INTRODUCTION: A small Arab ship and crew who recreated a legendary voyage of Sinbad the Sailor arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday (14 July).
WEST LAMMA CHANNEL, HONG KONG HARBOUR, HONG KONG ( 14 JULY, 1981 ) ( REUTERS - GARY LING)
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GV Sohar ship sailing off Lamma Island
SV Sightseers going out on boat to meet Sohar
SV Minesweeper HMS Wolverton cruising beside Sohar
GV Omani crewmen on board Sohar singing and dancing
SV PULL BACK GV Sohar under sail
SV Sohar approaching Victoria harbour using ship's engine
GV Native boat in harbour waters PAN navy tug manoeuvring Sohar
GV PAN Officers on board HMS Tamar watching Sohar berth
TV PAN Crew working on Sohar deck
SV Sohar captain and crew talk with navy officers and Omani officer and Omani ambassador to China
PULL BACK TO LV group talking and ship by quay (2 shots)
Background: INTRODUCTION: A small Arab ship and crew who recreated a legendary voyage of Sinbad the Sailor arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday (14 July). Expedition leader Tim Severin and his crew were welcomed by the British navy and other officials from the colony. The Arab dhow called Sohar completed a highly successful voyage from Muscat on the Persian Gulf to Canton in southern China. Sohar's much-publicised venture was sponsored by Oman.
This is the traditional Arabian dhow cruising through the West Lamma Channel towards Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. To the sightseers who went out to meet the craft, Sohar was a familiar name. At the end of last year it set off from Oman in a blaze of publicity.
The crew of eight Omanis, four Britons, an Indian and an American were attempting to repeat the legendary 10,800 kilometre (about 6,000 miles) journey of Sinbad to China. Sohar, made of nothing more than wood and coconut fibre, followed a route used by ancient silk traders.
It was also the route along which Sinbad's adventures happened, as told in the "Thousands and One Nights" tales. These modern voyages used ninth century navigation aids -- including a compass of small stones on string. Their journey via India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore took about seven months. After a big reception in Canton, they headed for Hong Kong to hand over the craft to the Omani navy for transportation back to Oman.
Expedition leader Tim Severin, who once sailed a cowhide-skin boat from Ireland to North America, was greeted by naval commanders on the dockside. Also there was the omani ambassador. His country filmed the entire voyage and Mr. Severin is planning to write a book about their experience on the high seas following the Sinbad route to China.
Sohar was the name of a medieval Omani port. The craft is 26 metres (about 88 feet) long an has square metres (about 2,000 square feet) of sail.