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Cadet to Commodore and Beyond


Cdre Ian Gibb

11 November 2011

2:30pm at Newbury Town Hall

Non-members £3

A fascinating account of a career spent commanding passenger liners including the Sea Princess, the Canberra and the Oriana. Now an Elder brother of the Corporation of Trinity House, Commodore Gibb tells of his varied, hugely responsible and sometimes hilarious experiences at sea.
Questions Commodore Gibb addresses include; the logistics of disembarking up to 1,900 passengers for an 8 hour stop-over at port, together with the problems of getting this number of passengers back on board for lunch! He also reflects on the impact these visitors have on a local community, citing as an example - Skagway, Alaska - where the local population is a mere 500. What benefits can cruise liners and passengers bring to such places and are there any negative effects on the local community? Other interesting muses include how the dead are dealt with on a voyage (inevitably this can happen on a long cruise!) and the delights of warding off the advances of a very determined, rich American widow! A real insight into a varied and eventful life at sea.


Born of a seafaring family with Master Mariners stretching back five generations on each side, Commodore Ian Gibb has spent 43 years at sea. Half of his sea career has seen him in command of some of the largest passenger vessels afloat, including the CANBERRA and most latterly the super-liner ORIANA. During his career, he has been at the receiving end of huge technological change.
Subsequent to retirement from the sea in 1996, Commodore Gibb joined the working side of the Corporation of Trinity House of London, where he was involved with the modernisation of the Safety of Navigation around UK coastal waters.
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