Son of Town Hall

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Name: Son of Town Hall
Builder: Poppa Neutrino, New York
Laid down: 1992
Launched: 1995
Notes: "Self-righting, self-steering under sail, unsinkable (floating on logs and polyurethane foam)"
General characteristics
Class & type: Junk raft
Length: 50 ft. (15.5 meters)
Beam: 12 feet (3.5 meters)
Draft: 20" (2/3 meter) (boards up); 6 feet (2 meters) (boards down)
Propulsion: Auxiliary diesel: 19 HP Lister
Sail plan: Square rig [1]

Son of Town Hall was a junk raft which made a Transatlantic crossing in 1998, built by Poppa Neutrino.

Writer Alec Wilkinson gave a vivid description of Son of Town Hall in his book The Happiest Man in the World, saying: "The raft looked like a specter, a ghost ship, as if made from rags and rope and lumber, a vessel from the end of the world, or something medieval, a flagship of nothingness, the Armada of the Kingdom of Oblivion."[2]

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  1. ^ "Son of Town Hall, First Raft made of Scrap to Cross the North Atlantic Ocean". The Floating Neutrinos. May 30, 2006. Retrieved Sep 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Hellman, David (March 18, 2007). "Adventurer with a Maverick Streak". SF Retrieved Sep 30, 2010. 

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