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

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

作者 : Stephen Davies

出版社 : 香港大學出版社

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In December 1846, the Keying, a Chinese junk purchased by British investors, set sail from Hong Kong for London. Named after the Chinese Imperial Commissioner who had signed away Hong Kong to the British, manned by a Chinese and European crew, and carrying a travelling exhibition of Chinese items, the Keying had a troubled voyage. After quarrels on the way and a diversion to New York, culminating in a legal dispute over arrears of wages for Chinese members of the crew, it finally reached London in 1848, where it went on exhibition on the River Thames until 1853. It was then auctioned off, towed to Liverpool, and finally broken up. In this account of the ship, the crew and the voyage, Stephen Davies tells a story of missed opportunities, with an erratic course, overambitious aims, and achievements born of lucky breaks—a microcosm, in fact, of early Hong Kong and of the relations between China and the West.
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Stephen Davies
Stephen Davies is former Museum Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and later its first China State Ship building Corporation Research Fellow. He is currently an Hon. Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong.

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