About The Irishrover

I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the 15th January 1939. I was baptized Frederick, but my family soon shortened it to Eric. Years later in the Royal Navy, I picked up the nickname, Ben. All three names work and I will answer to which ever one you decide to use. I was the third boy and the last member of the Rodgers family. I had two brothers and three sisters, with twenty two years between myself and my eldest sister, Lily. That’s probably all I should tell you about my family at this point. If you decide to buy a copy of my book , “Lily & Me”, learning too much detail now would spoil the story, not to mention greatly reduce my chances of a sale!

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I left my fifteenth school at age fourteen, averaging roughly two schools per year, no wonder I’m such a fool. I began working first as a delivery boy with a local laundry. This lasted about three months and I was then hired as an apprentice motor mechanic at a small garage. In October of 1954, I began the process of joining the Royal Navy, and, in March the following year, marched off to join HMS Ganges, a boys training camp located near Ipswich England. I had not the slightest idea of what I had let myself in for, as Ganges was surely the hardest naval training camp in all of England. Nevertheless, I survived , and went on to complete twelve years service on surface ships and submarines. I did a further twelve years in the Royal Canadian Naval reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant (N) which may not seem that impressive, but remember fifteen schools! Plus I started at the absolute lowest rank in the navy, that of boy seaman, second class.

I married twice, the first one I don’t want to talk about, the only good thing about it was my daughter Caroline. My second marriage has lasted for more than forty three years, I gained custody of Caroline shortly after the divorce. In 1973, my wife Linda and I were blessed with a second girl, Susannah May.

Today I’m retired and living with Linda on a thirteen acre property in a little place called Abram Village, Prince Edward Island, Canada. We don’t farm and have no livestock, unless two dogs and a cat count? For many years I enjoyed the hobby of driving, fixing, pushing, and paying for a variety of British cars. I recently sold my 1961 Rover P4-100, a lovely old car . I have replaced it with a fabulous little 2009 Mini Cooper convertible. While it is not strictly a British car it was originally designed by Rover before the BMW takeover.Nevertheless, old British cars was never really a hobby rather its more of an incurable disease.

In the last few years my health and age has slowed the car hobby. No longer do I enjoy laying under a car on a cold concrete floor. Hence, my new hobby of writing. I began the first page of my first book in 2000 and four years later it was completed and published. Its both exciting and difficult authoring a book, I constantly questioned if anyone would want to read it.

That’s no longer a concern. I have sold a great many books and received many wonderful comments and reviews. Many readers of the first book have asked when the second one is coming out. Well its out now and seems to be doing very well. Oh! and if you are really interested in my first marriage and why it failed, its all in the new book ‘The Royal Navy & Me’  I produced my third book, Chapter XXl Armageddon, my first attempt at fiction, a tale of time travel and exciting adventure, It was published in 2010.

Well folks, that’s my life in a nutshell. I hope you will take time to look at the link to “Lily & Me”. I’m sure you you will find it a sad and funny story that will be hard to put down. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail – irishrover1@live.com or visit my guestbook and/or leave a comment here on my blog at the bottom of any page – we Irish love to talk!! Just ask Linda? she has suffered my chatter  for many years.

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22 Responses to About The Irishrover

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  5. rarstooto says:

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  6. tshang says:

    This is a wonderful blog. I have read through several of your posts and have followed you so that I can continue to pour through the pages. I would like to invite you to visit our blog and ask that you consider participating, we would love to share your story with our readers. http://365vets.wordpress.com/

    Thank you,
    Tina

    • irishroverpei says:

      THANK YOU TINA FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS THEY ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED AND I SHALL BE HAPPY TO VIEW YOUR BLOG AND SHARE STORIES.

  7. Uncle Tree says:

    Best of luck to ya, sir! Peace & Luvz, UT 🙂

  8. A person was asking about Southern and Northern Ireland on my blog. I was wondering if you had any information for them? If so, you can scroll all the way to the bottom of this page linked here: http://jgburdette.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/a-wholesale-calamity-the-irish-potato-famine/

    • irishroverpei says:

      Hi J.G Hope have provided some answers to the question of Northern Ireland, I enjoyed the opportunity, but I guess it is still true to say the North/South issue has not been solved yet??? Cheers Ben (irishrover)

      ************* My Books Lily & Me, and The Royal Navy & Me, are now available as E-Books. Go to http://www.smashwords.com Interested in Submarines,Antique cars,VW Westfalia’s, Dogs, HMS Ganges, Royal Navy? then Visit our website and blog at http://www.irishroversbooks.com

