John Turnbull (Canada)
Captain of Freedom
UPDATE: 15:00 CEST/8 August – John Turnbull arrived today at Paris airport. Watch the photos, post his arrival on our Facebook page here.
And more pictures, here.
Listen to an audio interview with Captain John Turnbull when ‘Freedom’ was approximately 50 nautical miles from Gaza in international waters, sailing under a Swedish flag.
John Turnbull from Canada is the Captain of the sailing vessel Freedom. Sailing and history have always been two passions in his life. Raised as a Unitarian, he has also been an activist for justice. Working with the Canadian Boat to Gaza was a natural progression. He participated on the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, in Greece and in Turkey as ground and support crew.
“I grew up in Canada at a time when Canadians took pride in their respect for Human Rights and their role in international affairs as peace keepers. Of course, this was a national myth, but there was a strong historical basis in fact in a post-war world. I now understand that justice prevails only when ordinary people demand it. Politicians don’t lead. Activists do.”