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Issue 3 2021 - Freight Business Journal


Pete Shea, FBJ cartoonist 5 May 1934 – 28 March 2021


FBJ is saddened to report the death of its regular cartoonist, Peter Shea (‘Pete’) aſt er a short illness. Drawing cartoons was in fact


Pete’s second career. Born in London in 1934 but brought up in Blackpool, he joined the Customs & Excise in Liverpool in 1955. He


had many stories of his time in the Waterguard; not least inspecting the last commercial whaling ships. During this time Pete began


drawing cartoons, initially for the amusement of colleagues and friends. Liverpool was where he met and married Mary, his wife of 60 years.


In the mid-1960s Pete was


promoted and moved to Heathrow airport and it was at this time that he began to sell his fi rst cartoons, initially to airport and customs magazines but then to many other publications. At Heathrow Pete also became an expert on the ‘stuff ers and


Dig those moody Brexit blues


Brexit has had many unexpected consequences, but perhaps no one ever expected it to inspire a leading member of the industry to burst into song. But that is exactly what Ital Logistics boss and keen amateur musician Phil Denton has


done, with The Brexit


Customs Blues. Space prevents us from


publishing the full lyrics but here are a couple of samples:


You’ve had plenty of time (they say), to get your process straight But the info we were given Was incomplete and far too late. We’re working all hours and having a moan That’s ‘cos the offi ce is our new home. And: You’d think we’d committed treason ‘Cos our T form’s run out of date. It’s six days to Greece and you only get 8 The slightest delay and you end up late.


It doesn’t seem to be on Youtube but you can hear the full song sung by the man himself on Ital’s website here: https://ital-logistics.com/brexitblues/


Flower power


The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Soci- ety has planted a rose garden at its maritime care home in the Surrey town of Banstead, to celebrate the centenary of the seafarer charity Stella Maris (formerly the Apostle- ship of the Sea). It features the Stella Maris rose,


a Hybrid Tea rose cultivated by Harkness Roses and distributed by World of Roses, following a Con- tainer Shipping Supporting Seafar- ers (CSSS) initiative to raise funds for Stella Maris, the world’s largest ship-visiting network.


World of Roses donates 35% of


the price of every plant sold. CSSS founder Philip Eastell said:


“We are delighted that the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is support- ing the initiative and encourage more maritime companies to ‘say it with fl owers’. We would love to see a Stella Maris Rose Garden in every port, in every terminal, in every shipping line head offi ce grounds, indeed the grounds of any organi- sation operating within the mari- time supply chain.” Chief executive of the Royal


A sideways look at the freight industry


Veteran industry public relations man Ian Matheson has launched a Linked In group that takes an


irreverent look at the industry. Where’s the f in phr8 promises satirical news and comment for


Alfred Seafarers’ Society, Com- mander Brian Boxall-Hunt, said: “It is hugely benefi cial to resident well- being so we are thrilled to unveil the garden in time for spring.” www.containershippingsup- portingseafarers.org


the freight and logistics sector. Its ‘no bile, only style’ content will bring a smile to members’ faces, he says. All welcome, but stay civil. https://www.linkedin.com/ groups/9043440/


///FREIGHT BREAK swallowers’ school of drug-


smugglers and regularly lectured in the UK and abroad. He spoke several languages, using them for interpreting and was the senior offi cer in the team that discovered drugs in the luggage of Paul and Linda McCartney. Needless to say, there was a cartoon which Paul signed and which Pete’s family still have. In retirement Pete was busier


than ever with cartooning and became an active member of the


Cartoonist’s Club of Great Britain in the mid-1970s. He drew for many publications (including International Freighting Weekly), always managing to fi nd a new and funny take on the business or topic in hand and never missed a deadline. The FBJ team had been looking


forward to seeing his take on the Ever Given incident in the Suez Canal – regretfully a commission that will remain forever unfulfi lled.


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