Uncle Charlie, a super guy

editorial image

OUR story last month on Captain Charles Carter stirred plenty of memories.

Charles, who became something of an expert rescuer at sea, was a fantastic man with a loving family.

So much so that they wrote to add some more words to the memories.

Jan Hawkridge said he was a “special uncle”. She said the story stirred fond memories for his many remaining nieces and nephews, “not only those living in Hartlepool and vicinity, but further afield in Scotland, Wales, Australia and Denmark”.

Jan added: “Captain Carter had no children of his own but was an attentive and much loved uncle to the children and grandchildren of his five siblings sadly, all now deceased. He clearly enjoyed the company of children and entertained with stories of his sea travels abroad and we remember that there were always presents when he returned from his cargo ship travels.”

Our original story told how Charles served in 20 ships.

He once rescued the crew of the 1,325 tonne steam collier Effra when she was torpedoed by a German E-boat.

Then in 1950, he took nine men from a crippled Tunisian vessel called the Teboura and towed the ship 62 miles to safety at Marseilles.

In 1960, he came to the aid of the Henrietta B which was a Dutch motor vessel which was later towed into Brest by a vessel of her own country.

Another reader - Colin Steele from The Australian National University in Canberra - also recalled his uncle and said: “Charlie was the son of Bob Carter, who held the office of Mayor of Hartlepool from 1937 until 1941.

“Charlie had three brothers Joe, Bob and Harry and two sisters, my mother, Mary and Lizzie, who married Ernie Dring who featured a number of times in the Hartlepool Mail.”

Thanks to everyone who responded to our story.