Teignmouth Electron

1968 to present

The Teignmouth Electron is a 40’ trimaran sailboat built of marine plywood and fiberglass that was involved in a failed solo attempt to circumnavigate of the earth without stopping in the late 1960’s. The boat was constructed by Eastwood Ltd in Norfolk, England in 1968 through funds raised by a consortium of investors headed by Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman and inventor.  The boat began its voyage in October of 1968, helmed by Crowhurst.  Eight months later in June of 1969, the boat was found ghosting in the Mid-Atlantic - some 283 days after the start of the race.  The Teignmouth Electron’s pilot, Donald Crowhurst, was not on board.

The incredible details of the story are well chronicled in the 1970 book The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst.  In 2007, I purchased the boat.  The Electron remains beached on the shore of Cayman Brac where it has rested for over 25 years.

Teignmouth Electron

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1968 to present

Teignmouth Electron

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1968 to present