The traditionally built, 54 foot Chinese ocean voyaging junk, PRINCESS TAI-PING, arrived in San Diego
yesterday and is presently berthed at Southwestern Yacht Club in Point Loma. She will move tomorrow to a more publicly accessible spot at the San Diego
Maritime Museum on the Embarcadero in the downtown area.
Details on the vessel are available at this site: Ming Dynasty replica junk sails across Pacific
The crew of six men
and one woman crossed the Pacific in 69 days. Seeing the accomodations first hand, it was not what most would eagerly select as an ideal cruising vessel, but the spirit of adventure sometimes demands more of folks than mere comfort. The timbers are stout, the rudder
is attached with heavy lines, the battens are bamboo, and the sails
are cotton. It is solidly built, using only hand wrought iron nails and timber. It has a primitive ten horse diesel
, of the "do-nothing" class known by afficionados of old motors, a lifting propeller
and shaft, and freshwater cooling
that needs to be filled hourly when in use, which was rarely.
The crew is looking for an additional member
willing to work their way back to China