On May 13, 1958, Ben Carlin completed a circumnavigation of the globe in an amphibious vehicle. As of October 2013, he is the only person to have explored the world this way!
Australian adventurer Carlin and his wife Elinore modified a U.S. Army vehicle used for beach landings during World War II. They named the vehicle the Half-Safe and took off from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1949.
Nearly ten years later, Carlin and the Half-Safe safely returned to Montreal. He had traveled 80,524 kilometers (50,035 miles) over land and sea. Carlin navigated 38 countries across four continents (he skipped the Southern Hemisphere, missing South America, Australia, and Antarctica). The Half-Safe took him through two oceans (the Atlantic and the Pacific) and across the largest landmass on Earth (Eurasia).

narrow strip of land that lies along a body of water.


one of the seven main land masses on Earth.


large area of land.


to plan and direct the course of a journey.


large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.


device used for transportation.

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