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At this stage of construction, they had finished planking the outer hull and had installed the forward part of the main deck.

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The junk sat under an enormous makeshift canopy.

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"This caulking material, along with hemp strands, was pounded into the cracks to seal the junk." - Marco Polo

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"....caulked inside and out with a material made of quicklime and oil." - Marco Polo.

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The partially completed vessel looked beautiful sitting there atop a wide variety of old, bent, fifty gallon drums and wooden support structures.

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Underway in San Diego.

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Docked in Ventura.

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Sampan on stern.

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Getting ready for sea trials.

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Author at the helm during sea trials.

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Moving the junk prior to launch.

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Head looking aft.

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Repainting the tiger in San Diego.

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Repairing the tiger in San Diego.

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Grappling anchors on the bow.

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Author - Walter Hackman (Mr. Walt)

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Underway.

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Underway in San Diego.

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Galley looking forward.

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Construction Crew.

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Caulking the bow.

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Getting ready for sea trials.

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Underway in San Diego.

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Notes.

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Page from authors journal.

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Early in construction.

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On the Yangtze.

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Galley looking starboard.

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Galley looking forward.

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Stateroom looking aft.

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Head looking aft.

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Underway in San Diego.

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Underway in San Diego.

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Underway.

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Pilot house and main deck forward.

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Underway in San Diego

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Docked in Long Beach.

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Docked.

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At the dock in Long Beach.

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Prior to launch.

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Launch Day.

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On the Yangtze River.

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Underway in San Diego.

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A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Underway.