Voyages Of Discovery

PHOTOGRAPH FOR TIME BY KARL CHIU

The glorious Chinese vessel in this picture is Duk Ling—Hong Kong's only remaining sailing junk. The last time I was on board, we were bound for the nearby island of Cheung Chau when a storm hit. What was meant to be a champagne cruise turned into something of an odyssey, as rain cascaded over the decks and the prow lunged sickeningly into the waves. The crew furiously worked the ropes and pulleys, while the rest of us held on to whatever we could. It was then that I realized that Duk Ling was more than just a quaint boat for corporate...