Jump to content
Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Still Waters

Frenchman sets off across Atlantic in a barrel

10 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Still Waters

A Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him.

Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months.

His reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage.

He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study Atlantic currents.

Updates on the journey are being posted on a Facebook page and the latest message said the barrel was "behaving well".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46690647

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
and then

Resin coated plywood?  Nope....

  • Like 2
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
spud the mackem

The Atlantic in winter is not the place to be rolling around in a barrel , he will be lucky to survive. He obviously has not seen the film "The perfect Storm", I was in the Atlantic at that time on a 47000 ton ship and we were tossed around like a cork ,not a good experience . 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
aztek

yea it will be a rough ride, but i think he has a good chance to make it.   few inches thick plywood reinforced with fiberglass and resin, will stand up just fine, that is how many ocean going yachts are made. marine grade plywood is very strong,  does not even compare to plywood used in  construction.  that is assuming he wont hit anything,

Edited by aztek

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
and then
1 minute ago, aztek said:

yea it will be a rough ride, but i think he has a good chance to make it.   few inches thick plywood reinforced with fiberglass and resin, will stand up just fine, that is how many ocean going yachts are made. that is assuming he wont hit anything,

Waves have been known to crush steel structures on ships.  The amount of force they can exert is incredible.  I wish him good luck, he's braver than I am.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
aztek
Just now, and then said:

Waves have been known to crush steel structures on ships.  The amount of force they can exert is incredible.  I wish him good luck, he's braver than I am.

yes, it is all about the shape, flat cylinder, or a box would be a lot less rigid and strong.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lightly

Good luck buddy!    i guess he's thinking the currents move faster in winter?....otherwise I ,personally, might have considered going in summer?

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
curiouse

Let’s hope that in a few weeks he doesn’t need a full scale Recue operation. At the cost of to The Tax payers of the world.

 Hey I’m all up for adventure but when things go wrong He should be responsible . it’s his price to pay not ours.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
spud the mackem
23 hours ago, and then said:

Waves have been known to crush steel structures on ships.  The amount of force they can exert is incredible.  I wish him good luck, he's braver than I am.

I wouldn't say he is brave ,more like incredibly stupid , and at 71 yrs old his body is not as pliable ,no doubt he will have to be rescued ,unless he disappears .

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
RoofGardener

Excellent. 

One down. Just another 67 million, 119 thousand nine hundred and ninety nine to go ! :D 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.