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Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea [Opens 2020]

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Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea
C. D. Mallory Building
Opens late 2019

Steven Callahan has loved boats all his life. At the age of 29, he designed and built a 21-foot sloop he called Napoleon Solo, and sailed it across the Atlantic with a friend. On the solo return trip, 800 miles west of the Canary Islands, in the middle of the night, something (whale? shark?) crashed into the hull. The boat started to sink. Callahan had enough time to grab some supplies and equipment and get into the 6-foot life raft before the sailboat disappeared completely.

Seventy-six days and 1,800 nautical miles later he was spotted by some fishermen off Guadeloupe. He had lost a third of his body weight. Following the ordeal, he wrote a memoir, Adrift, and has since served as a consultant on films, including Life of Pi.

This exhibition celebrates the gift of Steven Callahan’s personal papers and collections to the Museum, including many artifacts central to his extraordinary survival at sea.

“I still don’t regret my 76 days alone in the raft. To this day I feel enlightened by what I went through because it changed me for the better. But would I want to be adrift in the ocean again? No way.” ~ Steven Callahan, in a 2012 interview