Tribute to Panama Canal Pilots by Allied Master Mariners
held as Prisoners of War at Marlag and Milag Nord
during World War II by Nazi Germany
We, the undersigned Master Mariners, have during our enforced leisure here in Germany held many discussions on the subject of the worlds great engineering achievements.
As a result of our combined knowledge and experience, and having taken all relevant facts into consideration, we unanimously agree that the Panama Canal with its locks, waterways and harbour facilities is one of the greatest of such feats.
In addition, we have also agreed that is is without doubt the most efficient organisation of its kind of which we have knowledge.
Still more important perhaps, from our point of view, is the smoothness with which a ship is passed through the Canal, and we should like to place on record our appreciation and gratitude to the Pilots and the Marine division as a whole -- not forgetting the heads of the various departments -- for their efficiency, courtesy and reliability when providing a safe and swift passage for vessels of all sizes and nationalities through this strategic waterway.
Left-hand Column signatories
E. Griffiths ss Gemstone Great Britain 06/04/42 Stier Frederick Pover ss Empire Avocet Great Britain 09/29/42 U-125 S. Charles Wallace ss Stella Lykes USA 07/27/42 U-582 E. Davies ss Dalhousie Great Britain 08/09/42 Stier H. W. Weston ss Kantara Great Britain 02/22/41 Scharnhorst/Gniesenau Frederick Tate ss Empire Arnold Great Britain 08/04/42 U-155 George F. Smith m/v King John Great Britain 07/13/40 Widder J. M. Jacobsen s/t Malmanger Norway 08/09/40 U-130 Sigvart Andersen ?/? Madrono Norway 07/04/42 Thor G. S. Hall m/v Port Hobart Great Britain 11/24/40 Admiral Scheer Herbert S. Cox tss Maimoa Great Britain 11/20/40 Pinguin Charles Parry ss Harlesden Great Britain 02/22/41 Gniesenau T. W. Marrie ss Peterton Great Britain 09/17/42 U-109 Ceaser H. Horn ss Norman Queen Great Britain 03/08/41 E boat Robert S. F. Notman# ss Athelfoam Great Britain 03/15/41 Scharnhorst Edward B. Pearce ss Davisian Great Britain 07/10/40 Widder Robert Milliken ss Sardinian Prince Great Britain 03/16/41 Scharnhorst Charles E. Bryan m/v Indus Great Britain 07/20/42 Thor W. Chalmers ss Domingo de Larrinaga Great Britain 07/31/40 Pinguin James R Anderson m/n Simnia Great Britain 03/15/41 Gniesenau W. J. Downs ss Reedpool Great Britain 09/20/42 U-515 Peter Evans ss Automedon Great Britain 11/11/40 Atlantis
Center Column signatories
Maurice E. Sadler ss Empire Ranger Great Britain 03/27/42 Aircraft W. Wilson ss Kent Great Britain Robert Redwood ss Devon Great Britain 08/19/41 Komet Donald Hunt ss Treminard Great Britain 08/2/42 U-160 N. Bulmer ss Trelawney Great Britain 02/22/41 Gniesenau J. Douald ss Mersington Court Great Britain 04/15/40 Sunk Narvik Christopher Yare ss Salmonpool Great Britain 05/03/40 Seized Saudafjord Finn Abrahamsen ss El Lago USA (Panama) 10/11/42 U-607 and U-615 Geoffrey Turner ss British Advocate Great Britain 02/20/41 Admiral Scheer Lombe Atthill ss British Union Great Britain 01/18/41 Kormoran W. George Lorains ss Teesbank Great Britain 12/05/42 U-128 V. Eynon ss Shaftesbury Great Britain 07/12/42 U-116 Anthony Potts ss Royal Crown Great Britain 03/15/41 Gniesenau Alfred Hill ss Mandasor Great Britain 01/24/41 Atlantis Hilmar J. Stenwick ss Earlston Great Britain 07/04/42 U-334 Leon O. Everett ss Willimantic Great Britain 06/24/42 U-156 Andrew Morrow m/v Speybank Great Britain 01/31/41 Atlantis Radnavald Hansen ss Carlton USA 07/05/42 U-88 Dugald Mac Cormick ss Roslea Great Britain 10/28/41 Wrecked Belgium Harry Steele* ss Port Brisbane Great Britain 11/21/40 Pinguin F. W. Bailey ss Port Wellington Great Britain 12/01/40 Pinguin W. Gray Smith tss Zamzam Egypt 04/17/41 Atlantis
