M.V. 'Royal Daffodil' passing the Chapman Light

Pen and ink by K C Lockwood

This lovely pen and ink drawing of the Chapman Lighthouse is by K C Lockwood. We would love to see more of his drawings.

Can anyone tell us who K C Lockwood is?

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  • Thank you for the opportunity to see the MV Royal Daffodil again. I was on board in 1946 en route to Calais when she was being used as a Troop Ship between Dover and the Transit Camp in Calais. I was in the REME on my first posting to 12 Heavy Workshop REME in Hanover.

    Happy Memories!


    By Eric Cozens (24/06/2009)
  • And I also went to Calais around 1955 when a day trip was 16/- return and when we approached Southend pier (from whence we sailed) everyone on board started singing ‘Now is the Hour’. She had a Sister ship, the Royal Sovereign, that used to do the same trip, I believe. She only had one funnel and was smaller, though. I still have a boxed plastic letter opener souvenir from MV Daffodil.

    By Terry Ive (12/03/2012)
  • I really liked the two great pictures of the M.V. Royal Daffodil. Please correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t she play a part in the evacuation of Dunkirk, when the Wermach had the British, and other forces, pinned down on the beaches there??? Early in WWII?

    By Gerald Hudson (13/03/2012)
  • She was one of the ships that took part in Operation Dynamo, the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940. She rescued 9.500 men in seven trips. According to Wikipedia

    By Janet Penn (13/03/2012)
  • She was also used to evacuate children from London to Lowerstoft as described by Alec Turner on the BBC website WW2 People’s War

    By Janet Penn (13/03/2012)
  • I can remember going to either Ramsgate or Margate from Southend on the Royal Daffodil around 1960 thereabouts. Our whole family Mum, Dad and us children just for a days outing. Great memories. BTW The best years of my life as a child were those of when I lived on Canvey Island.

    By Alan Samuels (02/10/2012)
  • I served on The Daffodil for one season in 1964. She was my first ship in a career in the Merchant Navy. As we passed the old forts in the Thames Estuary, we would re-tune the ships radio to hear Screaming Lord Sutch saying hello from his radio station on one of the forts. There was a plaque on the deck to show where the bomb passed through during the Dunkirk evacuation. What a shame she ended up in the scrap yard.

    By richard bryan (10/10/2012)
  • Yes,the Dunkirk connection alone, should have seen the Royal Daffodil restored, and perhaps moored and kept as a “Heritage” site. The ‘scrap yard’ ending must have bitterly disappointed those W.W.11 passengers.!! Gerald Hudson.

    By Gerald Hudson. (11/10/2012)
  • Does Richard Bryan remember my father Frank Cawthron who was Chief Steward on The Daffodil?

    By Barbara Walker (02/04/2013)
  • Hi there, I was wondering  if anyone  knew my father who served  on the daffodil his name was John macintosh scouler known as jack but sadly my dad never spoke about this time in his life.if anyone has any info it would be much appreciated 

    Kind regards

    C sulo

    By coring sulo (02/01/2016)
  • I worked as photographer on board the Royal Soveriegn & the Royal Daffodile, the summer of 1962. Including the rock across the channel with Gene Vincent.  And Jazz boat down the Thames , bands included Acker Bill & Kenny Ball. On the Royal Daffodile the crew were not allowed to leave the ship, so I used to go ashore and buy cheap alcohol for them.

    By Peter Crosbie (18/02/2016)
  • My grandfather Sydney Barsby was evacuated from Dunkirk on this ship . He served in the Royal Engineers .

    By Julie bettinson (25/02/2017)
  • Whilst an undergraduate at UCL, in my summer vacation in 1959, I served aboard MV Royal Daffodil as an Assistant Steward.The dates recorded in my Seaman’s Record Book are from 2 June to 22 June inclusive. I spent 20 nights on board. We sailed from Tower Pier on the Thames with some “no passport” trips to Calais. It would be remarkable if Major Frank Oxford Hayward, my late father, had been evacuated from Dunkirk on this famous vessel? I have no way of knowing if Frank (13/18th Royal Hussars) was among the 9,500 men thus evacuated.

    I do recall the jazz bands aboard Royal Daffodil. I have autographs from Acker Bill, Kenny Ball, Dave Miller (sax), Mike Daniels Jazzmen, Diz Disley String Quartet, Mick Mulligan (guitar), Cy Laurie, Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine and from fellow crew members.

    CAPT David L O Hayward (Retd), domiciled in Queensland, Australia.


