Home 120,000 hectares of Kerinci Seblat National Park destroyed Bulukumba shipyard launches another impressive Phinisi Schooner
“This is an important moment “,
explained Nazaruddin, Head of the Culture and Tourism Office of
Bulukumba ,”since this is the largest phinisi ever built here in the
history of Bulukumba, and was ordered from Poland”. Construction on
the schooner’s hull took place at Tanjung Bira under master builder, Haji Muslim Baso,
from the village of Ara, of Bonto Bahari. “The building of the entire
phinisi’s hull took 9 months. At its completion, the boat will be towed
to Semarang in Central Java, for finishing and interior fitting.” added
schooner, estimated to cost around IDR 4 Billion has a frame measuring
50 meters in length and at its widest part measures almost 10 meters.
The finishing process in Semarang will probably cost triple its
construction. The local government of Bulukumba through the Office of
Culture and Tourism intends to preserve Tanjung Bira, Bulukumba, as the
traditional site for the construction of the Phinisi Schooners.
These impressive schooners that can be
seen at full sail all around the Indonesian seas have for centuries been
made by master craft builders here in the south eastern corner of
Sulawesi by the beautiful white beaches of Tanjung Bira. Shipbuilding
here is a long tradition that has been handed down through generations.
The sturdiness and sailworthiness of the phinisi have long gained
“Our biggest threat is that these
phinisi builders may move to other provinces to obtain easier access to
materials. Therefore, this has today become an issue of national
importance that needs to be discussed” said Nazarudin as he showed off
the beauty of the Pasir Putih Beach of Tanjung Bira. If the problem
persists, then Tanjung Bira will face the threat to be scrapped from the
tourism and cultural map of Indonesia altogether”, he said.
The launching ceremony of the Phinisi
that was built by 100 of men was attended by the Deputy Mayor of
Bulukumba, Samsudin and officials of the Culture and Tourism Office. All
workers and builders also joined the traditional ceremony.
From the first shifting of the boat on Tuesday evening November 8th, it will take approximately 3 weeks before the ship finally reaches the water to be towed to Semarang.
“The ship’s hull is about 3 meters deep, so I chose this place, since
its depth is appropriate” said Baso as he commanded the workers in the
shifting of the schooner which can only be moved 15 to 20 meters a day.
the people of Tanjung Bira, building this Phinisi Schooner may have
meant only a collective project for the year. However, Tanjung Bira’s
fame is actually being carried far beyond that for its achievements in
the production of world class schooners, while at the same time
preserving its proud identity as a creative and persistent society.
Master builder Haji M.Baso has built
over 200 schooners and boats of various types and sizes in his
lifetime.” This is , however, the largest tourism ship that I have ever
built in Bonto Bahari since 1991” Baso explained as he answered some of
the questions from the media who covered the launching ceremony.
The schooner is not the only boat being
built here. There are other types of boats being constructed by Haji
Muslim Baso at the moment.
Near the Phinisi schooner, there was
also a smaller boat in construction orderd by a Belgian
businessman.There were also 12 other boats and tables ordered from
Colombia. Clearly, the skills and knowledge of the local genius of
Tanjung Bira are well recognized by the international seafaring
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