Captain William Wells

Captain William Wells

Captain William Wells is a unique and dynamic speaker who will bring to your event an informative, humorous and entertaining speech, given with great authority, humour and enthusiasm.

When still a schoolboy, he won a scholarship and, leaving his native New Zealand he travelled to the UK where he underwent his basic officer training before embarking on his career in the British Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy Reserve.

A Master Mariner, former Ship’s Captain and licensed Commercial Marine Pilot, Captain Wells’ seafaring career spanned nearly 49 years.

Promoted to Captain by the age of 28, he then became a Trinity House licensed pilot in the Port of London operating on the River Thames between Gravesend and London Bridge.

During his career as a pilot he also served as Harbour Pilot in the Middle East for 10 years followed by 4 years in the Bahamas.  He then spent a further 2 years operating in the busy and congested waters of the English Channel, Dover Straits and North Sea as a Trinity House licensed Deep Sea Pilot before returning to the Port of London where he ended his seafaring career as the Senior River Pilot.

A former active member of the Professional Speakers Association, he is in regular demand to speak to a number of different organisations and learned societies both in this country and abroad, as well as BBC radio and aboard cruise ships.

He was chosen by the Cunard Line to be their Principal Guest Speaker for the final cruise aboard the QE2 and the maiden cruise of her replacement the new Queen Elizabeth, in October 2010.

With a wide ranging programme he speaks regularly at conferences, seminars, after dinner and after lunch to a wide variety of different learned societies and organisations.


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