Sunken vessel a Chinese trader: Businessman

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27 June 2006 (Sun.Star Iloilo) – Sunken vessel off Roxas City not Spanish galleon, but a Chinese vessel sunk during World War II, claims a local who had been an eyewitness to the event.

Sunken vessel a Chinese trader: Businessman

A RESTAURATEUR in Villa, Iloilo recently said that the sunken vessel between Guimaras and Villa beach is not a galleon but a Chinese trading vessel.

Honorato Espinosa, owner of Tatoy’s Manokan in Villa Beach recently clarified that local fishermen salvaged several artifacts from a sunken galleon in the said area 20 years ago.


Related Books:
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

Chariot salvage attempt scotched

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21 June 2006 (Phuket Gazette) – British Government stops plan to salvage WWII submersibles off Phuket.

Chariot salvage attempt scotched

The British government has scotched, at least for the time being, a planned attempt by local salvage company East Marine SBS Co to raise two British World War II Chariots from the waters off Phuket.
The Governor said after the meeting, “I told East Marine SBS that if they received approval from the British Admiralty, I would allow the salvage project. But today I received a letter [from the British government] stating that it regards them as assets of Britain and pointing out that it is British military tradition to leave in place any vessels lost during war.

Shipwreck discovered off Roxas City waters

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9 June 2006 (Philippine Inquirer, Visayas) – Update on the Capiz shipwreck. They still haven’t been able to identify the ship yet, particularly since it does not lie on any known shipping routes. Some minor looting has already begun.

Shipwreck discovered off Roxas City waters

He told Roxas City Mayor Antonio del Rosario that the ship was made of hardwood and they saw broken jars, among other things. They also recovered gunpowder that had solidified; it sparked when rubbed with a hard piece of stone or iron.

However, some enterprising divers and fishermen had salvaged parts of the vessel and sold it to junkshops for as high as P6,000, Lorenzo said.


Related Books:
Lost at Sea: The Strange Route of the Lena Shoal Junk
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

Ship found in Capiz may be less than 250 years old: team

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2 June 2006 (Sun.Star Iloilo) – Shipwreck found off Roxas City in Central Philippines may not be a (Spanish?) galleon as originally thought, according to national underwater archaeologists.

Ship found in Capiz may be less than 250 years old: team

ROXAS CITY — An exploration group from the National Museum on Thursday ruled that the ship wreckage is not that of a galleon based on the artifacts and objects retrieved from its area.

He added, “But it is still premature to conclude kasi marami pang basis na isa-ilalim ang mga makukuha doon sa ilalim bago tayo maka-conclude (But it’s too early to conclude because there are some bases that need to considered).”


Related Books:
Lost at Sea: The Strange Route of the Lena Shoal Junk
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

Who will save the Bojonegoro barge?

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2 June 2006 (Jakarta Post) – An unidentified boat, accidentally discovered last year, is in danger of disintegration. Appeal to readers who can help to email Duncan Graham at wordstars@hotmail.com

Who will save the Bojonegoro barge?

… a well-preserved broad-beamed 25-meter barge. The design was strange — local boats are narrow and less than half that length.

It seems the barge was oar-powered, with benches for rowers and ports for rowlocks.

On the planked sides are wave-like motifs and a diagram of an arrow on a stick. On an internal timber a mark has been transcribed as 1612.

Locals convinced of the barge’s antiquity have linked it to the Singosari kingdom of 700 years ago. Others claim it’s a royal Thai barge because someone has said the teak used can be found only in Thailand and Kalimantan.

Police seize long lost Islamic treasures of the Java Sea

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22 May 2006 (The Telegraph) –

Police seize long lost Islamic treasures of the Java Sea

Unique historical treasures worth tens of millions of pounds were yesterday gathering dust in store rooms in Jakarta after being impounded by police.

The 250,000 pieces of Chinese ceramics and Arabic and Persian glassware were recovered from a 1,000-year-old wreck in the Java Sea off Indonesia. Found with them were 13,000 Indian pearls, jewellery, about 1,000 rubies and sapphires and several gold pieces.


Related Books
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

Sunken treasure cheer turns sour

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14 May 2006 (The Electric New Paper) – Legal battle between a German treasure-hunter and his German agent, both based in Singapore. Tilman Walterfang recovered a huge cache of Chinese Tang Dynasty artefacts dating 1,200 years in from “the waters between Malaysian and Borneo” (apparently off an Indonesian island). The artefacts have been sold to Singapore’s Sentosa Corp. The legal battle aside, the sale of sunken “treasure” is indicative of the extremely low legislative and academic support of archaeology in the region.

Sunken treasure turns sour

Mr Walterfang went in search of the treasure off the Indonesian island of Belitung between Borneo and Sumatra when he first heard of the ancient treasure from fishermen.

What he discovered on the seabed was tens of thousands of Chinese Tang dynasty artefacts dating back about 1,200 years.

It was enough for Mr Walterfang to quit his job in Germany .

In Indonesia, he and his partner, Mr Matthias Draeger, spent millions of dollars to salvage the treasure.

Seven years after their astounding discovery, they sold the treasure to Singapore’s Sentosa Leisure Group for what is understood to be about US$32 million ($50m) last year.

Related Books:

Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

Two WWII ‘human torpedoes’ believed to be lying off Phuket

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6 May 2006 (The Nation) – Possible WWII British manned torpedoes to be investigated in Phuket.

Two WWII ‘human torpedoes’ believed to be lying off Phuket

A Phuket marine-supply company is seeking permission to salvage what it believes are two British “human torpedoes” that have been lying in the sea near Phuket since World War II, the governor of Phuket said yesterday.

Manned torpedoes were secret naval weapons commissioned during World War II.

The British versions were electrically propelled mini-submarines with two crewmen equipped with diving suits riding astride.

Maritime Asia

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Maritime Asia is a very detailed site about the ongoing Maritime Archaeology Malaysia exhibition at the Muzium Negara. It features the finds of 7 shipwrecks located off the coasts of Malaysia and detailed information about each of the ships finds, ceramics and maritime archaeology. I managed to catch the exhibition earlier in January this year and I must admit that it is an incredible exhibition with a good deal of 14 to 18 c. material culture.