Friday, May 16, 2008

Saint Brendan the Navigator

Today is the feast day of Saint Brendan the Navigator, who died around the year 577. I first heard of him when I heard of Tim Severin's re-enactment of Brendan's Voyage and the book he wrote telling the tale. The story of the original voyage is online here. More about St. Brendan: Patron Saints Index (he is the patron saint of whales) and the Catholic Encyclopedia.

This is an animated short film telling the story of Brendon's life:

Here's a folk song celebrating the voyage:

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