Documentary recreates history of China warships
CNATAIPEI--The National Palace Museum on yesterday released a documentary that recreates the heyday of an old Chinese warship fleet that was deployed in the Eastern Asian region in the 19th century.
February 22, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
Using 3-D visualization technologies, the film tells the story behind the rise of the Tongan ships and documents the museum's construction of a model, based on two diagrams of the vessels and official records.
“We are using historical documents to tell stories,” said the museum's director Feng Ming-chu. The Tongan boats, 26 meters long and 30 meters tall, were the Qing Empire's biggest and most effective fighting ships in the early 19th century, the museum said.
Before they were adapted for military purposes, however, they were used as merchant vessels and even pirate ships, it said.