The Brendan Voyage


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Titel en schrijver
The Brendan Voyage: the greatest adventure of the sea since kon-tiki – Tim Severin
ISBN nr.
Uitgeverij, drukjaar en drukversie
Hutchinson & Co – 1979 – 1ste druk
Paperback of hardcover
Aantal pagina’s
Taal en categorie
Engels – Reizen & Talen
Korte samenvatting
The Brendan Voyage:

The sixth century voyage of St. Brendan to America is the most intriguing of sea legends. Could the myth have been a reality? In an extraordinary attempt to recreate the Brendan legend, Tim Severin and his crew embarked on one of the most dangerous and inspirational expeditions in the history of world exploration. This has been described as the greatest epic voyage in modern Irish history. The boat they built was only equipped with techniques and materials available in the sixth-century A.D., when St Brendan was supposed to have sailed to America. It had forty-nine ox hides stitched together in a patchwork only a quarter of an inch thick and stretched over a wooden frame. But Severin and his crew sailed Brendan from Brandon Creek in Dingle to Newfoundland, and dispite storms and a puncture from pack ice, they made it.

This is the story of that heroic journey.

Over de auteur
Timothy Severin (born 25 Sept 1940), is a British explorer, historian and writer. He is known for his work in retracing the legendary journeys of historical figures. He has made ten such voyages. The first one (1961) was retracing Marco Polo’s voyage, and the most recent (1999) was his quest for the White Whale as portrayed in the Book Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Tim Severin was awarded both the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He received the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for his 1982 book ‘The Sindbad Voyage’.
By Summer:

An exciting myth brought to real life. Tim Severin and his crew prove what scholars debated for years. The manuscripts of the Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis were more than just a story. The Navigatio was really (when stripped of all the fantasy) a log of the Irish monks travels to North America. They could have sailed to North America in in their skin boats hundreds of years before anyone else. I thought it was really interesting how the some of the modern equipment they brought along proved to be inferior to what the Irish monks would have used.

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