Captain George Young was, in 1935, Vice-Commodore of the Clan Line.
He held an extra masters certificate in sail with 40 years service with the same company. At this time he had held command for 20 years.
He was Master of the Clan MacMillan when in March 1917 she was torpedoed by a German submarine. The Captain and crew escaped in the boats.
In March 1918 when Master of the Clan MacKenzie she was torpedoed by another German submarine. Under Capt. Young's direction the crew were able to drive the marauder off. For this action Capt. Young received Lloyd's Medal for Meritorious Services.