Memorial event being held in Wrexham, north Wales, the sinking of HMS Veteran in 1942


I'm a journalist on the BBC News website working in Cardiff, Wales. I am doing an article on a memorial event being held in Wrexham, north Wales, today (Saturday) on  the sinking of HMS Veteran in 1942 and would be interested in using the picture of the ship from your website at the link below.  http://ahoy.tk-jk.net/Letters/FatherwasinConvoyRB1.html

Would you be able to tell me who holds the copyright on the picture? If it is yourself, would you give me permission to use it? We would of course credit you on the picture if you wanted, and also link to your website.

I'd be grateful if you could reply as soon as possible.

Thank you in anticipation,

Nick Horton
BBC Wales News Online

I recall that any picture of HMS Veteran was hard to find, and I believe that as she was sunk as long ago as 1942, the picture would be older, and I considered it would by now be in the public domain.

I cannot offer any other advice, but if you wish to use the picture on Ahoy, please do. A link to AHOY would be appreciated.

May I have a copy of your article please, which with your approval we would add to AHOY?

Mackenzie Gregory.

The BBC Wales piece about HMS Veteran, Saturday the 16th. of September 2006.

Town's tribute to adopted warship.

Wrexham has remembered the World War II ship sunk in the Atlantic that the people of the town "adopted".

HMS Veteran was attacked by German U-boats after picking up 78 survivors from two other vessels which had been torpedoed.

Townspeople had raised some £360,000 - the equivalent of £10m in today's money - in national savings to adopt Veteran.

A service has been held at Wrexham Memorial Hall at which a book about the ship was launched.

Wrexham adopted Veteran in 1941, the year before the ship met her end when she was escorting a decoy convoy in the Atlantic to allow American troops to cross safely.

The convoy was attacked by U-boats, and Veteran collected survivors.

But she was torpedoed herself as she returned, and went down with 160 men, as well as the 78 survivors from the other ships.

Naval representatives, veterans and local dignitaries were among those invited to Saturday's service.


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