The day King Charles III visited an OCL Bay Boat
On the Coronation Day for King Charles III in London it seemed appropriate to remember the occasion just over 53 years ago when he visited one of the first OCL Bay Boats, the Encounter-class Discovery Bay.
From the left: Captain Brian Hinderwell, 2ON Joe Welch, King Charles, 2ON Colin Johnstone and A S Mayne, OCAL Director for Victoria (photographer not known but image thought to be a company publicity photograph).
The signature in the Discovery Bay's Officers' visitor book.
Out on deck, watching containers being loaded.
An article on the visit written by the Captain B N Hinderwell (reproduced below)
Captain Joe Welch
With thanks also to David Burrett who was 2OC on the Discovery Bay at the time of the King's visit. It was David's recent comment about the day under a post about Captain Hinderwell on OCL Bay Boats (the ex-sea staff Facebook group) which prompted this article.