Chinese Treasure Fleet


Come and see models of the ships of Columbus and the Chinese which sailed at about the same time.

Seeing is really believing.

Columbus had three vessels about 12 meters in length, no modern navigation or reliable maps!

The Chinese Treasure ship is the name of a type of vessel that the Chinese admiral Zheng He sailed. His fleet included 62 treasure ships, sometimes called junks, with some said to have reached 460 feet (140 meters) long. The fleet was manned by over 27,000 crew members, including navigators, explorers, sailors, doctors, workers, and soldiers.

According to ancient Chinese sources, Zheng He commanded seven expeditions. The 1405 expedition consisted of 27,800 men and a fleet of 62 treasure ships supported by approximately 190 smaller ships.