This is the story of how the Jewel was built, and of the adventures that took place during her historic voyage. If you’d like to learn more about the events leading up to the project and about the modern state of Oman, see the Background pages.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman, offered his blessings and support with a vision to explore the possibility of recreating such a ship in the spirit of Oman’s proud maritime heritage.
Dr Tom Vosmer, a maritime archaeologist with a long-standing interest in Oman’s maritime heritage, was appointed as construction director. Over a period of months in 2007 detailed plans and designs for the ship, based on the wreck, were prepared.
At the fishing village of Qantab, just along the coast from Muscat old town, a shipyard was prepared and an international and Omani team of archaeologists, carpenters and ropeworkers was recruited to take on the difficult task of building Jewel of Muscat.
Jewel completed her first sea trial off the coast of Oman near Muscat. In the following weeks, Captain Saleh and his crew faced up to the challenge of learning how to sail a 1,000-year-old ship with traditional rigging and heavy canvas sails.
At exactly 12 noon on February 16th or the 1st of Rabie Al-Awwal 1431 AH, Jewel slipped her moorings to begin the first leg of her epic voyage to Singapore. Large crowds cheered her on her way as she was given a spectacular send off.
The arrival in Georgetown was a huge relief for the crew and marked a new phase in the voyage. Jewel was welcomed with friendship and generous hospitality before she set sail on the last two short legs of her voyage.
In October 2011 Jewel of Muscat went on permanent display to the public in the Maritime Experiential Museum in Sentosa Resorts World, Singapore. She forms part of a larger exhibition that tells the story of the Maritime Silk Route.