East Sails West: The Voyage of the Keying, 1846-1855

East Sails West: The Voyage of the Keying, 1846-1855


In December 1846, the Keying, a chinese language junk bought through British traders, set sail from Hong Kong for London. Named after the chinese language Imperial Commissioner who had signed away Hong Kong to the British, manned by way of a chinese language and eu staff, and sporting a traveling exhibition of chinese language goods, the Keying had a voyage. After quarrels at the approach and a diversion to long island, culminating in a criminal dispute over arrears of wages for chinese language contributors of the staff, it ultimately reached London in 1848, the place it went on exhibition at the River Thames till 1853. It was once then auctioned off, towed to Liverpool, and eventually damaged up. during this account of the send, the workforce and the voyage, Stephen Davies tells a narrative of ignored possibilities, with an erratic direction, overambitious goals, and achievements born of fortunate breaks―a microcosm, in reality, of early Hong Kong and of the relatives among China and the West.

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