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East Sails WestThe Voyage of the Keying, 1846-1855$
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Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208203

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.001.0001

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Journey’s End: The London Stay

Journey’s End: The London Stay

(p.165) Chapter 6 Journey’s End: The London Stay
East Sails West

Stephen Davies

Hong Kong University Press

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 remarkable, however, the silence of the newspapers showed that the feat attracted little attention. For the first year, the Keying was a star attraction, royalty and celebrities, such as Charles Dickens all visited it. However, its attraction didn’t last. In July 1851, because of the troubles caused by the crew, a judge warned that if the Keying wouldn’t leave the Strand, they would be indicted, so the junk returned to Blackwall. Charles Kellett had ceased to remain as the captain of the Keying after the junk arrived in Britain and became a business partner, earning enough to live ashore. He Sing, the mandarin, was promoted to captain and became, in a way, the representative of China.

Keywords:   China, Hong Kong, Britain, Keying, Junk, Sino-British relations, Naval, First Opium War, Maritime

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