Author of Rowing for My Life to lecture at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Free event, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Bedford, Mass. - Kathleen Saville, author of Rowing for My Life: Two Oceans, Two Lives, One Journey will speak about her rows across the Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Wednesday, July 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm. In the 1980s, Saville rowed in stormy weather along the Moroccan coast, over 3,600 miles across the Atlantic from Callao, Peru to the Galapagos Islands, and to the Marquesas Islands, American Samoa, Vanuatu, and through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The lecture is free and open to the public. Go to to RSVP or call 508-997-0046.

Saville’s lecture will evoke the extraordinary beauty of solitary life on the open oceans. The talk will include a discussion about how Saville used a sextant and compass to navigate, as well as how she used Morse code to communicate through a TR7 transceiver radio powered with energy from solar panels on the bow cabin. Viewers will learn about the unforeseen challenges that she faced over the course of her journey, such as losing the sextant and being forced to navigate by only the stars, being rolled over in the Coral Sea, and nearly being run down by a freighter on the Atlantic.


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Director of Marketing & Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, please visit