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      It is now half a century since Ben and Eleanor Carlin set sail out of New York Harbour on the afternoon of the 16th August 1947 in a WWII Ford GPA amphibious jeep or Seep to drive and sail around the world. Most travellers of that time chose the Queen Mary or Queen Elizabeth to cross the seas in comfort and safety, in particular the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans but not the Carlins. They set out in an 18' x 5' Ford amphibious jeep.

      Ben Carlin was born in 1912 in the tiny outback town of Northham, 60 miles west of Perth, Western Australia. He was educated at Guildford Grammar School in Perth and when war broke out, he enlisted in the Indian Army as a qualified engineer and rose to the rank of major. After WWII, life became a little dull for Ben so he decided to leave army life and look for new thrills elsewhere. While browsing through a WWII vehicle park in India, he spotted a strange looking little boat on wheels, the first amphibious jeep he had ever seen. It gave him an idea, a hairbrained scheme to sail around the world in one.
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