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Jan Poortenaar – An Artist in Java

When first we conceived the plan of spending an undefined period in that “Somewhere East of Suez” , where the tropical East stretches an arm of land three thousand miles long towards Australia, we did it with the light-hearted cheerfulness … Continue reading

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Book Review from the Joseph Conrad Society of America

The following is an extract from a book review in Joseph Conrad Today a publication of the Joseph Conrad Society of America. Ian Burnet’s book, published this year, is a very welcome addition to a complex area of Conrad’s life … Continue reading

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Talking about the Spice Islands – with Janet de Neefe and Ian Burnet

For those who missed the talk on Instagram Live last week, then here is a link to the conversation between Janet de Neefe and Ian Burnet about Spices, the Spice Islands and Indonesia’s extraordinary maritime history.

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Ubud Food Festival, 5-7 June 2015

Food Forum | The Spice Islands Friday June 5, 2:30pm, at Taman Baca For a serving of spice island history, Ian Burnet will dish up a tale of the high seas and colonial rule focusing on Indonesia’s legendary spices, cloves … Continue reading

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Fort Nieuw Victoria, Ambon — A Mystery Solved?

A fort on this location was built by the Portuguese in the 1500’s and then captured by the first war fleet commissioned by the United Dutch East India Company in 1605 and commanded by Steven van de Hagen. The fort … Continue reading

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East Indies Spice Exploration 2015 – Flores to Ambon (Updated)

Departure from Maumere on Flores September 26 for 12 days until October 7 in Ambon “ …I would dream of the fabled Spice Islands. Images of palm-fringed tropical islands backed by towering volcanoes filled my imagination and I saw myself … Continue reading

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East Indies Spice Exploration — Flores to Ambon

Departure from Maumere on Flores September 26 for 12 days until October 7 in Ambon “ …I would dream of the fabled Spice Islands. Images of palm-fringed tropical islands backed by towering volcanoes filled my imagination and I saw myself … Continue reading

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Fort Nieuw Victoria, Ambon — A Mystery Solved?

A fort on this location was built by the Portuguese in the 1500’s and then captured by the first war fleet commissioned by the United Dutch East India Company in 1605 and commanded by Steven van de Hagen. The fort … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s Spice Islands by Schooner

Here is an article written on our 2013 sailing adventure. Reposted from Destinasian. Article by Johnny Langenheim and photos by Jack Wylie The sun is already hot and high by the time Run comes into view. Perched on the prow … Continue reading

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Spice Islands Sailing Adventure — October 2014

The Ombak Putih departs from Ambon on October 8 for 12 days of exploring spice plantations, VOC forts, Sultan’s Palaces, volcanic islands, remote villages, tropical reefs and just relaxing in the pristine waters of the Moluccas in Eastern Indonesia. Eight … Continue reading

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