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To Alaska by canoe

Here’s a photo from the April 29 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of two adventurers who were about to attempt a long-distance canoe journey.

According to this Los Angeles Times article and this blog entry, Sheldon Taylor and Geoffrey Pope actually made it to Nome, arriving on August 11, 1937. Sadly, the fame and fortune that they hoped would follow from their journey did not materialize. Fifty years later, Taylor and co-author Rick Steber wrote a book based on Taylor’s recollections of the trip.

Ghosts of Sailors at Sea, an instrumental band from Boston, has released tracks titled “Sheldon Taylor” and “Geoffrey Pope”. I couldn’t find a connection between the band and the two adventurers.

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