15 June 2018: There have many stories of toy ships set off upon the sea to see where they wind up; we have posted many of them here. But this one, to us, is the capper! From the aptly named, Oddity Central:
Children usually launch their toy pirate ships in their pool or bathtub, but
two Scottish brothers decided they wanted their toy ship to tackle the high
seas. They launched it from Peterhead, in Scotland, last May, and it has been
sailing the world’s seas and oceans ever since.
Ollie Ferguson (8) and his brother Harry (5), launched their Playmobil
pirate ship into the North Sea as part of a bucket list of adventures that they
Their parents were more than happy to help out, preparing the
ship for its maiden voyage. They toy ship had a counterweight added, to help it
stay afloat, and its hull was filled with polystyrene to improve its buoyancy.
But despite these modifications, no one expected it to still be sailing almost
a year after being launched from Peterhead. It’s currently passing by
Guyana, in South America.
Named “Adventure” by the two Scottish brothers, the toy pirate ship
originally sailed hundreds of miles from Peterhead, in Scotland, all the
way to Denmark, where a family found it and set it on its way again. It then
reached Sweden and Norway, and every time it reached a shore, someone would
find it and launch it again. The Adventure carries a written
message asking anyone who finds it to launch it back into the sea.
After being launched from the Norwegian shoreline, last year, the Adventure
was taken aboard the Christian Radich, a Norwegian full-rigged ship,
and transported to a larger body of water that it could explore. Late last year,
the Playmobil ship was launched off the coast of Mauritania, in the Atlantic
Ocean, and it’s been continuing its exciting adventure ever since.
It’s hard to imagine anyone anticipating that the Adventure would last so
long at sea, but Ollie and Harry’s father did find the idea of tracking the toy
boat on its voyage exciting, so before launching it into the North Sea, he
partnered up with a leading GPS tracking company to have it equipped with a
state-of-the-art transmitter. So they’ve been able to keep an eye on the
Adventure’s location ever since the beginning.
“The boys love it,” their father, MacNeill Ferguson, said. “When they come home from school they ask if there is
there any news about the ship.”
They’ve also set up a Facebook page where they document the ship’s progress
and post photos and news about its incredible sailing adventure. Believe it or
not, there’s now an international community following this page and even
helping the Fergusons by keeping an eye on the toy boat should it be sailing
past their location.
It’s been quite a journey for the toy pirate ship, but last week, it seemed
to have come to an end. On “The Days Are Just Packed” Facebook page the Fergusons
announced that the Adventure had not been transmitting its location twice a
day, as it usually did. It had missed several pings, and everyone feared that
its Atlantic voyage may have finally come to an end. However, yesterday, just
when it looked like the voyage was over, the Adventure starting transmitting
off the coast of South America.
So I guess the Adventure’s epic adventure continues. And the icing on the
cake is that the little pirate ship is actually heading for the Bahamas, home
of the most famous pirates in history.
And to add a touch of reality to this great story, here is a link where you can see for yourself where "Adventure" is in real time! Or could, had her batteries not run out. Click here:
We will probably not be posting about "Adventure" going forward, as her onboard GPS seems to have failed sending her position. Last position (per the chart - See link above) was near Barbados in May.
And to those you who qualify, happy Father's Day! (Sunday)
Until next time,