Posted by: cruise2 | 2 September, 2009

Master Appointed to New QUEEN ELIZABETH


Captain Chris Wells, who joined Cunard as second officer in Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1992, has been appointed Master of the company’s new 90,000-ton liner, Queen Elizabeth, which will enter service in October 2010.
53-year-old Captain Wells, who is married to Hedda – whom he met in QE2 – was born and brought up in Bournemouth, and educated at Poole Grammar School. His love of the sea developed when he learned to sail in Poole Harbour, and resulted in his commencing a four-year cadetship with Shell Tankers at Warsash College in 1974, qualifying as a second officer in 1978. He obtained his Master’s certificate in 1985.
Captain Wells served with Shell for 16 years, also finding time in 1986 to join the Royal Naval Reserve. He still undertakes two weeks’ training with the RNR each year, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1994.
After joining Cunard and QE2, Captain Wells worked his way through the ranks to become staff captain. He later was seconded to RMS Queen Mary 2 New Build Team and spent 18 months at the St Nazaire shipyard. Having seen the ship develop from the beginning and bringing her into service as Staff Captain, Captain Wells was extremely proud when appointed to the command of RMS Queen Mary 2 last year.
Queen Elizabeth, currently under construction at the Monfalcone yard in Trieste, will be a classic Cunarder, offering  Cunard heritage and tradition along with every conceivable modern luxury facility. She will join her fleetmates Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria next year ensuring one of the oldest shipping lines in business has the youngest fleet in the world.
Peter Shanks, President and Managing Director of Cunard Line says:
“It is a well deserved honour for Captain Wells to be appointed Master of Queen Elizabeth. He will be a fine leader for all of our colleagues working with him in Queen Elizabeth. His experience in both QE2 and Queen Mary 2 will ensure he continues the famous traditions of Cunard Line”.
Commenting on his appointment, Captain Wells says:
“Bringing Queen Elizabeth up Southampton Water to her home port will be one of the proudest moments of my life, and I very much hope that the people of Southampton and beyond will take the ship to their hearts as they have all the Cunard Queens since Queen Mary was launched in 1934; Queen Elizabeth certainly follows in that great tradition’.
Captain Wells lives in Barnham, West Sussex, with his wife and three children.

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