Jeanette Williamson Prize
The Jeanette Williamson Prize is awarded to the best student to have completed their Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2 Certificate of Competency (Class 2 Skipper's Ticket) at the NAFC Marine Centre.
The prize is sponsored by the Hunter & Morrison Trust in memory of the late Jeanette Williamson of Whalsay, who helped pioneer the training of fishermen in Shetland (see below).
2017/18 - Stewart Hutchison (Venturous, LK 75) (left), with Mark Fullerton (NAFC).
2016/17 - Stuart Eunson (Serene, LK 297) (right), with Mark Fullerton (NAFC).
2015/16 - Stuart Shearer - Adenia (LK 193) (left), with Linda Gear (NAFC).
- 2014 - Andrew White
- 2013 - Ian Shearer
- 2012 - James Shearer
- 2010 - Robert Williamson
- 2007 - Raymond Fraser
- 2006 - Neil Anderson
- 2004 - Jordan Johnson
- 2003 - Michael Anderson
- 2002 - Ryan Dalziel
- 2001 - Magnus Polson
- 2000 - John Montgomery
- 1999 - Mark Davies
- 1998 - Colin Leask
- 1996 - George Smith
- 1995 - Kevin Inkster
- 1994 - Richard Williamson
- 1993 - Lindsay Laurenson
- 1992 - John R Scott
- 1991 - Michael Watt
Jeanette Williamson helped pioneer the training of fishermen in Shetland and received an MBE in 1972 for her services to the fishing industry
In the 1950s and 1960s there was a growing need for Shetland’s fishermen to have formal qualifications, but the necessary training was not available in the islands. On the island of Whalsay, one of Shetland’s main fishing communities, teacher Jeanette Williamson started teaching navigation classes in the local school in the early 1960s. To enable her to do so she had first obtained a Yacht Master (Ocean Going) Certificate.
Her classes soon expanded to include local fishermen who needed training in navigation to obtain the qualifications they required. The only alternative for these men was to attend College on the Scottish mainland - not easy for working fishermen with families. Some ‘old timers’ did not believe that it was a woman’s place to teach men about the sea, but over the years Jeanette was to train some 80 local fishermen from throughout Shetland. Many of her students remain active in the fishing industry today.
Jeanette’s contribution to the local fishing industry was recognised in 1972 with the award of an MBE in the New Year Honours List. She died in 1982.
Jeanette Williamson pictured in 1972 with some of 'her boys' (L-R: Alister Rendall, Robert Watt, John Irvine, Alister Irvine & Lowrie Irvine).