Visitors & Groups



Wedding Blessing


 On Friday the 6th September Bob & Anna Blackburn had a surprise event take place when they visited

 the museum.

 Bob served on HMS Relentless from 1964 to 1969 with a certain John Mills. John eventually became

 a minister of the church after leaving the RN and is now Bishop Dr John Mills.

 Bob & Anna had no idea that Bishop John would be at the museum to conduct a Marriage Blessing

 for their 50 years together.

 Additionally they had no idea that their daughter & son-in-law had travelled up from Portsmouth

 & were hiding in another room.

 There were nine people in attendance to witness the blessing & to listen to the couple repeat their

 vows again.

 Jo supplied the wedding cake & Mike the rum. This was appreciated by the Bishop who asked if there

 was any ‘Queens’ after all had been issued with a tot.

 A very enjoyable and emotional day was had by all.



As you can see from the photos we had a visit to the museum from members of the TCA (Ton Class Association) & the H.M.S.. Calliope Association. Brian Craig ex RN. & RNR. Ships Crofton, Hodgeston, Orwell,  Alan Nichols Ships Upton Repton, Crofton, Abdiel, Orwell.   Alex Dryburgh  Ships Wiston, Repton, Crofton, Brereton, Orwell. Chris Bell Ships Wiston, Upton. Plus two more members who did not sign the book. Also one of the photos of Brian Craig presenting me with a Calliope Ships Crest , Bottle of Rum, 2 Cap Tallies and Mine Hunting badges, Sorry but don’t know the names how they stand in the photo. They spent over one & half hours looking around the museum they had just spent a week    on the Norfolk Broads and were then making their way back to Newcastle. I think some of them will sleep after a Tot.




Radio Norfolk Visits the Marshland Maritime Museum

Ganges Boys Visit

28th August 2019

Pictures by Mary Morris

The Communicators Branch

Visited October 2018

 L to R Marshall (Jake) Wade ex CCY, Bill Doran ex RS/RFA Yeoman, Dave Morris ex WOCY & Mike Smith

Bob Shaw from Norwich arranged to visit the museum with his elderly father Eddie who was visiting from Plymouth. Eddie and Dave served together on HMS Dartington in the Far East 1963/64. He was the PO coxswain and Dave the LRO(T). Eddie didn't know that Dave would be there so it was a nice surprise for him. They did a large amount of lamp swinging and reminiscing and Dave took along all his photos from that time, two of which featured Eddie.

Eddie (Taff) Shaw wearing the POs cap with Dave.

 When 'Yottie' Richie Farman from Salisbury visited the museum with his family he was very pleasantly surprised when he           arrived at the Royal Yacht Britannia section. Richie found two photographs of himself on display. One was of him with Price Andrew & Fergie while the other depicted the Yacht on rescue duties during the withdrawal from Aden.

Richie served as a Leading Steward serving the Royal Family for three years during the 1970s.

 Colchester RNA

 Members of Colchester RNA made a return visit to the museum on the 2nd of September.

 The chairman, Ron Carr, presented a cheque for £50.00 to Mike to assist with the upkeep of the museum.

 Visit by members of Swaffham RNA 4th July 2017

 Visit by members of The City of Ely RNA

16th July 2017

 Visit by members of HMS GANGES Suffolk Coastal Division

 21st July 2017. It is rumoured that there were more there

 than you can see but the others were inside draining a bottle of Pussers Rum

Visit by Peterborough RNA Members June 2017

Main Entrance

Peterborough RNA

Bright Sunny Day

Stand Easy

 Dave Morris met an old shipmate from his Ganges days at the museum. He states - Ken Guggus & I met up today (30th April 2017). We joined the RN together, Ganges 16 Recruitment, 2nd September 1958, Benbow 251 Class. We hadn't seen each other since training completion January 1960

 Friends & Neighbours March 2017

 What Do You Give An 90 Year Old Man For His Birthday


The family of ex Royal Naval sailor Alan Masterson from Norwich knew.

They phoned the Marshland Maritime Museum and arranged a visit for Sunday the 30th October 2016 to include Alan's wife and four other family members.

Alan told Jo Smith that it was his best birthday present ever and could he come back again to see us. Jo offered him a tot of rum but he said he would rather have a cup of coffee.

Alan Masterson joined the RN in 1944 at the age of 17. He then went on to serve on HMS Ships and Shore Establishment HMS Ganges, HMS Troubridge a "T Class" Destroyer and HMS Veryan Bay an Anti Aircraft Frigate as a Radar Operator until 1948.

Like most ex members of the RN he still remembers his official number, some things you never forget. Alan is the one with the CPO Cap with his family and Jo Smith.

 On the 19th May 2016 the museum was visited by members of the Salvation Army. It was hoped that they would be in their 'Army' uniforms but it turned out that they wanted to wear sailors hats for a change (see photograph). The visitors were conducted round the site by ex RN member Dave Morris who also acted as a guest speaker. It has been stated that what Dave doesn't know about the Royal Navy isn't worth knowing and he left the visitors 'Open Mouthed' all evening with his knowledgeable information and tales of life in the RN. Dave finished off the day by performing "Sunset" before all departed the site. Dave carries out 'Sunset' Dave Morris joined the Royal Navy at HMS GANGES in 1958 at the age of 15 years & 4 months as a Tactical Operator (Signalman). On completion of training he served on the following ships & shore establishments: - Meon, Acute, Decoy, Mercury (RN Signal School), Dartington, Delight, Tiger, Staff of C in C Portsmouth, Torquay, Flag Officer Second Flotilla, Bulwark, Staff of Flag Officer Sea Training and retiring from the RN during 1988 as a Warrant Officer Communications Yeoman. Always a keen sportsman Dave played most major & some minor sports at representative level culminating in playing for the Combined Services at Hockey against England & Wales. On leaving the RN he worked for 10 years as a Senior Youth Worker & Trainer then 5 years as a Adult Special Needs Tutor & Assessor. On retirement from his civilian job Dave moved form Hampshire to Norfolk with his wife Mary in 2014.

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