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Floating library sails into Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 March, 2013, 9:35pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 March, 2013, 9:40pm

A floating library that sailed into Hong Kong this week has been the only home one little crew member has ever known – three-year-old James Blair is the youngest member of a family that has lived on board for four years.

The Blairs are just one of the families among the 400 volunteer crew members aboard the Logos Hope, which sails around the world, offering books and charity work wherever they go.

Matthew Blair, 38, from Australia, his wife Heidrun, 37, from Germany, and their two other children, Rebecca, seven, and Amy, five, joined the ship when it was launched in 2009. James was born on land in Australia before joining them on board.

They have a two-room cabin of about 350 sq ft. Bathrooms are communal. Besides always having a book to read, the children go to school on board.

“We made this choice for our children to grow up – at least for a few years – in this environment because we believe it’s very good for them,” said Heidrun. “Sometimes when they return from school they’ll ask, ‘Which country are we in today?’”

The family now feel it’s time to move on and will settle in Germany this June.

Logos Hope opens from Friday until April 1 at China Merchant Wharf, Kennedy Town. A HK$10 admission fee gains access to half a million discount books. The ship will remain in Hong Kong until late May for maintenance work.


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I don't know why you keep calling it a library. A library allows the public to consult and borrow books. The book fair on board this floating Christian missionary nonsense sells books, mostly those that spread The Word. It is no more a library than PageOne or Dymocks is a library.
Dear Jojie Ho,
Thank you for writing about our ship and the family living here. Please let me correct two errors in your article:
1) Every Family cabin on board has their own bathroom facilities.
2) We are not a library and we never said so. Deck 4, the experience deck, holds the largest floating "Book Fair" where you can browse through about 5000 different titles and purchase books and other things like stationary etc.
Thanks again for your article
With warmest regards
Wolfgang (Austria)
Communications Manager
MV Logos Hope
Dear jve,
The expression "library" has only been used by the journalist who wrote this article and NOT by the interviewed family or any other crew member. Nobody here on the ship would ever say that we are a "library". Further on it is not true that most of our books "spread The Word", in the opposite: Less than 1/3 of our books which cover topics like science, cooking, medical items, consulting, fiction etc. have Christian content, children's book are also a highlight.
We would love to welcome you on board and give you a bigger picture of ship ministry and why and how we want to bring "knowledge, help and hope" to people. Maybe you would recognize then why some of the expressions you call us are not appropriate and why over a million people per year (including tenthousands in Hong Kong this year)visit the ship and give very positive feedback....
With warmest regards
Wolfgang (Austria)


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