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A Sailor's Tales

By Captain William Wells

ISBN 978-0956290403
PRICE: £9.99


Writing as a master mariner, an experienced ship's captain and commercial marine pilot, this is the account of Captain William Wells' career at sea lasting 49 years, followed by his post retirement career as a successful public speaker.

This story follows his life as he climbed through the ranks, interspersed with numerous interesting and amusing anecdotes. He saw action during the Biafran civil war and lived and travelled extensively throughout the Middle East for ten years followed by four years in the Bahamas.

His service as a pilot lasted for almost 36 years during which time he handled over 5,000 different ships including many of the worlds largest and heaviest.

This is an interesting, sometimes self deprecating and often humorous account of a truly professional 'Sailor'.


Captain William Wells won a scholarship and left his native New Zealand aged sixteen to begin his nautical training in England. 49 years later he retired as the Senior River Pilot of London's river Thames with the flag rank of Commodore.

He now lives in 'middle England' far away from the sea.  He is a devoted grandfather and keen golfer and spends a good deal of his time as a public speaker travelling the length and breadth of the UK and aboard cruise ships, talking on matters maritime.

Having led an exciting, adventurous and different life to most, he has finally put pen to paper and is now established as a successful author.

You can find out more information and contact Captain William Wells at his website:

A Sailor's Tales by Captain William Wells
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