Retired businessman Mark Ashley-Miller, 56, is setting out to visit every Harbour Master in the UK starting from Dartmouth on 28 March 2019.
He is sailing his 34 ft motorsailer “Good Dog” from harbour to harbour in a clockwise direction around the UK with the aim of meeting every Harbour Master and asking them a couple of questions in order to gather a unique record of the Harbour Masters, their harbours and their work.
How many Harbour Masters are there in the UK? Nobody knows as there is no single overseeing authority. It is estimated between 400 and 600 depending on whether they are full time, part time, seasonal, commercial, private or volunteers. There are also Pier Masters and Slipway Masters.
How long will the challenge take? It is estimated to take at least two years depending on the weather.
How will the challenge be recorded? It is planned to take a photograph of every Harbour Master and ask them two or three set questions about their work in order to create a unique record. The results will be recorded in an online format and maybe a book.
Will Mark sail alone? For most of the trip Mark is being joined by friends and family although his boat can be sailed single handed. Volunteer crews are welcome.
What type of boat is Good Dog? A Nauticat 331 mono-hull motor sailing ketch with a 75 horsepower engine. It is 34ft long, sleeps 6 and is made in Finland.
What charity is Mark supporting? The primary charity being supported is Seafarers UK (formerly King George Fund for Sailors – launched in 1917 by The Daily Telegraph).
In particular the challenge will highlight mental health issues in the maritime industries. Beneficiaries of the charity will also be visited on the circumnavigation.
Has anyone done this before? There is no record of such a trip – so it maybe a first!
Contacts: Mark Ashley Miller – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07817845775 Seafarers UK – Marie Robson – email@example.com – 02079325960
UK-Ports.org will be following Mark’s trip with regular updates so keep an eye out for his progress here – he might even be visiting a harbour near you