The Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation, and especially Project Stormvogel, have been featured in media on Bonaire and beyond its borders. Here are a few examples:
2 June 2016 - From: The Bonaire Reporter
In April, Fonds Voor Cultuur Participatie (Funds for Cultural Participation) in the Netherlands awarded Fundashon Patrimonio Marítimo Boneiru (Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation) €56,022 ($63,610) for Project Stormvogel. The foundation has been seeking funds for the historic restoration of Stormvogel, the last of the sailing cargo boats of the ABC Islands. The 45-foot ship, built in Bonaire in 1951, was rescued from a backwater in Curacao where it was rotting.
16 March 2016 - From: All At Sea
Enter the elegant foyer of the new seaside Terramar Museum in downtown Kralendijk, Bonaire and you greeted by stunning images from the maritime past—young Bonairean deckhands daringly diving from tops, burly dock workers moving heavy cargo at the Handelskade in Curaçao, and majestic three-maste ships at anchor in Oranjestad, Aruba.
1 December 2015 - From: Ohio State University Alumni Magazine
It all started with a phone call from a stranger on the neighboring island of Curaçao. “I’ve been pumping out water once a week for three years from Stormvogel (Storm Bird). I was wondering if you could help me save this boat,” explained François van der Hoeven. (He had discovered me — a transplant on the southern Caribbean island of Bonaire for the past seven years — through an article I’d written for WoodenBoat Magazine.)
November 2015 - From: Caribbean Compass Yachting Magazine
Bonaire had a special visitor arrive in September by the name of Bruce Halabisky. Bruce, a Canadian/American who now lives on Orcas Island, Washington State, USA, had been a wooden boat shipwright and marine carpenter for the past 25 years. He received an invitation from Fundashon Patrimonio Maritimo Boneiru (Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation) to visit Stormvogel, the last of the wooden sailing cargo boats from the ABC Islands. Halabisky then applied to the nonprofit Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Washington and received a grant to cover travel costs to the island.
23 March 2015 - From: The Bonaire Reporter
On the morning of March 25th, local freighter Doña Luisa became visible as she rounded the far tip of Klein Bonaire. It was just another freight run for the workhorse ship, but on this sunny day something looked different. While her deck was jammed with the usual freight containers, placed on her port side was an impressive 45foot wooden hull. Stormvogel was finally coming home.
17 August 2015 - From: The Bonaire Reporter
Restoring a 64-year-old wooden sailing ship is an enormous project that requires help from all kinds of people. Fortunately for Fundashon Patrimonio Marítimo Boneiru (Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation), a number of individuals and organizations have contributed to Project Stormvogel, the restoration of the last sailing cargo boat of the ABC islands.
10 November 2014 - From: The Bonaire Reporter
Stormvogel (Storm Bird), a stout, 45-foot wooden sailboat, was launched from the shores of the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire in the early 1950s. She joined an unofficial fleet of local cargo ships that served as the lifeline between the ABC Islands. These boats, called balandras, were essential for export. They hauled loads of salt, goatskins, aloe vera, and charcoal. They also delivered scarce goods to Bonaire like clothing, fuel and canned food. But perhaps most importantly, these reliable vessels united families and friends by transporting people, packages and post between the islands.