Obituaries

Obituary: George Walter Havens (Bristol Pilot) 1923 – 2017

George Havens

 

George was born in Portishead, on 26 th September 1923 and attended Bristol South Central School from 1934-1938. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Anthony Rowe Jones 1928-2017

Tony Jones

Anthony Rowe (Tony) Jones died on 27 th November 2017 and was a Manchester Ship Canal pilot for over 30 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Alec Cooke 1939 – 2017

Alec Cooke

Alaistair (Alec) Cooke was born in Newcastle -upon-Tyne in 1939. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Roger Williams 1940-2017 (Retired Bristol Channel Pilot)

It is a serious relation, that in which a man stands to his ship. A ship is a creature which we have brought into this world, as it were on purpose to keep us up to the mark. In her handling a ship will not put up with a mere pretender.
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Obituary: Gordon Coates 1953-2016 (London Pilot)

Gordon Coates

Gordon went to sea at the age of 16. In 1970 he joined tramping company Turnbull Scott and spent three and a half years with them on a variety of vessels, doing various courses ashore at Tower Hill London.

He received his Second Mates Certificate during this time and later his Master’s Certificate. After that he spent a few years working in the North Sea, but moved on to Rowbotham tankers, trading all over north-west Europe and the West Indies. He then moved onto Stolt’s and, following that, eventually went into pilotage with the Port of London Authority. He gained his Class 1 Pilot Authorisation as soon as he could and would remain with them for the following 21 years, moving up classes and becoming a Duty Port Controller working in the Port Control Centre as a Supervisor and Duty Harbour master.

Besides his family back in Gloucestershire (Lorna his wife and Julia his daughter), Gordon had two great passions in life: Lydney Rugby Club and his allotment. He watched his team play all over the south-east and was almost as proud of the vegetables he harvested.

After the service, Lorna described her husband as an incredibly loyal, steadfast and generous man who
developed a passion for the sea life as a young boy. “He loved being a pilot,” Lorna said. “He especially liked the lack of paperwork but most especially the camaraderie.”

Gordon is survived by wife Lorna, daughter Julia and his two Dachshunds Nixa and Nora.

Hywel Pugh

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Dearest Gordon,

What can I say?

One of the best in the PLA.

Of all the pilots I have known,

You were one of the few who didn’t moan.

You took each job without a fight,

Except for Sunk jobs, late at night.

Werther’s Originals, Daschunds and Westies:

During night-time shifts they were the besties.

Without your humour and smiling face

Port Control is a sadder place.

Take care kind Gordon, enjoy your rest;

To have worked with you, I have been blessed.

Elaine Lipscombe,
PLA pilotage co-ordinator

 

Obituary: Bill Bailey 1928-2017 (Milford Haven Pilot)

Bill was very much his own man, quiet, gifted, independent of thought and action, and a most competent seaman. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Albert Cools 1945-2017 (EMPA Secretary General 1993 to 2005)

Albert followed the usual career path of the Brabo (Antwerp) boatmen and Dock Pilots Company as a boatman, and then in due course qualified as a Brabo Dock pilot in Antwerp. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Raymond Anthony Eades 1945-2016 submitted by Barrie Youde

Raymond Anthony Eades was born on 12th December 1945. He grew up in Liverpool and showed an early interest in birds and the natural world. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Peter Ryder submitted by Mike Haigh

Peter Ryder spent his early life in Cheshire, though he was born In Cawnpore , Northern India. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Peter Ryder

Peter Ryder spent his early life in Cheshire, though he was born In Cawnpore , Northern India. His seagoing career began in 1962 with Reardon Smiths of Cardiff, and later with the Blue Star Line, then with Glen line. Read the rest of this entry »

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