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July 02, 2003

'Dream boat' to recreate ancient Indonesia trade route

Most visitors to the world's largest Buddhist temple, the Borobudur stupa in central Java, probably never notice the five intricate stone engravings of eighth-century ocean-going ships.

Scattered among the monument's 1,460 weather-beaten stone relief panels that narrate tales from Buddhist scriptures, the largest is only about 50cm high and 70cm wide.

The temple panels depicted ancient trading vessels which plied the seas as far as Madagascar and possibly beyond. Ex-naval officer and fund manager Philip Beale commissioned a new 'Borobudur Ship' and has set sail with a crew of fourteen to recreate those journeys.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 2, 2003 09:30 AM