http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/02/03/wnaz03.xml&sSheet=/portal/2002/02/03/por_right.html Oskar Speck, an amateur canoeist and unemployed electrician from Ulm, set out to paddle from Germany to Cyprus in May 1932, hoping to find work at a copper mine. Seven years and four months later, on September 20, 1939, he landed on a remote island in the Torres Strait, just off the coast of northern Queensland. "Everywhere I went I was surrounded by crowds of people," he said in a rare interview. "No one had ever seen this type of boat before. But I had no idea in 1932 that I would end up in Australia."