Nebraska Man Makes World’s Longest Journey by Pumpkin Boat on 60th Birthday



Duane Hansen in SS Bertha.

On the morning of August the twenty seventh, a Nebraska man wakened on his sixtieth birthday with a single purpose—to raft the mighty Missouri in a large pumpkin.

This isn’t the begin to a collaborative work between Roald Dahl and Mark Twain, however moderately the Guinness World Document-breaking stunt by large pumpkin fanatic Duane Hansen, who made it 41 miles down the Missouri River in an 846-pound pumpkin which he christened the SS Bertha. 

Departing from Bellevue in his home made pumpkin boat, Hansen paddled for 12 hours till he broke the world file of 25 miles set in 2016.

Hansen arrived in Nebraska Metropolis on the forty first mile-marker of the mighty river to a chilly beer, amid a crowd of “tears, cheers, and swollen knees.”

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“After we first received began it went actual fast, like the primary 5 miles felt like nothing,” mentioned Yvone Hansen, Duane’s sister who arrived from San Diego to do the paperwork for the official Guinness World Document try. “As soon as we received about 18 miles in, it began feeling like ‘wow, it is a lengthy journey.’”

Risks included sand bars, the wake from passing boats, and rocky shallows. Within the water, the pumpkin’s spherical form meant that any route Hansen moved, so too would the pumpkin. It was an train in steadiness and self-discipline, and even waving to onlookers was dangerous.

“You’ve received to be on prime of it the entire time—the entire time,” Hansen told local news. “The boats go away the waves and also you’ve received to cease all the things and simply maintain on and experience with these waves. That was unhealthy.”

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Hansen, who has managed to develop pumpkins between 200 and 400 kilos, chanced upon the earlier world file holder at a large pumpkin rising seminar in Portland, Oregon. There he determined he needed to make an try at it.

When it was clear “Huge Bertha” was going to offer the dimensions wanted for Duane, (rising at 14 kilos per day) he knew his time had come.

He used a Bobcat to elevate Bertha right into a cement pond with the intention to measure the float level, after which he started carving the cabin into her 146-inch circumference.

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