In The Origins of the Lost Fleet of the Mongol Empire, Randall Sasaki provides a starting point for understanding the technology of the failed Mongol invasion of Japan in 1281 CE, as well as the history of shipbuilding in East Asia. He has created a timber category database, analyzed methods of joinery, and studied contemporary approaches to shipbuilding in order to ascertain the origins and types of vessels that composed the Mongol fleet.
Although no conclusive statements can be made regarding the origins of the vessels, it appears that historical documents and archaeological evidence correspond well to each other, and that many of the remains analyzed were from smaller vessels built in China's Yangtze River Valley. Large, V-shaped cargo ships and the Korean vessels probably represent a small portion of the timbers raised at the Takashima shipwreck site.
RANDALL J. SASAKI is a PhD candidate in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M University. His previously published work has focused on the Battle of Bach Dang near Hai Phong, in northern Vietnam.
What Readers Are Saying:
"Randall Sasaki provides an insightful, detailed forensic study of the lost fleet of Khubilai Khan. The legend of the 'Divine Wind' is peeled back with careful detail as archaeology shows why such a well-equipped and experienced armada failed some seven centuries ago."—James P. Delgado, author, Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada
“This book reveals the interesting history and details of ship building and the strategy of the second Mongol invasion of Japan in 1281 through new maritime archaeological findings.”—Di Wang, Professor of History, Texas A&M University