Obituary: Martin Richard Evans 1937 – 2015

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Martin Richard Evans sadly passed away on 28 March 2015 aged 78. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: George (Inglis) Oliver

George ‘Inglis’ Oliver sadly passed away on 8th January 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: William Hedley Kett 1913-2014



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Capt Hedley Kett, who has died aged 100, was a successful wartime submarine commander and, post-war, piloted ships in the
North Sea and on the Thames.  Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Robert Louis Mann 1933-2014

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Robert Louis Mann was born on 16 December 1933 in Beckenham, Kent. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Michael James McCormick (1950 -2014)

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Michael James McCormick was born 17 December 1950 in Ormskirk, Lancashire, and from there moved to Liverpool where he was brought up by his mum with his elder sister Paddy. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Terence Norris (1936 – 2013)

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Terry was born on 25th May 1936 in Leeds, but while he was still young the family moved to Scarborough.

He pursued an ambition to go to sea by sitting the entrance exam for the Graham Sea Training School in Scarborough. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: William Hoplins 1935 – 2014


When 3rd Officer in the Blue Funnel Line, Bill applied for entry to the Helmsmen’s Service on the Manchester Ship Canal and was appointed in October 1957. He was very active in ‘job’ politics when representative on the Helmsmen’s Committee.

He was appointed 2nd class pilot in October 1966 and first class three years later. Always a popular raconteur, he once was stand-in when an entertainer (a comedian) took ill at the annual dinner. Later, as representative on the Pilotage Committee, he was instrumental in the formation of the present Manchester Pilot Service.

During 1978 and 79 he was appropriated to a Greek company carrying caustic soda from Partington outwards. In the years 1983-5 Bill was a pilot at Jeddah, retiring on 31st December 1992.  He died on 13th January 2014, sadly after a long illness.

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Obituary: Ian Mackinnon 1930 – 2013



Born in Elgin in Scotland on 14 August 1930, Ian Christie Mackinnon joined HMS Worcester in 1945 for pre-sea schooling. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: David Eric Higgins: 1937 – 2013

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David Eric Higgins was born on 20th December 1937 near Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Read the rest of this entry »

Frank Knowles: 1940 – 2012

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American pilot, Frank Knowles, died following a fall from a pilot ladder in the early hours of 13th March this year. Although not a UK pilot, I have included this tribute as a reminder to all pilots of the dangers inherent in pilot ladder  transfers.  Read the rest of this entry »

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