Chinese Vessels.


Alternative Title

Plate XVII

Date Created



Hocken Library - KX Ans W


London : Printed for W. Boyer and J. Nicholls.


This detail shows "two of the vessels made use of by the Chinese. The first of these marked (A), is a junk of about a hundred and twenty tons burthen, and was what the Centurion hove down by; these are most in the great rivers, though they sometimes serve for small coasting voyages. The other junk, marked (B), is about two hundred and eighty tons burthen. ... its head, which is represented at (C), is perfectly flat; and when the vessel is deep laden, the second or third plank of this flat surface is oft-times under water. The masts, sails and rigging of these vessels are ruder than the built; for their masts are made of trees, no otherwise fashioned than by barking them, and lopping off their branches. Each mast has only two shrouds of twisted rattan; which are often both shifted to the weather-side; and the halyard, when the yard is up, serves instead of a third shroud. The sails are of matt, strengthened every three feet by an horizontal rib of bamboo; they run upon the mast with hoops, as is represented in the figure, and when they are lowered down, they fold upon the deck" (Anson, 1776, 414-415).


Walter, Richard, 1716?-1785


copper plates.

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Temporal Coverage


A voyage round the world, in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV, by George Anson, Esq : afterwards Lord Anson, commander in chief of a squadron of His Majesty

Is Part Of

A voyage round the world.


Seascapes & Marines





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