After sailing to Corsica and Tunisia in 2012, Captain Tober took the ship to Roses,
Spain, to undergo an extensive re-build. The shipyard Drassanes Despuig is a
fully equipped, beautifully managed yard in Roses, owned by shipbuilder
Quico Despuig. The crew, the most knowledgeable about our unique
ship, is spearheading the re-build, with assistance from the engineering
team of Institute of Ecotechnics, the original builders.
Sete, France, January-February 2012
Captain Tober took a crew of 12 from Marseille to Sete, France, its port until mid-April. There was a respite in the howling mistral winds, and it was fair sailing under a full moon. First mate Douglas Clayton-Pearson arrived for the sail, as did crew from Barcelona. The ship was greeted by friends made during the oral history expedition from last year. The crew is in high morale and warm and snug for the winter.
.Vieux Port , Marseille, France, December, 2011
Captain Claus Tober took the Heraclitus and crew from Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain, arriving into Marseille at noon, October 5. The ship docked at the Quai d'Honneur in the Vieux Port.
Thanks to Captain Varaillon, to his colleague Captain Jacques Casabianca, and to the Communaute' Urbaine Marseille Provence Me'tropole.
Nearby in Aix-en-Provence, the Institute of Ecotechnics hosted its conference on the Mediterranean October 7-10, with experts in marine biology, linguistics, geology, art/science collaborations of the Mediterranean rim, maritime history, traditional dance and percussion, agronomy and ethnobotany, palaeontology, and the history of architecture and art. The Heraclitus was a focus of this conference, with attendees visiting the ship in Marseille and discussing our expedition.
Our oral history team, Johanna Eurich, Christine Handte, Frederic Hegeler, with the assistance of the local community, have conducted interview of port citizens, continuing the effort begun in Spain in January 2011, in conjunction with Museu Valencia d'Etnologia and Dedalo.
Martial Casbah, President of L'Office de la Mer, has extended an invitation to the Heraclitus for 2013: Marseille, European Capital of Culture.
Captain Tober and Expedition Chief Christine Handte have secured the Heraclitus for the winter season.
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