Francis “Mickey” Culver Notable Cruise Industry Death – Francis “Mickey” Culver, age 68, from West Newbury, Massachusetts passed away on Saturday December 1, 2018. Culver had been a Norwegian American Line steward and seaman traveling the globe from Easter Island to Leningrad and many places in between.
In 1980 the last two Norwegian American Line (NAL) cruise ships were handed over into a new joint venture company (Norwegian American Cruises) with Leif Höegh & Co, and finally sold to Cunard Line in 1984.
During the 1990s NAL main business were the Roll-on/roll-off operations and sea carriage of cars, through the NOSAC brand (Norwegian Specialised Autocarcarriers), with a fleet of nearly 20 vessels, then acquired by Wilh. Wilhelmsen in 1995.
He worked at the former White Oak Design, then joined his father and brother at Culver Company in New York in 1980.
Mickey is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ann Bardeen, of West Newbury; son Robert and his wife, Emma (Greenman) of Boston; and son, William of New York City. Other survivors include his brother, Brennan of San Anselmo, Calif., and niece, Genie Babcock of Los Angeles.
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