Ernest Shackleton: he made one of the greatest open-ocean small boat journeys ever recorded, saving every man of his stranded Antarctic expedition. This is second only to Capt. William Bligh's navigation of the Pacific in an open ships boat .
The Norvegian Viking ship reconstruction, "Dragon Harald Fairhair", is the biggest modern time Viking ship in existence. She is 35 m long for a beam of m. Being a she is equipped with 50 oars. (and an engine, not so orginal)