Miles Clarke (1960 - 1993):
Adventurer and writer
Miles Clark was born in Magherafelt, County Londonderry. At the age of thirteen, he wrote to Brigadier Smeeton, for advice on how to plan a single-handed trans-Atlantic passage. At the age of seventeen he joined Operation Drake in the Panamanian rain-forest. When he was a geography student at Downing College, Cambridge, he organised an expedition to climb volcanoes, and undertake scientific research in Atka, in the Aleutian Archipelago. He joined the army and in 1984 was one of the oarsmen who rowed Tim Severin's replica Greek Galley through the Black Sea to Georgia. In the mid 1980s he became a full-time writer and photographer. He worked as features editor for Yachting Monthly, contributed to many magazines, and wrote a short book on sky-diving. In 1991 he published High Endeavours, his biography of Miles and Beryl Smeeton. In 1992 he sailed his family's sixty-year-old wooden yacht, Wild Goose to the Arctic Circle, into the White Sea, through canals and rivers to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. At the time of his death he was writing a book about his travels.