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For ex-cadets, students & staff of the Warsash Maritime Academy, founded 1935 as The School of Navigation & the Warsash Superyacht Academy

Obituary - Captain David Sweet 1959

David Sweet was born in Cromer in 1941 and attended the local school where we first became acquainted. We both then went to the Paston Grammar School in North Walsham. David was, like me, attracted to the seafaring life and we both were RN Cadets at school and sea scouts at Cromer. We both then left school to become cadets at Warsash in 1958. David did well and was a J.L.C. and S.L.C Boats. Our chosen shipping company was Shaw Savill Line and we shipped out on the MV Waiwera, sailing to the West Indies and on to New Zealand in August 1959. We had two trips together before joining different ships in the company. David meanwhile sailed on Athenic with Ex-Warsash cadets, Foxwell and Clark.

I was to join the Crusader Shipping Company in New Zealand for a couple of years so our paths seemed not to cross for several years until we had passed Second Mates Certificate.

David then joined SAF Marine and rose through the ranks to Captain. By this time I was ashore living and working in Cromer. David came back to Cromer on leave several times and, of course, we shared a few jars as you do! Upon retirement, David became interested in farming and breeding pedigree cattle and, indeed, became domiciled in South Africa.

He died tragically from a heart attack at the wheel of his car in March 2001.

I will always remember him as a warm and very generous man, slightly larger than life and able to instantly make friends with anyone. Sadly missed.

Peter Storey 1959

Source of David's obiturary (John Clark 1958)
As part of our search for missing members I wrote to a newspaper in Cromer, seeking information about David Sweet (1959). I sailed with David on Shaw Savill's Athenic. I last saw him on television's "This Is Your Life", when he was a surprise guest for his friend, Cromer's much decorated lifeboat coxswain, 'Shrimp' Davies.

I received a large number of replies from which I was very sorry to hear that David had passed away. David was clearly held in much affection. One was the above letter from Peter Storey (1959).

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