FROM the cold North Sea around Scotland to the warmth of the Pacific Ocean around Fiji, Captain Evan Logan and his ship Alvei have seen and sailed through a lot.
Capt Logan or Evan as he is affectionately called by those who serve on his vessel, is in the country to assist with the Honour Fiji Journey.
He will be sailing the Alvei along with youths from Fiji to different stops in Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, all in efforts to educate them on the importance of their environment and culture.
After talking with the organiser of the Honour Fiji Journey, Carrie Martin, I realised she really believed in what they were doing, Mr Logan said.
The primary goal of the Honour Fiji Journey is to educate youth and it seems like a very good project, he said.
Capt Logan said the Alvei and the youths selected for the journey would visit Moon Reef in Tailevu, then to Taveuni and Kia in Macuata before visiting other islands in the Yasawa Group.
Throughout the journey, youths will learn conservation methods and sustainable methods of living practised by their forefathers.
Capt Logan, who was previously working on a medical aid project in Vanuatu said he was excited to have the Alvei be the flagship of the journey.
He said he found the Alvei, that has been his home for the past 25 years, in 1986 and spent the next eight years and $228,000 taking her apart and putting her back together to make her into a tall ship.
The Alvei at a glance:
* Launched in 1920 as a Scottish herring drifter;
* Used in World War II as a minesweeper;
* She can accommodate 17 crew members;
* The Alvei has already sailed to Norway, Denmark, Holland, Portugal, the Caribbean Islands, Panama, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, which are a part of Ecuador; and
* She has also visited Fiji frequently over the past 15 years.