Presentation by Capt. Ron Riley
QVMAG – Inveresk
Sunday, 6th November 2011 Commencing 2.30 pm until 4.30 pm
About the Speaker
Capt Ron Riley is a Senior Pilot for Tasmanian Ports Corporation. He joined BHP in 1964 as a Marine Deck Apprentice and obtained a 2nd Mates Certificate in1967, a 1st Mates Certificate in 1969 and Masters Certificate in 1978. From 1972 to 1979 he spent time overseas with P&O Bulk Shipping and Bank Line sailing as 2nd Mate and 1st Mate. Captain Riley commenced piloting on the Tamar in 1980 and currently hold licences for the Tamar River and Devonport. he was called up for National Service in 1966 and joined RANR in 1969 and spent 28 years in Naval Reserve rising to Lieutenant-Commander. he was awarded IHO Category B Certificate in Hydographic Surveying in 1987 and accredited as Hydrographic Surveyor Level 1 in 1995. He was awarded the Australian Defence Medal and Reserve Force Decoration. His main interests are bee keeping, gardening, sailing and reading, with particular reference to early maritime explorers and methods of navigation and surveying. He sailed as navigator on replica sloop NORFOLK during the 200th anniversary re-enactment of Flinders’ voyage from Sydney to Hervey Bay in 1999.
Brief Abstract of the Talk
The aim of the talk is to look at the changes to pilotage on the Tamar over the last 4 decades.