Back in the 1960s a young British Army officer going by the name of Major John Blashford-Snell founded the Scientific Exploration Society.

An adventurer and explorer, his feats included the first descent of the Blue Nile during which he inadvertently invented whitewater rafting, crossing the Darien Gap and the first vehicular journey from the top of Alaska to the very tip of South America.

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In 1969 Blashford-Snell led an expedition to the Dahlak Archipelago, a group of islands situated in the Red Sea off the coast of Eritrea.

Armed with a pith helmet and swagger stick and taking with him some Sandhurst cadets and a camera crew he set off by boat to explore part of the world almost unknown to the West.

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