Eighteenth-Century Chinese Vessels at Canton: the Paintings at Skärva, Sweden

By Jeremy Franks, published February 1997


96 paintings of trading vessels in Canton in the eighteenth century hang in a Naval Architect’s house in Skarva near Karlskrona. More similar pictures and documents are held in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Accurate depictions of cargoes carried and the architectural features of background buildings give confidence that the pictures are sufficiently authoritative to be useful as records of the dimensions of the vessels depicted and their rigging, anchoring and steering arrangements.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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