Memories sought for Falmouth Atlantic raft adventure
A transatlantic adventure that ended in Cornwall more than half a century ago is being researched by a Canadian broadcaster.
Three men set off from Nova Scotia in August 1956 on a raft made of telegraph poles, with two cats on board.
More than 80 days later they all arrived in Falmouth, but little more is known about the crew.
CBC Radio in Canada is producing a documentary about the men and want Cornish memories.
The boat itself was made of nine telephone poles.Royal cats
At the time it became a huge tourist attraction. Pubs even served up chocolate models of the raft.
According to newspaper reports from the time, the cats were given to the Duke of Bedford, a cousin of the Queen.
CBC Radio is keen to learn more about what happened to the crew, and what people living in Cornwall at the time thought of the voyage.
Marie Wadden, from the radio station, based in St John's Newfoundland, said: "I would love to hear from people in Falmouth who remember the raft arriving, and had some contact with the voyagers who could tell us that part of the story.
"I have been telling the story in Canada and every time it's broadcast a new character comes forward."
Maurice Duplessis, Quebec premier at the time, wanted the raft returned so it could be used in a museum.
The crew brought it back, but the raft was left to rot.