The South-China-Sea Tradition: the Hybrid Hulls of South-East Asia

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March 2007 (International Journal of Nautical Archaeology) – Marine Archaeologist Michael Flecker’s paper attempting to come to a typography-of-sorts of the Southeast Asian marine vessel by examining ship characteristics from 16 shipwrecks in this region. Full article is available from the link.

The South-China-Sea Tradition: the Hybrid Hulls of South-East Asia
Michael Flecker

Abstract:
The South-China-Sea Tradition is a hybrid vessel-type combining structural features of Chinese and South-East Asian origin. It only occurs from the late-14th to the late-16th centuries and mirrors the production period of Thai export ceramics. This article examines 16 South-China-Sea-Tradition wrecks with a view to determining a well-defined list of characteristics, the origin of those characteristics, and the most likely builders.