Cuban 1951 Chevy Boat
The Associated Press reported a 1951 Chevy pickup, converted into a
boat, got within 40 miles of Florida
The truck was kept afloat by attaching empty 55 gallon drums to the bottom, making it the first known truck raft to attempt crossing the Florida Straits from Cuba to Key West. It was powered by a propeller attached to the drive shaft, propelling it along at 8 miles per hour.
The tires were still on the vintage Chevy truck. Eduarado Perez Graz, one of the 12 immigrants on board, stated "We arrived at the coast in the same truck and assembled everything in six hours. If they had let us get to Key West, we would have been able to drive it right onto the sand."