The Silolona, a 47.5 meter-long traditional cruise vessel built by local craftsmen to the strict specifications of German Lloyd's, was formally launched in Bali at a dramatic beachside party at Laguna Bay on Serangan Island in Bali of Saturday, July 10, 2004.
Built in the time-honored traditions of the Buginese phinisi schooners, the ship has been outfitted to provide a high level of safety and comfort to its 10 passengers and crew of 12. Designed to provide diving and expeditionary cruises to Eastern Indonesia the Silonona has five air-conditioned staterooms with private en suite facilities.
Three years in the building in Sulawesi, the ship engaged the talents of ninety shipbuilders hailing from Sulawesi and Flores to help realize the vision of American Patty Seery to create a modern sailing vessel that honored ancient Buginese shipbuilding traditions that would support cultural tourism revitalization in Indonesia's eastern islands.
The dramatic sunset launch of the vessel involved dancers and musicians from Tanimbar island in the Country far east and food stands celebrating the rich diversity of the Indonesian culinary experience.
The ship sailed from Bali on July 15, engaged in a four month charter by the Aman Resort Group.
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