Ian Tew was born into a seafaring family in 1943. He learnt to sail by the age of seven and has sailed ever since whenever possible. He served his time at sea with British India Steam Navigation Company Limited and his second ship, the “Dara” was blown up by terrorists in the Persian Gulf with heavy loss of life. He joined Ellerman Lines as a junior officer and later Indo China Steam Navigation Company Limited in Hong Kong being promoted to chief officer. He worked for a year with a firm of Admiralty Solicitors, Elborne Mitchell, in London before joining Selco Salvage in Singapore in 1974. After many exciting years of salvage culminating in the Iran Iraq war he came ashore in 1991 returning to the UK.
He opened a small business in Lymington before buying a yacht “Independent Freedom” and sailing around the world 1997 -2001. The voyage retraced the route taken by his grandfather sixty years earlier to New Zealand where world war ll broke out. Ian completed the circumnavigation his grandfather was prevented from doing. His book “Sailing in Grandfather’s Wake” is Ian’s account of his voyage in parallel with his grandfather’s.“Salvage a Personal Odyssey” published in 2007 gives a vivid picture of the life of a salvor with accounts various salvage operations from the shores of the UK to the China Sea all performed on Lloyds Open form No Cure No Pay.
The two books “Reflections of the Sea” volume one “Duty and honour” and volume two “Death and Glory” are a series of short stories covering fictional events at sea including salvage which are gripping and exciting.
“The Dare” is an exciting novel about a young man’s life in salvage based in Singapore.
Ian Tew has had to give up sailing but shares a narrow boat with his partner and together they cruise the English Inland Waters during the summer.
UPDATE: This summer was the last narrow boat summer because Ian has had to give up that as well.
This page was last updated: April 1, 2020