50 years ago……..

50 years ago, 2 undaunted young men Pinaki Ranjan Chatterjee (23 years) and George Albert Duke (25 years) made India proud by rowing across the choppy and treacherous Bay of Bengal in a tiny wooden boat.

This boat named ‘Kanhoji Angre’ made by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, had no cover, no sail and no motor. With sheer muscle power, the heroes rowed from Calcutta (now Kolkata) on February 1, 1969 and reached Port Blair in the Andamans on March 2, 1969.

Our the then President, Dr Zakir Hussain and Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi felicitated the youth on their success. The State of West Bengal congratulated the duo for their feat.

The Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, for the first time ever had witnessed a  massive crowd who had come to congratulate their heroes.

The Sea Explorers’ Institute remembers and salutes its founder Dr Pinaki Ranjan Chatterjee and Lt. George Albert Duke on the 50th year of this historic achievement. 


Dr. Pinaki Ranjan Chatterjee and Lt. George Albert Duke on the 50th year of this historic achievement. .

The heroes rowed from Calcutta (now Kolkata) on February 1, 1969 and reached Port Blair in the Andamans on March 2, 1969.

Rowing & Sailing Expedition 2010-2011

Seven young boys , all of them trained at the Sea explorers’ Institute, sailed off for a 12-day voyage, under the mid-day sun on an otherwise coldish day of December 2010. The brief Flag-off ceremony was attended by Dr. Ashish Ghosh, Debajyoti Dutta, Subrata Dutta and Nabinananda Sen along with the trainers, present students and trainees and the staff of the Sea Explorers’ Institute. The Rowing and Sailing Expedition was flagged-off at 1:00 pm on 22nd December, by Dr. Ghosh from the Outram Ghat, Kolkata where the Institute stands .

The voyagers will finally reach Jambu Dweep and the Mahishani Island in the Bay of Bengal, after anchoring on the way at suitable spots near Uluberia, Phalta, Diamond Harbour, Kulpi, Hardwood Point. Continue reading “Rowing & Sailing Expedition 2010-2011”

Kolkata to Paradeep, Phase II (2008)

Setting SailOn 24th December, 2008 at 1:10 pm., a team of six explorers of the Sea Explorers Institute, Kolkata and one Sailor of the Indian Navy set out for a rowing and sailing expedition from Kolkata to reach Paradwip along the river and the sea.

The expedition was flagged off by Commodore B. R. Sen, Naval Officer-in-Charge(West Bengal). Members of SEI, a group of BSF Jawans, the Kolkata Police Band and the Institute students were present. Sri. Tapas Chowdhury of the Institute, and Sri. Sadique Mumtaz of the Navy, were the Joint leaders of the expedition .

The boat used for the expedition was a 27’ whaler boat ‘Indira’, open and non-motorized, operated only with oars and sail. The Navy and the Indian Coast Guard looked after communication and keeping watch on the expedition team.