Master <35m NC, Australian NSW,
GMDSS (STCW), General Radio Operator
COST (STCW) Certificate of Safety Training, (Expired)
Current AMSA Medical
1987 Basic Seamanship. (Volunteer Coastguard) #4387
1992 Pre Sea Certificate (NSW). #052632
1993 PADI Open Water Dive Certificate. #95520341
1995 Shipwright/Boatbuilding Trade Certificate. #CS18912
1996 AMSA Certificate of Safety Training, STCW. #ST05672
2000 Radio Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency. #2004000
2001 Master Five, Certificate of Competency. NSW #515122
2001 Marine Engine Driver 3. NSW # 5151 13
2007 OH&S Construction induction. (NSW) #CGI01098541SEQ1
2008 Certificate of Advanced Rigging (NSW Licence). # 0000079880
2008 Elevating work platform (NSW Licence) #0000088279
2008 Confined spaces certification. #3048
2009 Certificate in firearm’s safety training. #1113549
2013 Master <35m (NC), Master Four NSW #1003065
2013 GMDSS, General Radio Operators Certificate #AA09346
2014 Certificate in Senior First Aid. (St Johns) #1498214
2014 STCW Security Awareness training
2017 Designated person Ashore Training. ISM code
2017 Sydney Harbour Certificate of Local Knowledge 8561
My employment with the Australian National Maritime Museum has mostly involved the organising, coordinating and conducting the day to day maintenance and repair work to the hull, rigging, spars and sails. I have a small dedicated team that I educate and lead to achieve this. I document and report on existing and potential future problems and document their repair. I am responsible for the safety of all persons on board and look after the procurement of all safety equipment and the ordering of consumable maintenance items and keeping the vessel in active ocean going survey (2A).
I have organised and lead numerous refits, including a twelve week docking during which we had to rebuild the vessels entire forefoot and replace several planks after the ship grounded in April 2005, in addition to the total overhaul of the entire rig and replacement of one of the yards. I have regularly swayed spars to the wharf for maintenance and replace rigging as necessary.
In 2010 I had the responsibility of organising, constructing and replacing Endeavour’s standing rigging. I first travelled to England and liaised with the rope makers that we contracted to make the rope. Upon the ropes arrival in Australia I lead a small team in constructing the new rig using traditional techniques. The rig construction and its installation was carried out over a seven month period prior to Endeavour departing for a circumnavigation of Australia.
Since the end of 2012 I have acted as Endeavour’s first mate and have used leave to enable working on other vessels to continue building my experience.
Sept – October 2017 Relief Master. One and All. South Australia. Adelaide – Ceduna – Return
September2016 Relief Master. One and All. South Australia. Adelaide, Gulf of St Vincent
October 2015 Relief Master. One and All. South Australia. Adelaide – Ceduna – Return
Sept 2013 Second Mate. Soren Larsen. Sydney NSW – Bundaberg QLD
February 2013 Forth Mate, James Craig. Hobart – Sydney
June 2012 1st Mate, Duyfken, Cooktown – Weipa, QLD
I spent three years working on various projects. One project was the complete rebuild of a 30 foot clinker built Halvorsen. This became runner up in the NSW wooden boat awards. Here I gained experience in plank replacement in carvel and clinker constructed hulls, steam bending timbers, pattern making, interior fit out, cabin side construction and replacement, laid decking, etc.
In addition to customer service during day sails upon Sydney Harbour, I was responsible for maintaining the vessels rigging and spars. While working on board the Bounty I built and replaced her fore and main course yards, rebuilt her fore topmast and unstepped her main mast for a complete overhaul. The mast was re stepped with a new top (platform) and cheeks.
As Boatswain, I was responsible for the training of the ships crew in all elements of seamanship, line and sail handling. I was also responsible for the continual maintenance of all spars, cordage (both standing and running rigging), sails, ground tackle and the ship’s rescue boat. Sailed the US North East coast from Newport Rhode Island north to Maine and then to east to Halifax, then onto Bermuda, Barbados, Panama canal, Galapagos and up to San Diego via Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. In San Diego we undertook a three month refit. From there we sailed north to Vancouver over a period of nine months visiting numerous ports, before crossing the Pacific Ocean stopping in Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand then back to Sydney. During my time on board Endeavour, I regularly stood the masters evening watch.
Here I spent four months repairing an eighty year old, trunnel fastened Colin Archer ketch.
As sail maker I was responsible for the maintenance and repair of Endeavour’s 10,000 square feet of canvas. I sailed in this capacity from Western Australia to England via the Cape of Good Hope.
In the position of shipwright, I was responsible for maintaining Endeavour’s water tight integrity and organizing the management of general repairs and the upkeep. As shipwright, I sailed the vessel across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand where we toured the country for about four months. We then sailed Endeavour across to Western Australia, where we spent several months preparing the ship for her first world voyage.
I sailed as Captain of the Tops (watch Leader) during the Endeavour’s Australian east coast tour. As Topman I was responsible for the well being and training of voyage crew in the day to day running of the ship. This comprised of standing watches, sail handling, helming, working aloft, etc. I sailed the ship up to far north Queensland and back to Sydney over seven months. In addition to acting as Captain of theTops, I also acted as the relief Boatswain and Second mate.
I was asked to re- join Bounty, as they had no one on board with the general all round skills that I had gained over the years. I was employed as the ships boatswain/Rigger and Shipwright and almost single handedly maintained the Bounty’s hull, rigging and sails.
I briefly returned to Solway Lass to look after the maintenance and upkeep of her rigging. With her tight daily sailing schedule, little maintenance was being carried out and the rig was slowly becoming a liability. I spent the next three months catching up on the maintenance of the rigging.
In Nov 1992 I moved to South Australia to join the brigantine, One and All as a watch leader. I remained with for about four months in the waters around the south east of Australia. As watch leader I was responsible for a watch averaging ten people encompassing the training and supervision working aloft, helming, sail handling and general maintenance. At the end of four months I decided to leave the vessel due to financial reasons and moved back to Sydney.
I was originally employed on board Bounty as a deckhand after being part of the rigging team during a refit that was managed by the same person who managed the Svanen refit (below). I soon became promoted to the ships Boatswain and took on the responsibility of training the crew in all aspects of vessel maintenance and sail handling. I remained on board in this position until November 1992
Svanen; an old Baltic trader rigged as a barquentine that had recently been bought by a Sydney business man. She was under going a refit when I was employed as a rigger and was involved with overhauling the entire rig.
I served my four year apprenticeship in a yard on Sydney’s north shore. Here I gained experience in repairing large timber ships, heritage listed vessels along with being involved in the construction of small tugs, lines boats and work barges.
I started as a volunteer crew member aboard the Solway Lass, a 1902, one hundred and twenty five foot topsail schooner that was conducting regular day sails around Sydney Harbour. Within a short time I became competent enough to act as the relief Boatswain. This involved preparing the ship and leading the crew while day-sailing upon the harbour on weekends and school holidays. I became a paid member of the crew at the age of fourteen and became involved in the vessels maintenance. In 1988 I sailed the vessel to Hobart and back to Sydney during the 1988 tall ship race commemorating Australia’s bicentenary. I was the youngest crew member in the two hundred ship fleet.