Van Ralty Woolfe
December 9th. 1937. Joined CNCo, with his 1/M Certificate of Competency No 38723, issued in Liverpool on June 22nd 1936. Arriving on Agreement by the ship "Rawalpindi". Seniority from this date.
December 16th. 1937 - December 20th. 1942 Employed as 2/M on the "Suiyang", "Tsinan II", "Hoihow II", "Fatshan II" , "Wusueh", "Kiangsu", "Tatung II", "Taiyuan II", "Kiungchow", "Kaying" and "Hupeh II".
December 23rd. 1939, Obtained his Master's Certificate of Competency No. 5099 in Hong Kong.
December 20th 1942. Proceeded on Home leave to Australia. While on leave resigned of his own free will, on June 6th. 1943. losing 3 months seniority.
May 5th. 1944. Rejoined CNCo. Seniority on rejoining now dated from May 15th. 1939. (Period after 3 months leave to date of rejoining I year 5 months and 25 days.) on return was appointed as 2/M on the Yunnan III, Hanyang II, Chungking II, Foochow III, and Tsinan II.
April 17th. 1955. On returning from leave he was appointed Master on all vessels on which he was employed until retirement. Appointed substantive Master on July 15th. 1956. Vessels were;- Yochow II, Foochow III, Chengtu II, Hunan II. Proceeded on leave on April 27th. 1959.
View the Images section for a photo by C Cocksedge of V.R. Woolfe with New Guinea Highland Chiefs on board the Chekiang II at Lae in 1964.
July 1968. Appointed Fleet Commodore.