This week on Maritime Monday highlights the ceramic pouring vessels recovered from the San Diego shipwreck.
San Diego was a merchant vessel turned flagship of a Spanish naval fleet that engaged 3 Dutch ships off the shores of Fortune Island in Batangas Province on 14 December 1600.
After a naval skirmish with the Dutch flagship Mauritius, San Diego sunk along with more than 350 people and all of its cargo.
Excavation activities were carried out in 1992 and 1993 by the combined efforts of the National Museum of the Philippines and the World Wide First. The lower hull of the vessel was relatively intact along with more than 34,000 various archaeological specimens including ceramics, metal, glass, and wooden objects along with floral and faunal remains.
Among the ceramic inventory were limited amounts of Chinese blue and white porcelain that are classified as pouring vessels.
These include bottles, kendi, and a water dropper. They were produced in the kilns of Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, and are considered high-quality pieces.