The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth pays tribute to Sir Peter Blake with a compelling film of his last voyage

‘Death on the Amazon’ is a short documentary film which pays tribute to Sir Peter Blake’s final voyage into the heart of the Amazon.

This is the compelling record of the last movements of this extraordinary man and accomplished sailor whose life was sadly cut short in 2001 by an encounter with pirates on his last ever expedition.

‘The world’s most famous sailor’ competed in every Whitbred Round the World Race, became New Zealand’s America’s Cup hero and was knighted in 1995. Passionate about adventure and family life, this Auckland-born man traversed many seas with his wife Pippa and two children Sarah-Jane and James.

In 1991, he set off on a voyage cruising down the Amazon River on board an environmenal research vessel with no apparent risks but sadly did not return. The sailing world was horrified on the news that Blake had been shot dead by pirates who boarded the vessel.

The film is being screened at –

4pm on Saturday 13 November at the National Maritime Museum.

To book tickets please call Falmouth Arts Centre on Tel: 01326 212 300. Further details of the festival can be found at 

Image taken from the publication – ‘The last great adventure of Sir. Peter Blake: from the Antarctic to the Amazon (Arlard Coles Nautical)