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Nautical Nights Speaker Series: David Peck (Travels and Travails)

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Nautical Nights are back! This winter, join the Maritime Museum of BC in-person and online for nights of riveting nautical stories, histories, and discussion.

This month’s speaker: David Peck

In-Person at 744 Douglas Street: $10 + GST
Zoom: $8 + GST

“Travels and Travails”: The Transglobe Expedition

In 1979 Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team embarked on the Transglobe Expedition, a longitudinal (over both poles) circumnavigation of the earth using only surface transportation. The Transglobe Expedition was conceived by Ran’s wife, Ginny, in 1972 and took seven years to plan, train for, and acquire the necessary resources, all of which was accomplished with a budget of zero! The Expedition’s morale was greatly enhanced when HRH Prince Charles agreed to be the Patron, pronouncing the entire venture as “Mad but Marvellous”. The MV Benjamin Bowring was the Expedition’s 213-foot-long ice-strengthened ship, bought by a consortium between Marsh & McLennan, an American insurance brokerage, and CT Bowring & Co Ltd, which had a history of helping with polar exploration, having owned the “Aurora” and Captain Scott’s “Terra Nova” which supported his ill-fated expedition in 1911. David Peck will give an insight into the life of the marine Navigating Officer on this daunting expedition.

About the Speaker – David Peck

David Peck grew up in Suffolk, England, and “ran away to sea” as a cadet when he was 16 years old, subsequently qualifying as a deep-sea Navigating Officer 3 years later. David gave up his career with P & O to join the Transglobe Expedition and was the 2nd Officer on the Benjamin Bowring. All the ship’s crew were unpaid volunteers for what would prove to be a 3-year expedition. David nearly lost his right leg during the Expedition, having it wrapped round the propellor shaft of one of the ship’s lifeboats while setting up a publicity photograph in South Africa. David was able to rejoin his teammates after a period of recovery in Capetown. During the Expedition’s stop in Vancouver David spent two days visiting Victoria and decided that once the Expedition was complete Victoria would be a wonderful place to live, a belief that David continues to hold to this day. After his move to Victoria in 1982 David worked as Navigating Officer on a research ship for the Canadian Government in the Arctic, and the Indian government in the Antarctic. In 1986 David joined BC Ferries, working on various routes, and then as Safety Officer for the Southern Gulf Islands and as Acting Safety Manager. David retired in 2013 and now keeps busy officiating at weddings.

This event will occur simultaneously in-person and via Zoom. As the in-person portion is an indoor event, as of September 13th the provincial government has mandated that the Maritime Museum of BC will require proof of vaccination.

By September 13, you must be partially vaccinated.
You’re partially vaccinated with 1 dose.

By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.
You’re fully vaccinated 7 days after dose 2.

We ask those unable to provide this information to join us on Zoom.



The Maritime Museum of BC
744 Douglas St.
Victoria, BC V8W 3M6 Canada


Maritime Museum of BC