Obituary: Michael James McCormick (1950 -2014)

MIke McCormick

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)

Terence Norris

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 »

Herbie Jones: 1933 – 2012

Obit pic Herbie


Herbie Jones was born on 10th June 1933 at Dundee . He was educated locally in Dundee and he then went to the Abbey School at Fort Augustas at the Southern End of Loch Ness. Read the rest of this entry »

Frank Berry OBE, FNI


Frank Berry, passed away peacefully on the 24th July 2012 after a unique and fulfilled life. Read the rest of this entry »

James Barron 1929 – 2012

Born in Dornoch in Sutherland and educated in the family’s native Inverness, James developed his love for the sea through annual trips to the West coast of Scotland with his father, who in his role as Inspector of Schools, had to carry out visits to island schools. Read the rest of this entry »

Henry Peter Mason Lawrence 1925 – 2012

Members of the Cinque Ports Pilot’s Association, his family and his many friends were saddened by the recent loss of highly respected colleague Peter Lawrence. Read the rest of this entry »

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