Thursday, March 15, 2007
10 divers to survey Portuguese warship
March 15, 2007
MALACCA: Ten divers and three underwater photographers are in the team conducting surveys to recover artefacts from a 16th-century Portuguese warship lying four nautical miles off the mouth of the Malacca River, said Malacca Museum Corporation (Perzim) director Khamis Abbas.
He said the team members included those from Perzim, the navy, Customs, Archaeological, Heritage and National Oceanography departments, and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.
He said that the divers were at risk because of the strong underwater currents, the depth of more than 40m and poor visibility.
“The divers can only be down there for 10 minutes each time.
“We are interested in looking for artefacts, but the safety of the team members comes first,” said Khamis.
Well-known Australian maritime archaeologist Dr Michael Flecker, who has carried out more than 100 explorations in countries around the region, discovered the wreck during a survey along the Straits of Malacca in 2005.