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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Nanhai No 1

On December 28th the Chinese government will begin salvage of the 25 to 30 meter, 800 to 1000 year old (sources vary) merchant ship. The ship, dubbed the Nanhai No. 1 (South China Sea No. 1) is the first ancient vessel discovered on what is called the Marine Silk Road.

The salvage operation will also be a first. A large steel basket has been constructed inorder that the vessel together with the surrounding silt will be lifted intact from the ocean floor and placed in the Nanhai No 1 Museum. The Chinese government has set aside 150 million yuan (about 18.5 million US dollars) to house the vessel and the approximately 50,000 to 70,000 relics that are expected to be onboard.

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