Founder and original owner of Captain Cook Cruises, Trevor Haworth AM passed away at the weekend.

Captain Haworth and wife Geraldine founded Captain Cook Cruises on Australia Day in 1970 and started the business from Jetty 6 Circular Quay operating coffee cruises on Sydney Harbour, and went on to build a fleet operating on Sydney Harbour, the Fiji Islands, Murray River and the Great Barrier Reef.

Captain Haworth’s achievements were recognised nationally in 1985 when he was awarded a member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours, the first tourism industry personality to be recognised by the federal government. Both he and his wife received multiple tourism and cruise industry awards including Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.

Managing director and chief executive of SeaLink Travel Group, Mr Jeff Ellison said Mr Haworth “will be long remembered for his pioneering spirit, his considered and entrepreneurial approach but moreover as a statesman and icon in the founding and development of bringing international tourism to Australia.”

He is survived by his wife, son Anthony and daughters Jackie, Allison and seven grandchildren.