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2009-06-29 06:25:18

A group of adventurers, who previously conquered Mount Everest, will now sail around Southeast Asia in a replica of an ancient Philippine boat to promote Filipino pride. They are sailing in a balangay - a wooden-hulled boat used in the islands about 1,700 years ago. The initial launch was celebrated by 300 spectators who cheered and applauded as the bow hit the water in Manila Bay. Native Badjao boat-builders from the southernmost Philippine province of Tawi Tawi built it in 44 days using...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'