Revisiting the Jewel of Muscat

Remember this?

Yes, it’s the Jewel of Muscat! It is a reconstruction of the Belitung shipwreck built by the Sultanate of Oman and then sailed to Singapore as a gift. I was aboard her when she called at Georgetown in 2010; now it is on permanent display at the Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium (MEMA) in Sentosa.
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The Jewel of Muscat, now on display

The Jewel of Muscat, a reconstruction of a 9th century shipwreck that was sent from Oman to Singapore last year has finally taken its place as the showpiece for the new Maritime Experiential Museum in Singapore. The Resorts World Sentosa blog has a post about the ship.

The Jewel of Muscat – sailing the seas
RWScoop, 28 October 2011
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Singapore Maritime Museum to open next month

Singapore’s first maritime museum, showcasing the maritime history of the region, will open next month. The museum will have on display the Jewel of Muscat, a replica of an Arab-style dhow that sunk in Indonesian waters in the 10th century.

S’pore to get first maritime museum next month
Channel NewsAsia, 05 September 2011
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Jewel of Muscat to get a permanent home by the end of the year

A year on after the Jewel of Muscat completed its voyage from Oman to Singapore, the reconstruction of a 9th century ship will finally be placed in a permanent home in the Maritime Xperiential Museum which will open in Singapore by the year’s end. (If you haven’t seen it already, last year I boarded the Jewel while it was docked in Georgetown, Penang – take a look here.)

Jewel of Muscat to get new home in Singapore
Oman Tribune, 10 July 2011
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Jewel of Muscat arrives in Singapore

At long last! The Jewel of Muscat arrived at its final destination, Singapore, over the weekend and was received by the President of Singapore. The Jewel of Muscat will form the centrepiece of a new maritime museum in Singapore. Read also Jerome’s account of when the Jewel sailed into the harbour in Singapore. If you missed it earlier, you can check out my visit to the Jewel when it called at Georgetown, Penang last month.

Jewel of Muscat arrives in Singapore
Channel NewsAsia, 03 July 2010

Jewel Of Muscat To Become Centrepiece Of Sentosa Maritime Museum
Bernama, 01 July 2010

Jewel of Muscat to be housed at RWS’ Maritime Xperiential Museum
Channels NewsAsia, 01 July 2010
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Aboard the Jewel of Muscat

The Jewel of Muscat is in Georgetown for its last stopover before heading for her final destination, Singapore! Today, I got a chance to go aboard the Jewel of Muscat and talk to project director Dr. Tom Vosmer to get an idea of the inner workings of this replica of a 9th century Arab ship and the journey from Oman thus far.


More pictures and videos after the jump!
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Jewel of Muscat sets sail for Singapore

The Jewel of Muscat, a working re-creation of a 9th century Arab dhow that plied trade between the Middle East and Southeast Asia, set sail from the port of Muscat in Oman on a five-month journey to Singapore, where it will remain as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

Jewel sets sail on a tide of history
The National, 15 February 2010
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Reconstructed ship recreates ancient Oman-Singapore maritime trade route

The Jewel of Muscat, an Omani sewn-plank ship modelled after the Tang Treasure Shipwreck, is set to leave the port of Muscat at the end of February, to recreate a maritime trade route between Oman and Singapore.

Another ancient sailing ship to set forth
Sail-World.com, 12 January 2010
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