Life and Times of a Ship’s Pilot

Danny Cornelissen [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Olney & District Historical Society

Tuesday, 9th April 2019 at 7.30 pm
Olney Centre, High Street, Olney MK46 4EF

A popular, entertaining and informative talk traces maritime pilotage from the Phoenician times to today’s modern world of computers and satellite navigation. Going behind the “green baize door” leading to the ship’s bridge and nerve centre, we take a look behind the scenes on how a ship, be it a small tramp freighter or a colossal cruise liner, is handled and docked. This talk is interspersed with many humorous personal anecdotes.

The speaker is Captain William Wells, Master Mariner, a former ship’s captain and commercial marine pilot, with a career at sea lasting just short of 49 years.

ODHS programme of talks