Two Join the Merchant Navy


October 2006




The great tradition of Lismore young men leaving the croft to join the merchant navy to see the world had lapsed with the steep decline of the British Merchant fleet in the 1980s and 90s. But once again British cadets are being welcomed and, with conditions much improved and prospects bright with degrees on offer, two Liosachs have recently joined up. Duncan MacLean and Diarmid Wilson went through Lismore Primary and Oban High Schools together even sharing a room in the hostel in Oban. And now both have begun foundation degrees in Marine Operations, Diarmid with BP Shipping Ltd at Warsash Maritime Acadamy in Southampton and Duncan at Fleetwood College with Anglo Eastern Shipping. We wish them well.


And it is in the family. Duncan is a cousin of Stuart Ross who was a Master in Blue Star Line for many years now works with the Northern Lighthouse Board and Jim Ross who was with P&O and is now with Caledonian MacBrayne. Diarmid's extended family is awash with mariners: his brother Sean is working deep sea as an electrician, an uncle Ross Lawrie is Master with Caledonian MacBrayne, and two other cousins, Cameron MacLeod and Stephen Ross, are also officers with Cal Mac.


Good luck to you both.


              Diarmid                                    Duncan with fellow cadets                        Duncan
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