Alfred Johnson's "Centennial" enlarge

Alfred Johnson's "Centennial"

In 1876, coinciding with United States' first centennial, Danish-born Gloucester fisherman Alfred Johnson (1846–1927) made history with the world's first recorded single-handed crossing of the Atlantic. Leaving from Gloucester in mid June in a small customized dory he named "Centennial, Johnson landed in Liverpool in late August, the trip totalling 66 days.

Following a few months' stay in England, Johnson returned to Gloucester aboard a passenger ship, with "Centennial" in tow. 


Date of work: c.1876
Medium: Wood