News from 1930: Retirement of Capt Warner

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Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
The New York Times, 4 December 1930

Captain George E. Warner to Sail in Command of Big Ship for Last Time
He Started His Career on a Sailing Boat in 1886---Rose to High British
Naval Rank in World War
A matter of two days in the sailing time of the White Star liner Olympic
will cause her master, Captain George E. Warner, to retire when she
reaches Southampton Dec. 12, it was learned yesterday on the arrival of
the ship. Captain Warner will sail in command tomorrow night but will
retire to his home in Bedford, England, at the conclusion of the voyage.

The rules of the White Star Line require that a master retire in the
year of his sixtieth birthday, which Captain Warner observed recently.
The next sailing of the Olympic from New York on Dec. 27 would take his
service over into 1931, as the vessel would not reach Southampton until
Jan. 2.

Captain Warner has been a sailor since 1886, when as a youth of 16 he
joined the crew of the sailing ship Pericles. He remained on that boat
more than five years, attained the rank of third officer, and then
shifted to the steamships of the Glen Line.

He served on several Glen Line ships operating between London and the
Orient and was chief officer of the Glengyle when she was taken in 1899
for transport service in the Boer War. He was lent by the Glen Line to
the Shire Line in 1904 and obtained his first command as master of the
5,000-ton steamship Monmouthshire. He remained with her until 1913, when
he was transferred to the new steamship Cardiganshire when the Glen
Line was acquired by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.

At the outbreak of the World War Captain Warner was commissioned a
Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Naval Reserve and assigned to the
armed merchant cruiser of the White Star fleet. He was with this ship
when she was wrecked in September, 1914. He served later on the
battleship Orion, flagship of the Second Battle Squadron, commanded the
armed yacht Safety, was assistant to Rear Admiral R. F. Boyle in
organizing the auxiliary patrol vessels and mine sweepers at the
Stornoway naval base and finally became Commodore of Convoys in the
North Atlantic, a post which he held until the end of the war.

Captain Warner then returned to the merchant service and succeeded
rapidly to more important commands in the last twelve years. He
commanded several vessels of the Royal Mail Company, including the Orca,
which became the Calgaric soon after the White Star Line was purchased
in 1926 by the Royal Mail group. He was then promoted in turn to command
the Baltic, Homeric and Olympic.

Captain Warner is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an
associate of the Institute of Naval Architects and a younger brother of
Trinity House, London. He succeeded Captain Eustace R. White as
commander of the Olympic.

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