Riverbed releases the Chinese ship that was kept hidden for 160 Years. Photos of the amazing cargo

Photos show how salvage efforts in China helped to free an ancient shipwreck with its beautiful cargo from beneath the waves.

Yangtze No. 1 was first discovered by researchers. 2 Ancient Shipwreck off the coast of Shanghai in 2015, but salvage efforts have taken years of planning and preparation, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China said in a Nov. 22 Xinhua news release.

The shipwreck, which dates back 160 years, was discovered in the Qing Dynastyexperts said. The wreck is “one of the largest and best-preserved wooden shipwrecks discovered underwater in China,” the release said. The ship measures approximately 125 feet in length, and 32 feet in width. It has 31 cabins.

Officials said that the sunken merchant vessel was approximately 18 feet below the riverbed at Hengsha Island, where Yangtze River meets East China Sea.

Researchers constructed a platform to lift the ship to the surface. watertight chamber Global Times reported that the chamber was designed to contain this particular shipwreck. After the wreck was inside, the chamber was slowly lifted to the surface — a process that took almost three hours.

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The The mast of the shipwreck According to an earlier news release, the surface broke just after midnight on Monday Nov. 21st.

Global Times reported that salvage operations had explored four cabins before bringing the shipwreck up to the surface. They discovered over 600 cargo items.

The cargo included “exquisite” blue and white porcelain, purple clay pottery and other building materials, the release said. Photos show the incredible finds.

One of the pottery fragments recovered from the shipwreck.

Cups, bowls and plates — decorated with intricate blue designs — were recovered from the wreck, photos show. One set of plates had a light teal hue. Larger pottery pieces had darker brown colors, showing tan-colored wear due to their long and eventful journey.

Some of the pottery that was salvaged from the shipwreck.

Some of the cargo comes from a city in China’s Jiangxi Province known as the “porcelain capital,” officials said. Global Times reported that other items are from Vietnam.

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Researchers will learn more about ancient Chinese economics, ship building, and ceramics from the discoveries. The release stated that the shipwreck would be transferred to a dock at the Huangpu River, Shanghai’s largest river, soon for further preservation and research.

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