Crew Members

April 2014

After 4 years of harmonious sailing as a 6 piece, the good ship Maritime Crew has sprung a leak with the departure of Alex McClennan. Family and work commitments have called on him to devote more of his attention elsewhere. Alex has contributed alot to the Crew in the 7 years he's been with us, lovely infill whistle bits, just the right harmonies, and generally good musical ideas. The Crew is now - back row: John McGowan, Warren Payne, Bob Large; front row: Lew Black, Paul Howarth.

The Crew aboard the Voyager Maritime Museum vessel ‘Breeze’.

Photo: Paul Restall


February 2010

Now we are 6. After 16 years as Captain of the Crew Rudy Sunde hung up his sea-boots and retired. We gave him a party to thank him for what he had done and wish him a happy retirement. He left behind a group comprising - back row: Alex McClennan, Warren Payne, Bob Large; front row: Lew Black, Paul Howarth, John McGowan.

The Crew aboard the Voyager Maritime Museum vessel 
‘Breeze’.

Photo: Paul Restall


December 2009

John McGowan returned from Australia partway through the Catlins project, too late to become involved in the recording or the tour. He did join us for a couple of our Sunday Sessions at the Museum during this time, but now that project is under our belt John has returned to full participation in the Crew, so a full muster is now Lew Black, Paul Howarth, Bob Large, Alex McClennan, John McGowan, Warren Payne and Rudy Sunde.


January 2007

The Crew recruited 2 new members in January Paul Howarth and Alex McClennan, who join the existing complement of Lew Black, Bob Large, Warren Payne and Rudy Sunde.

The Crew aboard the Voyager Maritime Museum vessel 
‘Breeze’.

Photo: Paul Restall

On the downside though John McGowan left us to go live in Australia, & Gavin Asher has chosen to turn his years leave of absence into a permanent departure. Both have been key members of the group over the years and we wish them well.


August 2006

Sadly, Andrew Gough has now left us to take up employment in the Solomon Islands, so now The Maritime Crew has 5 voices and they are Lew Black, Bob Large, John McGowan, Warren Payne and Rudy Sunde.

In April this year, Gavin Asher, currently on leave, married his partner Cara Gilkison and we would like to wish them a long and happy married life together.


November 2005

Photo of Maritime Crew, November 2005

The Maritime Crew has had some recent changes to it's lineup. John Walton has left us & new members are Andrew Gough and Warren Payne. Both Andrew and Warren are excellent singers and musicians and we are delighted to have them in the group.

After the groups performance at The Auckland Folk Festival at the end of January, long time crew member Gavin Asher is to take temporary leave of the group to work on his own projects.


August 2003

Photo of Maritime Crew, Niebuell, Germany, August 2003

The Maritime Crew performing in Niebuell, Germany with new member John McGowan along with Lew Black, John Walton, Bob Large, Rudy Sunde and Gavin Asher.


May 2003

In May 2003 The Maritime Crew was rocked by the sudden deaths of two crew members, Frank Winter, and Peter Collier. Here is an acknowledgement of them and their contribution to the group.

John McGowan Warren Payne Bob Large Lew Black Paul Howarth

Alex McClennan Warren Payne Bob Large Lew Black Paul Howarth John McGowan

Alex McClennan Warren Payne Bob Large Lew Black Paul Howarth Rudy Sunde

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