Post date: Aug 11, 2019 2:22:26 PM
We have received the sad news that SCARA member Peter D’Arcy passed away on 31 July, aged 67.
Peter started with Overseas Containers Limited (OCL) on the sea staff side of the company, sailing as a 2nd Officer Navigation (2ON) and gaining his Master Mariner’s certificate from Hull Nautical College. He came ashore in the second half of the 1980s, initially as an ANZECS planner in Ilford. He then moved to a similar role with TRIO.
In the years that followed Peter took on various operational management positions for P&O Containers and P&O Nedlloyd including a secondment to Australia.
In his capacity as Operations Manager of the Australian/New Zealand and Latin American Services for P&O Nedlloyd in Australia, Peter wrote a letter to Marshall Meek, the Blue Funnel naval architect who had been responsible for the design of both the Encounter Bay and Liverpool Bay class container ships. In the letter (which is published in Marshall Meek’s book “There Go The Ships”) Peter advised that the Encounter Bay would be coming out of service in January 1999. He ended by saying “I would like to thank you on behalf of all those in P&O Nedlloyd who have had the pleasure of serving on and operating the Encounter Bay class ships”.
On his return to the UK Peter retired to Yorkshire. He attended the annual SCARA Reunion lunches in London in 2012 and 2013.
A posting on the ex-sea staff Bay Boats Facebook page contained the news of Peter’s death (many thanks to John Stockdale for passing on this sad, but important information). A large number of tributes have been paid on there to a former shipmate who will be much missed by his family and friends.
Peter’s funeral will be on Wednesday 21st August at 11.30am at the East Riding Crematorium, Cross Road, Octon, Driffield, YO25 3BL. Donations in lieu of flowers to the RNLI may be sent to the Funeral Directors, G M Sharp, Lance Grange, Cranwell Road, Driffield, YO25 6HU.