Gallant Hartlepool crew land national awards

PUBLISHED: 18:16 22 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:02 20 February 2013

Mark Thorburn and David McKnight

Mark Thorburn and David McKnight

Four people who helped restore historic HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool were recognised with unique national awards by the international Society for Nautical Research at a lunch aboard the ship.

Four people who helped restore historic HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool were recognised with unique national awards by the international Society for Nautical Research at a lunch aboard the ship.


It is the first time the Societys Victory Medals have been awarded to anyone other than those who worked on Nelsons flagship, HMS Victory in Portsmouth and the first time commendations have been made.


Victory Medals went to Captain David T Smith OBE FNI RN, President of the HMS Trincomalee Trust, and to Les Gilfoyle of Hartlepool, who was Works Superintendent for the restoration. Certificates of Commendation went to Keith Johnson of Billingham, Senior Technical Officer/Chief Draughtsman, and Mrs Jackie Stevenson collected a Commendation posthumously on behalf of her late husband Bill Stevenson from Hartlepool, Restoration Manager from 1987 until his death in 1999.


Captain Smith called the restoration team his gallant crew. He said: I am thrilled at the pleasure of seeing the team recognised.


The awards were made by the Chairman of the Society, Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton, who said. This is the last event in our centenary year and it couldnt be better deserved.




The print version of this article appeared in the October 2011 issue of North East Life


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