Marc Hanreck (50-54) died on 2nd October, 2015, aged 78. His sister Julie North writes:
“Marc was born in Horsham and was educated locally until he went to The Nautical College in 1950. After Pangbourne he joined Union Castle Line as an Officer Cadet on foreign-going vessels and completed his cadetship in 1957.
From 1958-69 he sailed with Sugar Line London (Tate & Lyle’s), Athel Line London and Black Star Line Ghana. At various times during this period he took shore leave to study for his “tickets” – the qualifications of competency to progress to Second Mate, First Mate, Master and finally, by the age of 27 in 1964, Extra Master.
Marc seemed to enjoy these study periods and was always anxious to help other young people progress in their careers. He was able to put this to good use between 1965 and 1967 when, as First Mate with Black Star, he had additional responsibilities for cadet training.
By 1970 he had decided it was the right time to be at home with his family for a few years and joined the Marine Survey Department of the then Board of Trade. He was back at sea by 1977, first as Master with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and then as Master with Nimex, Mexico– MMS Japan as Managers, working with both companies on Bulk Carriers trading Worldwide.
In May 1983, during the Iran/Iraq war, his ship was hit by an Exocet missile resulting in an explosion in the engine room. There were many casualties. Marc was lucky to escape wounded and was able to beach the ship on a sandbank to prevent her from sinking and so ensure that she could be re-floated following repair. After a spell in a Teheran hospital the company gave him a job in its office for the remainder of his contract; he thoroughly enjoyed his spell there, made many friends in Teheran and also developed a passion for Iranian food!
In 2000, at the end of his time at sea, he said that there was only one country in the world with a shoreline that he had not visited. After his retirement Marc stayed for over a year with his sister, Julie, at her flat on the Palgrave Estate in Beckenham and then bought his own flat in an adjacent block. Subsequently he devoted a great deal of time to supporting the management of the Estate and was a voluntary Director of the Company from 2003 until his death. He also did house-sitting for around three years when a number of cats and dogs joined his circle of devoted friends! But his main interest in his retirement was Freemasonry (when he died he had been a Freemason for over 50 years) ….. and he also loved cooking!
Sadly Marc’s health gradually deteriorated from around Christmas, 2013 and over the last two years. Latterly he had many spells in various hospitals and for the last six months of his life he had found living increasingly difficult. We must be thankful that he was not to suffer longer.”