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Captain of the Parish of Lonan releases new book 'Pirate to Pilot'

Tue, 05 Dec 2023

Captain of the Parish of Lonan, Stephen Carter has released his memoirs from over the years.

The former Douglas harbour pilot has aptly named the book ‘Pirate to Pilot’. It is “a sort of autobiography” and includes the history of many of the boats Captain Carter has owned.

Commenting the release of his book, Captain Carter said he has been writing the book for a couple of years and thought that when he retired as pilot, after nearly 30 years, would be a good point to finish it.

In 1962 at just 11 years old Captain Carter purchased his first boat and since has spent most of his life at sea. In 1978 he set up Laxey Towing Company, which he stills runs to this day.

“There have been many interesting and satisfying moments during my career, we have been involved in just about every major civil engineering project in Douglas Harbour for the past 45 years as well as many difficult salvage operations which have been successfully completed, and many amusing anecdotes,” Carter said.

The book is available from either the Bridge Bookshops in Port Erin and Ramsey, WH Smith in Strand Street, Douglas or direct from the publisher Lily Publications in Jurby.


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