Thursday, April 30, 2009

Princess Taiping Sinks

A replica 16th Century junk has sunk off Taiwan, one day short of completing an epic voyage to the United States and back.
The Ming dynasty-style Princess Taiping was trying to prove that China's greatest admiral, Zheng He, could have reached North America 600 years ago.
After surviving several storms during its 10-month voyage, the junk broke in two and sank after it was rammed by a freighter just off Taiwan's coast.
All 11 crew members were rescued after being found adrift on the wreckage.

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