HOYLAKE Lifeboat Station operations manager and former Liverpool pilot John Curry has written his life story after a career spanning 49 years including seven years training.
John, from West Kirby, has published East A Half South, named after a magnetic compass course, after retiring three years ago.
A dedicated pilot for Atlantic Container Line, he officially retired 500 miles off the coast of Ireland aboard Atlantic Compass en-route to New York.
He was inspired to write the book while driving and idly recalling a dispute involving a ship called Zamboanga which was from the Philippines and carried fruit to Liverpool.
“I thought ‘wow, that’s something for the memoirs’. Pilots have the most amazing stories and I wanted to write some of them down,” he said.
John, whose father was also a Liverpool pilot, first became involved with the RNLI in Wirral in the 1970s when he helped with the launch of West Kirby lifeboat.
“I am pleased with the feedback I am getting from colleagues who would be my greatest critics. I wanted to share the excitement, adventure and danger of being a Liverpool pilot.”
East A Half South, published by Birkenhead Press, is £8.99 from bookshops. Or contact John Curry on 0774 070 4026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org