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 the next generation of ocean stewards. 

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 enhanced structural integrity. The restored vessel will enable the next generations to continue this commitment to ocean and cultural balance. In 2020 we will launch Heraclitus  and give voice to  the diversity of sea people cultures, through  cultural documentation and educational programs, collaborations with local artists and communities, and ecological studies.


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