Peter Broke-Smith (54-59)



Peter Broke-Smith (54-59) died of cancer on January 3, 2018. He was 76 and after time in the Merchant Navy with Port Line became a shipbroker in the City of London.  His lifelong friend Timothy Rayment (54-58) writes:


“I took my seat in Devitt House in September 1954 and sat next to Peter Broke-Smith (54-58). We remained close friends until his sad death in January.  After Port Jackson we both went up to Macquarie Division leaving in July 1958 when we both entered the Merchant Navy in Port Line.  I came ashore in 1961 but Peter continued with a short period with Tate & Lyle and then the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.


After about ten years at sea, in 1968 Peter joined Eggar Forrester, a shipbroking firm in London on the Baltic Exchange where I was working too. Thereafter he joined RB Hunt & Partners where he relocated to Tokyo, working closely with Nakamura, a Japanese company.  On his return to London he set up Thornton Chartering, a very successful shipbroking firm. Thereafter he operated for a number of years as PBS Shipping, working closely with a number of Russian Shipping companies prior to establishing Anglo Georgian Shipping a pioneering partnership with the Georgian Shipping Company to assist that country to rebuild its merchant shipping fleet after the break-up of the Soviet Union.


Peter was a devoted father and proud grandfather and after retiring from shipbroking enjoyed living in the south of Portugal.  On the eve of his 70th birthday he was diagnosed with cancer. He battled the disease for six and a half years battling and was taken from us on 3 January.  I saw him briefly the day before he passed away and we shook hands to say goodbye, 63 years after our first meeting in Devitt House.  We were Best Man to each other at our weddings and godfathers to each other’s children.  A long, enduring friendship importantly nurtured by our time at the Nautical College Pangbourne.”



A Celebration of Peter’s life will be held in West London on Thursday 22nd March at 1p.m. at The Hillgate, 24 Hillgate Street, Notting Hill, London, W8 7SR. Should you wish to attend, please inform his son Tim via