Alan Villiers

Sailor, Film director

1903 – 1982

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Who was Alan Villiers?

Captain Alan John Villiers was an author, adventurer, photographer and Master Mariner.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Villiers first went to sea at age 15 and sailed all the world's oceans on board traditionally rigged vessels, including the full-rigged ship Joseph Conrad. He commanded square-rigged ships for films, including Moby Dick and Billy Budd. He also commanded the Mayflower II on its voyage from the United Kingdom to the United States.

Villiers wrote 25 books, and served as the Chairman of the Society for Nautical Research, a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum, and Governor of the Cutty Sark Preservation Society. He was awarded the British Distinguished Service Cross as a Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve during World War II.

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Born
Sep 23, 1903
Melbourne
Also known as
  • Alan John Villiers
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Died
Mar 3, 1982

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on July 23, 2013

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