Reconstructed ancient Chinese wooden boat takes trial sail
On January 13, a large wooden vessel modeled after the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) junks from east China's Fujian Province successfully completed a test sail. The Fujian junk, a traditional ocean-going sailing vessel typical to the coastal region, has a thousand-year history. The wooden boat features an original watertight bulkhead, separating the hull of the ship into a number of watertight compartments, greatly enhancing navigation safety. The bulkhead construction was inscribed in 2010 by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.
With contribution from Lin Hongqin and Ke Mingding.