Australian adventurer Ben Carlin was the first and only person to circumnavigate the globe in an amphibious craft, the Half-Safe, in 1958. Carlin and the Half-Safe take a break in Copenhagen, Denmark, above.
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  • 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).
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    beach Noun

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

    Encyclopedic Entry: beach
    continent Noun

    one of the seven main land masses on Earth.

    Encyclopedic Entry: continent
    landmass Noun

    large area of land.

    navigate Verb

    to plan and direct the course of a journey.

    ocean Noun

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

    Encyclopedic Entry: ocean
    vehicle Noun

    device used for transportation.