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Re: The St. Clair Voyage - 1398 to 1998



At 14:10 01/08/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi,
>
>Has anyone seen this page?
>
>http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/~exped/stclair/stclair.htm
>
>Amber

Replica boat to re-enact the crossing of Prince Henry Sinclair.


  I gave the enthusiastic Edinburgh University' students 400 to get them 
started.  This was followed by a
further 10,000 to prepare a model (now in the United States) but, as there 
was very little money being
contributed from other sources (including zilch from the United States and 
an equal sum from Canada),                                           the 
project ran out of money rather than steam.  I also paid the air-fare for a 
fund-raiser to go to Canada
to present the case to a large Canadian Company (founded and run by 
Sinclairs) in the hope of generating
interest there.  Again there was lots of enthusiasm but a complete dearth 
of funds.

The students had gathered some very experienced boat-builders and seamen 
together.  They deserved
greater support.

A lady is now planning a voyage from Venice to the New World via Orkney and 
Shetland.  She already
has a boat.  I have agreed to address a gathering in Venice later this year 
to raise funds.  This has the
support of the Mayor of Venice so we are hoping for a happier outcome.

Niven Sinclair

Ideas are wonderful but money is needed to carry them through



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