David Hart (49-52)
Captain David Hart (49-52) died in New Zealand on June 20, 2017 at his home with his family. He was 82. His funeral was held on June 26 in St. John’s Church, Beach Street, Waikouaiti near Dunedin followed by a private cremation.
David joined Port Line in April, 1952 and obtained his Second Mate’s Ticket in 1955. The same year he was appointed Junior 3rd Officer. In 1960 he obtained his Master’s Ticket. He was appointed to command in March, 1967 and became Assistant Marine Superintendent, Port Line, in London in September 1967. He resumed command of m.v. Port Lyttleton on the inception of the Blue Star Port Line Management Company in 1968 and later commanded m.v. Port Adelaide.
In June, 1970 he became Assistant Marine Superintendent Blue Star Port Line [Management Company] first in Wellington then Auckland, New Zealand. In 1975 he joined the Shipping Corporation of New Zealand as South Island Manager of the Container Services Division based in Port Otago. Later he became Manager of Port Otago.
Richard Givan (57-60) writes: “I sailed with David twice in the early 1960s, and, reflecting some of the of the tributes that have been posted, he was an extremely competent deck officer, eventually Master, was unflappable and was always available for advice – a thorough gentleman.”
Lionel Stephens adds: “David Hart was one of three brothers who attended the Nautical College. His twin brother John Hart (49-52) also went into the Port Line before joining Cunard. An older brother Frank Hart (48-50) became the Deputy Harbour Master in Melbourne, Australia. An unusual family who all went to sea.”