I blieve that is right. I met him for the first time after that first trip we shared on the Eastbank, possibly mid to late 70's when he was sailing on the then P & O ferries as one of the mates, running up to the Orkneys.
Regrettably, I then met him perhaps about 1992 leaning up against the doorway of M & S in Aberdeen trying to get his breath back, having had the news about his lungs just that day. I think he was about 55 as we were of similar age. He had always been a heavy smoker and he died not long after. He had no regrets.