Chinese Junks: Part II The Pechili Trader

By D.W. Waters R.N., published February 1939



There are two distinct types of Northern Chinese junks, the Pechili Trader and the Antung Trader. The Pechili is probably the oldest ocean-going Chinese trading junk, having voyaged as far as the Red Sea and East African ports but is rapidly disappearing. They are generally large craft, typically around 135ft. long, with two distinguishing features; the placement of the five masts and the shape of the hull. Some masts are offset from the centreline and the hull is of a ‘whaleback’ or ‘turret’ form, with a broad lower hull and a narrow deck above, giving them a unique appearance.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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