    By David Hayward (12/11/2017)
  • Hello Again,

    When passing Tilbury Dock, I noticed a massive white passenger liner. I remarked to a crew mate that I would very much like to work aboard that liner. He laughed and said “No such luck , mate. It’s so competitive”.

    But a year later (1960) I was able to sign on the P&O ss Arcadia for a long voyage thru the Suez Canal, across the Indian Ocean, around Australia and New Zealand, across the Pacific and thence back to Southampton re-tracing the outbound route. I was only 21 years old at the time.

    So very lucky to have the opportunity. Today, I encourage young people to sign up with Royal Caribbean International (RCI) at the Miami Head Office. The facilities are better and you get your own stateroom.

    Wishing you all the best of luck. A “hospitality” reference from any of the West End hotels will suffice, particularly from The Dorchester or Grosvenor House (both on Park Lane). Cheers,

    David Hayward

    By David Hayward (13/11/2017)
  • I was fortunate to work with Ken Lockwood at the Metropolitan Water Board (now incorporated in the Thames Water Authority) from 1970 until he retired.  He trained me as a draughtsman and also introduced me to sailing from his home town of Westcliff on Sea near Southend. He introduced me to the skill of producing engineering drawings using a nibbed pen which were eventually replaced by the easier to use Rotring pen which was available in varying nib widths rather than producing wider lines by doubling up the lines. Ken was a great teacher, with immense patience…especially when it came to teaching me to sail.  He had consummate skill in ‘reading’ the sea and knowing exactly what to avoid. He had a daughter Cathy who was about ten years of age when we lost touch on my promotion and move to work as an an engineer at Hampton Water Treatment Works in the late 70’s.  A great friend and teacher.

    I remember he had produced several pen and ink drawings like the one above including one for ‘The Waverley’ which I believe is still moored on the Thames on The Embankment. 

    By Ian Moore (25/11/2017)
  • My father was crew at the time and was deafened in one ear caused by the echoing when the bomb hit the ship bursting his ear drum,his only War ‘injury’ in a whole war in the Merchant Navy a very lucky man.

    By Ellie Lindsay (05/01/2018)
  • Ken Lockwood is my father and I was so interested to stumble across this page.  How lovely to read the wonderful comments from Ian Moore above.  Yes I do remember you Ian, and I hope you are well.  I know Dad thought a lot of you, and I have shown him this page.  I said he shouldn’t let his head get too big! He’d love to get in touch with you again.  

    Regarding the artwork side of things, Dad was a prolific artist (mostly pen and ink) in his spare time and did a lot of pictures that appeared in Ships Monthly in the 1970s amongst other things.  Most was nautical although he was known to do aircraft on occasions.  The picture above of the MV Daffodil was one that he gave to the late Lynn Tait and she made cards from it and they were for sale in her shop in Old Leigh.  

    By Cathy Curtis (07/07/2019)
  • My Father John (Jack) Ward served aboard Royal Daffodil during the Dunkirk evacuation. He wrote a daily log which, on the 21 May 1940, he listed himself J Ward (bosun), J.Lee (carpenter), L.Heaton (AB) and H.Newman (AB) as being due a half hours overtime. Over the next eight days they went back and forth to Dunkirk to recovering the fit and wounded. I know little more, but would love to hear from anyone who knew of my father.

    By William Ward (08/03/2021)
  • loved this page good to see the ship remembered as so many 1940’s crew are unknown to us ….my father Robert John Lindsay returned from a ‘last ‘ voyage from Australia to join Imperial Airways in 1938/9…..was not to be-had to stay in the navy on Ministry of war troop transport and was assigned to Royal Daffodil. Despite Dunkirk he loved the old girl and spoke of her as his favourite over all of the big boats he served on with P&O and N.Z refrigerated ships.

    By Helen Lindsay (17/09/2021)
  • Sailed on royal daffodil from Deal pier to France about 1964 I was 11 1968 I joined the merchant navy and had 12 years travelling the world and decided Australia was the place for me thank you royal daffodil I have been living the dream for 40 years

    By Christopher halpin (04/11/2021)
  • How do you get a crew list for the Royal Daffodil 1939-1940
    Please. My father joined the merchant navy lied about his age and would ave only been 16 when he found himself a merchant seaman during a war!
    He went on to be Torpedoed on 2 more ships. We are uncertain if he used his or brothers ID? Strangely His name was James Ward and I can see someone else on the Ship was also a J Ward??

    By Susan Gardner (12/11/2023)

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