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  • minnesotastan
    (I plan to post more on Zheng He in the future, but just found this bit of news today...) Firm to build biggest ancient ship replica Winny Wang 2006-08-30 A
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      (I plan to post more on Zheng He in the future, but just found this
      bit of news today...)


      Firm to build biggest ancient ship replica
      Winny Wang
      2006-08-30

      A SINO-MALAYSIAN joint venture next month will begin building the
      replica of China's biggest 'Treasure" ship that sailed abroad in the
      14th century, Jiefang Daily reported today.

      The ship will set out for its first trial voyage in April 2008 to
      boast the country's culture and history.

      Mariner Zheng He rode the original "Treasure" ship to make seven
      historical voyages to Southeast Asia, West Asia and East Africa
      between 1405 and 1433 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), which
      promoted understanding, friendship and trade relations between China
      and these areas.

      The Chinese replica follows the voyage of a Swedish replica Gotheborg,
      which arrived in Shanghai yesterday after sailing for months.

      Wang Guoping, the General Manager of a Jiangsu company in Nanjing that
      is in charge of the replica's design, said they have finished the
      blueprints for the ship after a one-year study and construction will
      start at the end of September.

      Wang said the ship's overall length will be 71.1 meters, with
      14.05-meter beams and an overall depth of 7-meters, to echo Zheng's
      first voyage on July 11, 1405.

      The ship will be able to displace 1,500 tons of water and carry 30
      sailors, 36 passengers as well as 50 tons of goods.

      "It is 10 meters longer and 3 meters wider than the Gotherborg," Wang
      said.

      He said the ship will imitate the appearance of the ancient "Treasure"
      ship, but its interior decorations and equipments will be modern,
      including generating sets, air conditioners, televisions and computers.

      The ship can travel at 12 knots (22 kilometers per hour) and sustain
      strong winds.

      Wang said they will solve potential problems that may happen during
      voyage, such as the stability and intensity concerns.

      Jia Tiejia, the Vice General Manager of Nanjing Dragon Treasure Boat
      Develop Co, which is in charge of the reconstruction of the boat, said
      they will learn from the Gotherborg's construction and will open the
      building process to the public. Tourists can help workers hammer in
      nails, paint the ship and plait cables.

      He said the company will apply to the Beijing Olympic Organization
      Committee to appoint the ship as an image ambassador to show the
      country's century-old sailing culture.

      After the 2008 Olympic Games, the boat will follow Zheng's route to
      travel along Southeast Asia.

      http://www.shanghaidaily.com/art/2006/08/30/290571/Firm_to_build_biggest_ancient_ship_replica.htm
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