Plinthed on an anchor-shaped promontory off the Indonesian island of Bintan, a 106-year-old general cargoship has opened its doors as a luxury hotel. It is the latest chapter in Doulos Phos’ long, extraordinary career.

The 6,900-gt vessel was built in 1914 in Newport News, Virginia, as the US-flagged Medina. The builders could hardly have imagined it would outlive perhaps even their grandchildren.

Plain and mundane, the Medina plodded along carrying cargo for more than three decades, surviving two world wars before being retired.