10 divers to survey Portuguese warship

Another shipwreck find being documented. Discovered in 2005, a Portuguese shipwreck lying in the mouth of the Malacca River is currently being investigated by a team of marine archaeologists.

15 March 2007 (The Star) – Another shipwreck find being documented. Discovered in 2005, a Portuguese shipwreck lying in the mouth of the Malacca River is currently being investigated by a team of marine archaeologists. The Portuguese established a colony in Malacca in the 16th century and became a powerful maritime influence because of their control of the Malacca Strait and the trade routes between China, the Spice Islands and Europe.

10 divers to survey Portuguese warship

Ten divers and three underwater photographers are in the team conducting surveys to recover artefacts from a 16th-century Portuguese warship lying four nautical miles off the mouth of the Malacca River, said Malacca Museum Corporation director Khamis Abbas.

He said the team members included those from Perzim, the navy, Customs, Archaeological, Heritage and National Oceanography departments, and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.


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Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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