Message Posted By: Dawn Zimmermann

Seeking James Black Orsborne, Son of Dod Orsborne - Auther of book "Master of the Girl Pat" published by DoubleDay. Book is dedicated to Mercia & Bert. James has a brother, living in Canada, who would like to find him. We discovered that my Father has a Brother, through a newpaper article that my Grandmother kept. It came to me after she passed on. James - you are my uncle. Please get in touch.

Posted on: 19/06/2003 22:41:11

Poster Information:

Name: Dawn Zimmermann

Looking For:

Name: James Black Orsborne

Town: London

Reply posted on: 00:01:05


From

Hello Lee.
Thank you for writing. Since I posted my initial message, I have learned a lot. Actually, I now realize that the James Black Orsborne I was seeking is Dod Orsbornes Brother. Either way, any of their relatives, are relatives of mine. Is Flo (Mickey) your Aunt I have so many questions. Please write back. I am sending you my email address.
Thanks,
Dawn


Reply posted on: 31/12/1899 04:00:00


From

Dear Brad.
Dod Orsborne was my great-uncle. My grandfather was his brother. They were together on the Girl Pat. Since I have just recently discovered all of the other members of the family myself, I have been busy establishing contact. I have some documents in my possession, but probably nothing that would really interest you. There are other family members who have a vast collection. I will tell them you are looking. If you send me your email address, I will forward it along.
Cheers,
Dawn


Reply posted on: 00:00:54


From

My name is Lee James Orsborne, iam the eldest grandson of James Black Orsborne.


Reply posted on: 00:00:54


From

My name is Lee James Orsborne, iam the eldest grandson of James Black Orsborne.


Reply posted on: 00:01:05


From Dawn Zimmermann

Hello Lee.
Thank you for writing. Since I posted my initial message, I have learned a lot. Actually, I now realize that the James Black Orsborne I was seeking is Dod Orsbornes Brother. Either way, any of their relatives, are relatives of mine. Is Flo (Mickey) your Aunt I have so many questions. Please write back. I am sending you my email address.
Thanks,
Dawn


Reply posted on: 31/12/1899 04:00:00


From Dawn Zimmermann

Dear Brad.
Dod Orsborne was my great-uncle. My grandfather was his brother. They were together on the Girl Pat. Since I have just recently discovered all of the other members of the family myself, I have been busy establishing contact. I have some documents in my possession, but probably nothing that would really interest you. There are other family members who have a vast collection. I will tell them you are looking. If you send me your email address, I will forward it along.
Cheers,
Dawn


Reply posted on: 22/02/2005


From Patricia Goodhue

Born: 1938

Dear Dawn,Iam Patricia Black Orsborne Goodhue, Daughter of George Black Dod Orsborne. James Orsborne was my uncle. Dod had 10 children, there are only 3 of us left. Myself, my sister Flo, and my brother George. I live in Oroville, Northern, CA. I have extensive family history available. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Pat


Reply posted on: 17/04/2005


From brad morrison

Born: 1959

Hi,
Brad Morrison here. I am not related to the Orsborns family but I have great interest in Dod Orsborne and the Girl Pat. I have begun to compile research to start writing a book about Dod Orsborne. Any contact numbers, email, info about Dod and James would be a great help. I plan to travel to Grimsby in early 06 to finish my research and complete the book.


Reply posted on: 16/09/2005


From Mark Davies

Born: 0

Town: Blackstone, Massachusetts

Hi -

My name is Mark Davies. I am the son of Edwin (Ted) Davies, who spotted Dod when he was adrift on the Lovely Lady. He also accompanied Dod on the beginning of the voyage of the Argosy. My father is still alive (hell be 89 this December) and would be happy to share his rememberences of Dod, if anyone is interested. I can be reached at MarkDavies@comcast.net


Reply posted on: 02/02/2010


From Mickey Flo Panebianco

Born: 0

Town: coral gables florida 33134

to Jim Turner I am Dod Orsbornes daughter. I was left to take care the children. I am writing the true story about the Girl Pat. My father gave the book to his sister Bess and her husband Al Chestnut who lived in New York. He also gave them one for your grandfather. So that is how you have the book as they took one to Scotland when they went for a viset.Hope this help you. Mickey


