|Greenpeace campaigner Davey Edward ... in the workshop on board the
ship Rainbow Warrior when he was chief engineer in 1985. IMAGE: David Robie/APR
A former Rainbow Warrior campaigner and Greenpeace International technical manager, Davey Edward, has died in Perth, Australia. He was 68.
Edward had a long history with Greenpeace. He started sailing with the global environmental movement in 1983 and was chief engineer on board the first Rainbow Warrior when it was bombed by French secret agents in Auckland in 1985.
Earlier that year, he had been part of the Rainbow Warrior mission to relocate the Rongelap Atoll community in the Marshall islands who had suffered from US nuclear tests.
After that UK-born Edward sailed as chief engineer on several expeditions, including the Antarctic.
- READ MORE: Eyes of Fire : 30 Years On for background on the Rainbow Warrior Rongelap voyage
- LISTEN: Martini Gotje’s Navigator programme on Radio Waiheke, Sunday night 6-9pm NZ time
Since his sailing career, Edward returned several times to Greenpeace, and left Greenpeace in the early 1990s.