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“The boat was beached there by my road,” Ewart recalled. “I do a lot of sailing myself and I thought: I got to talk to this guy, because I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Ewart said the boat looked like a camper and was equipped with solar panels and two electric motors. It appeared habitable and Ewart believes that Small was living on the boat.
“It was his home,” he said. “It looked like something that he could stay in for a while.”
During his conversation with Small, Ewart said Small made comments on the number of gas burning engines.
“I asked him what his plan was,” Ewart said. “He said he wanted to take it across the Atlantic, he wanted to prove that solar power can do it.”
In 2015, Small travelled from Thunder Bay to Victoria, B.C. on a solar-powered bike. He made the 7,000 kilometer journey across the country a second time and ended up in St. John’s Newfoundland where he started construction on the houseboat.
This boat was tied up in Portugal cove Newfoundland after being sent out of fox trap because it was an eyesore. I spoke to the man myself who built the ship and he told me he was from British Colombia and was gonna sail his ship from Newfoundland through the gulf o Alaska. Whatever happened to him after I don't know.
"The boats steering system was only a piece of plywood bolted to a PVC pipe. And the motors barely had enough power to move."
"I never saw him again"
He recalled his last encounter with Mr Small in 2015: "When he left our area he was standing on top using a long 2X4 (piece of wood) to push his way out because the current was stopping the boat."