73-Year-Old Adventurer Sailing a 60-Foot Steel Whale Across the Atlantic Ocean

´If someone calls me a big-headed bastard or tells me I m fucking mad, I just feel good´

Tom McClean was the first man to cross the Atlantic on a rowboat in 1969.

In 1982 he did it again in the smallest boat ever to accomplish that crossing. The self-built boat measured 9 feet and 9 inches. But because of the weight of the food it took him seven weeks to cross and his record was broken three weeks later by a sailor manning a 9 feet and 1 inch long boat.

In response McClean, used a chainsaw to cut two feet off his own vessel - making it 7 feet and 9 inches long (2,5 meters!!!). He regained the record even if he dismasted!

At the age  of 44, he was rowing the North Atlantic once more, crossing in 50 days to set the record for the fastest time. 

Finally a few years later he build a 60-foot iron whale and wanted to use it for a new ocean crossing. (A 65-ton boat called Moby with the size and shape of a sperm whale). It did a test around the British coasts in the 90’s and since has been waiting for a financier to face the Atlantic.

Now the idea is to replace the diesel engines with electric motors to create a vehicle for a zero-carbon environmental campaign with hope thatan NGO or a renewable energy business, will back the project.


All Photos by (excepted nr.3) Luke Montgomery
You can read more about Tom on VICE.COM
 

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