RESEARCH VESSEL HERACLITUS, the Chinese-junk research ship built by the Institute of Ecotechnics in 1975, has sailed the world’s oceans for over forty years, traveling more than 270,000 nautical miles in every sea except the Arctic.
Over the course of its twelve epic expeditions, the ship has been a nautical home to hundreds of seafarers from all walks of life, hailing from over fifty countries. The Heraclitus is a floating platform for arts, science, ecology and adventure. She conducts citizen science in marine ecologies, documents cultural oral history in coastal areas, and collects data documenting the quickening cycle of decline in our oceans from warming, acidification, and other impacts on the ocean ecosystems resulting from climate change impacts.
The ship has been in drydock in Rosés, Spain where it is in the last phase of a major rebuild. The new ferrocement hull has been completed and ready to be painted. We are seeking committed and skilled volunteers, sponsor and potential allies. Sealing and return to the water is planned for Spring 2024. Plans are to voyage to Colombia, the Amazon Basin and the Caribbean for a few years before continuing to sail the seven seas. On how to get involved please contact Expedition Chief Christine Handte, here.
The RVH was built by members of the Institute of Ecotechnics (IE) in 1975-76 in Oakland, California. IE is an organization founded in 1973 which works on the harmonious integration of technics and ecology.
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