Four men who spent 13 months crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a leather boat said on Monday (27 june) that their trip had proved that the sixth century Irish monk St.
GV Leather boat "Brendan" at sea off Newfoundland, Canada with crow aboard. (3 shots)
CU Leather structure of boat's hull.
GV The "Brendan" approaches shore. (3 shots)
SV sailing master of "Brendan" George Malone wading ashore.
LV AND SV Boat being towed into Musgrave Harbour by coastguard vessel with people watching from shore. (6 shots)
Sv One of "Brendans" crew talking to reporter.
LV PAN People standing around "Brendan" in harbour.
TRANSCRIPT: CREGG: "The boat is called the Brendan, after St. Brendan the Irish monk who - legend has it - discovered, Iceland, greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland and other parts of the New world in the late 500s. Whether he did is so much historical conjecture but Norse writings say he did and the Vikings were here about the year one-thousand. Be that as it may, this voyage proved that it could have been done. Brendan made a landfall off the north-east coast of Newfoundland late yesterday, with a little help of the 20th century motor power of the Canadian Coastguard. It was pulled into position to touch land at Catford's Island - some six miles off the community of Musgrave Harbour. The sailing master, George Malone, stepped ashore to officially end the odyssey.
The coastguard towed them into port. It was fitting I suppose that the voyage end with a drop of adventure. She started with a bottle of Irish smashed over her bow. Fifty days she took to make her way from Iceland where she spent the winter. Hundreds of people showed up on the shore and marvelled at the spectacle of the boat made of 40 oxhides, coming in after crossing an ocean they know only too well can be very unforgiving.
CREWMAN: "I think probably each one of us has got a worst moment. We ran into some very heavy weather between Iceland and Greenland. Some really very heavy weather in the Denmark straight. And we were out in it for about 24 hours. And I thought that every wave could have taken us. But we were lucky and the boat looked after us."
REPORTER: "And you did strike some ice which punctured her?"
CREWMAN: "Yes, we were about 24 hours in the pack. And just as we were getting out of the pack we were unlucky and we got nipped and a sharp corner of what must have been very old ice punctured the hull."
GREGG: "The Brendan will now be towed to St. John's and from there she'll be transported to Boston for test and examination. Patty gregg, CBC News, Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland."
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Background: Four men who spent 13 months crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a leather boat said on Monday (27 june) that their trip had proved that the sixth century Irish monk St. Brendan could have been the first European to sail to America. Their boat -- the "Brendan" -- was built of 40 oxhides on a wooden frame, the design copied from plans for a 15-hundred-year-old Irish boat. They completed their journey on Sunday (26 June) when they arrived off the Newfoundland coast of Canada. Here's a report from CBC's Patty Gregg.