• Short Summary

    THE LONE, ROUND-THE-WORLD NAVIGATOR, SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER, ON TUESDAY (MARCH 21) BATTLED GALE-FORCE WINDS AND HIGH SEAS TO CONQUER THE DREADED CAPE HORN -- THE JAGGED HULK OF ROCK THAT MARKS THE SOUTHERN TIP OF SOUTH AMERICA.

  • Description

    THE LONE, ROUND-THE-WORLD NAVIGATOR, SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER, ON TUESDAY (MARCH 21) BATTLED GALE-FORCE WINDS AND HIGH SEAS TO CONQUER THE DREADED CAPE HORN -- THE JAGGED HULK OF ROCK THAT MARKS THE SOUTHERN TIP OF SOUTH AMERICA.

    FOLLOWING THE FABLED ROUTE OF THE SQUARE-RIGGED SAILING SHIPS, THE 65-YEAR-OLD BRITISH MARINER STEERED HIS GIPSY MOTH IV THROUGH THE LE MAIRE PASSAGE WITH ONLY A STORM JIB AND THE FALKLAND CURRENT TO KEEP HIM ON COURSE.

    SIR FRANCIS PROVED JUST HOW REMARKABLE AND ACCURATE HIS NAVIGATION IS: HE ROUNDED THE HORN 10 MILES (16 KMS) FROM THE STARK ROCK ISLAND AFTER SAILING 6,700 MILES (10,800 KMS) FROM HIS LAST PORT, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.

    FOR SIX HOURS, THE BRITISH NAVY'S ICE PATROL VESSEL PROTECTOR -- WITH A PARTY OF NEWSMEN ON BOARD -- SHADOWED SIR FRANCIS THROUGH THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS SEA PASSAGE.

    PROTECTOR LEFT SIR FRANCIS HEADING FOR CALMER WEATHER AND HIS HOME PORT OF PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND, WITH TWO ALBATROSSES AND A BLACK-WINGED TERN CIRCLING OVER THE 53-FEET (16-METRE) YACHT. HE WAS APPARENTLY UNWORRIED ABOUT SEA MYTHOLOGY THAT SAYS THE ALBATROSS PORTENDS BAD WEATHER AND ILL-FORTUNE.

    THE ONLY SIGHTING THOSE ON BOARD PROTECTOR HAD OF SIR FRANCIS WAS WHEN HE POPPED HIS HEAD BRIEFLY THROUGH A HATCH AND WAVED, FOR THE TINY YACHT ROLLED HEAVILY IN THE SWELL AND A FORCE 8 GALE, HER DECKS LASHED BY NEAR-FREEZING SPRAY.

    SIR FRANCIS STILL HAS 7,200 MILES (11,600 KMS) TO SAIL TO PLYMOUTH, WHICH HE HOPES TO REACH BY HIS MAY 12 TARGET DATE. BUT ALL THOSE ON BOARD PROTECTOR, AT LEAST, WERE AGREED ON ONE THING: "RATHER HIM THAN ME."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3J2XXK43RXJYB2022SRKCU2YH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3J2XXK43RXJYB2022SRKCU2YH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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