Well worth watching (only a few minutes long)--
Hemingway's Boat - C-SPAN Video Library:
National Book Festival - Paul Hendrickson talked about his biography, Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost. He was interviewed while at the 12th annual National Book Festival, held on the National Mall. "
Pilar (Ernest Hemingway's boat) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Ernest Hemingway owned a 38-foot (12 m) fishing boat named Pilar. It was acquired in April 1934 from Wheeler Shipbuilding in Brooklyn, New York, for $7,495. "Pilar" was a nickname for Hemingway's wife Pauline and also the heroine in For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemingway regularly fished off the boat in the waters of Key West, Florida, Marquesas Keys, and the gulf stream off the Cuban coast. He made three trips with the boat to the Bimini islands wherein his fishing, drinking, and fighting exploits drew much attention and remain part of the history of the islands. In addition to fishing trips on Pilar, Hemingway contributed to scientific research which included collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. Several of Hemingway's books were influenced by time spent on the boat, most notably, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream."
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