Reply posted on: 03/05/2006


From Carel Erasmus

Born: 0

Town: Amsterdam

Dear all,
I do not know if you are aware of the book In Pursuit of Life, by Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema. In this autobiography mr Hazelhoff describes the preparations of the highly confidential trip of the Argosy to the Philipines, to free the Ambonese people. Dod Orsborne is described here, including a picture. A very exciting story to read.
I am very interested to find out what happened to Dod Orsborne. Can anyone tell me?
Thanks
Carel


Reply posted on: 04/05/2006


From Risto Rasilainen

Born: 0

Town: Vantaa

Not being of any family relation to Dod Orsborne, still I´d be very interested to know what actually happened to Dod Orsborne after his adventures described in books Master of Girl Pat, Danger is my Destiny and Adventurer in Chains. And also: how much of these incredible adventures actually are true? Hope that some of this extraordinary man´s relatives could shed some light on this matter.
Risto Rasilainen,
Finland


Reply posted on: 26/07/2006


From Paul Kendall

Born: 0

Town: LONDON

I am wrting a book about the Zeebrugge raid and would be interested in any information on George Orsborne. I would also be interested to iinclude a photo of him in my book if one exists.

Please contact me at paulkendall291@aol.com


Reply posted on: 21/11/2006


From kevin stephen

Born: 0

Town: st austell

Hello, my grandad Ginger Stephen was a crew member of the girl pat who i think is the only member still alive, if you know of any where i could buy the book i would very much appreciate it, thanks.


Reply posted on: 22/11/2006


From Dawn Zimmermann

Born: 0

Town: Pefferlaw

Hi Patricia Goodhue. I did not know, until today, that you had posted a message on the UK People Finders web site, in response to my search for Dod Orsborne. Thanks so much for writing. Can you send me your email address? I have been in touch with Flo (Mickey), in Florida, on a regular basis now. Its wonderful to finally find my family! My email address is dawn.francisco@rogers.com


Reply posted on: 30/11/2006


From Risto Rasilainen

Born: 0

Town: Vantaa

Hi Kevin,
You can order a used copy of Master of Girl Pat from this website: www.abebooks.com
Also, I´d very much like to know more about your grandfather´s acquaintance with Dod Orsborne.
You can contact me at my e-mail: risto.rasilainen@dnainternet.net
Regards,
Risto


Reply posted on: 14/02/2008


From suzanne simms

Born: 0

Town: mansfield

Hello, I`m writing this email to you because I am dod orsborne granddaughter Carmen. My mother is name Millie Black orsborne who is dod orsborne youngest daughter. She passed away 4 years ago age 64. I remember I wrote to you few years back but I`ve moved and lost your email address. I would to hear from you again. I have got few of Girl Pat books and loads of pictures. I still keep in touch with aunty Mickey in florida. Here is my email address: suzi.sims@googlemail.com


