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Oakville Historical Society Speakers Night: Polar Explorers

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

St. John's United Church

Oakville Historical Society Speakers Night: Polar Explorers

Multi-talented Oakville historian Ray Peacock enthralled the audience …  his detailed telling of the race between Arctic explorers at the beginning of the 20th century to be the first to reach the earth’s North and South poles as well as navigate through Canada’s North West Passage.

Ray Peacock will be talking about the Journeys of the polar explorers: Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen and Franklin. The endurance of all these men provides the background for Ray’s presentation on the first successful crossing of the Arctic through the North West Passage.

Deploying his skills as a much sought after model ship builder and restorer, complemented by a detailed presentation using numerous historic photographs, maps and engineering drawings, Ray shared the daring exploits of famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and all of his eventual achievements — first to reach the South Pole, first to reach the North Pole by airplane and first to navigate through the North West Passage.

Ray also shared what were ultimately tragic attempts by others, most notably British explorers John Franklin and Robert Scott, to do the same.

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