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Replica of Ming Dynasty ship to retrace ancient sea routes

A city in Taiwan is buidling a replica of a 17th century Chinese general’s ship to commemorate him and to boost tourism in Tainan City.

The Tainan-based Dragon Yacht Building Ltd. has been commissioned by the city government to build the replica to specifications of 29.5 meters in length, and 7.26 meters in width, with a displacement of 125 tons — exactly the same as the boats in Koxinga’s fleet.

The replica is designed to be powered by wind, and weighs around 150 tons. It will have the capacity to carry about 200 people and up to 36 cannons, Hsu said.

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