Friday, 23 September 2016

Paper boat makes 8000 mile journey!

This paper boat was found in Uig Museum, Outer Hebrides............its been on a very long journey!
This must be the furthest travelled paper boat! 

 "...One of your paper boats has made landfall on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia after a journey of 8000 miles.

The photographs show it anchored below the memorial cross that was raised to the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton by his men. The cross is only a short walk from the site of the first shore-based whaling station in the southern hemisphere, at Grytviken. This though was not ancient whaling, it was modern industrial whaling that stripped the waters around the island of its whale stocks - they are only now showing early signs of recovering.
 
But before the shore stations there were American sailing ships that came to these waters practicing the more equal whaling techniques using a sailing ship, men in small boats and hand harpoons. It is an overlooked fact that many Africans worked on these ships and on the whaling stations.

You can read about one of the last of these ships working this way here in the book 'Logbook for Grace' a marvelous book that is almost a love letter to his wife by biologist Robert Cushman Murphy about his trip on the American whaler "Daisy".

As for stories, we have our ghost, Olaf the flenser, who rattles the tin sheets of the whaling station and be seen fleetingly as you pass between the abandoned buildings. We even have a little building that has become known as Olaf's and have made a film called "There is something about Olaf".

With all best wishes from an island in the bud of spring with elephant seals hauling out to have their pups i the days ahead,
Sarah"
 
 
Click here to read more about who sent it to South Georgia.
 
I've ordered a copy of 'Logbook for Grace' .......looking forward to reading it!!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Paper boat found on the ferry from Kirkwall to Westray - Orkney.

Hi Joanne,

We found your paper boat on the ferry from Kirkwall to Westray. We sailed it a bit in Westray as part of our family's annual 'Mill Boat Race Challenge- Thomas, our eldest son, won both with your boat and the Trophy.


We have bought the boat back to Thropton in Northumberland where we live and I am going to send it off...not sure where yet but either Kazakhstan, Costa Rica or Australia. We have been fortunate to have many sea stories: on the Great Barrier Reef, the Arabian Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans but we are truly happiest laying creels and phutting about the bay at Pierowall in Westray or, for our boys, Thomas, Daniel & Samuel, pier jumping off the Rapness Pier in Westray.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Paper boat has been found in Uig Museum, Outer Hebrides, and is on it's way to South Georgia Whaling Museum!

Hi Joanne

I found one of your boats at the Uig Museum, Isle of Lewis while guiding a tour bus around the area. I have posted it to the South Georgia Whaling Museum, they only get mail once a month, so it may be some time before they acknowledge its arrival. I recently posted them copies of my publication Balaich na Whalers which included accounts and pictures of Lewismen working "at the whaling" in South Georgia. Great project I will be following with interest.

Maggie


A few links:

Uig Museum   http://uigcommunity.com/museum/

Maggie Smith http://www.magaidhsmith.co.uk/back-in-time/

South Georgia Whaling Museum 
http://sgmuseum.gs/index.php?title=South_Georgia_Museum

Cabraich Community Arts & Heritage group  http://www.cabraich.org/en

Monday, 11 July 2016

Paper boat found in Iceland!

One of our paper boats has been found by Margrét Long, in Selfoss, South Iceland!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

paper boat found in Shetland!

"Hi, Joanne

I saw one of your boats in the Bonhga Gallery, Weisdale, Shetland: I picked it up and read the story of the Magellan daisy but I mistakenly thought that the paper boat itself was part of a children's art workshop taking place in the gallery, so I didn't undo the boat or read any further, but put it back.

I found a second boat at Sumburgh Head lighthouse, in the exhibition room, on Friday 17th June. Of course, this time I was intrigued to have found another paper boat, looked more closely and realised what it was. At the moment, it is with me in my home town of Cardiff, Wales. I plan to leave it in our local art centre, as I think it is likely that anyone finding it there will be interested enough in your project to contact you and to pass the boat on.

My sea story is this: In 1959, when I was eight years old, I travelled with my family to New Zealand, by boat, to meet and stay with my paternal grandparents for five months.

The boat journey itself took four weeks and I remember very vividly going through the Panama Canal and calling at Pitcairn Island on the way across the Pacific. When we crossed the equator, there was a party on board, with someone dressed as Neptune. I was afraid that I would be thrown in the swimming pool, because I had not crossed the equator before and I'd read a story where this was what happened to the young hero of the story. I was very relieved to find that this didn't happen. However, like all the other children on the boat, I was given a certificate by Neptune, saying that I had his protection at sea, for ever after.

The people on the New Zealand side of my family had originally emigrated from Scotland, Wales and England. What people take with them and bring back from travelling is always of interest to me and I will be interested in how your project develops."

With best wishes
Bronwen Davies

Click here for more info about Crossing The Line Ceremony!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Paper boat found in Orkney!

"Hello Joanne Just a quick message to say that I found a purple,paper boat in the Library at Kirkwall,  Orkney on Wednesday 25th May whilst collecting Family History information It is now with me in Colwyn Bay North Wales  Its journey  included two flights south to Aberdeen then on the Manchester and then a train journey to Colwyn Bay where I live  I am taking good care of it..........

........I do not have a whaling story but can tell you that there is an artificial island just beside the harbour in Porthmadog in Gwynedd North Wales,  (Porthmadog is famous for the shipping of Slate to destinations all around the world ) that was made by the sailing ships dumping the ballast used to steady the ships on their  return journeys  This ballast made up of soil, rocks etc.  contained thousands of seeds from plants that grew all around the world  

This island now has plants growing there that did not originate in the UK  It is a wonderful place for Botanists  Its name in Welsh is Cae Ballast or Ballast Field      

I wish you every success with your project"
Angela Owens

This wee boat may be going on a journey to Sicily!

Click here for more info and a location map about the Ballast Field.



Monday, 20 June 2016

Paper boat found in Shetland in Peeries Gift Shop, Lerwick!

Hi Joanne,

Just to let you know, I found one of your boats in Peeries Gift Shop in Lerwick, Shetland. I'd read about your project on Twitter, but still had to check with the shop owner to make sure it wasn't part of their display!

I've bought it home to England, but I think I'm going to take it back to Iceland when I next return.

I was in Shetland researching my next book, which contains a lot of Puffins!

Loving your project - I even went to the Shetland Museum to see the exhibit.

With thanks,

Ed.

https://icelanddefrosted.com/