• Short Summary

    Two Canadian today (Saturday) set out to sail 5,500 miles (8,800 kms) across the Atlantic in a 22-foot (7 metres) canvas timber canoe to prove that St.

  • Description

    Two Canadian today (Saturday) set out to sail 5,500 miles (8,800 kms) across the Atlantic in a 22-foot (7 metres) canvas timber canoe to prove that St. Brendan the Navigator could have sailed the Atlantic 1,400 years ago.

    The men, Captain Louis Lourmais, 46 years old, and Mr. Vinton Lloyd, 26 years old, are emulating the Irish saint and his Celtic followers who are reputed to have sailed from Fenit, in West Ireland, to Canada via Scotland, the Hebrides, Faroes, Iceland, and Greenland.

    The rigged, canvas-covered craft, known as curragh, is believed to be a replica of the one used by the Saint. Amid cheers from hundreds of spectators it was towed to the open sea today.

    The Canadians have ignored warnings that they stand no chance of crossing the Atlantic at this time of the year and plan to use the starts for navigational purposes. The men are heading straight for Iceland from their Irish starting point.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8E59C20ANZ1ZR1E70IBM27XLB
    Media URN:
    VLVA8E59C20ANZ1ZR1E70IBM27XLB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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