Aboard the Tall ship Dewaruci from Indonesia Sail 2010
During my visit to Sail 2010 in Amsterdam, I went aboard one of most popular Tall Ships of the Sail. The Indonesian ship Dewaruci. 22/08/2010
The Dewaruci is a Class A tall ship owned and operated by the Indonesian Navy. She is used as a sail training vessel for naval cadets and is the largest tall ship in the Indonesian fleet. The Dewaruci also serves as a goodwill ambassador for the country of Indonesia to the rest of the world.
Construction on the Dewaruci began in 1932, but was suspended due to the outbreak of World War II, which caused heavy damage to the shipyard where she was being constructed.
She was finally completed in 1952 and launched in 1953. Since then, she has been based out of Surabaya. Her name and figurehead represent and display the mythological Indonesian god of truth and courage.
Until now, the Dewaruci is still operational and periodicaly visits other foreign countries to meet other tall ships around the world. The Dewaruci also participates in tall ship races and events around the world. Like sail Amsterdam 2010 which ended yesterday after four days of this Sail event in Amsterdam.