ZHENG HE: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PLAUSIBILITY OF 450-FT TREASURE SHIPS

@article{Church2005ZHENGHA,
  title={ZHENG HE: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PLAUSIBILITY OF 450-FT TREASURE SHIPS},
  author={Sally Kathryn Church},
  journal={Monumenta Serica},
  year={2005},
  volume={53},
  pages={1 - 43}
}
  • S. Church
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • History
  • Monumenta Serica
This paper examines the issues and arguments surrounding the question of whether Zheng He's ? ships could have been the size recorded in the official Ming history (Ming shi ?), that is, 44 zhang long by 18 zhang wide, or 447 by 183 feet.* It first examines the written sources, which include stone inscriptions, first-hand accounts, the Ming Shilu ? or "Veritable Records," official and unofficial histories, illustrations, and shipyard treatises. It focuses primarily on sources dating before 1597… 
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