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The Team that makes the Voyage!

Rex Warner


Rex Warner - on the right Captain / Team Leader (Rex is the one on the right!)

A professional explorer, Rex has organised and led many international maritime expeditions.

"For ten years i've dreamed of retracing the remarkable voyages of Admiral Zheng He. Thanks to the support of Sir Edward Heath, COSCO (China's largest shipping company) and many other supporters and sponsors, this dream has been turned into reality. A big thank you especially to the team described below ..."

Nikki Alford

Nikki Alford (Harry Tate) First Mate

"I was asked to oversee a major refit of Precious Dragon in Hong Kong and have stayed on as first mate. Each crew member is a character from Winnie the Pooh - Rex is the Wise Owl, Kevin is Eeyore, Magnus is Tigger, Steve is Pooh, and I'm Christopher Robin ! Let's go off on an expedition !" Nikki now sails her own ship Bessie-Ellen!

Steve Hawksley

Steve Hawksley Second Mate & Carpenter (Chippie!)

"I'm on board as sailor and odd job man, to sail the boat and help keep everything working! I spent several years crewing and restoring sailing ships but have been working ashore for last ten years. At present on leave from a job as a CDT technician at Northgate School, Ipswich.  I'm taking this opportunity to go on another adventure - sailing a junk in a part of the world I've never visited".

Kevin Grist

Kevin Grist Engineer

"My role on board is to take care of all the mechanical systems. When not working on these, I spend a lot of time with my head in the bilges; fitting water pumps, clearing limber holes and getting very dirty. All enjoyable stuff...".

Magnus Ström


Magnus Berglund IT & Communications

"I'm here to keep this site alive, tell the story of Zheng He's voyages over the Internet, and manage the on board electrical systems. I met Rex on board the brig Maria Asumpta nine years ago, and have had nothing but joy out of sailing since. This is the first time I've signed on for a long trip - something I've wanted to do for the last few years. Once back home in Sweden, I hope to resume working with Reuters at the forefront of IT, carry on with my sailing tickets, Briggen Tre Kronor, and have a full season of sweeping the mountains on telemark skis".


Christmas Moral Support

Christmas joined us before we left the Aberdeen Boat Club, where he had a very good upbringing. He is always there whenever we have any trouble at all. He was the only crew member that was allowed into Qui Nhon without paying a fine for illegal entry; although it took half an hour to convince the police that Christmas didn't need a shore pass to go ashore!


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Active Travel Magazine <vietnamadventureguide@gmail.com>
http://www.activetravelmagazines.com, - Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 10:26:49 (CEST)
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Indochina Sails <halongbaycruises@gmail.com>
http://www.indochinasails.com, - Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 10:23:19 (CEST)
I had an enjoyable cruise on the Dragon King.Thanks a bunch to the crew! www.vietnam-travel-guide.net
Derek <willthlong@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 04:23:29 (CEST)
Hi Rex. It's your old friend from the Cocachin days. Vlad from Canada
Vladimir Czyzewski <vlad@stormfilm.com>
- Friday, May 30, 2008 at 11:53:55 (CEST)
by any chance are you in goa now?
shira <btb.ops@orbitz-world.com>
- Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 06:33:34 (CEST)
Dragon King is a great boat. Our guests just love it. Congratulations on your sucess
www.vietnamimpressive.com, - Saturday, March 03, 2007 at 10:41:09 (CET)
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Javier Giraldow <sales@emeraude-cruises.com>
www.emeraude-cruises.com, - Friday, October 27, 2006 at 08:07:58 (CEST)
Dear Vinh Thanks for your message, which i have replied to personally. If anyone else reading this would like further information about building Junks or voyaging, please don't hesitate to contact me directly Kind regards Rex
Rex Warner <exploreint@aol.com>
- Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 14:50:55 (CET)
Hi there, Great voyage for me to know about. We have a boat company in Halong Bay, Vietnam, which takes tourist out on overnight trip. Our boats are motor sailor with junk rig to run downwind only (no keel). Now we are looking for a new boat that can sail long route along Vietnam coast and the Precious Dragon sounds like the one we want. We would like to find out about possibility to get one built either in China or Vietnam. We have skillful boat builder in Vietnam but no building plan. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks Vinh
Vu The Vinh <vinh@handspan.com>
www.tropical-sails.com, - Wednesday, February 01, 2006 at 12:02:49 (CET)
Dear Mike Chen's wooden ship workshop in China has recently made some excellent junk models for the 600th anniversary celebrations of Zheng He's first voyage. Their contact details are: chenshichuanye@yahoo.com.cn tel. + 580 3092008 Kind regards Rex
Rex Warner <exploreint@aol.com>
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 13:33:13 (CEST)
Dear Mr. Warner & Crew: Your Junk Boat The dragon King is an impressing boat. I would love to reproduce a scaled model copy of your boat for as a gift to my mother. I am wondering if it would be possible for you to provide info on the boat's specifications (or building plans)for me to do so. Any information would be highly appreciated. Sincerely, Mike
mike <2mk@msn.com>
- Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 16:31:27 (CEST)
What do you think about mr.Menzies evidence?
Alex <yiwenjun@rambler.ru>
- Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 23:53:11 (CEST)
I would like to know more about Chinese astro navigation. Would you please tell me where can I find on the web such charts and/or original Chinese texts and pictures that can ben seen on the Kids Zone! Thank you very much! Janka
Janka Jahnov <janka.jahnov@synergon.hu>
- Friday, June 14, 2002 at 14:51:35 (CEST)
I'd like to write about Zheng He in a book I am writing for English Language students - one theme is explorers and he seems to fit the bill perfectly. I'd like to use some text and photos from your site. Is that OK? Full cedits will be given. I think it's important more people know of his travels! Best regards Miles
Miles Craven <milescraven@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 11:57:21 (CET)
Please may I see a map in the future of Cheng Ho's voyages THANK YOU!
Chris <lewnigel@aol.com>
- Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 20:00:46 (CEST)

- Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 19:58:00 (CEST)

E-mail  Rex Warner rex @ dragonvoyage.com Magnus Ström (exBerglund) magnus @ dragonvoyage.com.
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