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An experimental survival raft arrives in Southampton Water after a forty-three Atlantic crossing from New York.


An American experimental life raft, approximately thirty feet long, constructed principally of rubber cylinders, and named the Nonpareil, arrived safely in England after a forty-three day journey from New York City.  Sheltering under canvas on the deck, Captain John Mikes and two others had made the crossing without serious incident under sail rigged on their two small masts. Reportedly, the success of the Nonpareil's voyage drew instant interest from commercial shipping interests. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"The Arrival of the Life-raft Nonpareil at Southampton, England," Frank Leslies Illustrated Newspaper, September 17, 1867, p. 403.