In Might 2017, two brothers from Aberdeenshire in Scotland launched a toy pirate ship off the coast of Peterhead. Impressed by the concept of sending a message in a bottle, Ollie Ferguson, eight and Harry Ferguson, six, have been excited to see the place the vessel (aptly named “Journey”) would find yourself. One yr on, and following a whirlwind journey that took it by means of Scandinavia, the plucky ship is now roughing the seas of the South Atlantic Ocean in a bid to make all of it the best way to the Americas.
The Journey beside the Christian Radich, which carried it to West Africa. Picture by The Days are Simply Packed.
Now fitted with a GPS monitoring system that enables folks to observe its route by means of a devoted web site, the Journey underwent some intelligent modifications earlier than beginning its lengthy journey, together with the addition of a counterweight to assist it keep upright and a polystyrene filling to assist it keep afloat. Upon leaving Scotland, it carried a message asking anybody who discovered the boat to return it to the ocean after recording the place it went to. With assist from a present, it first travelled to Denmark, the place it was picked up by a household who took some pictures with it earlier than returning it to the water. From there, it went to Sweden, the place it was present in a tree by a lady in a ship who kindly made some repairs earlier than setting it off on yet one more voyage, this time to Norway.
Ollie and Harry with Journey. Picture by The Days are Simply Packed.
The story of the Journey quickly unfold by means of Scandinavian media, which led to the Ferguson household being contacted by the Christian Radich, a Norwegian full-rigged ship that provided to hold it 3000 miles to the South Atlantic Ocean to discover new waters. The crew members additionally took the time to make some a lot wanted repairs on the tiny vessel, changing its sails and rigging that had been broken within the North Sea crossing and the Journey was launched 100 miles off the coast of Mauritania in West Africa.
Ollie and Harry monitoring Journey on-line. Picture by The Days are Simply Packed.
“It’s been a really optimistic story, and it’s a little bit little bit of enjoyable. We bought a map and marked all of the nations that we’ve got been despatched good needs from up to now and confirmed the boys,” Ollie and Harry’s father Mac Ferguson advised Lonely Planet Journey Information. It hasn’t all been plain crusing nevertheless, because the battery on the monitoring system is now at solely three%, making it much more tough to observe. “Three days in the past some guys in Barbados despatched up a aircraft and flew over to see the place she was, and verified that she was nonetheless upright and crusing. They despatched a speedboat out to choose her as much as recharge the GPS battery, however the waves have been too excessive, so the Journey is now the mercy of the currents,” Mac mentioned.
A crew member of the Christian Radich fixing Journey. Picture by The Days are Simply Packed.
Aside from their most up-to-date nautical expedition, the Ferguson household aren’t any strangers to distinctive and galvanizing undertakings. 4 years in the past, the household determined to begin a bucket checklist of 500 adventures that the boys might try to finish, regardless of how outlandish or wonderful the options, and they’re now closing in on the midway mark.
“The journey checklist is about fostering the spirit of journey and exploring one thing new that the boys haven’t seen earlier than. They wished to enter area, which we couldn’t do clearly, so we determined that we’d make LEGO variations of spacemen and despatched them into excessive altitude with a climate balloon with a GoPro connected. A few of the adventures are designed to show them about neighborhood and caring. Final Christmas we did rucksacks for homeless folks and we’ve got additionally gone round faculties to do displays encouraging different kids to do neighborhood adventures, whether or not its feeding birds within the backyard or choosing up litter,” Mac mentioned.
Updates on the ship in addition to the 500 journey checklist can be found on the Ferguson’s Fb Web page.
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