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by Michael J Lacey

Join Michael on a journey at sea throughout the 1960s when British merchant ships really did rule the waves. In particular, ‘Full Circle’ is the story of sailing on a number of Shaw Savill Line cargo ships between the UK and Australasia, at a time when Australia and New Zealand really were the UK’s main food providers, and at a time when the family links between the UK and those countries were so much stronger. It is also about going to sea as a 16-year-old and growing up in a world now lost to the seafarers of today, but not forgotten by those who sailed on the many ships of the Shaw Savill Line, or indeed the other shipping companies involved in the same and similar shipping services. It is about the days before mass tourism, and before containerisation when the Port of London was one of the busiest in the world, and about voyages to Australia and New Zealand which are the longest voyages possible whether via the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal, or the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Author, Michael Lacey, joined Shaw Savill as a Deck Cadet in early 1959 and left the sea nearly 10 years later as Chief Officer in the same company. Subsequently he worked with London maritime solicitors specialising in marine salvage and marine collision claims, went on to be Managing Director of United Towing Ltd at a time when United Towing was the UK’s leading ocean towage and marine salvage company. He was then Secretary General of the International Salvage Union, the association of all the world’s leading marine salvage companies.

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Michael J Lacey


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