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Nautical Nights Speaker Series: David Peck - February

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Our Nautical Nights Speaker Series programs are delivered in a hybrid model: an in-person event at our 744 Douglas St. location, and a simultaneous Zoom Meeting. After purchasing a Zoom program ticket, you will receive a link for the Zoom Meeting directly days prior to the event,

In-person or by Zoom, enjoy the Maritime Museum of BC's Nautical Nights Speaker Series. This series focuses on discussion about our unique maritime heritage, culture, and environment! Each month features a new speaker and topic.



"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 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.


The in-person portion of this event is a live screening at 744 Douglas Street, downtown Victoria. As this is an indoor organized group recreational class, as of September 13th the provincial government has mandated that the Maritime Museum of BC will require proof of vaccination. MMBC will continue to comply with this mandate until it has been lifted.


Please note: Registration for Zoom programs must occur at least 2 hours before the scheduled program and provide an e-mail, or we can not guarantee that you will receive the link to participate. We will contact you before the program, and are available for Zoom troubleshooting aid up to 2 hours before the program start time.

The Maritime Museum of BC does not want to cause additional financial hardship at this time to any who would like to participate in our programs and lack the ability to pay. Free attendance at these programs is available. please email us at to request your free Virtual Program discount code.