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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One Response to 122 year old humanitarian sailing vessel needs your help

  1. Scribble Orca says:

    Shane, just saw this now! How terribly distressing. Has the wood made it to Singapore? We’re hoping to see you again this year. Fingers crossed you were able to raise support – we’re a bit late to the party but hoping others have been able to come through for you.

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