In 1976, an Ox-Hide Replica of a Sixth Century Currach sailed from Ireland, bound for America.
On June 26, 1977, forty years ago, Tim Severin’s 36 foot “Brendan,” and her crew of 4 arrived at Newfoundland. They had proved that seafaring Irish monks could have reached America hundreds of years before the Vikings.
“Brendan,” with its medieval rigging, and no keel, could not sail upwind. Much adventure was involved in crossing the Atlantic, against prevailing winds, in a leather boat.
This video will combine history, legend, music, leather work, medieval boat design, seamanship, whales, and danger.
Additionally, Caleb Bailey, Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, will say a few words about the music and outline his plans for a local performance of Shaun Davey’s Brendan Voyage Suite.
Q&A to follow the screening.
Suggested donation $5.
Video on the Brendan Voyage