An examination of pottery

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An examination of pottery

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A seafarers tale - an archaeological elucidation of a shipwreck By Sten Sjostrand Dreary weather and intermittent rain has led to a dramatic drop in temperature over the last few days and then, just as the rain finally stopped, a cold wind began to blow from the north.

It whipped up high waves and enormous swells that broke repeatedly against the side of the ship giving the deck, and everyone on it, a good showering. It was unbearably cold, wet and miserable.

Captain Heng Tai dexterously managed to avoid getting any salt water in his face as he crouched and turned with every hit. He was an experienced captain who had sailed this route many times before, but never so late in the season.

The best time for the voyage was December when the northeast monsoon winds guaranteed a fair and safe passage all the way down the South China Sea.

But now, late in February, the winds were forceful, occasionally violent and sometimes frightening. The swell generated by these waves was higher than any Heng Tai could remember.

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As well as being cold and wet, Heng Tai was now starting to get a very uncomfortable feeling in the pit of his stomach. Without that delay he would have been at sea much earlier and none of this would be happening. They were now supplying more than half of the total ceramics for the whole region and the increase in orders meant the kilns were swamped and finding it increasingly hard to meet delivery deadlines.

Merchants and captains, like Heng Tai, were seriously concerned about these delays; after all, the monsoon waits for no man. Heng Tai had docked in Ayutthaya in December and had waited patiently for two months before his main cargo finally arrived from the ceramic kilns up north.

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The last water containers were filled and the chickens and ducks, which would feed the crew during the voyage, were secured. Heng Tai was finally able to head downriver into the Bay of Siam, where he set his sails and laid a course for Terengganu. In those days this part of the Malaysian east coast was under the suzerainty of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, so the waters off Terengganu were safe and familiar and Heng Tai could proceed without danger.

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When Heng Tai sighted the islands off Terengganu he set a new course for Tioman Island further down the coast. Tioman was a regular stopover point for sailors from all over Asia as it provided good navigational references and had a plentiful supply of fresh water.

For many centuries seafarers had stopped there to offer prayers for a safe voyage and trade for some local fruit before continuing their arduous journey. Here Heng Tai would replenish his fresh water supply before setting sail for Java, his final destination.

Normally the stretch between Terengganu and Tioman was an opportunity for the captain and navigator to relax for a while. There was a straight deepwater trench all the way so it was usually plain sailing.

But on this cold February afternoon, the strong winds and towering waves had ruled out any possibility of such communication and as Heng Tai fought to keep control of his ship his thoughts wandered homewards. It was these people who had made the celadon ware he was now carrying.

The Javanese kingdom of Majapahit, towards which he was heading, was flourishing and attracted many foreign merchants from all over Asia and the Middle East who paid top price for celadon ware as they believed it had magical protective powers. Hopefully then his ship could be reinforced.

Sea conditions were getting worse by the minute putting untold strain on the vessel and his nerves as he worried about the safety of his ship, crew and the precious cargo. Now, here he was being tossed about in middle of the South China Sea living out his worst nightmare.

The king appointed Dharmaraja as his personal envoy and commanded he accompany Heng Tai to Java to deliver some gifts to the king of Majapahit in reciprocation for the tributes the Majapahit ruler had earlier sent to Ayutthaya.

Every wave was forcing the ship into a near broach; even a small shift in the heavy cargo could prove disastrous.

The crew had managed to lower some of the sails to reduce the strain on the hull and rigging and were now struggling to take down the remaining sails, which were glued, by the force of the wind, to the mast, yarn and rigging.

Heng Tai and his crew knew that if the sails remained aloft they would eventually overpower the vessel but there was nothing more they could do.

With his proud character reduced to a mere memory and, in spite of being seriously concerned about his own safety and comfort, Dharmaraja had not forgotten the importance of his mission.

He knew that if he failed to deliver the gifts to the Majapahit ruler, it might cause some diplomatic tension and it would certainly embarrass his father.Ceramics questions for your custom printable tests and worksheets. In a hurry? Browse our pre-made printable worksheets library with a .

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An examination of pottery

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