We (Emmett, Claire, the Antique Boat Museum) are working on an exhibit about small boat voyaging, and would love some input from the venerable WB Forumites. What’re the coolest voyages/voyagers? How many can we think of?
This exhibit idea came out of wanting to celebrate journeys like J. MacGregor and the Rob Roy Canoe in Europe in the 1860s, G.W. Sears in the Adirondacks in 1870s-80s, all the way to Robert Manray and Tinkerbelle and maybe some outliers like Kon Tiki and Bas Jan Ader, an artist lost at sea in 1976. We are in the planning stages now, but the more we look into the subject the more voyages we hear about. So many!
We want to compile a long list, as complete as possible, of small boat voyages. Please help by putting up your favorites, or any you can think of really, along with a source of information. They must be journeys that are remarkable for their length in miles and span of time, they must be voyages of choice (not shipwreck survivors) and they should be journeys undertaken for their own sake—in other words, the point of the journey is the voyage itself, not exploration, transportation, etc. And non-powered, at least for the most part. These lines will be fuzzy of course, but you get the idea! They can be from any place or time period.
We really look forward to your input. We will gladly share the list with anyone who wants it at the end. One element of the exhibit may be a lending library, so please list any books that come to mind! We may have to have a RAID at ABM, too… Winter is the time for research, and dreaming of next year’s outings…
Emmett & Claire