13th century Mongolian shipwreck found off Japanese coast

Published on October 31st, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks


A Mongolian shipwreck which dates back to the 13th century has been found off the coast of Japan.

Okinawa Prefecture’s University of the Ryukyus has announced that large parts of a Mongolian ship presumed to have been part of a 13th century Yuan Dynasty-era invasion fleet has been discovered on the seafloor near Nagasaki. The find is the first intact wreck related to invasion attempts of Japan by the Mongolian ruler, Kublai Khan.

The archaeology team, headed by Yoshifumi Ikeda, found the near complete hull structure about 1-meter under the seabed, and about 20-25 meters beneath the ocean’s surface off the Takashima Island in Matsuura Nagasaki. The discovery is so monumental because much of the hull has remained intact, including a 12-meter section of the keels with rows of planks attached to the keel, Ikeda reported. The vessel appears to be well preserved due to the cover of sand.

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Story: Maritime Executive | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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2 Responses to 13th century Mongolian shipwreck found off Japanese coast

  1. Shawn Russell says:

    This discovery is very interesting, The things found on this ship are not only a part of the Mongol history but they can link to the shipbuilding ways. This opens up more of the Mongol ways to the world and specialist studying things like the ways Yuan’s unsucceful conquest to Japan that ended bad.

  2. juan says:

    it horrible i wonder how they fix the ship and with what tool.

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