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The Nanking Cargo


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Last week at Christie's in Amsterdam more than 180,000 pieces of 18th-century Chinese porcelain were auctioned in a spectacular five-day sale - the largest event of its kind to take place. 'The Nanking Cargo' was the result of months of intensive search and recovery by a remarkable partnership between Captain Michael Hatcher, a British-born salvage expert, Swiss geophysicist Max De Rham and their team of divers working in the South China Sea. It was the cargo of a Dutch East Indiaman homeward bound from Canton, an ill-fated voyage begun in December 1751 and only to reach its originally intended destination some 234 years later. One chest of the cargo, however, was definitely not destined for Europe - the discovery of 125 unique Chinese gold ingots was to come not only as the final dramatic surprise of the recovery, but as the key to the positive identification of the Geldermalsen whose destruction came on the night of 18 January 1752.
Narrator, Joss Ackland.
Feature: page 13


Photography: John Bremer
Photography: Rob Zimmerman
Film editor: Ron Raddon
Producer: Ray Sutcliffe
Producer: Russell England
Executive producer: Bruce Norman
Unknown: Captain Michael Hatcher
Unknown: Max de Rham
Narrator: Joss Ackland

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