• Short Summary

    THE 70 YEAR-OLD HAMBURG-BORN AMERICAN, WILLIAM WILLIS, WHO CROSSED THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM PERU TO SAMOA, IS RESTING ON THE ISLAND BEFORE EMBARKING ON HIS NEXT VOYAGE.

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    LV.PAN...WILLIS AND CAT GREETED BY TOURISTS.
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    2.
    LV RAFT AT ANCHOR.
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    3.
    LV AMERICAN FLAG AT HALF-MAST, ZOOM BACK TO SHOW RAFT.
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    4.
    SV WILLIS, BY RAFT.
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    5.
    SV RAFT.
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    6.
    CU SHIP'S CATS (2 SHOTS).
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    7.
    AERIAL V... COASTLINE WHERE RAFT LANDED.
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    8.
    LV TILT PAN TO COASTLINE WHERE RAFT LANDED.
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    9.
    CU WILLIS.
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    Background: THE 70 YEAR-OLD HAMBURG-BORN AMERICAN, WILLIAM WILLIS, WHO CROSSED THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM PERU TO SAMOA, IS RESTING ON THE ISLAND BEFORE EMBARKING ON HIS NEXT VOYAGE.WILLIS DRIFTED RUDDERLESS FOR MUCH OF HIS 130-DAY CROSSING, AND HAS NOW REDESIGNED THE RUDDER ON LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PREVIOUS MISHAP.

    HIS FINAL DESTINATION IS SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, SOME 10,000 MILES FROM LIMA, PERU, HIS STARTING POINT.HIS RAFT CALLED "AGE UNLIMITED" IS DESCRIBED AS A "10-TON STEEL PONTOON."
    THE TOUGH OLD RAFTSMAN BEACHED HIS CRAFT NEAR APIA ON THE SAMOAN COAST ON NOVEMBER 12.HE WAS HEAVILY TANNED, BEARDED AND IN GOOD SPIRITS WHEN HE STEPPED ASHORE WITH HIS TWO CATS, SOLE COMPANIONS ON THE VOYAGE.

    WILLIS, WHO IS AN EXPLORER AND AUTHOR, MADE HIS VOYAGE AS A CHALLENGE TO THE TRADITIONAL LIMITATIONS OF AGE AND AS A PROTEST AGAINST ARBITRARY AGE LIMITS FOR RETIREMENT.FLEW THE STARS AND STRIPES UPSIDE DOWN AS A DISTRESS SIGNAL.HE ALSO CALLED BY RADIO FOR HELP, BUT REACHED SAMOA WITHOUT ASSISTANCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4OLD271571VFU1P5HV7RJ42S3
    Media URN:
    VLVA4OLD271571VFU1P5HV7RJ42S3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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