Captain E C PlowmanEric Plowman joined B.I as a Cadet in 1942 and spent most of his early seagoing career in their troopships. He remained with B.I and eventually gained command of 'Dunera' and had the sad task of driving her up on the beach at Bilbao when she was scrapped in 1967. He also had command of SS Uganda when she was converted to educational cruising in 1968.
His last command was also the last ship to be ordered by B.I. a side loading container ship the 'Zira' in 1972. This vessel was transferred to P&O in the big re-organisation in 1973. Eric then took up a job as Marine Superintendent for Arya Shipping in Tehran. This employment came to an end when the Shah was disposed of and Eric and his wife returned to Chiswick where Eric worked for the port division of Gray MacKenzie (Inchcape) in London., retiring at 60 yrs of age.
He got bored with retirement and he then moved south and acted as Marine Consultant, then Marketing Manager for Poole Harbour Commissioners, for a further 7 years. He later moved to live at Ocean Village in Southampton. He joined and later became Captain of the Southampton Master Mariners Club. Eric crossed the bar on 7 November 2009 aged 83. Our condolences go to is wife Val and three daughters, Rosalind, Christina and Diane.
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