Ports of Jersey Supports Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society

Posted: 06 June 2024 Posted In: Collecting Mines

Ports of Jersey has supported the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society by refurbishing three fund-raising collection mines at West Park, St Helier Marina, and Gorey.

The mines have been serviced by the Society’s Honorary Agent, Captain Bob Asplet and his wife Norma for the past 27 years. Due to ill-health, Bob has had to stand down but since Jersey records began in 2000, £8,535 has been raised for the charity.

Former Harbour Master, Captain Brian Nibbs RD*, recently took over on a temporary basis with a personal brief to get the mines renovated, returned to their stations to resume collections, and a new Honorary Agent appointed.

Responding to a plea for assistance, the current Harbour Master, Captain Bill Sadler, offered the services of Marine Apprentice Adam Hart, under the supervision of Marine Operations Manager, Fleur Moisan.

Brian Nibbs said: “Adam has done an excellent job in between his other duties, and the mines, now in pristine condition, bearing in mind that they are of WWII vintage, are back in position ready to resume collections.

“As a supporter of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society and a long-standing friend of Bob and Norma Asplet, it has been a pleasure to coordinate this project. Liaising with Captain Bill Sadler, Fleur and Adam has been so straightforward. Their collective ‘let’s get it done’ attitude has been most refreshing and with Howard now appointed, the mines and their collecting ability are in safe hands for the foreseeable future.”

Harbour Master, Captain Bill Sadler, said: “We were pleased to support this worthwhile charity, and Adam has done a great renovation job on these 80-year old mines. Now that they have been refurbished, I hope they will continue to provide a fund-raising asset for another 80 years.”

Captain Howard Le Cornu, another former harbour master, has accepted the position of Honorary Agent for Jersey and will be able to keep a constant weather eye on the mine at St Helier Marina as it is situated only some 50 yds from his office window.

Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Capt. Justin Osmond RN, said: “We are extremely grateful to all involved at Ports of Jersey for this fantastic renovation of the Society’s three collection box mines. The mines are looking resplendent and we’re sure they will continue to collect much needed funds to support the Society’s work on behalf of the seafaring community for many years to come.

“Thanks to Captain Brian Nibbs who arranged the refurbishment project with Ports of Jersey.”

Originally more than 200 sea mines were donated to the charity by the Admiralty for use as collection boxes, in recognition of the Society’s unique support for seafarers, their families, and others shipwrecked during both World Wars. Unfortunately, the ravages of time and weather have reduced their number, but the income from those still in service makes an important contribution to supporting the Society’s work.

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