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

Stephen Davies


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, towe ... More

Keywords: Hong Kong, China, First Opium War, Naval, Keying, Junk, British, Maritime Law, Shipbuilding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208203
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Davies, author