ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH 440; Burning ships Washed up High!
Josephine was breathing down my neck. “What on
earth is that?” she asked.
So – WHAT IS IT?
“Sit down,” I said. “This is going to blow your
She took a seat and leaned forward.
“Would you believe, this is a Chinese world map
drawn in 1418. Look, this Liu Gang map shows
every one of the seven continents – and even
She leaned forward, excitedly. “And also the two
main islands of New Zealand. Clearly marked.”
I looked her in the eye. “You know what this
will do to history as taught in our schools?”
“Sure,” she smiled. “We were taught that the
first visitor to this part of the world was Abel
Tasman the Dutchman in 1642, followed by
Britain’s Captain James Cook in 1769.”
“Well, Josephine, here’s clear evidence that the
Chinese were here first.”
“Or other explorers who gave them the map.”
USING THIS AMAZING MAP
And so, with this map already in their possession,
a massive fleet under the command of Admiral
Zheng left China in 1421 to circumnavigate the
The plan was also to open up further trade routes
and to bring the might and power of China to the
attention of the world.
More than 100 ships carrying 28,000 people set out.
The flotilla was split into four smaller fleets.
Very few ships made the return journey to China in
1423. The losses were considerable, one fleet alone
losing 55 ships.
VISIT TO REMOTE OUTPOSTS
One of these disastrous journeys was into the
southern oceans to observe the Southern Cross and
to visit the Chinese outposts established on the
South Island of New Zealand many years before.
The Chinese had been mining gold along the rivers
of the South Island for a number of centuries.
Of course, this very suggestion has raised the ire
of historians. They say there is no evidence or
traces that the Chinese were ever there, let alone
mining precious metals.
“COMET” DISTURBS FLEET
However, documents from ancient China tell of the
misfortune that befell the Southern fleets as the
ships set sail from Campbell Island toward the
southern tip of the South Island.
The fleet, under the command of Zhou Man, was soon
to pass Snare’s Island and had to alter course to
avoid the island, and therefore split into two
Then catastrophe struck. A huge comet struck the
sea less than 100 miles from the fleet (a distance
of approximately 150 miles south west of Stewart
Many of the ships were incinerated and the blazing
wrecks were carried by a massive tsunami toward
the coast of New Zealand, and at a far greater
distance, the Australian coastline.
Seeking confirmation that this Chinese report
might be actually true, Dr Edward Bryant, an
Australian scientist, came to the conclusion that
parts of New Zealand’s South Island had been
devastated by fire and hit by a tsunami between
1410 and 1480 AD.
He also researched Maori (NZ) and Aboriginal
(Australia) stories of fire that rained onto the
earth, destroying the forests and making the
Then in 2003, American scientist Dallas Abbott
announced that her team had found where a comet
had crashed between Campbell Island and Stewart
The ocean floor crater has been measured at 20
km wide. Dallas Abbott placed the event at
approximately 500 years ago.
Evidence of tsunami related flotsam has been
found in the form of logs and beach sand at 220
meters above sea level on Stewart Island.
Waves of up to 130 metres high also struck the
coast of Australia.
The impact had a devastating effect on the Chinese
The comet would have appeared 26 times brighter
than the sun; its screaming noise of 100 decibels.
The sailors would have been deafened and their
sight lost in the searing heat.
The comet hit the water at about 60 miles south
of the fleet. Gigantic waves more than 700 feet
high would have tossed the fleet like matchsticks.
The wind force would have exceeded 400 miles per
Cedric Bell, a retired Marine Engineer and
Surveyor, came from the UK to New Zealand to join
his son Dave in carrying out extensive high-tech
surveys on coastal areas from the Catlins, to
Dunedin and then to Banks Peninsula.
The team established the exact locations of 60
wrecked ships, some of them many meters above sea
level and embedded in banks or buried in grass
paddocks on the top of cliffs.
The Bells have also found evidence of dwellings
and smelters in the region.
Stories from both the Koori people of Australia
and the Southern Maori of New Zealand (the Waitaha)
tell of a rain of fire from the heavens.
The Waitaha stories tell of the devastation with
the burning of major forests and all bird life.
The people had to flee inland to escape the
cataclysm, which left a landscape that had changed
beyond all recognition. All of this took place
about 500 years ago.
So, here we have stories of the disaster from
three different sources – Australia, New Zealand
The physical evidence confirms ancient reports
which mainstream educators want to deny. The very
suggestion of early visits to the South by the
Chinese or others is scoffed at as “myth”.
Fiction couldn’t challenge your imagination more.
And yet here it is, fact after fact, story after
story, about the lives and discoveries of people
Dead men do tell tales, you see. Tales of journeys
Oh, and that hardly begins our great adventure.
If you really want to know more, you really do need
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Thankyou, again, Lyn, for taking time to
think about this. Your life will be enriched for
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