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Pechili Trader; Junk; Cargo vessel
Scale:Unknown. A Full hull model of a type of Northern Chinese junk known as a Pechili Trader (or also as a Kiangsu Trader, Shantung Trader or Shantung Five-masted junk). The model is built plank on frame and largely finished in a stain natural wood and varnished. It has five masts, none of which are stepped vertically, and is lug rigged with near-rectangular sails, supported horizontally with bamboo battens(known today as junk rigged). It is equipped with a small boat or sampan, two oars, a woven basket, two spare sails, four anchors and three boathooks.
These vessels could be up to 41 metres in length and crewed by 20 to 30 men. Model made from drawings and measurements supplied by the donor, Commander D. W. Walters RN, RTD, in Hong Kong harbour in 1938 The Pechili trading junks belong to one of the oldest types of Chinese vessel and can be traced back as far as the early 15th century. This model is an accurate representation of these large ocean-going vessels. The sails are supported with bamboo battens, which provide extra strength. It was used as an ocean-going vessel to transport cargo, normally oil and large disks of compressed Soya bean.
- Image reference: D4241-002
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.