A long-lost warship has been discovered off the coast of China after an extensive hunt to track down relics from a naval battle fought more than a century ago.
Sometimes, what’s buried shouldn’t stay so and this new find is indeed a treasured find.
An archeological team had been searching for several years before it stumbled across a golden wooden name plaque bearing the name Jingyuan, says China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration.
The ship was built in the reputed German shipyard, Vulkan and named the Jingyuan. The ship was incorporated into China’s naval fleet in the late 1880’s.
The ship sunk during the Sino-Japanese war in September 1894, a war fought between the Qing Empire and the Empire of Japan. The ship went down in the yellow sea alongside three other warships.
After confirming the ship’s identity, the archeology team scanned the seabed to find its exact location 12 meters (39 feet) below the water. Sand clearing operations revealed it is resting upside down but allowed the excavation of its contents.
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The team report that there are more than 500 relics remaining in the ship — including ceramics, leather goods, and glass. Old weapons and revolver bullets were also discovered.
Experts say the find will have significance for the study of world naval history.