Everybody knows about “Pirates of Caribbean” movies. This movie is about pirate who pirates the ships in the sea and become one of the famous pirate Jack Sparrow. On the other hand, this movie told about the mystery of sunken ship Black Pearl.

Far centuries, Malacca Strait was one of the busiest area where the merchant from India, China, and Middle East come to make a trade across the country.

Piracy in Strait of Malacca

Because of this area is one of the important area in the international trade, not only for merchant, but for the pirate it means a gold mine for them to pirate the ship.

Piracy in the Strait of Malacca was not only a lucrative way of life but also an important political tool. Rulers relied on the region’s pirates to maintain control. For example, it was through the loyalty of pirate crews made of Orang Laut people that the 14th-century Palembang prince Parameswara survived expansion attempts by neighbouring rulers and eventually went on to found the Sultanate of Malacca.

Malay Archipelago

For centuries, seafarers from all over the world have sailed through the waters of the Malay Archipelago. Some of them survived to tell their tales but many more were buried underneath the sea when their ships succumbed to severe weather, leaks or attack and ended at the bottom of the sea.

However, these days, ships are never left to remain buried eternally, which is why efforts to search and recover shipwrecks in Malaysian territorial waters have been carried out since the 1980s.

Merchants from Far East such as China and India, as well as Middle East have ventured into our waters as early as the 15th and 16th centuries.

When tragedy struck and their vessels sank to the bottom of the sea, our nation’s waters turned into an underwater tomb, not to mention, a treasure trove of historical artifacts.

The Treasures of Shipwrecks Exhibition

In an effort to share the historical artifacts from the shipwrecks found within the Malaysian waters, Johor Heritage Foundation together with the Department of Museums of Malaysia and Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum are organising “The Treasures of Shipwrecks Exhibition” from November 2017 until January 2018 at the Mersing Museum in Johor.

The artifacts that are being showcased at the museum were discovered from 13 shipwrecks namely Nassau (1606), Diana (1817) Ranee (1923), Nanyang (1380), Desaru (1830), Turiang (1370), Xuandee (1540), Risdam (1727), Prince of Wales (1941), Longquan (1400), Wanli (1630), Royal Nanhai (1460), and Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (1126).

These ships were previously found in various parts of Malaysia, I.e. the sea beds of the Melaka Straits, which was once, one of busiest trading routes in the world, South China Sea, and along the Johor and Terengganu coast.

Among the artifacts recovered from the wrecks were ceramics, plates, bowls, and tea sets, white and blue China porcelain, green tea, ginseng, ginger, rhubarb, benzoin, glass beads, tin ingots, ivory, timber, urns, muskets, anchors, bullets, pots, small bowls, and earthen ware. So, if you are a history buff, a maritime fan, or have watched Titanic more than five times, this exhibition is just made for you!

Mersing Museum,Johor
Starting on
November 1, 2017
Ending on
January 31, 2018
Merchants from Far East such as China and India, as well as Middle East have ventured into our waters as early as the 15th and 16th centuries.
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