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Views of Cantonese Craft, 1840 Junk (Starboard) - Tingua (Guan Llanchang) - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

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Views of Cantonese Craft, 1840 Junk (Starboard) - Tingua (Guan Llanchang) - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

A junk is an ancient Chinese sailing ship design that is still in use today. Junks were used as seagoing vessels as early as the 2nd century AD and developed rapidly during the Song Dynasty. They evolved in the later dynasties, and were used throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages.

The term junk may be used to cover many kinds of boat. They vary greatly in size and there are significant regional variations , however they all employ fully battened sails.

The term ultimately stems from the Chinese chuán ( "boat; ship"), also based on the Min Nan variant of Chinese, or zhōu , the old word for a sailing vessel. It entered the English language in the 17th century through the Portuguese junco from the Javanese jong.

Junks were efficient and sturdy ships that sailed long distances as early as the 2nd century AD. They incorporated numerous technical advances in sail plan and hull designs that were later adopted in Western shipbuilding.


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