Overlooked No More: Ann Davison, Who Daringly Crossed the Atlantic Alone

Zonker

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From the NY Times:

She set sail in 1952 not to set a record or make a point about women and their abilities. Rather, her motivation was deeply personal.

This article is part of Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times.

On May 18, 1952, Ann Davison set out by boat from Plymouth, England, on a journey that, if completed, would make her the first woman known to sail across the Atlantic Ocean alone. It was a dangerous undertaking for any sailor, but it was especially dangerous for Davison, who had very little boating experience.

Davison wasn’t out to set any records, or to prove a point about women and their abilities. Rather, the motivation behind her trip was deeply personal: Three years earlier, she and her husband, Frank, had attempted to sail a similar route to the Caribbean, where they planned to start a new life together. But after battling gales in the English Channel for 19 days, their boat crashed against rocks in southern England. Frank died the next morning, and Ann nearly died.

Full (unlocked) story https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/03/...uq0suyzwOHZ1SYtex_HKqUrj9Q-oNw&smid=share-url
 

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Photo unabashedly lifted from the Chuck Paine Yacht Designs Fanclub Facebook group

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I enjoyed both her books. Vividly etched in my memory is her process for staring the diesel in her first boat (Reliance). It's described in Last Voyage. It involved a blowtorch (to heat the glow plug for 15 mins), an auxiliary engine (to build air pressure), and spinning the flywheel by hand. It's a nail-biter of a book.
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