Photographer's Note

The Jewel of Muscat as seen in my shot in the marina of Georgetown is an exact replica of 9th century Arab ship found shipwrecked of the Indonesian cost near Belitung in 1998. Singapore bought over 60.000 pieces of Chinese pottery, now known as the Tang Treasures, that were found in the wrecked Arab ship. Consequently Singapore and Oman finally agreed to build an exact replica of the wrecked sailing boat in two years, using the same timber, coir rope and palm leaves as the original ship, the 18 meter long Jewel of Muscat was hand built with not a single nail exactly the same way as it was done in the 9th century. On February 16, the replica set sail and embarked on its historic journey to Singapore. After crossing the Bay of Bengal the Jewel of Muscat arrived in Penang on June 2 and left 14 days later for Singapore

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