Mike Peyton Tribute

From : March 2017


Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem in which sailors all around the world held him.




Born into a mining family in County Durham in 1921, he lied about his age to join the Army and was seconded to draw maps of the North African desert by the Intelligence Corps during the Second World War. Despite escaping twice, he spent most of the war in a prisoner of war camp.




Mike began sketching as a boy, inspired by the graphics in 1930s British comics. After the war he went to Manchester Art