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Children of the ocean

The Evergreen Maritime Museum provides an excellent introduction to Taiwan’s nautical history, emphasizing the nation’s close relationship to the sea and exploration

By Jerome Keating  /  Contributing reporter

NAVAL INSTRUMENTS

The pragmatic second floor gets down to the brass tacks of being at sea and all that is needed in navigation. Have you ever wanted to know how to read charts and star globes, use a sextant, determine latitude, understand ship flag communications and launch survival rafts? These are all found here as well as modern container ship wheelhouse, engine and chart room simulations. It is this floor that current Museum Director Captain Tyan Been-yuan (田本源), whose lifetime career has been the sea, feels most at home and “back on the bridge.”

At tour’s end, the lobby provides a small souvenir shop and cafe.

While historic reasons may have deterred Taiwan’s recent maritime culture, the bent of this museum aims to re-orient Taiwanese to the sea. It is a museum that not only every Taiwanese should visit, but also expats who wish to better understand how Taiwan’s location and past got it drawn into and became a part of the world of trade and commerce.

Evergreen Maritime Museum is located in the Chang Yung-fa Foundation Building (財團法人張榮發基金會國際會議中心), 1-5F, 11 Zhongshan S Rd, Taipei City (台北市中山南路11號1-5樓) . Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9am to 5pm. On the Net: www.evergrenmuseum.org.tw

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