Born in 1958 near Herne Bay on the north coast of Kent. This might explain some of my fascination with the sea and ships.
Eventually moved to Cheltenham in 1969 with a few years in Aylesbury along the way.
Attended Brunel Technical College in Bristol from Sept ’74 to Dec ’77, obtaining the Marine Radiocommunication General Certificate (the follow-on to a PMG1) plus DoT Radar Maintenance.
Company sponsored cadet.
Joined first ship (owned by British & Commonwealth / Cayzer Irvine Shipping) on 3rd Jan 1978 at Tilbury – the m.v. Clan MacIver (GXBX) – general cargo alternating runs from UK to E. Africa and UK to India. Five and a half years spent with Cayzer on various ships.
Returned to Brunel Tech in 1982, gained the HND in Electronics (Marine).
Joined Christian Salvesen Shipping riding coasters from NE UK to Thames power stations, loaded with coal. Second trip was 8 weeks duration swinging on an anchor off Southend pier during the miners’ strike.
In ’83 moved to the North European Fleet of Chevron Shipping Co. Manning office at that time was in Copenhagen. Spent seven and a half years with Chevron before swallowing the anchor in ’91.
Now work in IT for a major American multinational IT outsourcing company.
Licensed radio amateur with the call sign G4FUJ.