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

Stephen Davies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

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 ... More


A Re-appraisal of the Keying’s Likely Shape

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the Description of the Keying and compares its structure with western ships. It proves that the descriptive and graphical evidence we have of the junk is significantly short in ... More


The Keying’s Dimensions and Shape

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History

It would seem as though the Keying was a junk built broadly on the lines of a vessel familiar in the nanyang and coastal trades of late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century China. The exact design ... More


How Fast Could She Go?

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0012
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines how fast the Keying could go by comparing her with the sea clipper Thermopylae. The comparison shows that although Junks like the Keying were not designed to go fast or be ... More


Voyage Over

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0013
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter explores the reasons that the Keying remained ignored. The Keying sailed to the west in a time when famous voyages were conducted and when museums were being built to house achievements ... More


Origins, Purchase and Commissioning

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

The Keying was undertaken by a group of Hong Kong investors. Their aim was to sail the junk from Hong Kong to London, where it would be put on public display, along with the collection of Chinese ... More


The Ship’s Name

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

The name of the junk might have brought out the differences in perception of the Chinese and the British, and laid the first seeds of dissension. Before becoming the Keying, the Junk could have had ... More


The Crew and the Voyage to New York

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter brings out the clash of maritime cultures on the Keying, and the difficulties caused. The Captain Kellett practiced a more regimented and hierarchical system while the Chinese crewman ... More


The Troubled Stay in New York

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

Twenty six of the Chinese crew arrested the Keying about a month after the junk arrived in New York. They claimed that they had been only engaged for eight months, but had stayed on for nearly a ... More


The Final Leg—Towards Journey’s End

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

The Keying arrived in Boston in November 1847 after all dues were paid to the twenty six Chinese crewmen. For the three months that the Keying was in Boston, almost nothing could be said about it, if ... More


Journey’s End: The London Stay

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

The Keying was put on display initially at Blackwall. Later, in 1850, it moved up to the Strand, perhaps in order to have better access to its intended audience. The move up the Thames itself was ... More


The Endgame

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

The chapter details the events that happened during the last few years of the Keying’s lifetime. Between 1852 and 1855, the Keying was put on the auction block in rapid succession. Throughout these ... More


What Kind of Vessel Was the Keying?

Stephen Davies

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9789888208203
eISBN:
9789888268221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

There are very few accurate records and paintings of the Keying. This lack of information revealed that there were fundamental problems of seeing vessels from another culture. The measurements, ... More


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