To promote recognition of Henry Sinclair, 14th Century explorer
of North America, and to celebrate the 600th anniversary in 1998
September 15, 1996 Issue
Published by Prince Henry Project Committee|
65 Hartwell Street, West Boylston, MA, 01583, USA
Phone: 508-835-2900 Fax: 508-835-2944
John S. Quarterman
Get it out of the box!
The "best kept secret" is still "in the box." How can
we get the story of the Sinclair expedition of 1398
to a greater number of people? So far, only a few
persons are aware of Prince Henry's exploration.
Many organizations are planning to erect some sort
of marker in memory of Prince Henry. They all
feel it is important to create some physical symbols.
Here are a few ideas which are being implemented:
- Casting of the Knight
The Westford Knight Committee is building an attractive housing
around the full-sized casting of the Westford Knight. It will be side-lit
to make the
punched holes more visible.
- Statue and Park
A large statue of Prince Henry, Antonio Zeno, and the Micmac chief
and his wife, is contemplated by the Prince Henry Sinclair Society.
Negotiations are continuing now with the Provincial authorities,
initiated by D'Elayne Coleman, president of the Prince Henry Sinclair
- Highway Markings
Allen Tamsette of the Glooscap Trail Development Partnership in
Nova Scotia has developed plans to mark the highways from Amherst
to Windsor with explanatory signs, referring to Prince Henry.
On the shores of Chignecto Park in Advocate, NS, Tom Young, a
Resource Consultant has been hired to design informational billboard
and plaques. Some signs will mention the Sinclair expedition of 1398.
Clans Sinclair and Gunn have pledged to construct a traditional Cairn
in Westford. This would be a large pile of stones, artistically
arranged and bearing a bronze plaque.
Model of Ship Gets Enthusiastic Welcome
During the summer, the 45" long Model of "The
Henry St. Clair" has been busy at work, catching
public attention. Starting off at the Maritime
Museum in Newburyport MA, it then went to The
Age of Sail Museum in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.
Next it moved to the Guysborough Historical
Museum, followed by the Maritime Museum in
Halifax. It is now drawing attention at the J. V.
Fletcher Library and the Westford Historical
Museum in Westford MA.
Children Get Involved
In Nova Scotia, a minister by the name of Rev.
David Clisling has focused his teaching process
upon Prince Henry's influence upon his
congregation. The Advocate Times published an
article entitled, "County ponders explorer's visit".
Quoting from this article, "Residents of this
Cumberland County village find it intriguing that
Prince Henry Sinclair of Orkney could have landed
on their shoreline in 1398, almost a century before
Christopher Columbus arrived .... And if he is the
first explorer to arrive on the continent, that's very
significant from a religious point of view because he
probably brought Christianity here." Rev. Chisling
has suggested that it is very possible that the first
Christmas in America was celebrated in their town
of Advocate, where Prince Henry built at least one
ship for his return voyage. With this background,
Rev Chisling is teaching the Prince Henry saga and
is training the youth in his church to be tour guides
for the forthcoming 600th celebration.
Another way you can arouse the interest of children
is to let them read the small booklet of "Wee
Sinclair Legends". It is 20 pages in large sized print,
written for beginning readers. Short chapters deal
with the voyage, castles, and ancestry.
Copies of "Wee Legends" are available for $10.
Write PO Box 158, Worcester, MA, 01613.
Other informative literature is obtainable also.
- See our Internet Web Page at
- See our newer Internet Web Page at
Thanks, new Bronze Members!
Many people have sent us $40 to support our printing
and postage costs. Each person received an attractive
certificate and an informative article about Prince
Henry. Of course they are assured to be kept informed
of 600th activities. If you have not become a Bronze
Member, please send your check for $40 today to PO
Box 150, Worcester, MA, 01613. Thank you!
News from NW Coast
The Summer issue of the newsletter "Clan Sinclair -
Upper Left Coast", included a very informative article
about the 600th celebration. It recognizes the active
role being taken by Laurel Fechner, who is hosting the
NW 600th Celebration Committee; Laurel is also active
making illustrated presentations about Prince Henry.
Steven M. Sinclair, the author of "Clan Sinclair - Upper
Left Coast" urges more people to become active in
educating others about Prince Henry, and to write letter
to such public media as
National Geographic Magazine,
Public Radio Broadcasting,
and local school
superintendents. He also encourages people to
contribute to the "St. Clair Voyage" newsletter fund.
As the date for the 600th anniversary approaches,
enterprising businesses are latching on to the Prince
Henry Sinclair theme. We believe this is a good thing
for them, and it certainly should be welcomed by the
rest of us. The more people who become aware of the
1398 expedition to America, the greater will become its
impact in the world. Let's not hide in the shade any
One such business is Spencer Island Fruit and Honey
Company in Nova Scotia. Their Bob Noreen Kimber is
planning on labeling one of his fruit and honey spreads
with "Prince Henry."
Read and tell others . . .
Prince Henry commissioned Antonio and Nicolo Zeno,
the brothers of Carlo Zeno "the Lion" of Venice, to
draw a map of the north Atlantic region. The resulting
was so accurate that sailors of all nations
used it for the next 300 years. Recently the military
aerial photographic maps have found thirty-seven points
of identity with the Zeno Map! In addition, Sinclair
reassigned some of his land holdings to his brothers, in
case he should not return from this dangerous voyage.
In our previous issue in August we covered some
information about who Prince Henry was and why
he made the amazing voyage to America. Here we
will describe the preparations and the voyage.
The Actual Expedition
In 1398, Prince Henry set sail with 200-300 men in
twelve tiny ships. Antonio Zeno was the navigator and
recorder of the fleet's log, which is called the "Zeno
Narratives." The voyage took the explorers to Faeroes,
Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and to
New England. They had harmonious contacts with the
Micmac Indians throughout at least one year. Several
archaeological artifacts remain to validate their
miraculous adventure. They are the Zeno Narratives
and Zeno Map, a Venician cannon in Nova Scotia, the
Micmac Indian legends, and a rock carving in Westford,
Massachusetts. Some researchers believe that Sinclair
and his group built the
in Rhode Island.
Antonio Zeno reported about Henry Sinclair,
"If ever there was a man who is worthy of a mortal
memory, it is this man [Henry Sinclair] because of his
great bravery and goodness".
Accomplishments Were Not Announced to the World
Unfortunately, Henry returned and was soon slain in an
ambush in Orkney. It is thought that his assassination
was ordered by the Hanseatic League to rid itself of
such a powerful rival. To make sure that Prince Henry
Sinclair's trans-Atlantic achievements were not followed
up, the Hansea arranged to have Sinclair's son, also
named Henry, arrested at sea while escorting the
Crown Prince of Scotland to France for safekeeping.
Henry and the King's son were confined for the next
fourteen years in an English prison. His other son,
grandson], was content to live in regal comfort in his
Rosslyn Castle, where he designed and constructed
Rosslyn Chapel. It was adorned with stone carvings,
including corn and cactus, not here-to-for known in the
Old World. Antonio Zeno also died immediately upon
his return voyage. Only Prince Henry's daughter,
Elizabeth is credited with passing the story of the epic
voyage along to her son, John. He proudly told his in-
laws, one of whom was the wife of Christopher
Columbus! Later, the Zeno Narratives were
discovered, providing the world with a more definitive
report of Prince Henry's voyage.
Continued Next Month
The story of Prince Henry Sinclair will continue in
October's issue of this Newsletter with many proofs
that he actually made the voyage of 1398 from
Scotland to North America.
New Film About Prince Henry
Writer/actor Michael Hiland has nearly finished the
script for a film about Henry Sinclair. It will trace the
his life from childhood at Rosslyn in Scotland through
his amazing trans-Atlantic voyage. Hiland is conducting
research that includes the Micmacs and the Templars.
Having both St. Clair and Micmac blood, Hiland has a
very meaningful perspective to offer. Such notables as
Niven Sinclair and Bob Brydon have offered assistance.
Several potential producers and directors have been
approached. This is a hot project!
A Path to Girnigoe
Sinclair travelers the world around will rejoice to know
that Iain Sutherland of the Wick Society has reported
that a new, 1-mile path is being constructed to
Girnigoe-Sinclair Castle on Noss Head. This project
was sparked by Niven Sinclair, who serves as president
of the Society.
Full-sized Replica . . .
The "Henry St. Clair" 60-foot replica ship has
encountered serious delays due to lack of funding. As
we get more information we will pass it along to you.
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