St Brandan the Navigator

By Anthony MacDermott, published May 1944


St. Brandan (or Brendan) was an Irish monk of the sixth century AD, famed for his extensive voyages. His first voyage in a great curragh (hide boat) powered by both sail and oars, lasted five years and took him to the Faeroes, Shetland, Iceland, North America, and “the Island of Delights”, which was possibly one of the Azores or Canary Islands. A second voyage, in a larger timber-framed decked vessel, is said to have reached Newfoundland, the Bahamas, and Florida, “the Land of Promise”. Accounts of his voyages lived on to influence those of Columbus hundreds of years later.

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Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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