Indonesian Ship Traces Ancient Trade Route

IAfrica: A replica of an 8th century Indonesian ship will retrace an ancient trade route between Asia and Africa. The Borobudur, named for the Buddhist temple, is a replica of an 8th century Indonesian ship and the dream of expedition leader Philip Beale. Since it set sail from Jakarta August 15, 2003 to retrace ancient trade routes, the ship has been buffetted by storms but handles them well, according to Beale.

"In the first millenium, Indonesia had the world's most successful maritime fleet. At that time they influenced and traded with east Africa and colonised large parts of Madagascar," Beale said.

The ship will set sail soon for Ghana's capital, Accra on the final leg of its voyage.