Shipbuilding is a traditional industry of Macao, established over one and a half centuries ago. Many shipyards were scattered throughout the city. At the end of the last century, due to the high technical level of the local shipbuilders, Macao became a sizeable shipbuilding centre of wooden fishing junks in South China. Following the recent decline of this industry, experienced Macao shipbuilder Wan Chun crafted several miniatures of fishing junks based on his shipbuilding techniques experience and skills from memory, producing a series of lively miniature fishing junk replicas, allowing the public to get to know this almost extinct art.
The exhibition “The Mastery of Shipbuilding – Fishing Junk Models by Wan Chun” was opened to the public at the gallery of the Historical Archives of Macao from 30 December 2015 to 9 April 2016, from 10:00am to 6:00pm except on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free.