The Cachalots – Southampton Master Mariners’ Club, which was formed in 1928 – are pleased to announce that they have installed, at their recent ‘Sea Pie Supper’, as Club Captain, Rachel Dunn for the year 2019.
Rachel is the first female member to attain this position. Rachel, who has been a Cachalot for 19 years, originally went to sea in 1984 as a Cadet with Shell Tankers and left them when she was 2nd Officer to be married to a fellow seafarer who is now a Southampton Pilot, she then joined Wightlink Ferries as their first female officer. Having obtained her Master’s Certificate in 1993, she rose to be one of the senior masters in Wightlink before she left in 2010 to become an Admiralty Pilot in Portsmouth Harbour, the first female to hold this position and became a First Class Pilot for all ships in 2012.
She was awarded the Victoria Drummond Award which is presented to women whose achievements boost the profile of women at sea and she is an Admiralty Compass Adjuster and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. Whilst managing to maintain a full career, she has managed to bring up three girls, none of whom has expressed an interest in joining the Merchant Navy.
, Southampton Master Mariners’ Club