“The idea to circle the earth in a small sailboat resulted from a thing as unlikely as a 1943 Boy Scout scrap-paper drive to help the war effort. SKOAL, built in 1940, was a Tahiti Ketch, a 30′ overall length and 26′-9” on the water line. While my Penn State degree was of little practical value in making SKOAL’s purchase feasible, my education proved to be essential in realizing my dream of sailing the Pacific, as well as facilitating various “wildcatting” experiences as a geologist-well logger.” —John Shakely, Introduction
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The above short film captures scenes from SKOAL’s Pacific journey and ultimate shipwreck in the French Marquesas. Scene captions are available.