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National Geographic to showcase Taiwan Ship

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The building of a reconstruction of the Taiwan Ship (台灣船) will soon be shown on the National Geographic Channel, after it signed a contract with the Tainan City Government yesterday to document the construction of a replica of the 17th-century vessel.

The ship was used by Ming Dynasty general Cheng Cheng-kung (鄭成功)better known in the West as Koxinga, to defeat the Dutch and claim Taiwan.

The construction of the replica began three years ago, when Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) proposed a plan to former education minister Wu Jin (吳京).

The plan later secured NT$80 million (US$2.5 million) in funding from the Council of Cultural Affairs for the project.

A picture of the ship was discovered in a book in a library in Japan, which was then used as a basis for the design. The city then found a wooden ship building company to build a vessel based on the specifications in the book.

The construction of the ship is scheduled to be completed in December and there are plans for itA to sail the route that Koxinga’s fleet took 400 years ago.

National Geographic plans to premiere a documentary on the ship in Taiwan in November next year.

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