Based scholar forgot to mention mai favourite explorer, Carthage’s Hanno The Navigator, who probably was the first person to sail to the African tropics. Ever. And settle Phoenician cities along the west African coast. Many of which we only know by name. Many of these cities have disappeared over time.
Zheng He’s treasure ships were also probably Quite A Bit smaller than these models suggest. You don’t get wooden ships much longer than 60m since you start running into structural issues—mostly due to the inherent flexibility of the design. The hull gets compromised when the planks twist and turn in water. Europe did build wooden sailboats the size of treasure ships in the 1800s only to realize they’re pretty terrible compared to steamships of the same size. Small, slimmer boats like European ones are much better suited for heavy seas. Some think the treasure ships didn’t even leave the Yangtze.
If those sails are also to scale then the ship is also real slow and has a real suboptimal arrangement of masts. Later European vessels are practically all sails above the water and have them all on the center, for very good reasons.
But hey, an inward-looking land empire would be the ones to secretly have superboats that defy engineering sense right
Reminds me of the mentality behind the worlds largest mall, in China, but with only 5 of the gazillion store spaces occupied by shops