​I was born and educated in England. While attending Peter Symonds School, Winchester as a boarder I decided I would like to have a career at sea and qualified to take the entrance exam to HMS Worcester. At the interview they seemed more interested in my cricketing skill than my academic ability, and in due course I was notified of my acceptance to HMS Worcester Naval College, which was moored on the River Thames near Greenhithe, Kent. I enjoyed my time on the "Worcester" even though discipline was very hard, especially for those of us who were by nature more undisciplined than most. I graduated as quickly as I could and spent the next three years on the school ships Rakaia and Durham.

I managed to pass my Second Mates examination on my first attempt after a course at the Welsh College of Advanced Technology where I learned a lot about girls but did rather poorly in some of the more esoteric subjects like Physics and Magnetism. But my math, navigation and seamanship skills pulled me through. I let down a small group of friends who together we had pledged to fail the exam so that we could stay longer at the College enjoying life and the fairer sex. 

In my time at sea on the Rakaia and Durham I had seen some exotic places, almost everywhere was warm and bright compared to the grayness of the UK, and so applied for a Junior Deck Officer position with the China Navigation Company, based in Hong Kong. I was soon sailing as Third Officer to all the exotic places I had dreamed about. This period of my life was the subject of my first book, KWANGCHOW sub titled "Freddy Everard on the China Seas". It is written in a style known as Roman a clef, which means memoirs mixed with a little fiction, Freddy Everard being my alter ego.

After a year at sea I qualified to take my First Mates examination and that meant another adventure living in the bachelor quarters in Hong Kong and attending the Hong Kong Technical College, Navigation School doing the First Mates course. Again I let down my brothers by taking and passing the exam after only a month of the three month course. I had a wonderful time sailing out of Hong Kong for nearly three years but affairs of the heart made me realize that I could never spend my life at sea and be away from my loved one for extended periods of time.

Back in England I realized that I had seen too much of the world to be satisfied with a 9-5 existence in a country that now seemed drab to me. I saw an ad for a position as a management trainee with the American Grace Line specializing in Latin America and after two interviews I was chosen. I was off to America to start a new career in the steamship industry which lasted me the rest of my working life .

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