The Brendan Voyage

The Brendan Voyage

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Could an Irish monk in the sixth century really have sailed all the way across the Atlantic in a small open boat, thus beating Columbus to the New World by almost a thousand years? Relying on the medieval text of St. Brendan, award-winning adventure writer Tim Severin painstakingly researched and built a boat identical to the leather curragh that carried Brendan on his epic voyage. He found a centuries-old, family-run tannery to prepare the ox hides in the medieval way; he undertook an exhaustive search for skilled harness makers (the only people who would know how to stitch the three-quarter-inch-thick hides together); he located one of the last pieces of Irish-grown timber tall enough to make the mainmast. But his courage and resourcefulness were truly tested on the open seas, including one heart-pounding episode when he and his crew repaired a dangerous tear in the leather hull by hanging over the side--their heads sometimes submerged under the freezing waves--to restitch the leather. A modern classic in the tradition of Kon-Tiki, The Brendan Voyage seamlessly blends high adventure and historical relevance. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages since its original publication in 1978. With a new Introduction by Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, c1978.
ISBN: 9780070563353
Branch Call Number: 910.45 S498a
Characteristics: viii, 292 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 20, 2010

a maritime adventure on the scale of KonTiki, with the same brilliant seamanship and leadership, it is one of a series led by Severin to show that ancient voyages long treated as myths could in fact have been done as described.

kpalichuk May 03, 2010

A fascinating account. In 1976, Tim Severin researched and built (with significant assistance) a leather boat using medieval techniques. Then he, and his crew sailed it from Ireland to Newfoundland in a harrowing journey. Severin's experience is interspersed between background on St. Brendan.

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