Right-hand Column signatories
Richard Harvey m/v Trevilley Great Britain 09/12/42 U-68 Harald Anderson ss Stone Street USA (Panama) 09/13/42 U-594 Eric Monckton ss Empire Starling Great Britain 11/23/42 U-163 J. R. Nicol ss Glenlea Great Britain 11/07/42 U-566 T. L. Bradford ss Nailsea Lass Great Britain 02/24/41 U-48 Stanley Algar m/v Agnita Great Britain 03/22/41 Kormoran Rolf Endresen m/s Tortugas Norway 11/18/42 U-67 G. Olsen## m/v Havsten Norway 08/03/42 U-160 Henry Stephenson m/s Santa Rita USA 07/09/42 U-172 Stuart Weatherston? ss Lustrous Great Britain 02/22/41 Scharnhorst Albert Rhodes m/v Triaster Great Britain 12/08/40 Komet and Orion Albert E. Woodcock ss Tottenham Great Britain 06/17/41 Atlantis Norman R. Caird ss Vimeira Great Britain 08/11/42 U-109 Edward Winter ss Wendover Great Britain 07/16/40 Thor Henry R. Shotton m/v San Casimiro Great Britain 03/15/41 Gniesenau H. C. Mc Dowall ss A. D. Huff Great Britain 02/22/41 Gniesenau John Thompson m/s Silverfir Great Britain 03/16/41 Gniesenau John E. Hughes ss Triona Great Britain 12/06/40 Komet and Orion John B. Lawson ss Holmbury Great Britain 05/05/43 U-123 David A. Addison ss Empire Industry Great Britain 03/16/41 Gniesenau David S. Davies ss St. Margaret Great Britain 02/27/43 U-66 Clement R Cooper ss Afric Star Great Britain 01/29/41 Kormoran
Marlag and Milag Nord-- Westertimke -- Germany -- 1943
PRESENTED to the PANAMA CANAL PILOTS -- with the compliments of
Samuel S. Moore, Master Mariners, through the medium of Captain F. A. Strand,** ex S.S. "Honomu" and former PANAMA CANAL PILOT^ Still living March 2001
#Milag Camp leader
*The Master of the Port Brisbane (Emrys Oliver Thomas) died of wounds on German raider on 1st day of captivity.
##Sentenced to death as war criminal with other Norwegians from Operation Performance. Fate unknown.
**Sunk 07/05/42 by U-456
Panama Pilots Scroll courtesy Captain Dean Bruch, Deanbru Marine, New Orleans, LA
Names of Masters and ships courtesy Gabe Thomas, President, Milag PoW Association, United Kingdom www.milag.org author of: MILAG - Captives of the Kriegsmarine
Additional data from:
A Careless Word - A Needless Sinking: A History of the Staggering Losses Suffered by the U.S. Merchant Marine, both in Ships and Personnel, during World War II, Captain Arthur R. Moore, American Merchant Marine Museum, Kings Point, NY: 1998.
The World's Merchant Fleets 1939: The Particulars and Wartime Fates of 6,000 Ships, Roger Jordan, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999
Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939-1942, Clay Blair, New York: Random House, 1996
Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted. 1942-1945, Clay Blair, New York: Random House, 1998
Merchant Mariners at Milag Nord POW Camp
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