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Maritime Museum

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You’ll be forgiven for shouting, "Ahoy!" as you approach the Maritime Museum. Bring the kids to this one, and have fun clambering over the decks of the replica Flor de la Mar, a 400-ton Portuguese carrack that was shipwrecked in 1511 in the Straits of Melaka off the coast of Sumatra.

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It was rumoured to have been carrying one of the world’s greatest loots plundered from the Sultan of Melaka. The sunken treasure is still waiting to be found!

It's a two-combo affair: Ship and building. Photo taken in or around Maritime Museum, Melaka, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

It's a two-combo affair: Ship and building. Photo: Sally Arnold

Board the vessel and take off your shoes to explore the inner quarters stuffed to the rafters with dioramas, navigational instruments, a terrific collection of model ships and exhibitions relating to Melaka’s golden age of trade and maritime history. An audio guide (3 ringgit) adds an engaging commentary. The gift shop aboard the ship sells crude models and ships in bottles (from 6 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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