From Nazi Germany to Australia: The Incredible True Story of History’s Longest Kayak Journey – Vanity Fair

 

With Germany in tatters, his small business bankrupt, Oskar Speck got into his kayak in 1932 for what would become an epic, seven-and-a-half-year paddle—30,000 miles, packed with hero’s welcomes and near-death escapes, all the way to Australia. But as Speck battled sharks, hostile locals, and malaria, Hitler rose to power and W.W. II began. This is the story of Speck’s voyage, an adventure nearly lost to history. Read more here…

 

Watch this short video by the Australian National Maritime Museum:

 

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