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The 'Fox' an 18 foot rowboat was the first craft of this kind to cross the Atlantic Ocean, sans sail, motor, or rudder. The small open surf-boat' left New York's lower Battery on June 6th, 1896, crossing the Atlantic while plying the northern shipping route. The two Norwegian-American seamen, George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen, made the 3,000 mile trip to landfall, Sicily Islands, British Isles in 55 days. A record time which stood for 114 years. They continued on to Le Havre, France (the mouth of the Seine), exhibiting their boat there and Paris, Germany and Norway. They returned home from Copenhagen via a steamer arriving in Hoboken, a New Jersey port, later that year.
Their remarkable feat was soon almost forgotten.
This sculpture was created to honor these brave seamen and centuries of sailors who challenged the unpredictable Oceans of the World.
The 4 foot model depicted is the Marquette for an 8 ft. bronze monument (1/3 rd life-sized).
Bill Osmundsen, sculptor.
Victor Samuelsen, project manager