Book collection donated to library

Christiane Kroebel and Eileen Shone with some of the maritime books donated to the museum''w112109
Christiane Kroebel and Eileen Shone with some of the maritime books donated to the museum''w112109
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A collection of maritime literature featuring over 200 books accumulated by a Whitby seaman has been donated to the museum.

John Leng, a member of Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society since the 1980s, handed over his collection to Whitby Museum on Tuesday.

After leaving school in the 1960s he went to sea for 12 years while working for Headlams - one of the last Whitby shipping companies. One of the ships that he was on was called the Fylingdales.

After he got married he returned home to Whitby, and now lives on the Fishburn Park estate.

He worked at ICI at Wilton at Teesside where he travelled every day. But he says his interest in “everything maritime” continued in the form of buying and reading about the history of ships and shipping.

Christiane Kroebel, honorary librarian and archivist said: “John Leng’s knowledge is fantastic and his collection is enviable.

“We really are pleased that somebody who has been a long time member and has always been fond of the society wants his collection to come here.

“The library and the museum has grown because members have donated whether it be one book or the whole collection. That is the spirit of the place.

“It brings the collection of books up-to-date, increasing and widening the maritime history section of the Library and Archive and is a very valuable addition to our resources.”