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Re: The St. Clair Voyage - 1398 to 1998
Hi, Friends, Cousins, and Shirt-tails,
I've lurked on this list for about a year and enjoyed, sometimes even
laboriously the eloquent and fascinating topics which arose.
I have to thank all of you who've contributed to the presence, success and
endurance of the list. I love to read Nevin's, Richards, Toni's, and
others thoughtful comments and historical wisdom. Thanks, All. Would love
to meet you.
Nevin, your letter re the voyage interested me, and I came alive when I
read about the lack of cash offered to build the ship. When I learned of
it at Laurel Fechner's home, I promptly dug out my checkbook and
contributed a pittance, my $20.
I can't believe that nobody else offered any financial support, and when it
is described as 'zilch' I have to wonder where my $20 went, as well as
other contributions. It just doesn't add up.
At 02:47 PM 8/3/99 +0100, you wrote:
>At 14:10 01/08/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>Has anyone seen this page?
>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
>The students had gathered some very experienced boat-builders and seamen
>together. They deserved
>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.
>Ideas are wonderful but money is needed to carry them through
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