A Northern Type of Chinese Junk

By Etienne Sigaut, published August 1960


The trading junk described is said to have been built at a small port in Shantung about 1895, of a type dating back perhaps a thousand years. These craft featured a very low deck, awash amidships when fully loaded, and relied upon the long straight-topped hatch to protect the hold from flooding. The lines of the hull and many detailed features of this craft are clearly described and impressively illustrated. She is regarded as well designed for local conditions, trading between ports situated up rivers where grounding on shoals is not infrequent.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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