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October Luncheon 2016

  • The Merchant Taylors’ Hall Threadneedle Street London, EC2R 8JB (map)

Guest Speaker


Court Assistant & Historian with The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights

Sean Gay

Sean retired in 2010 after 50 years involvement with shipping which he says,

has been a wonderful industry to work in, full of the most interesting people, all helping to join the world up.

Sean will take us on a fascinating historical journey around our City of London streets and nearby parts of the River Thames, which we see every day, and may even have some scuttlebutt on the Jamaica Inn.

Sean was born in London, and grew up in Malaysia and UK. Secondary school education for Sean at The Nautical College in Pangbourne included navigation, seamanship, ship construction and stability, on top of normal school subjects. Sean joined the Merchant Navy aged 16 and spent 10 years trading world-wide serving on cargo and passenger liners, and cruise ships. He became a Master Mariner in 1973.

Sean entered the City of London as a shipbroker and then became a founding Director of OTAL, a shipping line from Europe to West Africa utilising roll on roll off ships. He was Managing Director of OTAL for 15 years before the company was successfully sold to its competitor. Sean has also held positions of Managing Director of Rickmers Linie (a Hamburg based global heavy lift and general cargo liner service with 150 years history of serving China), Non-Executive Director of US Lines (USL) container service China (USA, New Zealand, Australia triangular trade routes).

From time to time Sean acts as an Expert Witness for commercial shipping legal disputes. His time these days is spent as a City of London Guide, a City of Westminster Guide, a Tate Modern Volunteer Guide, and as a Court Assistant to The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Livery Company. 

The Merchant Taylors’ Hall

Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8JB

020 7450 4445

☉ Bank   ☉ Liverpool Street

Earlier Event: 14 April
Gala Dinner 2016
Later Event: 2 December
December Luncheon 2016