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Life Lessons: Chief Engineer Nick Stevenson

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

For his column in Riviera Insider, photographer Paul Oatway seeks out interesting ex-pat residents to ask their greatest life lessons.


Nick Stevenson, taken by Paul Oatway. c. Oatway Photo

Part of having a good life is learning from the lessons that it teaches. Riviera photographer Paul Oatway met up with the charming Chief Engineer Nick Stevenson. A proud Scotsman, he started out at sea from the age of 18 in commercial fishing, and then joined the merchant navy for 17 years. During this journey, he was recognised by his peers in the industry for having a talent for engineering. This led him to his current position in the Yachting industry. Nick is now based in Cannes.


1. Anything is possible

My early years in life were extremely tough, but with determination and focus, anything is possible. I am living proof of my own success. Believe in yourself.


2. Respect - Listen - Apply

Have the greatest respect for people who want to guide you on your journey. If they can make the time for you, then you should listen and apply.


3. Match made in Heaven - it is not

You would think that working on a boat, I would have a love for the sea. I can assure you that is not the case for me. Swimming is a NO-NO. I respect the sea, but I don’t like it or going in it.


4. Getting Old

I love ageing; I learn something new every day and forget 5 other things.

Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shagpile carpet to change the tv-channel.


5. Three is my magic number

Failure is not failure - it is all about learning. Everything takes me 3 attempts to succeed.

Don’t give up at the first hurdle.


6. Love at least one thing about yourself

I am very fortunate to have a great head of hair, as far to say the salt and pepper look. We all have dislikes about ourselves, but I think we should make the most of our assets. We all have them, even if you think you don’t.


7. Find an interest

I love photographing. It is a great way to get outdoors and explore the surroundings where ever I am in the world.


8. Stay focused

Life is full of up’s and downs, and even more so now that it’s been made harder for the world’s population as we deal with Covid 19. Stay focused and keep a clear mental attitude. We will get through this difficult time.


9. Friendship is important

Never forget, no matter if it is for life, for a minute, passing like ships in the night, they are all important relationships. Each one leaves a mark in your life. Keep the contact.




Paul Oatway is a professional photographer in the French Riviera.

Find him at oatwayphoto.com

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