Our speaker, Mike Evans, is a club member, and worked as a Solent harbour master and MAIB inspector. His talk will reflect on a career which included 18 years as an officer in the merchant navy, navigating large vessels worldwide before the advent of GPS!
During this time he also worked for Trinity House, the lighthouse authority for England and Wales, when lighthouses and light vessels were being automated and the positioning of navigation buoys was still undertaken with sextants.
His talk will include reflections on his time as a harbour master in local ports, when he was a regular contributor to BBC Radio Solent’s ‘Sea Dog’ slot, providing listeners with an explanation of the daily operations of our Solent ports.
Mike will give a personal view of events which occurred during his time as a Solent harbour master, including his recollections of being harbour master in Portsmouth when a cargo vessel left the port and collided with the Nab Tower!
Mike will also give an insight into his work with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
Mike is a Master Mariner, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and an associate lecturer at the School of Aviation and Transport, Cranfield University. He lives locally and enjoys annual flotilla holidays with his wife and friends.
Coffee from 10am, talk starts at 10.30am.