DeVere Baker, Mormon Raftmaker

His page at a Mormon Wiki.

He had the goal of sailing ocean currents in order to prove the voyages spoken of in the Book of Mormon were possible.... His failures were many, and often embarrassing, so embarrassing that the press and Mormons in general began to look the other way, rather than report on his adventures.... Nor were Baker’s dreams confined to the ocean. In a unique combination of science-fiction and Mormon theology, he authored several stories focused on a beautiful alien girl named ‘Quetara.’ A human scientist is kidnapped by her crew and falls in love with her, learning in the process how God came to be, billions of years previously, and how evolution allowed the endless variation of species to develop on each world in a grand, perpetual Cosmic experiment overseen and controlled by Deity. A subtext of this was ostensibly good latter-day doctrine – that countless other worlds, including, of course, the wise and alluring Quetara’s own planet, were inhabited by people just like us.

Read a long essay here.

     Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 19, 2023
     Category: Eccentrics | Explorers, Frontiersmen, and Conquerors | Oceans and Maritime Pursuits | Religion | Twentieth Century

So, he was trying to duplicate the Ra Expedition using a Kon-Tiki raft?
Posted by mjbird on 07/19/23 at 10:57 AM
He could have been another Howard Hughes? Sounds like he was crazy enough.
Posted by ges on 07/19/23 at 10:06 PM
More low-key, but better scientifically, he could have saved himself some trials and tribulations by dumping rubber ducks and waiting for them to be found at the predicted destinations (ala' Friendly Floatees in 1992, but Ben Franklin used drift bottles to similar effect in the 18th Century).
Posted by Phideaux on 07/19/23 at 10:40 PM
Obligatory ex-newspaperman remark... In this case, I am not offended by the kerning, which is quite decent, but rather amused by the fact that they corrected a typo, but forgot to take the line with the typo out. To be fair to them, back in the days when they still worked in lead (just before my time, I worked with people who used to work in lead), it happened to the best of them... but it's still funny to see.
Posted by Richard Bos on 07/22/23 at 04:34 AM
(By the way, I accidentally clicked on the Smileys button, and got an error message. No problem for me, as I didn't actually want a smiley, but maybe worth looking into.)
Posted by Richard Bos on 07/22/23 at 04:35 AM
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