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Atlantic Kon Tiki


An obscure but heroic page of Canadian maritime history will soon be commemorated at Halifax Harbour.
The developer of a condominimum project called "Kings Wharf" in Dartmouth, plans to make sure residents and visitors don't forget a man named Henri Beaudout.
Beaudout was the skipper of a daring transatlantic raft crossing in 1956, from Halifax to Falmouth, England.
The feat, accomplished in 88 days, is not celebrated in Canada.
Beaudot recently met with Kings Landing developer,Francis Faras,who promised to install a plaque at the site where the raft departed.
St. John's producer Marie Wadden has also met Beaudout, and learned there's more known about his voyage in England, where he landed, than here in Canada.

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