Reply posted on: 08/03/2008


From Florence Mickey Orsborne Panebianco

Born: 0

Town: Coral Gables Florida

I am Captains George Black Orsbornes daughter. My father was a Skipper at the age of 21. I have to say we children were brought up with a good mother and father. When he came in from sea it was always exciting. He would take us children off to the beach at Cleethorps or to the boating lake rent a boat and take us on the lake. He was a very happy man he had a good voice and would sing and laugh and we had fun. Also he would play games with us. I laugh as it did not matter how small the children were, we had to learn Morse code with flags or a flashlight. He would also tell us we had to know the stars. He would take my brother Jim to sea and let some of his men take their kids on their summer holiday and I have photos of the kids. Then there is the story when he saved the ship the “Lord Darling.” He could of lost his life and his men, but he saved the ship. The company did not like that so then he started getting bad ships. I cannot understand why the News Papers do not check out some of the people who wrote story about my father. In addition these people did not even know my father. The truth is he had a big heart a great personality and was also also a good looking man. They called him Earl Flynn. I remember when seamen came to the house and would as dad if he could help them out. He always gave them money and he would tell mom, “look they are deck hands and the poor devils only make 18 shilling a week they have to feed their kids.” In 1936 I remember there was a knock at the front door. Dad was doing the wash as mom was in the hospital. I call Dad. I knew the three gentlemen very well as they where good friends my Dad. He would take my mom and my brother Jim and I down the dock to their office. This is the first time they had ever came to our house. They had given him the ship the “Gypsy Love” and it was no good, he could not even get it out the dock. So he turned around had a job getting it back in and told them I am staying home, my wife is in hospital and my brother is here from Canada I know there names. They asked dad why did he not throw it (the ship) on the bloody rocks? Dad said, “ that not my cup of tea.” Dad said, “I am a good Skipper I bring in good catches of fish. Mr. TM said, “ yes that is because you go poaching, and we can put you behind bars.” Dad was laughing and said, “ what the hell for, I go out a little farther because there is to much bloody oil in the North Sea. Mr. TM called him a mad bugger. Now all the three men are arguing with him, I heard it all because I was feeding my brother Bobby who was sitting in the high chair. I have to laugh as my uncle started playing the guitar. Jim said, “ Dod I think they want to get ride of you.” I know the whole Story of the Girl Pat. That night Mr. J.V came to the house to tell dad every thing had been taken off the Girl Pat. I cannot tell all as I am writing a book and it will be the true story. Dad took me to the hospital to see my mother and he asked mom would I be able to take care of the children. Mom said yes, and he told her, “ don’t worry lass I know the sea like the back of my hand.”
So I was left me to take care of my brother and sisters.
Mickey


Reply posted on: 16/03/2008


From Jim Turner

Born: 0

Town: Telford

I have a first edition of The Master of the Girl Pat inscribed by the author to my grandfather, Johnnie Chesnut who lived all of his life (as far as I know) in and around Port Glasgow on the west coast of Scotland. Ive no knowledge of what the connection was (other than nationality) between him and Dod but this book and a paperback of another (now lost) were always around as I grew up.


Reply posted on: 05/10/2012 16:30:59


From Sylvia Fletcher

Town: Immingham, near GRIMSBY

I have a copy of The Voyage Of The Girl Pat, which was given to my Grandfather, Lieut. Charles Robert Cooke R.N.by Dod Orsbourne.
The inscription mentions HMS Lochinvar.
A cutting from a newspaper, Sunday Express, had been pasted inside the front cover of the book, which was printed in 1937. When my Grandfather died, around 1958, the book was left to my father, and upon his death, 2000, it came to me. I have just re-read it and thought Id see if there was a reference to it on the internet, and found this site.I wondered if there are any surviving family of any crew members still in the Grimsby area? Does anyone still visit this site, as I notice the post are now a few years old? Best wishes, Sylvia.


Reply posted on: 30/10/2012 12:52:33


From Risto Rasilainen

Town: Helsinki

Sylvia,
as you see, I have posted a couple of messages to this site from time to time.
My long time interest has been to write an article of Dod Orsborne for a magazine or a newspaper, as I am a professional journalist.
After collecting all the available information of Orsborne - which is not too much - I´ve been trying to have some photographs, to go with the article.
This has proved to be extremely difficult, as there either are not so many photos available, or the relatives of Dod Orsborne don´t feel that they could provide me with them.
You mention that your grandfather and Dod might have been in HMS Lochinvar. That´s interesting, as I understand that HMS Lochinvar was in some way connected to the D-day invasion in Normandy.
I´d be very interested to know if you have more information of this, as far as your grandfather is concerned. One of the things I have been trying to verify is, whether Dod Orsborne actually was in Normandy as a Beachmaster, like he claims in his book?
Would you have any knowledge of the war time history of HMS Lochinvar?
You will find my e-mail address among the posts on this site, if you´d care to contact me directly.
Best regards,
Risto