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The Jewel of Muscat, a replica of a 9th Century Arab trading vessel on an historic voyage sailing

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The Jewel of Muscat, a replica of a 9th Century Arab trading vessel on an historic voyage sailing from Oman to Singapore arrived at its second stop, in Galle yestaday after sailing through a tropical storm. A welcome ceremony will be held in Galle on Monday.
The Arabian Dhow Jewel of Muscat, a gift from the Sultanate of Oman to the Singapore government, is expected to arrive in Singapore in July this year. The ship sailed on February 16th from the Omani port of Sultan Qaboos and using the 9th century navigation techniques reached port of Cochin in India on March 15th after covering 1300 miles in 28 days. The 18-metre-long vessel left the Kerala port of Cochin in India on April 10th and sailed through a tropical storm to arrive in Galle today.

As the Jewel of Muscat heads deeper into the tropics on its route to Singapore, the weather patterns will change, with thunderstorms expected. Tuanie Ismail, a native of Kandy joined the voyage from Cochin for the second leg along with a Brit, Geoffrey Dobbs, who currently lives in Galle.

From Galle in Sri Lanka the ship will sail across the Bay of Bengal through the Straits of Malacca to Singapore where it will be displayed in a museum. It is expected to reach Singapore in June 2010.- lankapuvath

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Written by lankamuslim.com

April 20, 2010 at 1:28 am

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