Peter Corrin was born in 1949 and brought up in the village of Port St. Mary, in the south of the Isle of Man, within a stone’s throw of the sea.
From as early as he can remember he wished to follow his father into the local Isle of Man shipping firm, the Ramsey Steamship Company, or ‘Ben-boats’ as they were affectionately known. His desire to do this was only heightened by regular trips on some of the vessels with his father during school holidays.
On his sixteenth birthday, in 1965, he achieved his ambition when he signed on the M/V Ben Varrey (3) as deck-boy. Within a year he was promoted to ordinary seaman and efficient deck hand (EDH). However, after serving the company for over three years he decided to take up an offer of employment in the same capacity with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited, on board its cargo vessel M/V Ramsey. He would remain with that company for almost the next forty years.
During that time he would be successful in achieving deck officer and master certification, and going on to rise to the rank of master in 1978. In 1987, he was promoted ashore to the position of marine superintendent, later to be known as marine operations manager. He retired from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company at the end of 2006.
Early the following year, he was delighted to be invited to become a director of the Ramsey Steamship Company, and would remain so until the voluntary winding-up of the company shortly after it had reached its centenary in 2013. Between 2007 and 2018 he was self-employed as a marine consultant.