Miles and Beryl Smeeton

Miles Smeeton
Miles Smeeton and Beryl Smeeton were an outstanding couple of travellers, pioneers, explorers, mountaineers, cruising sailors, recipients of numerous sailing awards, farmers, prolific authors, wildlife conservationists and founders of the Cochrane Ecological Institute, a Canadian non-profit charity responsible for successfully reintroducing the swift fox to North America.wikipedia
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Cruising (maritime)

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Miles Smeeton and Beryl Smeeton were an outstanding couple of travellers, pioneers, explorers, mountaineers, cruising sailors, recipients of numerous sailing awards, farmers, prolific authors, wildlife conservationists and founders of the Cochrane Ecological Institute, a Canadian non-profit charity responsible for successfully reintroducing the swift fox to North America.
Key among these during the post World War II period are Electa and Irving Johnson, Miles and Beryl Smeeton, Bernard Moitessier, Peter Pye, and Eric and Susan Hiscock.

Miles Clark

Miles
In 1991 Miles Clark, a godson of the Smeetons, wrote a comprehensive biography of Miles and Beryls' lives entitled "High Endeavours: The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Miles and Beryl Smeeton". Clark spent over 2 years researching the book and used extensive sources including tape recordings, interviews, diaries, letters, ship's logbooks and books including 11 written by the Smeetons.
Born Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland on 3 November 1960, he was the son of Wallace Clark and the godson of Miles Smeeton, themselves both distinguished yachtsmen and authors.

Swift fox

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Miles Smeeton and Beryl Smeeton were an outstanding couple of travellers, pioneers, explorers, mountaineers, cruising sailors, recipients of numerous sailing awards, farmers, prolific authors, wildlife conservationists and founders of the Cochrane Ecological Institute, a Canadian non-profit charity responsible for successfully reintroducing the swift fox to North America.
* Watch the documentary Return of the Swift Fox and featuring Miles Smeeton at 11mins50sec.

Cape Horn

Hornthe HornCabo de Hornos, or "Cape Horn", the southern tip of South America.
The journey would take them eastbound around Cape Horn, a voyage that at that time had very rarely been accomplished in small boats.
A classic case is that of Miles and Beryl Smeeton, who attempted to round the Horn in their yacht Tzu Hang.

Blue Water Medal

For their lifetime sailing achievements, the Smeetons were awarded the Blue Water Medal for 1973 by the Cruising Club of America, and other awards from the Liga Maritima del Chile, and the Royal Cruising Club's Medal for Seamanship.
Miles and Beryl Smeeton (1973)

Distinguished Service Order

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Brigadier Miles Richard Smeeton, DSO, MBE, MC was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1906, and was educated at Wellington and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry at Bir Hacheim on 27 May 1942 and the Distinguished Service Order for successful leadership during skirmishes at Shande and Ywadan on 3 and 5 March 1945, respectively.

Order of the British Empire

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Brigadier Miles Richard Smeeton, DSO, MBE, MC was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1906, and was educated at Wellington and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Military Cross

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Brigadier Miles Richard Smeeton, DSO, MBE, MC was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1906, and was educated at Wellington and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry at Bir Hacheim on 27 May 1942 and the Distinguished Service Order for successful leadership during skirmishes at Shande and Ywadan on 3 and 5 March 1945, respectively.

Wellington College, Berkshire

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Brigadier Miles Richard Smeeton, DSO, MBE, MC was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1906, and was educated at Wellington and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Royal Military College, Sandhurst

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Brigadier Miles Richard Smeeton, DSO, MBE, MC was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1906, and was educated at Wellington and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Green Howards

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He was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1925 but transferred to the Indian Army in 1936, joining Hodson's Horse.

4th Horse (Hodson's Horse)

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He was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1925 but transferred to the Indian Army in 1936, joining Hodson's Horse.

3rd Indian Motor Brigade

3rd Indian Motorized Brigade
During the Second World War he served with the 3rd Indian Motor Brigade in the Western Desert and commanded Probyn's Horse in action against the Japanese in Burma in 1945.

5th Horse

12th Cavalry5th King Edward's Own Probyn's Horse11th Bengal Lancers
During the Second World War he served with the 3rd Indian Motor Brigade in the Western Desert and commanded Probyn's Horse in action against the Japanese in Burma in 1945.

Battle of Bir Hakeim

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He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry at Bir Hacheim on 27 May 1942 and the Distinguished Service Order for successful leadership during skirmishes at Shande and Ywadan on 3 and 5 March 1945, respectively.

C. R. Boxer

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Charles R. Boxer, the distinguished historian and soldier, was one of her brothers.

Tirich Mir

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In 1939, the two attempted to climb 25,263-foot Tirich Mir, in the Himalaya, with Tenzing Norgay.

Tenzing Norgay

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In 1939, the two attempted to climb 25,263-foot Tirich Mir, in the Himalaya, with Tenzing Norgay.

Salt Spring Island

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After the war, the couple settled on a farm on Saltspring Island, BC, with their daughter, Clio.

Bermuda rig

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In 1951, the Smeetons bought the 46' bermudan ketch Tzu Hang on a visit to England.

Ketch

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In 1951, the Smeetons bought the 46' bermudan ketch Tzu Hang on a visit to England.

Guanyin

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The name was believed to mean "under the protection of Guanyin", the Daoist goddess of the sea and protector of sailors.

Clipper route

Clipper Ship Routegrain trade which delivered wheat and barley to Europe
In December 1956 Miles and Beryl departed Melbourne on Tzu Hang to visit Clio at school in England, intending to follow the old clipper route.

Rogue wave

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Approaching Cape Horn, the yacht was pitchpoled by a rogue wave.

Circumnavigation

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After repairing the vessel, they made a multi-year eastabout circumnavigation.