Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Crusin', Sulawesi style

Ever wanna be a pirate? For would-be Jack Sparrows of the world, a reader writes in of a fascinating expedition kicking off in South Sulawesi in the next couple of months. The KLM Pearl is a hand-constructed, 38-meter wooden replica of an 18th-century pirate ship, which is setting sail for a one-year voyage east to the Caribbean, to its permanent home in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Happily for armchair pirates, you'll be able to follow the whole expedition on the Web. Or if you want to get a firsthand taste of the traditional Indonesian boating fleet, check out the website of the organizer, Its founder Robin Engel runs regular trips for wildlife, scuba and yachting enthusiasts, equipped with a host of traditional schooners built by the Bugis people of south Sulawesi. For more info on getting aboard ships like the one at right, contact them at

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