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Navigating the War: A Centenary Exhibition of the Richey Archives

Michael Richey taking a sextant reading on an ocean-racing voyage

A new exhibition in the Fairchild Gallery on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library celebrates the centenary of Michael Richey (1917-2009), whose papers are held in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections.

The British navigator, author, and artist, first director of the Royal Institute of Navigation and founding editor of its prestigious Journal of Navigation in 1948, served in the Royal Navy throughout the whole of the Second World War, most of it at sea in the North Atlantic.Post-war, Richey became a legend for his single-handed transatlantic sailing adventures in his famous little boat, Jester.

The exhibition is guest curated by Kai Easton, Senior Lecturer in English at SOAS, University of London.