Zheng He Ship - True or False?

Jun 4, 2013
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To scale vs Christopher Columbas's ship. In fact, if the dimensions rumoured are true it's twice the size of the largest Ever wooden european vessel and comparable to early steel ones. Napolean, Nelson...those were minnows compared to this behemoth!

The question is, is it true?

There's no concrete proof this ship existed in this form bar a rubber dug up in china in the 60's which if scaled would be proportionate to a ship this size.

But what happened to this vessel? Where did it go? What did it discover?

I turn to the CHB elite for enlightenment.
 
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kf3

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could be accurate. was def a lot bigger than columbus's ships. they were built for different purposes.

chinese fleet was about diplomacy and impressing people, so they built them as big on purpose.

a new emperor came in who didn't care about it and iirc they were broken down or just left to rot away.
 
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could be accurate. was def a lot bigger than columbus's ships. they were built for different purposes.

chinese fleet was about diplomacy and impressing people, so they built them as big on purpose.

a new emperor came in who didn't care about it and iirc they were broken down or just left to rot away.
So basically the former emperor had a small penis.
 
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If that ship existed, mighty impressive. Can also explain how they managed to bring a giraffe back from East Africa back in the day.
 
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Haggis

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I really want this to be true.

But there's only so large you can build a wooden ship. It's not for no reason that no seafaring European nation ever built a wooden ship anywhere near that size. Although I suppose if it was a ceremonial vessel and not an oceangoing craft or warship, that gives it a little more credibility.

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SwollenGoat

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there seems to be a pretty concrete size max for wooden ships.................





that seems to have a lot to do with LENGTH though..................not overall TONNAGE




that said,the ships yer talking about are thought to have been 135 meters long...............just 5 short of the longest ever built




so Im leaning to 'no',they were not actually that big

when the most proficient ship builders in the modern world cant make one that long work,even with steam powered pumps and iron interior beams Im guessing the chinese circa 1650 couldnt either



they existed but were smaller I reckon.................
 
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kf3

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columbus's largest ship was only 20m long, the angle makes it hard to tell but it doesn't look like the model of the chinese ship is 7x longer.

is unlikely they were as big as high end estimates made by some historians. that's a pretty solid rule whatever the estimate is about.
 
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