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Changes at Trinity House

The Corporation of Trinity House has announced new nominations for both Master and Deputy Master.

The Princess Royal has been nominated for election as Master of the Corporation of Trinity House. She will succeed her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was elected an Elder Brother in 1952 and is the Corporation’s longest serving Master - having been elected in 1969. The Duke became a RIN Honorary Fellow in 1951.

Since becoming an Elder Brother in 2004, the Princess Royal has taken a very keen interest in the activities of Trinity House. She is also Patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board and has been an Honorary Fellow of our Institute since 1998.

The Princess Royal’s election to the position of Master will take place at the Annual Meeting of The Court in May.

Also at January’s Court meeting, Captain Ian McNaught was sworn in as an Elder Brother. He will join Trinity House in September in preparation for taking up the position of Deputy Master and Executive Chairman of the Lighthouse Authority in November.

Captain McNaught, who succeeds Institute Fellow Rear Admiral Sir Jeremy de Halpert, has 40 years maritime experience and is presently serving as Master with Seabourn Cruises. He has been an employee of Cunard since 1987 and has held command of the luxury cruise ship Sea Goddess 1 and the QE2.

Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England and Wales, with responsibility for nearly 600 Aids to Navigation (AtoN), from lighthouses, buoys and beacons to satellite navigation technology - as well as inspecting over 10,000 local AtoN provided by port and harbour authorities and on offshore structures. The Corporation is also a major maritime charity.

Details from Trinity House below.

  • 27 January 2011
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