Gurth M. Pretty, our speaker, is co-founder and a director of the HMS Psyche Canadian Maritime Heritage Society
. He is an amateur culinary and navy historian. Gurth has been re-enacting for 20+ years, with different War of 1812 groups, both British army and Royal Navy. His interest in the Royal Navy began upon volunteering aboard HMS Bee (Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene)
as a landsman.
Aboard the Psyche’s longboat, Gurth is the gun captain and occasional helmsman. At re-enactment events, he is the ship’s cook, preparing period meals over the camp fire. He received his warrant from the Victualing Board, certifying him as a warrant officer.