5th-6th century, Irish.
Patron of sailors, travelers, and whales
Feast Day: May 16
Saint Brendan of Clonfert sailed around the Irish and Norwegian Seas and the North Atlantic, supposedly in a coracle, in search of Isle of the Blessed. Because of this he was called The Navigator. He is purported to have discovered North America before the Vikings did.
This image began with the story of Brendan preaching to an audience of fish, when that was the only audience he could find. The fish are herring and mackerel, which are common in the North Atlantic, where Brendan voyaged. Brendan himself is depicted a sperm whale, who also roam the North Atlantic.
The map in background shows a stylized approximation of Brendan’s voyage, which lasted multiple years.