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East China to Rebuild Ship from Ancient Navigator Zheng He

  • XNA and Staff Reporter
  • 2010-10-24
  • 10:34 (GMT+8)
The rebuilding of a copy of the ship sailed by China's renowned navigator Zheng He, who sailed to many destinations in the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and distant Africa during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). (CFP)

The rebuilding of a copy of the ship sailed by China's renowned navigator Zheng He, who sailed to many destinations in the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and distant Africa during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). (CFP)

East China's Jiangsu Province will rebuild a copy of the ship sailed by China's renowned navigator Zheng He, who sailed to many destinations in the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and distant Africa during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), nearly 100 years before the voyage of Christopher Columbus.

The ship, with a length of 71.1 meters and a molded depth of 6.1 meters, is divided into five layers, which was a miracle at that time and still is renowned among antique-style wooden ships, said Zhao Zhigang, chairman of China's Nanjing Treasure Dockyard Relics Culture Management Co., Ltd, where Zheng had his ship built more than 600 years ago.

The rebuilding would be based upon traditional ship-making crafts, with a much higher degree of automation. Navigational radar, Global Positioning System and other advanced technologies would be adopted to the ship to ensure its crew's safety and the ship's stability while sailing, Zhao said.

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