Arthur F Wigham

From Owen Keen

Arthur was the antithesis to Charlie Lorains!   Whilst Charlie was the tramp ship man in the wrong shoes, Arthur was a passenger ship man from a tramp ship family. His father and brothers were all Bank Line, they couldn't understand Arthur's defection for a life of sanded decks and white tropical shoes!

I sailed with Arthur when he was 3rd mate on the "Winchester Castle", a more pleasant fellow officer it would be hard to meet. When he joined the Company with a master's ticket he had accepted that he would remain in the rank of 3rd of a mail ship until those with lesser certificates but senior in service caught up with him, meaning he would be a 3rd mate for many years.   As things turned out because of the high rate of resignations in the 60's Arthur managed to reach the rank of Staff Commander before the inevitable happened.

John White,   John (Tiny) Taylor,   Mike Hooper

???,   Peter Williams,   Arthur Wigham

'Athlone Castle' 1958

From B&C Review February 1960

Athlone Castle

3rd Officer


SA Vaal

Chief Officer


Arthur in 1980

Email Received 21 December 2017

We have just heard from his son that Arthur Wigham passed away on 16th December.

He died peacefully from pneumonia, after a long period of progressive heart failure, with my mum Betty, my sister Deborah and myself by his side.

WIGHAM ARTHUR Cullercoats Peacefully on 16th December aged 86 years, Captain Arthur F Wigham. Formerly of Union Castle and Stephenson Clarke Shipping. Dearly loved husband of Betty, father of Deborah and John, father-in-law of Alan and grandfather of Jonathan, David and Sarah. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Please meet for service at Preston Cemetery Chapel on Monday 8th January at 11.00 am, followed by interment. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to the British Heart Foundation. A collection box will be available at the service. Everyone welcome back to The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth.

From Brian Spiller

So sorry to hear about Arthur's death.A very nice person and sailed with him when he was C/O on SA Vaal and I was 3/O on watch with him.

Sadly the only photo I have of him was this one of him wondering what I was doing up the radar mast while on watch!!

From Robin Plumley

Very sorry to hear this sad news. I sailed with Arthur on the Pendennis. I was involved in a newspaper visit in East London which got me into trouble when we got to Durban. I wasn’t wearing my cap for the photo when called up from No. 5 hatch to do an impromptu bridge visit.

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