Paul Morrison helped compile Loyal and Steadfast and was ably assisted by the book’s working committee of James Flanagan, Terry Hodgins and Ron Howell. Paul works for a Naval Museum: the Warships & Marine Corps Museum which, along with his brother he helped establish in 1963. It was through the Museum that Paul became involved with the HMS CONSORT Association, a friendship which has now lasted for more than a decade. When not involved in the study and preservation of Naval history, Paul’s other interests are ancient history and archaeology, and writing short stories and novels, many of which are set against historical or maritime backgrounds.
Mary Neads, a member of the HMS CONSORT Association is the artist who painted the watercolour on the cover of Loyal and Steadfast. Mary’s husband Gordon was a Boy Seaman, along with George Andrews, at HMS ST.VINCENT in the 1940s and it was George Andrews who commissioned Mary’s first painting of CONSORT. Since retiring from a business career, CONSORT has become almost a second career for Mary, having completed six large paintings of the ship in acrylic and watercolour for presentation, along with many other sketches and paintings of CONSORT for use as greetings cards and mementos. Other favourite subjects are landscapes and flowers.