Chinese boat heads home 57 years on

An old wooden sailing vessel is being shipped back to Taiwan more than 50 years after it made its journey to California (© AP)

An old wooden sailing vessel is being shipped back to Taiwan more than 50 years after it made its journey to California (AP)

A vintage Chinese fishing boat is going home to Taiwan more than a half-century after it crossed the ocean and landed on the US west coast.

The Free China, a commercial vessel built about 100 years ago and thought to be one of the last salvageable boats of its kind, was loaded onto a Taiwanese freighter in Oakland, California, on Monday for the return leg of its journey.

Dione Chen, the daughter of one of the six men who sailed the junk to the US during a 1955 yacht race and made headlines with their daring aboard the provocatively named Free China, says the Taiwan government plans to restore the boat and place it in a new maritime museum.


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