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Upcoming Event at Port Townsend Public Library
1956 Sailing Memoir with Shelly Randall of the Community Boat Project
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Thursday, Mar. 8, 7:00-8:00pm

On International Women's Day be inspired by a sea-level memoir with a place in women's history and a local maritime connection.

"My Ship Is So Small" is an adventure memoir about a record-breaking voyage attempted mere months after the first summit of Mt. Everest. In the fall of 1953, Englishwoman Ann Davison set out to become the first woman to singlehand any of the world's major oceans. She sailed her 23-foot wooden sloop, FELICITY ANN, across the Atlantic with very little sailing experience, minimal communication, and no rescue plan. But she made it, and chronicled the voyage in her 1956 book.


Her boat never left America and wound up on the West Coast. FELICITY ANN was recently restored by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, and will be relaunched this summer by the Community Boat Project to sail the Salish Sea.


Shelly Randall of the Community Boat Project recaps Ann Davison's amazing story with historical photographs. Shelly's presentation is on Thursday, March 8 (International Women's Day), at 7pm in the Carnegie Reading Room.

Learn more about Felicty Ann here:

Friends of the Port Townsend Library and the Community Boat Project.