The book ship is here!
Latoya Grindley, Gleaner Writer
On February 19,
celebrated one year of sailing following the replacement of its previous ship,
, which was commonly referred to as the book ship.
Just a day before its anniversary (which was celebrated in Jamaica), special guests were invited on-board the relatively new ship, which was docked at the Caribbean Cement Company pier, for an official reception. And in a well-executed programme, brief presentations and speeches were delivered. One of the presenters, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen was the guest of honour.
Since sailing, the ship has visited 23 ports, including Jamaica, and has on-board crew members representing about 50 nationalities.
Despite the change of name and vessel,
is still known as the book ship by many Jamaicans. The current book ship boasts the largest floating book fair in the world and offers more than 7,500 literature titles, both for educational and Christian purposes. Additionally, visitors on-board the ship can take part in conferences, concerts and forums, as well as school programmes.
will be in Kingston until March 22.