A novel method of attending the Panama-Pacific Exposition at San Francisco in 1915 is being planned by C. F. Stephenson, assistant University crew coach, in conjunction with a number of students and graduates of the University. There are at present in Chicago three duplicates of the caravels of the fleet in which Columbus caravels of the fleet in which Columbus discovered America, brought over from Spain for the World's Fair at Chicago in 1893. With these three caravels, the Santa Maria, Pinta, and Nina, Mr. Stephenson and his companions plan to sail down from Chicago through the drainage canal and thence down the Mississippi, across the Gulf of Mexico, through the Panama Canal, and up the Pacific Coast to San Francisco. Mr. Stephenson wrote to the South Park Commissioners of Chicago, who have charge of the three caravels, last February, for permission to take them to the Exposition and bring them back. The Associated Press yesterday announced that the request has been granted though no direct communication has as yet reached Mr. Stephenson.
The trip, which will take in all probably two years, will be accomplished by stages, frequent stops being made at points of interest on the Mississippi. The caravels should reach Panama about the time the Canal opens officially, and it is Mr. Stephenson's plan, if possible, to secure permission from the United States Government to be the first through the Canal. It would be very appropriate that the ships representing those which first reached America should also be the first through the world-famous Canal.
Coach Stephenson will not give up his position at Harvard because of the trip, but during the rowing season will leave the caravels in charge of a captain.