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Tribute to the People of the St. Lawrence

Henri Beaudout (2013)

His contribution to maritime life in Quebec  

In 2013, the Musée maritime du Québec paid tribute to Henri Beaudout for crossing the Atlantic on a raft. In 1955, Henri Beaudout and his crew first attempted to cross the ocean on Légaré I, which ran aground due to Hurricane Connie. But in 1956, Beaudout succeeded in his endeavour this time on Légaré II. The perilous journey from Nova Scotia (Canada) to England took 88 days. In addition to this feat, the seafarer made a name for himself in 1967 when he sailed the same route taken by Jacques Cartier in 1534. During Expo 67, he was awarded the “Grand Prix du nautisme” for this Atlantic crossing. The following year, he founded the first sailing school in Rimouski. In 1993, then 66 years old, Henri Beaudout won the first Trans-Mediterranean race. 

About Henri Beaudout

Henri Beaudout was born in France, in 1927. In 1952, he immigrated to Canada with his wife. Four years later, he made his historic journey across the Atlantic on a raft. This feat garnered worldwide attention. The Atlantic on a Raft – 88 Days Adrift is a travelling exhibition produced by the Musée maritime du Québec to showcase this historic event. Through various means since then, Beaudout has encouraged young and old to take action, in order to excel and tap into their potential.