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Ship's salvage task set to start

AN operation to salvage a centuries-old shipwreck kicked off yesterday on Nan'ao Island on the eastern tip of south China's Guangdong Province.

The ship, loaded with more than 10,000 pieces of antique porcelain, is from the Wanli period (1573-1620) of the Ming Dynasty, said Nan'ao County spokesman Chen Jianwu.

The ship, more than 25.5 meters long and 7 meters wide, lies 27 meters deep in Sandianjin waters to the southeast of Nan'ao Island.

When climate conditions permit, archaeologists will start salvaging the ship from the seabed, he said.

It is estimated this will occur around mid-December, Chen added.

The wreckage was found on May 25, 2007. For more than 800 days archaeologists have been cleaning, mapping and photographing the vessel in preparation for salvage.


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