Capt Ken Morton

Service Record

From

To

Scottish Hawk

1st Officer

3/1955


Clan MacKinnon

Chief Officer

10/1958


Clan MacBrayne

Chief Officer

10/1959

4/1960

Steenbok

Chief Officer

4/1960

7/1961

Clan MacIver

Chief Officer

5/1962

11/1965

Reina Del Mar

Chief Officer

3/1968

2/1970

Elizabeth Bowater

Master

4/1970


Clan Matheson

Master

9/1973

1/1975

Clan Ranald

Master

3/1976

8/1976

Clan Ramsay

Master

11/1976

1977

Winchester Castle

Master

1977

4/1978

Clan Graham

Master

3/1979

10/1979

Clan Grant

Master

2/1980

9/1980

Clan Graham

Master

9/1980

2/1981

Dover Universal

Master

3/1981

1981

King Charles

Master

10/1981

6/1982

Balmoral Universal

Master

7/1982

11/1982

Thanks to Facebook I have a few recollections of Ken from those that sailed with him and under his command:

From David Yates (Cadet on Clan Ramsay)

Ken Morton was the best Captain I ever sailed with "I only have one rule in the bar and that is .. this is my bar stool!

Sailed with him on Clan Ramsay as a deck cadet. He always bought me a beer when I entered the bar.

One of the greasers kept calling him "Ken" .. instead of pulling rank he just said in front of the greasers mates "Do you fancy me?" "Of course not" came the reply "Well every one else calls me sir, so I was just wondering?" He called him sir from that moment on!!

Another from David Yates

With "Captain Ken" we were on stages chipping the front of the accomodation, as we got to his cabin he opened the port hole and said to me "Here's 10p sonny go and play somewhere else!"

From John Hosty (Cadet on Clan Matheson)

Ken Morton was an amazing man. He was Captain on Clan Matheson, my first trip to sea.

From myself Chris Isaac (3rd Officer on Reina Del Mar)

Sailed his last voyage as Chief Officer before he spent a short while in London before his first command. He was one of those gentlemen who were a pleasure to sail with, comfortable in being able to combine authority with humour and grace.

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