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
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.
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
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