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Massive boat unearthed in Philippines

The remains of a 25m long boat have been uncovered in Butuan City in Mindanao, and is thought to be a local boat type called the balanghay. If so, this would be the largest Balanghay excavated to date, measuring almost twice the size of previous ones found.

Butuan 2012 Balanghay, GMA News 20130809

Butuan 2012 Balanghay, GMA News 20130809

Massive balangay ‘mother boat’ unearthed in Butuan
GMA News, 09 August 2013

The largest sailing vessel of its kind yet discovered is being unearthed in Butuan City in Mindanao, and it promises to rewrite Philippine maritime history as we know it.

Estimated to be around 800 years old, the plank vessel may be centuries older than the ships used by European explorers in the 16th century when they first came upon the archipelago later named after a Spanish king, Las Islas Felipenas.

Full story here.

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