Capt Ian Shearer

I knew Ian Shearer well, having served as X2/O under his command on Southampton Castle for about a year.

A very professional master, demanded high standards of his officers. He was always willing to offer advice and guidance as his belief was that a major part of his job was to train his officers to become masters in time.

When entering anchorages it was not uncommon for him to invite either the Chief Officer or one of the 2nd Officers to take control from the bridge. I well remember the thrill of taking control of Southampton Castle on arrival and departure from St Helena, such responsibility certainly helped me when I eventually became master.

I met Ian again in 2010 at one of the Union-Castle reunions in Southampton. I spent the entire afternoon chatting and reminiscing with him. He was obviously thrilled to be transported back forty years to a ship he clearly loved. We were joined by Cameron Smith who was Chief Officer of the vessel at that time.

I was saddened to learn of his passing the following year.

CNI

Capt Shearer aboard Southampton Castle

Clansman -  October 1972

Service Record

From

To

Clan Murdoch

Apprentice

9/1939


Clan MacDougall

Apprentice


5/1941

Torpedoed & sunk

Promoted

Chief Officer

1951


Clan MacTavish

Chief Officer

12/1954


Clan MacIntyre

Chief Officer

12/1958


Clan MacIlwraith

Chief Officer

6/1961


Argyllshire

Chief Officer

1/1963

9/1964

Tintagel Castle

Chief Officer

3/1965

6/1965

Rotherwick Castle

Chief Officer

7/1965


Nina Bowater

Master

2/1966

12/1966

King Arthur

Master

3/1967


Rustenburg Castle

Master

7/1969

9/1969

Southampton Castle

Master

12/1969

6/1972

Clan MacGregor

Master

12/1972


King Alfred

Master

9/1973


King Charles

Master

3/1975


Retired

8/1980


Died

2011


Clansman - September 1980

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