A solar-powered houseboat floated across the Atlantic Ocean and landed on Irish shores this week.
The Ballyglass Coast Guard in County Mayo, Ireland posted pictures of the mysterious craft on its Facebook page, after it was reported by a passerby. The Coast Guard had no idea where the boat came from until they found this message written inside:
In case the note is a little hard to read, it says: “I, Rick Small, donate this structure to a homeless youth to give them a better life that Newfoundlanders choose not to do! No Rent. No Mortgage. No Hydro.”
Apparently, there were no takers, either.
The boat travelled about 3200 kilometres from Newfoundland to Ireland, and it is thought the ocean currents were capable of shooting the boat across the Atlantic in once piece. According to the National Post, the boat was last seen in Newfoundland on September 30, and it would’ve taken around 45 days for it to travel that far.
Rick Small is from Thunder Bay, and apparently arrived in Newfoundland on a solar-powered tricycle. The thought is the boat was supposed to be a seaborne version of the tricycle, but the Ballyglass Coast Guard believes the boat was intended to remain in Canadian waters.
Small hasn’t yet been available for comment.