On 24th December, 2008 at 1:10 pm., a team of six explorers of the Sea Explorers Institute, Kolkata and one Sailor of the Indian Navy set out for a rowing and sailing expedition from Kolkata to reach Paradwip along the river and the sea.
The expedition was flagged off by Commodore B. R. Sen, Naval Officer-in-Charge(West Bengal). Members of SEI, a group of BSF Jawans, the Kolkata Police Band and the Institute students were present. Sri. Tapas Chowdhury of the Institute, and Sri. Sadique Mumtaz of the Navy, were the Joint leaders of the expedition .
The boat used for the expedition was a 27â€™ whaler boat â€˜Indiraâ€™, open and non-motorized, operated only with oars and sail. The Navy and the Indian Coast Guard looked after communication and keeping watch on the expedition team.