Two intrepid youth Dr Pinaki Ranjan Chatterjee and Lt George Albert Duke had set sail for the unknown sea in 1969. The voyage began fromÂ Â onÂ and culminated atÂ Â on. The boat â€˜Kanhoji Angreâ€™ was a simple one of length 20 ft, width 5 ft and height 4 Â½ ft. It only had two wooden boxes filled with air on its two sides. The historic journey began in February 1, 1969 from the Man Oâ€™ War Jetty in Kolkata. Determination was the key to their success. Do or Die was the motto.
The historic journey began in February 1, 1969 from theÂ Man O’ War Jetty in Kolkata. Determination was the key of success. Do orÂ Die was the motto.
Their joints cramped for days were stretchedÂ when they reached shore on 6thÂ Match after completing the expedition successfully. The duo had created world record of travelling 1000 miles in an unescorted boat. The feat definitely called for celebration. Justly, Dumdum airport witnessed riotous scenes on the arrival of the Andaman heroes .
The Angre fans ‘Gheraoed’ the aircraft. Though achieved much before the inception of the Sea Explorers’ Institute, in this adventure was borneÂ the seeds of the conception of a Institute that would promote maritime research, training, sports and adventure that later came to be.