This joint operation with the National Museum of the Philippines would last for two months and made it possible to date the wreck very precisely to the end of the 15th century. The discovery of a Portuguese canon on the seabed puzzled them, however, because – at this point in time - none of the great European seafarers had reached this part of the world. Why would a Chinese merchant junk, with a canon on board, have sunk 500 years ago off a fishing village?
The junks used to do barter throughout the trading posts in the Philippines which were brimming with wealth. To discover the mythical riches of the maritime trade - the pride of the Middle Kingdom – Franck Goddio set out on his catamaran Kaimiloa exploring the trading posts and their famous wares. What is left in modern-day Philippines of hundreds of years of trade established by China?
Festivals and Awards:
* 2004: Prix du Patrimoine français, Festival International Maritime et d'Exploration, Toulon, France