Photographer's Note

Just a simple dinghy, you might think, but this little boat has a story of survival attached to it.

"In January 1971 the Robertson Family left Falmouth to sail around the world on the adventure of a lifetime.
But 18 months out, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, their yacht, the Lucette, was holed by killer whales and sank!

The yacht sank within minutes leaving the group of six barely enough time to release their life raft and their dinghy, Ednamair.
The four adults and two children spent the next 17 days, with very little food or water, in their slowly deteriorating life raft. When the floor of the life raft finally fell through, all six were forced to take refuge on Ednamair.

Cramped and horribly unstable, they survived the next 21 days in the 10 ft/3m dinghy. After 38 days of drifting in the Pacific, they were at last rescued by a Japanese fishing boat, ending an experience that would change their lives forever.

Dougal Robertson, (the father) kept a log throughout their ordeal. His entries particularly focus on their constant struggle for water and food and their battle against exhaustion."
(Information from the National Maritime Museum.)

The family can be seen in the poster in the background.

Difficult to imagine six people surviving the Pacific in this little boat!
One more view in the w/s.
Thank you for looking.

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