Saint Brendan and His Epic Voyage: Was the Irish Saint the First European in the New World?
In 1976, Severin built a traditional ship using the design, materials, and techniques that the monks would have used. The explorer successfully sailed from Ireland to North America. Whilst this does not necessarily mean that St. Brendan was the first European to reach the New World, it does demonstrate that the voyage undertaken by the saint was entirely possible.
Statue of Brendan at Fenit Harbour. ( CC BY SA 3.0 )
Top image: Exhibit in the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Source: Public Domain
By Wu Mingren
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