Rebuilding the Heraclitus Vessel
Roses, Cataluña 2014

In 2014 Factum Arte got involved in the rebuilding of the ferro-concrete Research Vessel Heraclitus. The Heraclitus Vessel was designed and built by The Institute of Ecotechnics and launched in 1975 from Oakland, California. Since that time it has sailed round the world twice, done whale research in the Antarctic and navigated the Amazon. It has sailed over 270,000 nautical miles through six oceans (all except the Arctic), continuously exploring the ancient tradition of sea people, with the aim to create a contemporary equivalent.
This 25 meter long concrete chinese junk has carried out important expeditions and captured the imagination of those interested in independent scientific research, exploration and cultural exchange. 

The Vessel Heraclitus 

After this long period of intensive usage the boat is currently being rebuilt in Roses, Cataluña. Factum Arte has been working with Scan Lab Projects in London to prepare 3D visualisations of the hull to assist in the rebuild process. A three dimensional model of the Research Vessel Heraclitus has been made from data captured with the FARO scanner. 

Pedro Miro and Arthur Prior from Factum Arte positioning the Faro scanner to record the interior of the boat 

  • 3D alignment in Polyworks of the scanned hull

  • The 3D dimensional model of the Vessel made by Scan Lab Projects for Factum Arte


Lauren Canales from Factum Arte prefabricated new webframes for the boat and took them to Roses to install them. Hopefully the Heraclitus will be able to start her most ambitious voyage in 16 months time.

Lauren Canales and Claus Tober inspecting the damages 

  • Some images of the boat during the process of rebuilding

View the Research Vessel Heraclitus webpage

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