Historic boat to be displayed

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OCT. 4 — The smallest boat ever to have crossed the Atlantic is expected to be part of an exhibit at England’s NationalMaritimeMuseum.

The 5-foot, 4-inch vessel, named Father’s Day, was shipped to the museum in Cornwall, England, recently from Florida, England’s BBC News reported. The exhibition is set to open in early 2007.

Father’s Day was donated to the museum by Hugo Vihlen, the man who sailed her in 1993 from Falmouth, England, to Newfoundland, the report says. The boat was outfitted with GPS, VHF and a water purifying system. Vihlen, who was 61 in 1993, set off on Sept. 26 — Father’s Day — and took about four months to complete the journey.

“On Father’s Day you should be able to do what you want to do, that’s your thing,” Vihlen says in the report. “This was my thing and aboard Father’s Day I was able to do it.”

In 1968 Vihlen first crossed the Atlantic from Casablanca, Africa, to Miami aboard a 6-foot boat named April Fool, according to reports.

— Jason Fell