• Short Summary

    ON SEPTEMBER 20 IN THE YEAR 1519 THE PORTUGESE EXILE AND NAVIGATOR FERDINAND MAGELLAN SET SAIL WITH AN ARMADA OF FIVE TINY SHIPS TO FIND A NEW ROUTE TO THE SPICE ISLANDS OF THE EAST INDIES SAILING WESTWARDS.

  • Description

    ON SEPTEMBER 20 IN THE YEAR 1519 THE PORTUGESE EXILE AND NAVIGATOR FERDINAND MAGELLAN SET SAIL WITH AN ARMADA OF FIVE TINY SHIPS TO FIND A NEW ROUTE TO THE SPICE ISLANDS OF THE EAST INDIES SAILING WESTWARDS. ON WEDNESDAY, 446 YEARS LATER A SPANISH SAILOR, CAPTAIN ETAYO, SET SAIL IN AN EVEN SMALLER VESSEL THAN THOSE IN THE ORIGINAL FLEET TO RE-ENACT MAGELLAN'S EPIC VOYAGE AROUND THE HORN.

    BECAUSE OF COST THE SHIP BEING USED BY CAPTAIN ETAYO AND HIS CREW OF NINE IS SMALLER THAN ANY OF THE FIVE SHIPS IN MAGELLAN'S ORIGINAL FLEET. IT IS, IN FACT, A RECONSTRUCTION OF A PORTUGESE 'PATACHE' AN AUXILIARY WARSHIP OF THE SAME PERIOD. THERE ARE EIGHT SPANIARDS IN THE CREW, ONE FRENCHMAN AND ONE MEXICAN.

    THE FOOD AND WINE LOADED AT SAN LUCAR WERE PRESENTED BY THE TOWNSHIP BECAUSE OF ITS ASSOCIATIONS WITH MAGELLAN.

    ETAYO'S CRAFT HAS BEEN NAMED 'OLATRANE SAN LUCAR' AND THE SHIP'S GEAR - ROPES, COMPASS AND ASTROLOBE - ARE AS THEY WERE IN MAGELLAN'S TIME. THE SHIP'S LONG BOAT IS FITTED WITH A RADIO, BUT IT WILL BE USED ONLY IF AN EMERGENCY ARISES. THERE ARE ALSO MEDICAL SUPPLIES, BUT NO PILLS TO CURE SEA-SICKNESS.

    CAPTAIN ETAYO HOPES TO REACH HIS FINAL DESTINATION, PERU, WITHIN SIX MONTHS. THIS WILL BE HIS SECOND CROSSING OF THE ATLANTIC ON A RE-ENACTMENT VOYAGE. IN 1962, HE SAILED ABOARD THE NINA II, THE REPLICA OF COLUMBUS' SHIP.

    (ONLY THE VITTORIA COMPLETED THE CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE GLOBE FROM THE FIVE SHIPS OF MAGELLAN'S FLEET. FERDINAND MAGELLAN, WHO PROVED THAT A WAY TO THE EAST BY SAILING WEST COULD BE FOUND, DIED AFTER A FIGHT WITH NATIVES ON THE ISLAND OF CEBU ON APRIL 27, 1521.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA634NLE3E5MWEH3RMZ560TOUJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA634NLE3E5MWEH3RMZ560TOUJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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