The Thirteenth Century Java Sea Wreck: a Chinese Cargo in an Indonesian Ship

By Michael Flecker, published November 2003


Dating back to the late 13th century this wreck lies in 26m of water some 110nm North of Jakarta and 40nm off the Sumatran coast. She displaced around 300 tonnes. Earlier looting had taken place prior to the granting of a salvage licence in 1996. The nature of her cargo implies that the ship was the ancient equivalent of a modern day tramp ship. Nevertheless much of this cargo was Chinese in origin and consisted of 190 tonnes of iron and at least 100,000 pieces of ceramic ware.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Indian Ocean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology

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