This man was shipwrecked for 76 days, until someone finally found him

This man was shipwrecked for 76 days, until someone finally found him

Some of us can’t imagine a day going by without all of our luxuries. This could be anything from our morning cup of coffee to our king-sized bed and anything in between. All of these little additions might seem like nothing when we get to use them every day, but without them, they could see our lives take a nosedive. So what happens if everything we know and love suddenly disappeared? While it might seem as though we can enjoy these luxuries for the rest of our lives, sometimes, we have no choice but to fight to survive without anything to help us along the way.

One man thought that he was setting out on the adventure of a lifetime with everything that he needed to make it out on the sea. That was until the waters were about to claim his boat, and this fisherman was shipwrecked for 76 days before anyone found him. It looked as though time was running out. He just had to use the power of hope that someone would eventually find him.

The open water

Some of us love to head out onto the open water. The wind in our hair, the water beneath our boat, and the fresh smell of being at one with Mother Nature. So what happened when one man wanted to take his passion one step further?

Steven Callahan had a love for the ocean and wanted to set sail on the sea. However, his adventure was about to turn into a nightmare when he was shipwrecked for 76 days.

Discovering his passion

Steve is initially from Massachusetts. It was here that he signed up to the Boy Scouts. Not only did Steve learn all the skills that he would need to survive in the wild, but he discovered his hidden passion: boating.

It wasn’t long before Steve was obsessed with being out on the water. In fact, he was just 12 years old when Steve decided that he wanted to grow up and become a solo sailor. All he needed to do was make sure that he knew everything it would take to survive on the sea with no one else around.

Building his creation

After many years exploring the sea, Steve decided that it was time to take his love one step further. He had the perfect answer: he was going to build his own boat. Steve started to get to work in his small cabin until he was left looking at his 21-foot-long creation.

It was perfect. Steve named the ship Napoleon Solo after a character from the spy action series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as it seemed like the ideal name for a boat that would one day take him across the water with no one else around.

A new adventure

Sadly, Steve and his wife filed for divorce in 1982. While this was about to change his life, Steve knew that it was the perfect chance to head out and achieve his dreams. No longer was he tied to stay at the house. Now, Steve could take Napoleon Solo out for a spin.

He decided to set out from Rhode Island with Bermuda in his sights. From there, Steve took a trip across to England, where he met a group of sailors. They wanted to know if Steve would take place in a competition that would see him sail by himself across the Atlantic Ocean.

Out the race

Although Steve signed up to the competition, a bad storm the night before the morning of the race meant that many of the ships had been damaged. Steve set sail only to find he had to stop in Spain to repair a huge crack along the side of his boat. Steve was officially out of the race.

He might have been out, but there was no way that Steve was going to give up. Now, he was on a solo mission to finish making his way across the water. He just had to make sure the boat would be up to the job.

Passing the time

Before Steve went too far, he decided to stop at the Canary Island to buy a speargun. Sadly, he had no room on the boat, meaning Steve had to store it in the life raft instead. Little did he know how this would one day affect his whole life.

Thankfully, Steve had plenty to pass the time as he spent his days out on the open water doodling in his notebook as well as working on his novel.