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70-year-old Norwegian attempts to row across Atlantic Ocean

  • Stein Hoff rows past the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, May 15, 2016, in New York. The 70-year-old Norwegian is attempting to row singlehandedly across the Atlantic. Hoff is recreating the 1896 journey of two Norwegian-Americans, George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen, the first people to row across an ocean.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Stein Hoff rows past the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, May 15, 2016, in New York. The 70-year-old Norwegian is attempting to row singlehandedly across the Atlantic. Hoff is recreating the 1896 journey of two Norwegian-Americans, George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen, the first people to row across an ocean.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stein Hoff, 70, waves a Norwegian flag as he passes Ellis Island, top left, Sunday, May 15, 2016 in New York. He is attempting to row singlehandedly across the Atlantic to England, a trip he predicts will take 3 months. Hoff is recreating the 1896 journey of two Norwegian-Americans, George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen _ the first people to row across an ocean. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Stein Hoff, 70, waves a Norwegian flag as he passes Ellis Island, top left, Sunday, May 15, 2016 in New York. He is attempting to row singlehandedly across the Atlantic to England, a trip he predicts will take 3 months. Hoff is recreating the 1896 journey of two Norwegian-Americans, George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen _ the first people to row across an ocean. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stein Hoff, 70, of Norway, prepares to row out to sea on his 24' rowboat, Fox II, Sunday, May 15, 2016, at North Cove Marina in New York. Hoff is attempting to row singlehandedly across the Atlantic to England, a trip he predicts will take 3 months. Hoff is recreating the 1896 journey of two Norwegian-Americans, George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen _ the first people to row across an ocean. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Stein Hoff, 70, of Norway, prepares to row out to sea on his 24' rowboat, Fox II, Sunday, May 15, 2016, at North Cove Marina in New York. Hoff is attempting to row singlehandedly across the Atlantic to England, a trip he predicts will take 3 months. Hoff is recreating the 1896 journey of two Norwegian-Americans, George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen _ the first people to row across an ocean. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  (The Associated Press)

A 70-year-old Norwegian man has embarked on the biggest adventure of his life — an attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Stein Hoff pushed off Sunday from a Manhattan pier, headed for England. He hopes to get there in about three months.

Hoff brought along all the supplies he needs, with no chase boats or other assistance. His 24-foot rowboat has GPS, a satellite phone and a VHF radio.

Hoff is recreating the 1896 journey of two Norwegian-Americans — George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen — the first people to row across an ocean. Robert Ripley wrote about them in his first "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"

Hoff's feat is sponsored by Ripley's, an entertainment franchise that will chronicle the trip with images on its blog and social media.