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A Tall Ship and a Star to Steer Her By

Indonesia's Barquentine KRI Dewa Ruci Visits Bali.

(9/5/2009) The Indonesia tall-ship operated as a training vessel for navy cadets, KR Dewa Ruci, stopped over in Bali for a few day before departing on Thursday, September 3, 2009, for Makassar, the next stop on its annual Indonesian cruise circuit.

Built in 1953, the 874-ton ship is a three-masted tall-ship measuring 56.5 meters long. The ship boasts a total sail area of 1,091 square meters when its complement of 16 sails are all deployed.

Sailing with a crew of 181 sailors including 68 cadets, the ship is used to teach Indonesia's future naval officers essential traditional sailing skills.

During its brief Bali layover the ship held an open house at Benoa harbor to allow the public to view the vessel while its resident marching band held a battle of the marching bands in downtown Denpasar, matching steps and musical skills with local high school drum bands.

The KR Dewa Ruci also serves as a goodwill ambassador for the Republic, having undertaken numerous world-wide cruises in its proud 56 year sailing history.