From space, the planet is blue
From space, the planet is the territory
Not of humans, but of the whale"

Whale Nation,
Heathcote Williams.

CEI's Maritime History

 The CEI ( ) was founded in 1972 by Miles and Beryl Smeeton, internationally known mountaineers, sailors (Royal Cruising Club Medal for Seamanship, The Bluewater Medal of the Cruising Club of America, Liga Maritima de Chile) and authors. The CEI initiated the successful reintroduction of the extirpated swift fox, Vulpes velox, back onto its native habitat in Canada. This programme resulted in the first successful reintroduction of an extirpated carnivore in North America. The CEI is the only organization in Canada breeding the swift fox for reintroduction
   Miles and Beryl were both authors. Beryl wrote two books of her travels, Winter Shoes in Spring Time and Stars are My Blanket. Miles wrote nine books, Once Was Enough, Because the Horn Is There, The Sea is Our Village, Misty Islands, Sunrise to Windward, Moose Magic, Completely Foxed, A Taste of the Hills, A Change of Jungles. After his death Clio Smeeton published his collection of pomes to his grand children Aligator Tales. Miles' last book has never been published, it is his account of his trip in the late 1970's through the NorthWest Passage aboard a Canadian Ice Breaker. For Miles this journey gave him the distinction of sailing all the seas of the world.

 The full Smeeton Story can be found in High Endeavours by Miles Clark.
CEI was started in 1972 by Beryl and Miles Smeeton. Although the initial projects were primarily focus on terrestrial wildlife and ecology, WHALEFORCE was founded by Clio Smeeton in 1986. Clio spent her youth sailing around the world with her parents Miles and Beryl Smeeton, on the yacht Tzu Hang. In 1986, the first international yacht races which had WHALEFORCE participation were the Atlantic Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island One and Two Star races, and shortly after that the Tall Ships joined in but over the past 20 years the bulk of the WHALEFORCE data collected has come from international blue water cruising boats. Increased international interest in the health of the world's oceans and seas coincided with the acquisition by the CEI of Pescadou which is our marine research vessel. CEI also has a Freshwater Research vessel, Pelenope, used mainly on the rivers and lakes of Canada for environmental and cultural research.



Tzu Ha ng
Smeeton's 47' Ketch

CEI's Freshwater Research Vessel
22' Chestnut Freighter Canoe

CEI's Marine Research Vessel
12 m. Morotsailer