Pete is a professional violin maker. During his career he worked for the prestigious W.E.Hill & Sons in London for more than five years before becoming self-employed working in Hamburg, Buckinghamshire, Zug, Switzerland and more latterly in Woodbridge.
Pete is a trustee for The Sutton hoo Ship’s Company and was a trustee for the closely related Woodbridge Riverside Trust. He is also a member of the River Deben Association, the Albert Strange Association and is a trustee of the Sea Change Sailing Trust.
For over 20 years, Pete has been keenly interested in what was once the derelict Whisstocks boat yard site. He can proudly claim to be one of the first people to campaign for the area to retain a maritime theme and has carried this through by becoming directly involved in the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company who are now located on the same site in the newly built Longshed. Pete also has a keen interest in the Anglo-Saxon era, but more specifically the connection with the Viking ‘Sea Stallion’ project and the research carried out at the museum in Roskilde, Denmark.
Other projects that Pete is involved with include The Cirdan Sailing Trust and the Sea Change Sailing Trust for disadvantaged children. The latter will be completing the construction of the first new Thames sailing barge with World War II. This is not an unusual project for Pete as in the 1990’s he completed a major restoration of his own nine ton Albert Strange Yawl which was built in 1925 and he has sailed regularly ever since.
When asked why are you involved with the Anglo-Saxon ship, Pete will tell you that ‘it was just too irresistible as after all the talking and writing, after all the unearthing and processing of evidence, we now have the location and enthusiasm to proceed’. The Ship’s Co. will be harnessing all of Petes energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to help the story to come to a conclusion.
Pete hopes that this unique project is regarded by Woodbridge as part of their heritage and that the ship will be as worthy and as accurate a reconstruction as it possibly can be. It will of course be the only 7th Century ship of its kind in maritime history. He also says that the benefits are endless and learning unlimited.