Anton Bowring

Expedition Co-Leader

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Anton joined the Merchant Navy in 1967 as a navigating cadet on a bulk carrier trading between Liverpool and Brazil and later became a director of Small Craft Deliveries Ltd, delivering yachts, dredgers, tugs and other vessels around the world. In 1977 Anton joined the oceanographic company, Marine Exploration Ltd, studying the behaviour of icebergs off the west coast of Greenland. In 1978 he joined the Transglobe Expedition as Marine Coordinator and successfully located and negotiated the sponsorship of the ice-strengthened ship Benjamin Bowring. He recruited the 16 crew members and sailed aboard the ship for three years, covering over 100,000 miles at sea. During the expedition Anton married the ship’s cook Jill McNicol in Sydney, Australia. In 1983 he took over responsibility for the ship Sir Walter Raleigh, operated by the youth project Operation Raleigh. He has worked with Sir Ranulph Fiennes for over 30 years on a number of projects and, together, they started working on The Coldest Journey from its inception in 2007. In recent years Anton has run his own company, Revells Warehousing & Transport, which specialises in domestic and overseas removals and storage, whilst acting as expedition co-leader. Securing the use of the expedition ship, the SA Agulhas, is one of his main achievements to date on the project.

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