Lionel Greenstreet, first officer


With just 48 hours notice, Lionel Greenstreet signed on with Endurance as first officer.

Greenstreet hailed from a sea-faring family; his father was a captain with the New Zealand Shipping Company. Greenstreet had gone to sea as a cadet at age 15 aboard the Worcester, a training ship, and had been sailing ever since.

“On one occasion whilst sailing home from Newcastle, Australia, Greenstreet had the misfortune to be swept overboard by an immense wave…and had the good fortune to be deposited back on board, in the rigging by the next wave.”
John Mann

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