My copy of “The Long Silence Falls” has arrived.  A very professional production indeed!  I had a quick glance at the content and have already begun browsing.  It’s going to be good reading for some time to come.

So congratulations to the whole team for bringing this huge project to such a successful conclusion.  The amount of work and professional dedication is a credit not only to them but to the ROA as well.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to the team and all ROA members.

Dave Ellis.


  1. Hmmm . . . I don’t seem to have received my copy of the book as yet (3.1.13) Must give a reminder, perhaps Santa’s vehicle got a puncture crossing the Irish Sea.

    Tom EI3ER

  2. I would just like to take this opportunity of thanking all the members who have put together “The Long Silence Falls”. It is as usual concerning the ROA, an extremely well produced and professional book, well done.

    Wishing you all the very best for the New Year.

    Geoff Valentine

  3. I’ll second that – some fascinating stories. In David Barlow’s account of his introduction to life as an RO, I picked up on the comment that he wished he had been taught to type. I well recall being taught to touch type at Norwood Technical College (NTC); the keys were covered over and we were sent Morse code to transcribe. The idea was that we would directly correlate,for example, the Morse sequence dot dash as little finger of left hand in the middle row without associating it with the letter A. This is a skill that has never left me, and I’ve been grateful for my typing ability ever since. Especially now that we all use keyboards for everything. So I was surprised to read that typing was not taught at Colwyn Bay. Was NTC unique in this, or was it a later update to the syllabus? (I was there in 1958-ish.)

    Talking of NTC, I was told that unofficially if one wanted to contact other ex-NTC ROs while at sea one would call for GNTC. Did this ever happen, or was it wishful thinking?


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