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Posted: 09-May-2005, 02:52 PM
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Popular tradition has it that the most significant evangelists of our area arrived in Brittany on board... stone vessels.
Saints Samson, Helen and Malo certainly arrived by sea. They sailed in either Irish curraghs or Welsh coracles. These boats of wooden frames covered with skins, were ballasted with blocks of granite carved to the shape of the vessel. Their boats, abandoned where they landed, decayed, leaving only the granite....

Today, this legend still makes many Bretons dream and one of them has decided to make his dream reality with the utopian ambition to cross the channel again in a stone boat...

And yes it worked ! (clic on the picture) thumbs_up.gif

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Posted: 09-May-2005, 03:47 PM
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my first impression is, he's smoking what??? But hey, says it's worked in the past and he has models. I don't know enough about it to say if it could be true or not. but if it is, neato! I hope he makes it.


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Posted: 09-May-2005, 04:08 PM
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I don't know what he is smoking, and I don't know if he crossed the Channel, but at least he crossed the mouth of the Rance (a breton river near Saint Malo), I swear ! laugh.gif

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Posted: 09-May-2005, 08:47 PM
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Fascinating! I wish him lotsa luck! Thanks for sharing this, celtica! So how are you these days, my friend?


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Posted: 10-May-2005, 11:24 AM
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Actually anyting can float so long as the weight of the boat is less than the water displacement.

Even today, concrete boats are made out of gunite on wire frame.


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Posted: 10-May-2005, 12:16 PM
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QUOTE (stevenpd @ 10-May-2005, 07:24 PM)
Actually anyting can float so long as the weight of the boat is less than the water displacement.

Even today, concrete boats are made out of gunite on wire frame.

Of course I know that, but I thought it was funny to find out how he tried to make legends real... wink.gif

In fact I was trying to search informations about something called the Stone Vessel for a french site about celtic countries...and I found that. laugh.gif
The Stone Vessel is also a comic by Enki Bilal, it takes place in a little village in Brittany. Do you know it ?

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Wizard, I'm fine thanks, beguinning to think a lot about my travel in Barcelona next month... And what about you ? smile.gif
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