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Son of Town Hall

First Raft Made of Scrap to Cross the North Atlantic Ocean

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Chronology

  • Built in New York City, 1992-95
  • 1995 First cruise, New York to Provincetown, MA
  • 1996 Testing and rebuilding along the Massachusetts and Maine coasts
  • 1997 Sailed from Maine to Newfoundland - 41 days at sea
  • June 15, 1998 Left Fermeuse, Newfoundland
  • August 13, 1998 (60 days later) arrived Castletownbere, Ireland
  • August - September -To France, first arriving at Brest, then through the Channel to Cherbourg and LeHavre
  • Sept.- Dec. Up the Seine River to Paris and into the canal system
  • Dec. 1998 - Feb.1999 Through the canals and down the Rhone River to Port St. Louis and the Mediterranean Sea
  • see Where is the Son of Town Hall Now for updates from Feb. 1999 to the present

Vital Statistics

  • 50 feet long (15.5 meters)
  • beam 12 feet (3.5 meters)
  • draft 20" (2/3 meter) (boards up); 6 feet (2 meters) (boards down)
  • self-righting, self-steering under sail, unsinkable (floating on logs and polyurethane foam)
  • auxiliary diesel: 19 HP Lister

Plans of the Son of Town Hall

Construction Details

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

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