Capt George Pirie


Captain George Pirie


Captain Pirie made Commodore Master.

Captain George Pirie, of Tate & Lyle Shipping has been appointed Commodore Master on the retirement of Captain Andrew Lunn.

Scots-born Captain Pirie joined Silvertown Services Shipping as Chief Officer 22 years ago, was promoted to Acting Master a year later and to Master in 1957. His first command was the vessel “Sugar Refiner” and he subsequently commanded all the six ships built for the Company by Hall Russell at Aberdeen. In the 60’s he served on board the various types of Sugar and Crystal ships in the enlarged Sugar Line fleet and is presently Master of “ Sugar Refiner”, the third ship of that name to be commanded by Capt. Pirie.

(Note:- Captain George Pirie, was born at 54 Church St., Portsoy on 18th June 1923 to parents George Pirie and Ann Findlay. In the Spring of 1939 aged 15 he decided to join his elder brother, Jim, as a deck boy on the S.S. Salmonpool but when war broke out on 3rd September the two brothers thought it was tempting fate to stay together and they parted company.

Jim stayed with the “Salmonpool” and George moved to the S.S.”King James” commanded by Capt W. McDonald, Portsoy. And, strange to relate, who was he to meet on the vessel but his fellow workmate at McBain’s Bakery, Russell McBain, who was setting out on his first sea voyage.

George Pirie’s brother Jim was captured in Norway on his next voyage. George luckily survived the war despite serving in many different ships and in many parts of the world.)

Source = Findlay Pirie Notes

One Response to Capt George Pirie

  1. Interesting piece of local history, particularly as I recall fondly Russell McBain from when he had the wee shoppie in Church street where Michael Minty lives now. I wonder if Captain George Pirie was any relation of James George Pirie and his sisters Barbara and Margeret who ran the general store at 46 Schoolhendry Street where I live now?

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