THE CARGO CLUB
As Pat Kennedy and his friends flew high above the Atlantic, en route for Colombia where they planned to salvage the cargo from a sunken galleon, his thoughts wandered, images of the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, setting out from Cadiz on his perilous voyage of discovery, drifted in and out of mind.
Pat's 60 million dollar Falcon jet was a galaxy of light years away from the navigator's wooden sailing ship, the Vittoria, the first to complete the circumnavigation of the globe. The 85 ton vessel, a mere 20 metres long compared to the 25 metres of the Falcon, stood high above the waves with its three decks and stern castle.
Magellan’s ship with its 55 man crew, made an average of 4 knots, driven only by the wind, for what was to be an incredible 50,000 kilometre transoceanic voyage, fraught with hardships and dangers unknown to Europeans at that time, a voyage into the unknown, in search of fame and fortune.
Pat unlike the navigator had more wealth than could be counted, though like Magellan he was driven by an insatiable curiosity, the desire for adventure, and the ambition to expand his banking empire into the New World.