Lo River shipwreck offers insight into Viet Nam’s trading history

TUYEN QUANG (VNS)— A shipwreck dating back to end of 19th century has been removed from the bed of the Lo River in northern province of Tuyen Quang.

The shipwreck and its contents are now being exhibited in a park in downtown Tuyen Quang City, by the provincial museum.

The ship, which measures 41m in length, 8.8m in width and 1.9m height, has a wooden cover and is wrapped with a thin copper layer. The engines inside have not been recovered.

Nearly 500 objects have been salvaged from the wreck, including copper oil lamps, 200kg of coal and lights made in Germany and the UK.

The wreck was discovered in 2012, buried under 3m of gravel and sand in An Khang Commune, Tuyen Quang City.

Experts said the wreck is a rare find in Viet Nam, and will help provide information about the history of shipbuilding and trade between Viet Nam and other countries. — VNS

SOURCE: http://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/252421/lo-river-shipwreck-offers-insight-into-viet-nams-trading-history.html

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