- What's New ?
2018 - We are planning our 70th reunion !!!! The date and
time will be announced soon, but will most likely be during the month of
November. If you are interested in attending, please advise
immediately. We are in the process of seeing how many people are
interested in attending in order to book an appropriate venue.
Please contact Tiiu Roiser @ email@example.com
2015 - Sadly we announce the passing of the ship's First Mate
2015 - All good things come to an end - we have unfortunately lost our free server space.
Tiiu Roiser has taken on the cost of keeping up this website. With
these changes, the site's name has also changed. We have now
registered a new domain name and will henceforth be located at www.walnutship1948.ca
2015 - We have lost another Walnut passenger. With deep
sadness we announce the passing of Koidula Roiser.
2014 - We bid a sad farewell to another passenger, Endel Toop.
2013 - Sadly, shortly after attending the 65th reunion, Nelly Lind
passed away. Condolances to the Lind family.
2013 - The 65th passenger reunion was held with 96 guests in
attendance. Some older passengers unable to attend the event had their
own gathering on November 15th at Ehatare retirement home. See
images of the events here. Read Guri Raag's newly added recollections
in Estonian or see the translation
passengers & family members - November 2013
2012 - The Website gets an overhaul.
2011 - Ms. Heather Browne contacts The Sligo Champion
newspaper looking for more information about the Walnut. The
newspaper subsequently runs a feature
story in October about the Walnut's arrival in 1948.
Ms. Browne receives an email from a reader with recollections about the
sale of the lifeboats. Read more on the Sligo-Ireland
2011 - Mr. Matt Idnurm shares his mother's recollections of her
homeland through photographs of her paintings. A new page is added
to the website: Melanie Idnurm
2011 - Mr. Noel Guinane shares his memories of the Walnut visit to
Sligo. He was five years old when a knock on his door brought in
three or four men with wet clothes speaking a strange language.
Read more on the Sligo-Ireland page.
2011 - New pictures donated by Ms. Heather Browne are added to
the Sligo-Ireland page. See where the Walnut first arrived in
Ireland and meet Pastor Browne.
2011 - New
contacts were made with two Walnut passenger families and names were
added to the passenger list: Harry Alle and Anna, Ene, George and
2011 - I
was delighted to be contacted by a Ms. Heather Browne from
Ireland. Her father was one of the priests that blessed the Walnut
while she was docked at Sligo. The Browne family has generously
shared with us a newspaper clipping, an accounting of the event written
by Pastor Browne and several thank you letters from the
passengers. The new material has been posted here:
Family Ristmägi were added to the passenger listing.
2011 - A
new documentary-type 30-min. video of the Walnut journey is presented at
the Estonian Ethnographic Society year-end meeting at the Toronto
Estonian House. The video may be viewed at: "Destiny of a Tiny Ship"
2011 - New
material! Mati Idnurm was six years old during the Walnut
voyage. He shares with us his recollections as well as some new
from Mati Idnurm