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The curious incident of the man who paddled to Scotland



The man paddled into the estuary of the Don River, near Aberdeen. A strange sight he was too, in his peculiar clothes and a boat that was not a boat. At least not the sort of boat anyone had seen before, except in books.From 1690 AD to 1728 AD, Eskimos paddling their kayaks had made similar visits to the Orkney Islands, 200 km farther north than Aberdeen and only 900 km from Iceland; but this far south the appearance of an Eskimo was cause for concern (Lamb, 1995).
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