Serving Sir Anthony Eden on board RMS Rangitata in 1957
January 4, 2013
I read with interest your article about John Prescot and how he looked after Sir Anthony Eden on board RMS Rangitata in 1957. I was a first class steward on the ship at that time, it was just after the six day war between Israel and Egypt. I can assure you that I served Sir Anthony and his wife Clarisa in the 1st class dining saloon all the way from London to Aukland.
I have a photograph of Sir Anthony that he and Clarisa signed and dated February 1957. That was just before we reached Auckland.
I found him to be a most charming and very handsome man.His wife had beautiful violet blue eyes. I can only assume that John Prescot was a wine steward topside and served him drinks in the topside lounges. I did three
My thanks for your mail about Sir Anthony Eden and Lady Eden about their voyage to NZ in Rangitata.
It was in a BBC interview that John Prescott claimed to serve Sir Anthony as a waiter aboard Rangitata, as you suggest perhaps as a wine waiter.
Could you please email me a copy of your signed photograph Sir Anthony and his wife? We would love to add it to our piece.
Happy New Year,
Here is a report that John Prescott was the Eden's Cabin Steward.