New York City says farewell to transatlantic rowboat
06 October 2017 | Brooklyn, New York
Decommissioning & Send-off ceremony set for October 12 at Gateway Marina in Brooklyn, New York (11 am) for the Spirit of Malabo.
The Spirit of Malabo was used for a successful five-thousand mile solo transatlantic row from Las Palmas, Canary Islands and made landfall at New York's Brooklyn Bridge on November 28, 2015. The journey would take twenty- one months.
The humanitarian mission was for AIDS awareness and to memorialize the countless numbers that died during the transatlantic slave trade. The vessel was sponsored by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea along with numerous partners both locally, nationally and worldwide.
The Spirit of Malabo arrived at Kingsborough Community College in June 2013 by cargo ship from Sao Paulo, Brazil where it also was built. The vessel would later launched sea trials, which started from SUNY Maritime College.
The Spirit of Malabo will now be transported back to Africa where it will be on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Equatorial Guinea in the city of Malabo.
This ceremony will also coincide with the 49th Anniversary of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.