• Short Summary

    THREE GENERATIONS OF KENYA'S COLE FAMILY HAVE SET OUT ON A 9,000 MILE (14,484 KMS) SEA VOYAGE TO NEW ZEALAND IN A HOME-MADE 12 TON SAILING BOAT.

  • Description

    THREE GENERATIONS OF KENYA'S COLE FAMILY HAVE SET OUT ON A 9,000 MILE (14,484 KMS) SEA VOYAGE TO NEW ZEALAND IN A HOME-MADE 12 TON SAILING BOAT. ON BOARD THE 40 FOOT (13 METRE) TRIMARAN, "GALLINURE" ARE COMMANDER GEORGE COLE, HIS WIFE, HIS TWO CHILDREN, JANE WHO IS 23 YEARS OLD, AND CHARLES 19, AND COMMANDER COLE'S MOTHER WHO WAS 92 YEAR OLD LAST OCTOBER.

    AFTER 11 MONTHS OF WAITING FOR A LETTER FROM THE BRITISH REGISTRAR OF SHIPPING TO GIVE THE "GALLINURE" OFFICIAL REGISTRATION, COMMANDER COLE PHONED LONDON ON FRIDAY IN A SIX-MINUTE CALL GOT THE INFORMATION HE NEEDED TO MAKE "GALLINURE'S" VOYAGE OFFICIAL. A PRE-DEPARTURE MESSAGE FROM THE CAPTAIN OF BRITAIN'S AIRCRAFT CARRIER "EAGLE", MOORED ONLY A FEW YARDS AWAY, WISHED THE COLES GOOD LUCK ON THEIR "COURAGEOUS AND INTREPID VOYAGE."
    THE TRIMARAN IS A HOME-MADE BOAT, BUILT IN A SHED AT MUGAGA AND THEN ASSEMBLED AT MOMBASA A YEAR AGO. ALTHOUGH IT HAS A 28 HORSE POWER ENGINE WITH A 40 GALLON PETRO TANK IN EACH OF THE OUTER HULLS, IT'S MAIN PROPULSION WILL BE THE WIND. IT HAS A BERMUDA KETCH RIG WITH 450 SQUARE FEET OF SAIL.

    ACCOMMODATION INSIDE THE MAIN HULL IS FAIRLY CRAMPED FOR A FAMILY OF FIVE, BUT THERE'S LOTS OF ROOM ON THE DECKS.

    COMMANDER COLE, WHO IS A MASTER MARINER, WILL DO MOST OF THE NAVIGATIONAL WORK BUT HE'S INSISTING THAT ALL THE FAMILY LEND A HAND WITH THE VOYAGE, ALL EXCEPT GRANDMA THAT IS. "MY EYESIGHT IS NOT AS GOOD AS IT SHOULD BE, "SHE TOLD REPORTERS, "BUT I SHALL TRY TO KEEP UP WITH MY KNITTING AND SEWING WHEN IT'S NOT TOO ROUGH TO FOLLOW THE STITCHES."
    THE COLE'S HOPE TO REACH AUSTRALIA IN ABOUT THREE MONTHS. THEN THEY WILL WAIT FOR THE RELATIVELY CALM WEATHER IN SEPTEMBER BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO CROSS THE TASMAN SEA TO NEW ZEALAND.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1B1RR7PAJB09G4HRD95199TE2
    Media URN:
    VLVA1B1RR7PAJB09G4HRD95199TE2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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