Exhibition of waterborne eccentricity

Who'd want to cross the Atlantic in this?

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is putting on an exhibition titled ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen?’

Celebrating British eccentricity and the desire to do something different, the exhibition features people and their crazy crafts involved in daring, different or just plain silly adventures.

Opening on Saturday 20 January, you’ll see Tim FitzHigham’s bath tub that he rowed across the English Channel from Calais to Tower Bridge in 2005 to raise money for Comic Relief.

Also on show will be Hugo Vihlen’s Fathers Day, pictured, the smallest boat to have ever crossed the Atlantic, or John Fairfax’s Britannia the first to row single-handed across the Atlantic.

Visitors can follow the adventures of Victorian John MacGregor, considered the father of modern canoeing. Camping in canoes during adventurous trips to Europe and the Baltic, he also took the Rob Roy canoe, featured in the exhibition, to explore the Middle East.

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Ben Lumby, Exhibition Manager, says: “This is a must see exhibition celebrating the eccentricity of our fellow Englishmen. We can all say we’d like to row across the Atlantic or English Channel, but it’s only a rare few who actually do it.”