Created: 17 Sep 2016 17:53
Updated: 17 Sep 2016 17:59

Captain Ian McNaught MNM will be the guest speaker at the Little Ship Club 90th anniversary dinner at Trinity House.


Captain McNaught, the last Master of the QE2 and Deputy Master of Trinity House, will enlighten and entertain guests at the Little Ship Club 90th Anniversary dinner on Friday 28th October.

Captain McNaught was born in Sunderland and educated at Monkwearmouth Grammar School.  Having spent some time at sea with his father, who was a marine engineer, he decided to join the Merchant Navy and trained at Fleetwood Nautical College in 1971.

On qualifying he joined BP Tanker Company in 1972, and transferred to general cargo ships and LPG tankers operated by Bibby Lines from 1976-1979.  There then followed a spell with Hullgates Shipping of Grimsby which saw Ian serving in ships running in and out of Beirut during the civil war and into the Gulf during the Iran/Iraq war.

In 1987 he changed direction and joined the Cunard Line as a Second Officer.  Appointments followed in the QE2 and Cunard Princess during Operation Desert Storm (the invasion of Iraq).  A number of other appointments in the Cunard Fleet followed with Ian being promoted to Staff Captain, again onboard the QE2, in 1999.  Two years later he became Cunard’s youngest ever Master at the age of 46, commanding Sea Goddess 1.

Returning to the QE2 he became her permanent Master in 2003, and apart from a short spell away remained with the ship until she was paid off in 2008.  During that time he was present at the Trafalgar Royal Fleet Review in 2005, hosted HM The Queen on a visit in 2007 to celebrate the ship’s 40th anniversary, and also entertained HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the then Master of Trinity House, on QE2’s final call to Southampton in November 2008.  He became Master of Queen Victoria in 2009 and then transferred within the Carnival Group, Cunard’s current owners, to Seabourn Cruises, coming ashore at the end of July 2011 before joining Trinity House in September for a period of familiarization.

He became a Younger Brother of Trinity House in 2005 and was elected an Elder Brother in 2011.  He assumed the duties of the Deputy Master of Trinity House and Executive Chairman of the Lighthouse Board on 22 November 2011.

Captain McNaught was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal in 2012, and laid the wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Merchant Navy on Remembrance Day 2014.

Ian is married to Sue and their son, Steven, is presently serving as a Navigating Officer on board P&O Cruises Britannia.