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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.

Myra Perala



At 02:47 PM 8/3/99 +0100, you wrote:
>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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