First Woman to Captain Ship

15 December 2010, 00:00

For the first time in 170 years, Captain Inger Klein Olsen is Cunard' first female Captain as the ship sets sail today with a full complement of passengers

43-year-old Captain Olsen was born and brought up in the Faroe Islands, which goes some way to explaining her maritime abilities, and she joined Cunard in 1997 as First Officer on board Caronia. In 2001 she transferred to the Seabourn fleet - at that time part of Cunard. She sailed on Seabourn Sun and Seabourn Spirit before being promoted to rank of Staff Captain on Seabourn Pride in 2003.

Commenting on the new appointment, Cunard's President and Managing Director, Peter Shanks, says:

“While we are far from being the first shipping company to have a female Captain, it is nonetheless noteworthy when such a long-established British institution as Cunard makes a break with its captaincy tradition. But as Mark Twain drily observed, 'the folks at Cunard wouldn't appoint Noah himself as Captain until he had worked his way up through the ranks'. Inger has certainly done that, and we are delighted to welcome her as our first woman driver”.