On a moonlit night, almost as bright as day, when even scoundrels and vagabonds fear the dawn, from oÛª the murk the bones of a beast of terrible size can be seen lurking next to the surf. But this is no mythical monster. This apparition; as old as time, as terrifying as the dark, is a ship from days long gone, slumbering where she fell in the waters of Mantanani Island! ÛÏAhoy mÛªhearties! Be you in need of shelter?Û calls a voice from beyond the vessel. A ghost? A Pirate survived from the heyday of buccaneers? A child who has watched too many Jonny Depp films? No, itÛªs a member of the Camp Borneo staff (for thatÛªs how they speak on Mantanani… honest.) And heÛªs beckoning you over to take a look at The Magellan, our very own Pirate Ship! (Or the remains thereof.) So, why on earth do we need a pirate ship? Well… we donÛªt and thatÛªs just the point. When youÛªve got community projects galore, marine conservation work, scuba diving and endless games of football with the local kids all nestled neatly onto one desert island, what else could you possibly need…? Exactly! Your own Pirate Ship made out of driftwood and recycled rubbish that has collected on the beach of the otherwise pristine island.åÊ Now obviously itÛªs nowhere near finished yet, but our gappers have made a great start this year (those HUGE driftwood planks ainÛªt light yÛªknow!) but we are looking forward to screaming ÛÏPieces of Eight!Û ÛÏShiver me Timbers!Û and generally going ÛÏArrrrrh, Jim Lad!Û by this time next year in a finished, if landlocked, boat… So if youÛªre up to the challenge…? And if you donÛªt mind, yÛªknow… building a kindergarten, teaching English, measuring some turtles and learning to scuba dive when you have some spare time away from the Magellan. Why not give us a call? åÊ On a serious note, apart from being tremendous fun, we are building the Magellan to act as a backdrop to our marine conservation and education programmes. Being built entirely of ÛÏstuffÛ that has washed ashore from the sea it will easily illustrate, not only to our volunteers but also the children at the local primary school, the need to be more aware of marine life, the dangers humans pose to it and how we can begin to help. So, once finished the Magellan will act as a classroom, playground and general place to hang out and watch the sunset. CanÛªt wait! åÊ To see more pictures of our slowly emerging Pirate Ship and from our other projects on Mantanani, click here.