Rebuild A Legend

“No man steps in the same river twice; neither the river nor the man are the same.”
Heraclitus of Ephesus

After 40 years and 270,000 nautical miles, we are restoring the legendary Heraclitus, from the original keel up, for another century.

The new Heraclitus will be a gift to the next generation, reinvigorating a legacy of scientific achievement, exploration, art and commitment to life on the seas.

In 1975, volunteers of Institute of Ecotechnics built a sturdy and unusual oceangoing ship, a 25 meter ferrocement Chinese junk, to sail the world oceans, creating a demonstration of contemporary sea people. Heraclitus has been an unforgettable presence in diverse and far-flung ports. It has served as a home for hundreds of crew members, its design enabling life-changing experiences, educational workshops, research and expeditions, and performances. Now the crew themselves are rebuilding the ship.

Most ships have a maximum lifespan of 30 years, Heraclitus has sailed for 40– ferrocement hulls are exceedingly strong and resilient. We have upgraded engineering, hydrodynamics and structural integrity.

Our restored vessel will enable the next generations to live this legend. In 2019 we will launch Heraclitus – Next Generation, to celebrate the diversity of sea people cultures. Our next voyages are planned for 2019-2023:  West Africa, South America, and Caribbean Ethnospheric Expedition: undertaking cultural documentation, collaborations with local artists and communities, and ecological studies.

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