Voyages of the Merlin will take its audience to waterways all over the globe, from the Mississippi to the Ganges and beyond. Viewers, whether on line or on public television, will discover the culture and history that sprang up from these waters and discover what people around the globe are doing to save this vital resource.
Our maiden voyage will start at home, circumnavigating the eastern half of the United States. Merlin will launch into the Great Lakes from Boyne City, Michigan, and head south down Lake Michigan to Chicago. From there, Merlin will travel to the Mississippi, headed for the Gulf of Mexico, where it will follow the shoreline from New Orleans to Boston. The last leg of this voyage takes us from the St. Lawrence Seaway back to the Great Lakes, heading north up Lake Huron. All along the route, ports of call will be chosen based on historical significance, cultural interest, and environmental importance. Merlin will be traveling at an average speed of approximately 15 knots, or about 17 miles an hour, travelling around 180 miles a day, so time, distance and schedules will also play a part in choosing our stops.