Beatles and Spears
Posted by Tall Ships America on May 14, 2012
One of the perks of having a foreign naval vessel as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) fleet is the invite to a reception. While in Savannah, the Tall Ships America team was graciously invited to a small reception on the Indonesian naval vessel Dewaruci. Local Indonesians, friends, and family, had been cooking all day so, with an ice-cold Bintang beer in hand, Jennifer and I ventured over to sample the offerings. I had never eaten Indonesian food before and decided that I would try everything, even the brown hardboiled eggs. Needless to say, everything was delicious (the brown eggs had actually been marinated in nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar and various FDA approved spices). As we chatted with the officers and very earnest cadets, it was shaping up to be a low key evening. And then, this happened –
For 45 minutes, we had a front row seat to foot stomping drum music, bright costumes, and enthusiastic dancing (visit our You Tube channel for vide0). It was wonderful.
Once the traditional dancing was over, a keyboard, drumset and microphone were set up and we were soon singing along to The Beatles and everyone hit the deck to dance.
We felt so honored to be at this reception. The captain and crew could not have been more accomodating or gracious. In fact, all I heard from people in Savannah who had been to the ships was how wonderful the Dewaruci was to everyone that crossed her decks. One woman even told me that a crewmember had given her nephew his sharpshooter medal. He just unpinned it from his uniform and gave it to him!
Having the Dewaruci as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) fleet was such a treat. If this is what one ship is like, I can’t even imagine what it must be to experience the country! The captain, officers and crew are amazing ambassadors for their country and truly brought the culture and warmth of Indonesia to Savannah.