Bye Bye Mike Peyton, the greatest ever yachting cartoonist

Mike Peyton, yachting’s greatest ever cartoonist, died late on Wednesday 25 January, aged 96.

Photo from Classic Boat UK

Mike Peyton was born into a mining family in County Durham, the son of a disabled First World War veteran. Having lied about his age to join the army himself, he was seconded by the intelligence corps to draw maps of the North African desert during the Second World War. Despite escaping twice he spent most of the war in a prisoner of war camp. Freed by the advancing Soviet army, he fought alongside Russian troops as they invaded Nazi Germany from the East.

After the war Peyton worked as a freelance cartoonist for the New Scientist for 35 years, as well as contributing cartoons to a wide range of magazines, including the Church of England Times, Corsetry & Underwear, Practical Boat Owner and Yachting Monthly.

Discover more about Mike Peyton here.

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