Public Seminar: Searching for Remains of Zheng He's Fleets off Oman

18 August 2010

Between 1413 and 1433 the Chinese sent out seven huge fleets under the command of the famous Admiral Zheng He. On the last four of these expeditions the fleet sailed to the Straits of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Chinese scientists, with help from University of Sydney, and in collaboration with the Omanis, are half way through a project to search for wrecks off the northern Omani coast. If Chinese wrecks are found, new information will come to light on exchanges between the Far East and the West in the early 15th Century.

In this talk, Dr Phil Mulhearn, of the Ocean Technology Group and the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney and Professor Changqing Hu, of the Shanghai Acoustics Laboratory at the Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences will present details of Zheng He's voyages and their expedition findings so far.