A wrecked ship dating back to the end of the 19th century is being fished out of Lo River in the northern province of Tuyen Quang.
According to the provincial Salvage Project Management Board, the work will be fulfilled by the end of this month.
The wooden ship was covered with brass. It is 41 metres long, 8.8 metres wide and two metres high. The ship remains intact and there are five oil lamps.
According to antiquities appraisal experts from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the steam-powered ship was used to transport goods. Several lamps were produced in the United Kingdom and Germany.
The ship was associated with France’s first colonial policy or the war of resistance against the French colonialists in Tuyen Quang province, they said.
The ship is rare in Vietnam and abroad, the experts said, adding that its discovery contributes to studies of the shipbuilding industry as well as the culture and trade exchange between Vietnam and foreign nations in the past.
Dao Dang Cuong, Deputy Director of the Salvage Project Management Board, said after the ship is raised it will be exhibited in a lake at the provincial museum