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By Rosemary Pollock

Sea Trek Final Leg Saved After Financial Threat

LAS PALMAS, GRAN CANARIA, CANARY ISLANDS -- The Dutch sailing ship Europa was finally joined by the sailing ships Statsraad Lehmkuhl and Christian Radich after two days of tense fund raising and negotiations. The 59-day re-enactment, of 85,000 Mormon converts from Europe to New York and on to Utah began August 6, in Esbjerg, Denmark, was far from certain, when the ships' Norwegian owners announced that unless Sea Trek came up with the $550,000 it owed for the remainder of the voyage, the ships would have to return to Norway.

The next 48 hours found Sea Trek's president, Bill Sadleir, scrambling to raise the money. London attorneys, reported any tax reimbursements from Sea Trek in Europe, estimated between $200,000 and $300,000, would be allocated for the ships' expenses. Chris Bowler, Sea Trek's director of operations in Provo, worked diligently to collect the $77,000 due from passengers. Friday found Utah businessman, John Price, contributing $50,000 to the Trek that he described "with great admiration."

"It has helped millions of people understand and remember the hardships that people of faith suffered to cross the ocean and seek a better life here in Utah," said Price who has been nominated by President Bush for an ambassadorship to Mauritius.

"The Statsraad Lehmkuhl has enjoyed its relationship with the Sea Trek Foundation," said Norwegian ship representative Per Langhelle. "Our experience with the Latter-day Saint participants on our ship makes us believe that there are modern pioneers today who will support Sea Trek in the same degree that the faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints financially supported immigrants 150 years ago," he said.

The tab for the entire voyage will be about $6 million, including fireworks in ports in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and England. Sadleir did not name all of Sea Trek's newest benefactors. "I'm so excited, and I guess now I have to prepare and get some things for the crossing," said Will Wade, 19, Salt Lake City. "I'm thankful for the people who made this possible and made it happen. Now you can't help but better understand just what it means to have to sacrifice."


Sea Trek Ships Win Reprieve
Salt Lake Tribune 8Sep01 N6
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

Emotions running high on trek
Deseret News 8Sep01 N6
By Tawny Archibald: Deseret News staff writer

Sea Trek is on track again
Deseret News 8Sep01 N6
By Tawny Archibald: Deseret News correspondent

COMMENTARY: The robbery at Sea Trek
Utah co UT Journal 8Sep01 N6
By Mark Stoddard: Journal Publications


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