Sister Ships: Three 12th Century Shipwrecks in Southeast Asia

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Michael Flecker diving

Sister Ships: Three 12th Century Shipwrecks in Southeast Asia

Dr Michael Flecker will discuss the recent discovery of two lashed- lug shipwrecks, the Lingga and the Flying Fish, which sank towards the end of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127 CE) while transporting Chinese ceramics and ironware to the Southeast Asian market. He will compare these two wrecks with the earlier discovery of the wreck of the Pulau Buaya whose cargo was salvaged in 1989 and consisted primarily of ceramics from Guangdong and Fujian to suggest why they can be called sister ships.

Michael started life in 1985 as a civil engineer in a Singapore based company. In 1987 he joined Pacific Sea Resources for the two -year excavation of a manilla Galleon, Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion. Since then, he has directed some of the most important shipwreck excavations in Asia including the 9th century Belitung wreck. Michael’s specialty is ancient Asian ship construction and maritime trade. He is currently serving as a Research Fellow at the Singapore ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

How to Book: Please email Margaret White by Friday 6 August to secure your place.

Registration is only available to current TAASA Members. Registered participants will be sent the Zoom link a day or two before the lecture. (If you haven’t used Zoom before, there is no need to download it in advance. Just follow the prompts and click on the link and your device will download and connect you to Zoom.)


10 August, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm AEST
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