Dhaka: An ancient boat, believed to belong to the first Arakanese settlers from Arakan State in Burma over 200 years ago, was found in Bangladesh on 29 June during low tide, according to a report of the Daily Star published on 11 July.
The ancient wooden boat recently surfaced from a sandy beach in Kuakata in Khulna Division in Bangladesh.
The precious brass sheets from the boat were looted by a group of local people as soon as the boat was seen on the beach.
A three-member team from the Department of Archaeology of Khulna Division have excavated the boat and found that only two feet of it’s upper portion had emerged from the beach. The boat measures 72 feet long and 22.5 feet wide, the report said.
According to Arakanese history, thousands of Arakanese families from Arakan fled to Bangla Awa Kyunyt area, known to locals as Kuakata and Balguna, in Bangladesh, in many wooden boats to settle there after Burma’s King Bodopaya invaded Arakan in 1784.
The Arakanese kingdom fell on 31 December, 1784, after the Burmese king invaded and conquered Arakan. Arakanese king Maha Thamada Raza and his royal families, along with many precious royal treasures, were brought by the Burmese royal army to the Burmese king in his capital Amra Pura near Mandalay as captives.
After that, many Arakanese families, including nobility, deserted Arakan to seek shelter in the areas of Kuakata and Barguna in the nearby West Bengal area of India using wooden boats across the Bay of Bengal.