Thursday, November 20, 2014

Walking along the quay, we could see this boat rebuild underway. It was a reconstruction of the 16th century ship that Willem Berentsz (of sea fame) sailed to the north pole in and, like Shackleton in the south, got stranded in the ice. It is a story of endurance against the odds and apparently, every schoolchild here learns about it. When the volunteers have finished the build it's off to Russia (who is helping with funding) to re-trace the route of the original voyage.

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