The remarkable history of the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.
A Heritage Lottery funded community research project.
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Poole Flying Boats Celebration (PFBC)
Parkstone Library Buildings
1 Britannia Road
Poole BH14 8AZ
Celebrating the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.
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On 17th July 2014 Libbie Escolme-
Commodore Ken Sanson greeted our special guest from Australia, before Libbie cut the blue ribbon and caught up with progress on the AYE MA’AM project.
PFBC is encouraging Libbie to publish a new, revised edition of her book ‘Glamour in the Skies’ since we have been working closely together.
This collaboration is proving to be mutually so very beneficial in piecing together the subject matter regarding the history of BOAC Poole’s Flying Boats Stewardesses from 1943 through to the preparations for the ‘Springbok Route’.
A seawoman and stewardesses at Poole Quay for boarding
A MCU seawoman alongside BOAC stewardesses Peggy Keyte and Helen Wigmore, circa 1943
Seawomen attend giant BOAC Boeing (one of a trio) G-
‘Glamour in the Skies’ Libbie Escolme-
AYA MA’AM first training session for volunteers: more about our research
Blue Plaque unveiling at Salterns Marina attended by Olive Carlisle, who features in our film above: more about the Blue Plaque
AYE MA’AM Public display at Parkstone Library, Poole: see this display
Flying Boat footage followed by an interview with Olive Carlisle née Marshall
A group of trainee BOAC seawomen and their trainer, Poole Quay
Flying Boats in Poole Harbour as late as 1957
Olive was the 1st BOAC Stewardess to fly from Poole on the new Solent class flying boats for the Springbok route to South Africa