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The Dewaruci Tall Ship crosses the Pacific bracing storms and towering waves
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 at 09:49 892
Having set sail from the Naval Base of Surabaya, capital of East Java, on 15 January 2012, the majestic Navy Training tall ship “the Dewaruci” is currently on her voyage across the Pacific to join Operation Sail 2012 in the United States and promoting “Wonderful Indonesia” through cultural performances, parades, and meeting the locals.
On 25 January 2012, the class A barquentine built by H.C. Stolcken Soch, Germany in 1953, reached the Porasko Harbor in Jayapura, the province of Papua. Here, cadets and crew of the Dewaruci were welcomed in an official ceremony led by vice Commander of the Naval Base IX, Navy Colonel Imron along with the staff and related officials.
At this final port within the territory of Indonesia, the Dewaruci held an open ship and gave the rare opportunity to students in Jayapura to board Indonesia’s oldest training ship. Highlighting its mission to promote the country, several art performances such as Reog Ponorogo, Rampak Gendang, and Remo dance were also held in Jayapura. At this port, the ship re-supplied their logistical needs to anticipate the long voyage to their next call at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, USA. On 30 January 2012, Dewaruci hoisted her sails yet again and left Jayapura in an official send-off led by Governor of Papua, DR. Syamsul Aziz, M.Si.
On the 6th day of her voyage, on 2 February 2012, the ship was about halfway from Jayapura to Kwajelein, sailing at the speed of 7 knots with engine thrust at 550 RPM with the west wind blowing at 14 knots.
Naval Captain Sapto Budiarso reported that the ship had begun to face serious challenges. Unfriendly weather, storms, and towering waves rolled and buffeted the ship heavily as the sea washed onto the deck. The average speed of the ship was declining from 6 to 5 knots ever since it left Jayapura. Commander of the Dewaruci, Naval Lieutenant Colonel Bima Bayuseta then ordered to optimize the main sails so that the speed could increase to 7 knots. However when the wind direction changed, the speed dropped again to 4 knots. Battered by extreme conditions, the cadets and crew began to experience nausea and sickness. Nevertheless, strong will and determination eventually won when they all sprightly managed the sails even under blistering rains, boosting the ship’s speed to 6.5 knots.
On Sunday morning , 5 February 2012, the Dewaruci Tall Ship was reported cruising the Pacific Ocean at coordinate of 6’09.137-159’25.300. With engine thrust at 600 RPM, which normally would give 7 to 8 knots, the ship moved at only 2 knots as it sailed against the wind in high waves. Due to these extreme conditions and her speed declining, the schedule to reach Kwajelein, USA on 8 February 2012 would have to be delayed.
At long last, at 10.30 local time on 10 February 2012, after sailing for about 1.794 miles, the Indonesian legendary Tall Ship Dewaruci finally made port at the Kwajelein Naval base in the Marshall Islands, USA, 2 days behind the initial schedule. The ship and all its crew were warmly welcomed by U.S Army Military troops in Kwajelein, commanded by Colonel Joseph N. Gaines.
Upon arrival, the cadets and crew of Dewaruci were escorted by the Indonesian Defense Attaché for the USA, Navy Colonel KH.Anwar Saadi, and members of the U.S Army. Lieutenant Colonel Haris Bima Bayuseto explained that aside from circumnavigating the world, the ship also holds a mission to promote Indonesian Tourism through the “Wonderful Indonesia” brand. The cadets and crew later paraded through the city and played a friendly game of football with the team of Kwajalein U.S Army.
“I commend the Dewaruci and all its crew and cadets. Many thanks and good wishes to the Indonesian people, and we wish you a safe journey all the way, until your voyage back to Indonesia” said U.S Army Commander Colonel Joseph N. Gaines as he closed the gala dinner with all the crew and cadets of Dewaruci.
On the morning of 11 February 2012, Dewaruci again opened its deck for the public in an open ship session held until 12.00 local time. At 14.00 , the gallant Dewaruci hoisted her sails yet again as she prepared to sail to the next destination : Honolulu. The trip is estimated to take approximately 13 days in fair weather conditions.
On this long journey around the world, the Dewaruci is scheduled to visit 21 countries in Asia, Africa, America, and Europe. This voyage marks a record as the furthest and longest sailing time ever undertaken by Dewaruci, and also marks its last voyage before being finally retired.
As the 59th voyage and having served for 60 years, this voyage of Dewaruci is undeniably outstanding since it is estimated to take on a total of approximately 277 days from 15 January to 16 October 2012.
Dewaruci’s voyage log this time covers her voyage from Surabaya to Jayapura, Jayapura – Kwajelein (USA), Kwajelein– Honolulu (USA), Honolulu – San Diego (USA), San Diego – Manzanillo (Mexico),Manzanilli – Panama, Panama – New Orleans (USA), New Orleans – Miami (USA),Miami – Charleston (USA), Charleston – New York (USA), New York – Norfolk(USA), Norfolk – Baltimore (USA), Baltimore – Boston (USA), Boston – St. John(Canada), St. John – Porto (Portugal), Porto – Cadiz (Spain), Cadiz – Malta, Malta –Port Said (Egypt), Port Said – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Jeddah – Salalah (Oman), Salalah– Colombo (Srilanka), Colombo – Belawan (Indonesia), Belawan – Jakarta, Jakarta –Surabaya.