An Indonesian adventure you can experience from home

Our friends at the World Ship Society - Port of New York Branch have invited us to join them for an evening of tales from the Far East. Join member Tom Rinaldi as he recounts a 10-day, 3,000-mile trip through Indonesia for the group’s first virtual meeting of the year.

What – Passage to Papua: 10 Days Across Southeast Asia by Sea
When – Friday, January 29, at 6 p.m. Eastern
Registration – Attendees need to RSVP in advance; click here to sign up

The Indonesian State Shipping system - Pelni, as it is known to its passengers - is one of the world's very last operators of passenger liners in the traditional sense. In terms of distance covered and passengers carried, it has no equal among providers of point-to-point waterborne transport today, with a formidable fleet of nearly 30 vessels sailing scheduled routes that last a week or more from end to end.

In late 2019, Rinaldi set out to book passage by Pelni from Singapore to Papua. But with the company's services declining in recent years as low-cost airlines capture an ever-greater share of its traffic, the challenge was to get there before it was too late. The program will be an introduction to this living vestige of the world's vanished liner services, and relate how Rinaldi fared getting from there to here.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email that includes a link to join the meeting on January 29. If you do not already have Zoom on your computer, you will be prompted to download and install the software. If you do not wish to install it, you can also click on the “Join from your browser” link. A Zoom account is not necessary to attend; however you do have to register with your name and a valid email at the link above. If you have any further questions, please contact us by Thursday, January 28, at 401-463-3570 or

Photos: Tom Rinaldi