Tom McClean wants to sail his Whale Shaped boat, Moby, from London...

Tom McClean wants to sail his Whale Shaped boat, Moby, from London to New York

Photo: Roddy Scott
Photo: Roddy Scott

Close to Morar and Mallaig in the Scottish West Highlands, is Loch Nevis… And a whale shaped boat.

Pioneering adventurer, Tom McClean hopes to sail his unique creation, dubbed Moby, from London to New York.

FORMER SAS trooper Tom McClean will sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in this amazing 65ft home-made WHALE called Moby.

So far it’s taken him 20 years to build the 62-tonne beast on the shore of Loch Nevis, near Lochaber, in the Highlands of Scotland, and it’s cost him £100,000.

“It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before and it has been a long time coming,” said Tom, 73.

Tom McClean
Photo: Roddy Scott

“Arriving to a huge crowd will be an unbelievable swan-song and my crowning achievement.”

He designed Moby, and oversaw the building project from scratch.

He launched his project 20 years ago and estimates he’s spent £100,000 in total bringing the steel sea monster to life.

Having rowed single handedly across the Atlantic, the first to do so, then sailed in the smallest craft, few would doubt his credentials and chances of further success.

It is believed that this unique whale shaped boat was built at Reid’s Engineering in Forres,Moray.

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