A MASTER mariner who was born in Blackburn but spent most of his life in Australia has died, aged 82.

Trevor Haworth, founder of Australian tours firm Captain Cook Cruises, died earlier this month.

His life was described as ‘one of pioneering vision, great courage, adventure and achievement in building the iconic business’.

He is credited with helping to shape the tourism industry in Australia.

Mr Haworth was born in Blackburn in 1931 and was the son of Naval Deck Officer Frank and his wife Gladys.

He was orphaned at the age of six after both his parents died.

He boarded at Hutton Grammar School during the Second World War and joined the Navy in 1946, when he left Lancashire for good.

He moved to Australia in 1954, where he met his wife Geraldine five years later. They married in 1961.

A supporter of many charities, especially Rotary, Mr Haworth left behind his wife as well as daughters Jackie Charlton and Allison Haworth West and son Anthony. He also had seven grandchildren.