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.
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.
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.