It’s finally feeling like fall, and football and homecoming games are on the horizon, but this week we are taking a look at a different kind of homecoming.
In 1965, Robert Manry sailed what was at the time the shortest boat to make a non-stop trip across the Atlantic Ocean. His 13.5′ sailboat, Tinkerbelle, spent 78 days at sea, on a voyage from Falmouth, Massachusetts to Falmouth, England. Manry faced many hazards on his adventure, and wrote a book about them, too.
Manry had been working as a copy editor at the Cleveland Plain dealer for many years before this trip, and though not born in Ohio was ingrained in his local community, Willowick. After his successful mission, a homecoming parade was held in his honor in the town, pictured below.
Manry made a few other notable sailing trips, and donated Tinkerbelle to the Western Reserve Historical Society, where you can still see it today.