. Back in 1936 he wrote a paper about humans’ ability to perform a specified task ; he created a ‘universal machine’ which could decode and perform any set of instructions. It would be another 10 years before his concept was turned into a practical machine. The telephone decryption, codenamed Delilah, which he worked on during his time at Bletchley Park gave him practical experience with electronics. In 1946 Mr Turing designed the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE), which stored programmes in its memory. The key principles of theoretical and applied mathematics along with engineering and computer skills allowed him to be pioneering in these developments towards technology.

I thought that artificial intelligence (AI) was a relatively new concept, but Mr Turing had already devised the notion by claiming that a computer could rival independent human thought. He compared human and machine outputs; the Turing test. In these he predicted the advancement of AI. In his initial tests an interrogator asked the same questions of a human and a computer, not knowing which was which,(the computer responses were textual.) He debated whether computers should be seen as intelligent from the response. The idea was to determine if a computer could imitate a human, and from Facebook’s recent endeavour into AI, they can.

This is only a brief look into a very interesting and influential life. Alan Turing died in 1954, just short of his 42nd birthday, a victim of his sexuality.

Nickie Baglow.

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