February 3, 2010 -- Heraclitus Returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico after 17 years!
September 21, 2009 -- Ship arrived in Trinidad.
Dear Friends of the R/V Heraclitus,
The R/V Heraclitus has just completed its first leg of the “Coral Sea to Black Sea Expedition, 2006 – 2009,” 11,000 nm since Cairns, Australia. We sailed through the Great Barrier Reef, visited Timor, Sumba and many other magical islands in Indonesia, passed through the Straits of Malacca to Phuket, Thailand, and then on to Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Madagascar. We are living a true mariner's way of life, exploring modern and ancient sea people cultures.
After a challenging and adventurous voyage across the Mozambique Channel from Madagascar, we are now happily docked at the Zululand Yacht Club in Richard's Bay, on the North East coast of South Africa. From here we will depart on January 31, 2008 to become the first junk to round the Cape of Good Hope in 161 years!
Once in Cape Town we
will spend several months performing standard maintenance on the ship,
which will include a dry-dock. All ships undergo periodic dry-docking
in order to inspect their hull and make repairs to below waterline equipment.
The Heraclitus is normally dry-docked every four years. Since the last
dry-dock, four years ago in Ensenada, Mexico, the ship has crossed the
Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean twice, as well as cruising the Great
Barrier Reef of Australia.
As children, inspired
through stories by Jules Verne, Jack London and the great adventures of
Jacque Cousteau, Thor Heyerdahl and the movies of Errol Flynn, we dreamed
of one day living the romantic life of a sailor. We found much more than
we were looking for. Heraclitus is a ship that many fall in love with.
It is more important than ever to keep this dream alive.
The Heraclitus never fails to impress or move people. A vessel with a great tradition of performing theatre in ports of call around the world, Heraclitus is a fantastic bridge to other cultures - not only those on foreign shores but also those on board. The Heraclitus is a unique ship. Designed after a Chinese junk, made of ferro-cement, built in Oakland, California, named after a Greek philosopher, and with the looks one would rather expect in a fantastic comic book. She began her dramatic life sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco in 1975. It is a vessel that enables whoever sails on her to truly perceive and understand the world as one, the earth as a blue planet, as Planet Water.
Heraclitus has sailed the world's oceans more than once, hosted hundreds of crew from all over the world, ran aground several times, wrecked twice on reefs, sunk once in a hurricane; she has seen anger and happiness, fear and joy, faithfulness and deceit, love and hate but somehow always sailed on. She has grown tremendously richer in spirit and character in those decades and is now more than an exceptional ship and unusual home for theatre, science and adventure - some say she has a soul.
Heraclitus has become
a legend, a piece of art herself, molded by many hands, from many lands,
functional and at the same time a symbol of our common desire for freedom.
She has become a planetary heritage and deserves to be maintained, kept
up, repaired and restored, to continue an almost extinct life style, to
enable a future generation to experience what she has to offer, to give
others opportunities to live on the world's oceans.
All donors will be rewarded with many thanks, a knowledge that you helped a special ship and expedition, and a special souvenir, which we brought from Madagascar, as part of the new 'Heraclitus Trading Company'. We will also, gratefully acknowledge your contribution on our new web site, www.rvheraclitus.org.
We hope this letter finds you happy and healthy, with all our best wishes for the New Year, and please feel free to pass this letter on. Greetings from the Heraclitus!
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