122 year old humanitarian sailing vessel needs your help

Historic vessel Vega sorting supplies into midwife kits

We had 100 new and re-supply / up grade kits this year.

122 year old humanitarian sailing vessel needs your help

Every year for the past 10 years the 122 year old Norwegian
built humanitarian vessel Vega has sailed roughly 7,000 sea miles delivering
between 20 and 25 tons of new educational and medical supplies to remote island
communities in Eastern Indonesia and East Timor. For some of those communities
Vega is the only contact they have with the outside world from one year to the
next. Vega’s crew are all volunteers and the supplies they deliver are all
donated by friends and companies who appreciate the direct cost effective way
Vega operates.  

“Directly from the hand of someone who wants to help into
the hand of people who need that help in the form of the tools those people

Mast rot endangers mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk


need to do their jobs’, is our motto”, says Captain Shane Granger, master of
the Vega.  “We also provide equipment and
supplies as well as re-supply and training every year to roughly 120
traditional midwives”, continues Granger, “our efforts may seem modest and in
many ways they are. But they are also very effective. In one area we serve the
maternal and natal mortality rates have fallen by more than 50%.”

This year serious rot was found in Vega’s aft mast. That
mast must be replaced before the vessel can safely undertake her 2014 deliveries.
Without a replacement mast this years ‘Mission of Mercy’ simply cannot happen”
said Captain Granger, “ It would not be safe for the boat or the crew.” Vega
has found proper mast wood from a friendly masting expert in Holland at a very
modest price and now must raise the funds to pay for the wood and shipping from
Rotterdam to Singapore where the crew will fashion the new mast and then rig
it. “We always do as mush as we can ourselves”, said Granger,” our budgets do
not allow for expensive outside workers, and besides the money we save can best
be employed to buy supplies for the communities we assist.”

In order to find a replacement mast Vega has appealed to
their wide-ranging group of friends for support. There is a donation page at  http://sailvega.com/vega/support_the_vega.html,
and one avid supporter has set up another donation page at http://www.gofundme.com/6il2gw. Captain
Granger went on to explain, “Somehow we need that wood in Singapore by early
April in order to make the mast and have it ready for our delivery season”

Vega
needs help now if they are to make our deliveries next season. For more about
Vega and her humanitarian work visit their website at www.sailvega.com or simply Google “Humanitarian
vessel Vega” to see what others have to say about them. They also have a
FaceBook page at “Historic vessel Vega” give them a visit and a like to see
more pictures and follow the story first hand.

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Humanitarian vessel Vega – the great mast drama

Mast rot endangers Vega's 2014 mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

Mast rot endangers mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

2014 Humanitarian vessel Vega mission in danger

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

Mast rot endangers mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

Mast rot endangers Vega's 2014 mission

Rot in the Vega’s mast means 2014 Mission of Mercy at risk

Humanitarian vessel Vega - the great mast drama

Vega is a 122 year old Hardanger built Norwegian sailing cargo vessel.  Every year
the humanitarian vessel Vega sails about 8,000 sea miles delivering
roughly 25 tons of donated educational and medical supplies to some of
South East Asia’s most remote island communities. For more information
please visit the Vega website at www.sailvega.com or simply Google
”Humanitarian vessel Vega” to see what others have to say about us.

Our main mast (Norwegian Pine) is reputed to be older than the boat and
is still just fine, bar the odd check” says Captain Granger,” Our mizen mast (Red maranti – the
only wood we could find at the time) is suffering from serious rot and
must be replaced”.  The existing lower mast is 10 meters tall and 26 cm diameter at the base. It is well stayed in the traditional manner with 3 shrouds a side and back stays.

“Our very modest budgets prohibit us from simply commissioning a new mast but fortunately having grown up in a wooden boat yard I have the experience to make this mast if we can locate a proper cant to make it from”, says Granger.

“Right now we need a shipping company willing to transport this wood from either Australia or Vancouver, Canada to Singapore where we will be doing the work”.

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Scandinavian built Humanitarian vessel Vega sails 15,000 kilometers to aid remote island communitiess

Scandinavian built Humanitarian vessel Vega sails 15,000 kilometers to aid remote island communitiess

During our 2013 delivery season the Humanitarian vessel Vega delivered over 20 tons of donated educational and medical supplies to some of South East Asia’s most remote island communities. This was made possible by our friends and supporters who so kindly donated the supplies needed.

Every year for the past 10 years the Humanitarian Vessel Vega has sailed over 15,000 kilometers gathering these supplies and then delivering them to the needy.  Following the same route even year, visiting the same islands and communities, vVega’s all volunteer crew have helped build medical and educational capacity for these isolated communities. By providing equipment, drugs, and training support for over 120 traditional midwives Vega has helped reduce the maternal and natal mortality rates for the community she assist by as much as 50% in some places. Vega also provides basic fishing and farming supplies to some of the more remote islands in order to improve nutritional content. For more information visit the Vega website at www.sailvega.com or the Facebook page at “Historic Vessel Vega“. Your encouragement and assistance are important to us and the people we assist.

Built at Olve, Norway in 1891-92, for over 100 years VEGA carried cargos of bricks, building stone, pig iron, and cement through some of the world’s roughest seas. Built for the North Sea and certified for Arctic trade, VEGA was famous for her strength and ability to carry loads other boats her size could not. Baltic traders like VEGA made some very impressive voyages including immigrants to North America and cargo to the Mediterranean, Africa and the Caribbean, some even rounded Cape Horn to trade with Chile. Now Vega carries a new cargo. One of hope for the isol;ated island communities she and her all volunteer crew assists.

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Humanitarian vessel Vega starts 2014 delivery collections

2014 is starting out to be a record year for our up coming deliveries. After spending the holidays in Singapore visiting with our friends and supporters Vega sailed for Malaysia. Our first stop is Penang island where we will spend a week or so visiting with our friends and spreading our “what’s needed” lists. Hopefully the primary section of the International school in Penang will be joining us with our “Kids-4-Kids” program where classes in a fortunate school prepare a classroom supply kit for kids in a not so fortunate classroom. These kits will go a long way toward improving the situation in some of the more isolated schools we assist. As always we need your help if this year is going to be as successful as 2013 was. Visit the boats page at

Historic vessel Vega

Leaving Singapore

Leaving Singapore

Vega leaving SIngapore

and give us a like, then keep in contact as you follow our adventures to some of the most remote islands in South East Asia.

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Humanitarian vessel Vega deliveries Educational materials to Medang Island

medang_2013_010Every year we deliver educational materials to the school on Medang Island just off of Sumbawa Island in Indonesia. This tiny island is pretty remote and the schools were suffering from a lack of every kind of supplies until Vega first arrived. This year along with the usual basic supplies we delivered 10 top grade lab microscopes so that the school can start teaching biology. Last year we delivered a complete computer lab. Have a look at some of the pictures from this years deliveries here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.510255955710307.1073741841.125068434229063&type=1

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Humanitarian Vessel Vega delivers educational and Medical supplies to the island of Medang

medang_2013_028Every year for the past 5 years we have been assisting the small island of Medang with educational and medical supplies. Medang is only one of the several remote islands we assist every year. If you would like to see our image collection from that lovely little island follow this link https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=510257149043521&set=a.510255955710307.1073741841.125068434229063&type=1&theater for the school supplies and deliveries or try this link for some really impressive images of our medical supply deliveries there https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.510252402377329.1073741840.125068434229063&type=1

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