The shipwreck known as Yangtze River Estuary No. 2 Ancient Vessel was successfully moved on Friday to the No. 1 Dock of the former site of the Shanghai Shipyard that is going to become a museum.
After the shipwreck being lifted from the riverbed near Shanghai on Monday, the preservation work started right away. The professionals reinforced the mast and mast trunk and made moisture preservation for the parts exposed in the air by overall coverage. Meanwhile, they analyzed samples of seawater and mud from the discovery area to acquire the environmental information of the shipwreck.
The boat, which dates back to the reign of Emperor Tongzhi (1862-1875) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is believed to have 31 cargo chambers. Items have already been retrieved from four selected chambers, including ceramic objects made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Also found on the vessel or scattered near it were purple clay objects, pots made in Vietnam, pulleys, cables and construction material.