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VIDEO: A Catawba Story - To Peru by Canoe

October 18, 2010

Category: Alumni, Biology

VIDEOBill "Scotch" Shaw '75 is making his way from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Iquitos, Peru on his freighter canoe, the Lucky Suz. 

He began his journey on August 30, heading down the east coast of North America. He'll travel through Central America, Eastern South America, to mouths of the Amazon, then, up the Amazon River, to Iquitos.

He had made it to the North Carolina coast, to Wrightsville Beach, in early October, close enough to his alma mater that he docked the Lucky Suz, rented a car and drove to Salisbury for the college's Homecoming Weekend Oct. 8-10. He reconnected with fellow alumni and seemed to enjoy telling about his great adventure, making sure to give credit where credit was due: "I am exceedingly indebted to my wonderful wife Susan for allowing me to embark on this expedition to the Amazon. Her love and support are a mainstay in my life. I can only love and thank her for keeping the home fires burning."

He asked that we include two quotes in this piece about his adventure:

  1. "There are men who use their dreams to tear themselves apart. And, there are men who never find a dream at all. But, how many find the courage to look deepest in their hearts, to find a dream that they can follow until they fall?" ;
  2. And from Joshua Slocum: "To young men contemplating a voyage, I'd say go."

Follow Bill's journey through his blog posts at

Watch this Catawba Story:

VideoVIDEO: To Peru by Canoe




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