19th-century shipwreck yields Chinese ceramics

Finds from a 19th century shipwreck were recovered off the coast of Ha Tinh province. The finds were mainly Chinese ceramics and were donated to the provincial museum. The story doesn’t say much else.

24 September 2007 (VietNam Net Bridge) – Finds from a 19th century shipwreck were recovered off the coast of Ha Tinh province. The finds were mainly Chinese ceramics and were donated to the provincial museum. The story doesn’t say much else.

Sunk ship with antiques discovered in Ha Tinh

Ha Tinh Province Museum has recently received 300 ancient objects including numerous ceramic works discovered by fishermen in Cam Xuyen district in a sunken wooden ship.

According to Tran Xuan Vinh, one of the discoverers, the 25m-long and 6m-wide wooden ship was found much destroyed and buried at 25 m under the sea. Most of the ancient items discovered were covered with oysters.

They are of different colours and have simple designs. Ha Tinh Museum officials said these were domestically-made china works dating back to the early Nguyen Dynasty period.

Related Books:
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells
Tau Co Ca Mau: The Ca Mau Shipwreck 1723-1735 by D. C. Nguyen

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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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