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Ancient Ship Remnants Are to be Recovered in Hong Kong Waters - A joint initiative advocated by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the Hong Kong Underwater Heritage Group

Members of the Hong Kong Underwater Heritage Group (www.hkuhgroup.com), in association with the Hong Kong Maritime Museum will be recovering (under a license from the Antiquities and Monuments Office) a stone anchor stock off High Island, and two cannon off Basalt Island, Sai Kung.

The stock is of a style and material that was used in the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE), and similar to those on display at the Maritime Silk Road Museum of Guangdong (or Nanhai No. 1 Museum) in Yangjiang, and at the Quanzhou Maritime Museum in Quanzhou, Fujian, China. The two iron cannon from a different site, are of style from the 19th century and given they are both heavily encrusted, it is not possible to provide any further information at this stage.

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) will be implementing the necessary conservation of the artefacts over the next one to two years, as well as conducting research and exploring potential displays with related parties in the maritime archaeological and local historical contexts for the general public.

The stock is located in three metres of water and appears in excellent condition. Following some conservation treatment, the stock should be available for display in early-2018. The cannon will take about two years to conserve, during which time any markings should be revealed, which will help to identify the cannon.

The expedition is being led by Assistant Professor Dr. Bill Jeffery of the University of Guam and a long term Research Associate of HKMM. In-house conservator, Paul Harrison will be responsible for the initial conservation. The undertaking of such works in Hong Kong waters is under the responsibility of the Hong Kong Government Antiquities and Monuments Office. The HKMM will facilitate the whole process from excavation to preservation, as well as relevant research and potential displays.

HKMM endeavours to promote underwater cultural heritage in Hong Kong, for more details, please visit: http://hkmaritimemuseum.org/eng/research/underwater-cultural-heritage/introduction/88/138/