The Estonian Sea Captain
About Peter Jakobson
I was born in 1941 and grew up in Surrey, England, where my childhood straddled two cultures. My brothers, cousin, and I were brought up as 1950s middle class English schoolboys by our Estonian parents, Evald and Asta, who believed this was the best for our futures. At home, they spoke Estonian to each other, but not to us boys.
After attending boarding school, I studied French and German at Oxford University. Languages led me into a lifelong career of sales and marketing of wines and spirits, travelling worldwide but primarily in Europe - including selling vodka in the Baltic, my first link with Evald's shipping world.
In the tradition of my father and Estonian sea-farers, I speak several languages, including passable Estonian. I have lived in England, France, and Belgium, where I retired in 2018.