  9. Pat McAuliffe says:

    Your website is set up so well! I checked it because on authonomy I saw, ‘Irish’ Rover and had to learn about the Irishman. But I ended up soaking up ideas for a projected website for myself. Am still learning the ropes on networking and platform building. Good on you! Pat McA

  10. Neville S. Pearson L.R.O. RN Retd. says:

    Hi Fred, I have been following your Blog and as I am a couple of years older than yourself I wish to put my experiences down in print. I have been doing so on websites like “Blackburn Past” as my mother was brought up on an estate near that town (Cotton Town) and my short stint 1952-1964 in the Royal Navy, surface and submarines, will be of interest to a few folks. was wondering what the next step is. As you say no idea why one would want to start this process but curiosity?
    Thanx
    Neville

  11. irishroverpei says:

    Hi Neville I think it is important to leave your story for your family and friends. Failing to do so and your history will be lost forever. Publishing a paperback is quite easy and reasonably priced these days, there are lots of self publishers out there, just search on-line. Using a computer makes writing a book simple, you have spell check and can easily delete /re-write lines,chapters etc. My only advice would be to first jot down notes about the periods you plan to write about. Not details just highlights. For example if you decide to record your naval experiences first break down the time you served into period and years, Example your first chapter should deal only with Ganges,you will be surprised how the memories come back, you may even need two chapters! Then continue on from there into the next phase of your history. Once you begin you will discover a flow that you can build on, you might even become a bit excited as you progress. Random memories will come to you during the days at odd times, jot them down so as not to later forget them. I’m certainly no expert so don’t do just as I say, you will develop your own style as you progress. However if I can be of any help don’t hesitate to contact me. Before my first book, if anyone had asked me if I would one day write a book I’d have said they were crazy!! I’m just completing my third book and my first work of fiction. I have no idea if it will be readable but don’t care its fun and a great hobby for an old sailor.
    Yours Aye Fred

  12. Hi Ben,
    I can’t seem to be able to view your email address – not sure if that’s intentional or not! I would have sent this via email, but will send as a comment instead. I saw that you had some Newfoundland humour as part of your blog and living in PEI thought you might enjoy this trailer that I helped put together called Design ‘Er B’ys. We live in Toronto and are hoping to create a whole series of episodes featuring Jimmy and Dan, Doris, Troy and Kevin (legendary NFLD comic and author of “Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders,” Greg Malone!). If you like it, would you consider posting it on your blog? Thanks so much!

    Catherine

    • irishroverpei says:

      Hi Cathrine I viewed the video twice but didn’t really understand the purpose of the story? I think the background music was partly to blame as I often found it hard to hear what each person was saying. I’m sorry but i don’t think I want to put it on my blog as it now sits. I do wish you all success with your future projects, my email – irishrover1@live.com

  13. jeff duke says:

    i remember the Eastbourne and fishery protection, it was my first draft and the gunboat crew being put ashore

    • irishroverpei says:

      Good to hear from you shipmate, I was only on Eastbourne from April 1958 to January 59. I don’t remember you but in fact I don’t remember many from Eastbourne. I recall we visited the town of Eastbourne in the summer, it was a good run ashore, my winger in those days was Teddy Treleaven. The boarding incident was interesting, I was on duty in the radar shack and strangely the distress call came to me! it was first in morse and way to fast for me to read so I requested it sent verbal. I passed the info up to the bridge and we quickly went to 18 knots in fog and with trawlers everywhere. My job immediately became intense keeping the bridge informed as we headed to the boarded trawler. By the time I got off watch all the excitement was over and we had half a dozen Icelandic prisoners. The strange think was that no one on the bridge ever asked how it was me that got the message?? Some time ago I tried to find out what happened to our whaler. I contacted the Maritime museum in Reykjavik thinking it might have been of some historical value. However, it was apparently placed in a children’s play ground and is now long since rotted into the ground. My last month aboard was a short refit at Chatham I was a Quarter Master on the gangway with a young Belfast lad as my Bo’sun’s mate can’t recall his name. But during that time I bought a 1952 BSA Golden Flash with side car from one of the PO’s and in January the dead of winter I headed out for Harrier on the Welsh coast to do my Rp3 course. It was a hell of a trip but I was young and foolish in those days.

  14. Brian Dyer says:

    Hi Ben remember Brian Dyer? Well I stumbled onto your site because Im in Oleary October16 would like to catch up on the 30 years since we last met seems weve more in common than Rovers A s you can see Im computer illiterate!!!!Hope to see you soon.

    • irishroverpei says:

      Hi Brian good to hear from you, will look forward to seeing you in October. I don’t live far from O’Leary, Abram village,no Rover’s these days no British cars at all. Sold my 2009 Mini Cooper conv just over a year ago. Not driving due to cataracts and the usual variety of other old age issues.

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