Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Captain Claus Tober took the Heraclitus and crew from Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain, arriving into Marseille at noon, October 5. Thanks to friend of the Heraclitus, Captain Jean Robert Varaillon Laborie, the ship docked at the Quai d'Honneur in the Vieux Port.

Further thanks to Captain Varaillon Laborie's colleague Captain Jacques Casabianca, and to the Communaute' urbaine Marseille Provence Me'tropole.

Nearby in Aix-en-Provence, the Institute of Ecotechnics ( hosted its conference on the Mediterranean October 7-10, with experts in marine biology, linguistics, geology, art/science collaborations of the Mediterranean rim, maritime history, traditional dance and percussion, agronomy and ethnobotany, palaeontology, and the history of architecture and art. The Heraclitus was be a focus of this conference, with attendees visiting the ship in Marseille, and discussing our expedition, Lives and Legends of the Mediterranean Sea.

Our oral history team: Johanna Eurich, Christine Handte, Frederic Hegeler, and Isabelle Bondi have done 18 interviews of Marseille and Sete port citizens, continuing the effort begun in Spain in January 2011, in conjunction with Museu Valencia d'Etnologia and Dedalo Software.

Martial Casbah, President of L'Office de la Mer, (, has expressed interest in longterm collaboration between the Ecotechnics team and the Heraclitus.

Captain Tober and Expedition Chief Christine Handte have secured the Heraclitus for the winter season.

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