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Captain Robert Frater gained his education at Nicolson Institute and Lews Castle College. Mr Frater served as a Cadet, Fourth Officer and Third Officer on the West African service with Elder Dempster Lines of Liverpool. He was transferred to Harrison Line of Liverpool (Caribbean Service) as a Third Mate and then to Denholm Line of Glasgow ( Worldwide Service ) as a Second Mate.
He sailed with Denholms for 21 years, being for the last 15 in command. Mr Frater served as a Harbour Master with CNES for 10 years. He is a charter member of both Nautical Institute and UK Harbour Masters Association. He’s been involved in various local voluntary organisations over an extensive period of time, including 12 years on Stornoway Trust. Captain Frater has been a Board member at SPA since 2004.