Friday, June 18, 2010

Sailing

I had the pleasure of joining a dozen colleagues on board the Vega to watch the sunset last evening. The sailing ship, built in Norway in 1893, is a beauty -- as you can see. The mast is actually older than Vega. It was taken from another sailing ship when Vega was constructed more than 100 years ago. Vega's currently anchored in Dili harbor.
Captain Shane Granger says his mission over the next two weeks or so is to provide humanitarian assistance to Timorese people -- in the form of medical and educational supplies.
The ship is 85 feet long and has three suites. Its cruising speed is 6 to 8 knots.
For more than a 100 years, Vega ferried cargoes of bricks, building stone, iron and cement.Hans Peter Christophersen, the head of mission at the Norwegian Embassy, presented Captain Granger and his partner Meggi Macoun with official Norway caps. Granger says his dream is to obtain Norwegian registry for his vessel.

1 comment:

sailvega said...

Thanks for the lovely comments about Vega and her humanitarian work. Here is a link to Vega's website www.sailvega.com and our blog at www.sailvega.wordpress.com Thanks again for all the kind words it really helps encourage us in our work to know that others are out there supporting us in spirit.Hope to see you again soon about mid May next year with another load of medical and educational supplies.

Best

The Vegabonds