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MV Doulos Arrives in Fiji , Offering Books to the Third World

The Fiji Times reports on the arrival today of the world's oldest passenger ship and the largest floating book shop, MV Doulos. The 94-year-old cruise vessel, with its goal of "Bringing knowledge, help and hope" will spend a month in Lautoka and Suva.

The vessel is owned by German charitable organisation, Good Books for All.
It will open to the public, at a fee of $1 for adults and free for children under 16 years to view and buy the books it carries all over the globe.

The vessel was built in 1914, two years after the Titanic, and has changed from being a cargo hauler, into a cruiser, an immigrant ship and now a floating book shop.

Project coordinator, Stephane Kapitaniuk said since Good Books for All bought the vessel 30 years ago, it had visited more than 600 ports and been visited by more than 20 million people. Kapitaniuk is a member of a French family of missionaries...the ship undoubtedly has a good stock of Christian books and bibles and is involved in 'spreading the word'.

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