After a voyage of more than four months starting in February 2010, the Jewel of Muscat, a reconstruction of a 9th century Arab sailing dhow has arrived in Singapore. Having arrived in Singapore waters early this morning on the final leg of her voyage which started in Penang, she made her appearance to a small but eager crowd that had gathered in the drizzle at about 4.30pm under tow with her fore sail hoisted.
The voyage from Oman using traditional navigational methods retraces part of what must certainly be something to marvel at – the voyages taken by Arab traders in the 9th century, past Singapore to China. The construction of the 18 metre replica of a 9th century dhow is in itself a marvel, being constructed entirely without the use of nails. The planks of the Jewel are held together with coconut fibre, each a perfect fit to ensure watertightness, and protected by goat fat mixed with lime. The reconstruction of the Jewel of Muscat was painstakingly undertaken in Oman and the ship has been sailed here as a gift from the Sultanate of Oman to Singapore. Based on reports, the Jewel of Muscat would be the centrepiece of Resorts World Sentosa’s Maritime Xperiential Museum which is scheduled to open in 2011. More information on the Jewel of Muscat can be obtained on her website.
Views of the Jewel of Muscat’s arrival to the shores of Singapore: