"In the dark of night, I could see that dark hull. ... I could hear our people screaming, 'No! No!' I just couldn't believe it,"
April 28, 2009 5:04 PM Subscribe
The Princess Taiping,
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a replica of an ancient Chinese sea-going Junk, was built to make a round trip across the Pacific from China to North America to show that Asian sailors might have reached North America before Columbus.
Nelson Liu, the captain of the junk and organizer of the trip is convinced that large junks could have sailed from China to North America. He had the Princess Taiping (Princess of Peace)
built to the specifications of a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) war junk and set sail from Hong Kong last summer.
The junk was built with natural materials in strict accordance with ancient Chinese shipbuilding techniques using only traditional woods and no modern materials like bolts, nuts, and screws, or polyester, or plastic resins. Although required to have a a low power inboard/outboard engine it usually used sail power.
Less than 30 miles from the end of their approximately 14,000 mile voyage, The Princess Taiping was struck by the Liberian flag tanker Champion Express
, who did not stop or render assistance. All crew were safely rescued after the junk was cut in half by a freighter in Suao, a fishing port on northeastern Taiwan.
The Princess Taiping made visits to:
Eureka, San Francisco
(Youtube), Southern California ports, Hawaii