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Colin Brown - Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service
Colin in MN uniform

It will come as no surprise to those of us who know Colin that he has been publicly recognised for his work within the community. However, that recognition has come from an unexpected direction; he is to be awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service, a State Award for men and women who have shown exceptional devotion to duty, exemplary service and are an outstanding example to others. Colin has worked tirelessly within and for maritime communities during his 59 years of service within the Merchant Navy and associated marine industry. His citation will draw particular attention to Colin as a founder member of the Nautical Institute and, most recently, as a trustee for the Plymouth Merchant Navy Monument in which role he was instrumental in setting up the charity to fund its construction. The completed monument, on Plymouth Hoe, was dedicated by HRH Princess Anne on Merchant Navy Day, September 3rd 2019. He will be awarded his medal during a ceremony in London in 2021.

Colin Campbell Brown B.Sc., M.Sc, Master Mariner, FNI went to sea in 1956 as a Cadet with the British and Commonwealth Shipping Company, trading worldwide in various ship types. He came ashore as a Master Mariner in 1971 to join the Institute of Marine Studies, Plymouth Polytechnic, as a lecturer to both professional seafarers and undergraduates, whilst making annual updating returns to sea as Mate or Master until 1982.

Colin with HRH A

From 1989 to 1994 he was Lecturer and Head of Marine and Fisheries Training at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, working under UK ODA contracts. He then moved to Hong Kong where he was Associate Professor in the Department of Maritime Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University from1994 to 1999.

MN monument

He returned to the UK in 1999 and was, from 2001 until 2015, a contracted consultant to the Department for Transport, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, DTI, DECC and the offshore renewable energy industry, largely advising on the various effects of offshore installations - particularly wind farms - on marine navigation, safety and search and rescue. Colin is also an instructor for all RYA shore-based courses to the level of Yachtmaster Ocean.

Otherwise, Colin’s interests are his family, all matters maritime, his boat, his classic car and conservation. He is active in local affairs, particularly in planning within the Forder Conservation Area and is, always, the first point of call for help and to get things done in the village. It was Colin who acquired the first 'Saltash Hopper’, set up the scheme and enlisted the first volunteer drivers from Forder. For several years Colin has been very closely associated with Father Christmas' visit to Forder's annual carol service.

So, congratulations to Colin for a most well deserved award.

This page last updated: 18 November 2020