Phu Quoc Wreck Details & Photos


The Phu Quoc Wreck is located just to the south of Phu Quoc island, off the west coast of Vietnam and within the Gulf of Thailand. The water depth is only 11 m.

Despite the shallow water, the lower portion of the 25 m long hull survived in magnificent condition. This is because it was constructed of teak, which is particularly resilient to marine borers. Teak is typically used to build Thai ships of this era. They go by the term, South China Sea Tradition, which incorporates Southeast Asian design features, such as edge-joining with dowels, with Chinese features, such as bulkheads and an axial rudder.

The surviving cargo consisted almost entirely of Thai ceramics known as Sawankhalok ware. They are of excellent quality, and from the location of the wreck, were probably bound for the Philippines. Many would eventually have been interred with the dead, as covers for burial jars and as grave goods.

Apart from the ceramics there was a consignment of iron ore, which oxidised and entrapped several storage jars within the hull compartments. There were also lead and tin ingots, and a bronze lime container, typically used for the preparation of betel.


Sawankhalok dish.

Sawankhalok bowl.

Sawankhalok bowls.


Storage jar.

Sawankhalok jarlets.

Jar from the Suphanburi kilns.