A rendering of the Zhoushan wooden ship at the Zhejiang Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum. [Photo/Zhoushan Daily]
"Construction of the ship is now 95 percent complete, with only interior decoration remaining. It is expected to be fully finished by the end of this month and will make its debut at the Zhejiang Intangible Heritage Museum before the opening of the Hangzhou Asian Games," said Cen Guohe, the fourth-generation leader of the Cen family wooden ship, a national intangible cultural heritage in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province.
The ship, which has a length of 22 meters, a width of 5.5 meters, and a height of 15 meters, was built to maritime standards, and every component is more intricate than those on an actual ship, according to Cen.
Visitors from around the world will be able to step onto the deck and explore the interior of this antique wooden ship, experiencing the historic culture of Zhoushan's marine and fishery industry.
To incorporate more elements of Zhoushan, Cen placed a fishing net and some fishing tools on the ship. The accessories were manufactured in Zhoushan and transported to Hangzhou, where installation began on April 30.
To ensure the quality of craftsmanship, Cen invited 11 experienced craftsmen from Zhoushan shipyards. Cen has been present at the construction site in Hangzhou since the start, overseeing the complete restoration of the traditional ship's 47 manufacturing processes.
Cen said creating an actual wooden ship for the museum is a great opportunity to better preserve Zhoushan's ancient ship culture and ship-making techniques.