Deck mate celebrates Half Century

19-06-2015 Red Funnel has thrown a party to honour a member of its team who has clocked up half a century in service. 


Southampton resident Mike Andrews first worked for the ferry firm in 1962 for a short while before joining the Marines and going away to sea. In 1965, he re-joined the company and has worked his way up through the ranks, holding different positions including deck boy, able seaman and his current role, deck mate.

Mike said: “I’ve had a fantastic time at Red Funnel and worked my way up to the senior level of deck mate. This is the best job I’ve had with a great team around me and it’s great to educate the younger people about the company and its distinguished history”.

“So much has changed at Red Funnel over the past 50 years and it’s been a joy to see. The evolution of technology has really helped to shape the way we work, its improved safety across the business and allowed us to carry more people across the Solent than ever before. There’s been a lot of positive change and I’m looking forward to the company relocating in Southampton to Trafalgar Docks over the next couple of years.”

Shirley Anderson, HR director at Red Funnel, said: “Mike is a joy to work with and he’s made a huge contribution to the success of the company throughout his time here. We’re very pleased to be celebrating Mike’s 50 years and we look forward to working with him for many more years to come.”

Mike’s colleagues presented him with a clock from retired ferry MV Cowes Castle, which came into service the same year Mike returned to work for Red Funnel in 1965.